This Chocolate Poke Cake is rich, moist, chocolate, and topped with a whipped coffee frosting – plus the added flavoring of mocha.
For every family birthday, if the desserts aren’t ordered from our favorite bakery, then they’re made by me.
I like to personalize everyone’s birthday cake as something they really love. (Last year I made my mom these Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cupcakes!)
My dad is a huge chocolate and coffee guy and I wanted to make something that was easy and delicious! This Chocolate Poke Cake was just the thing! Btw, if you love poke cake recipes, make sure you check out this lemon poke cake.)
(This post and recipe was originally written by Rebecca Hubbell of Sugar and Soul. It has since been updated.)
I love poke cakes! This Sea Salt Caramel Carrot Poke Cake was one of my most popular recipes last year! I think that’s a good indication that everyone loves a good poke cake.
What is Poke Cake?
Poke cake is a fun dessert trend that has been reinvented by creative cooks over and over again. To make a poke cake, you quite literally poke holes in a sheet cake. (It is really easy to poke holes in the cake with the back end of a wooden spoon.)
Historically colorful Jello was used with white cakes to create rivers of surprise color and flavor into what was usually a boxed cake mix. Easy-peasy, yet super fun for holidays, Sunday suppers, and the neighborhood barbeque.
These days, Poke cakes are all different flavors and filled with things like sweetened condensed milk, fruit puree, pastry cream… and my favorite… CHOCOLATE!
How to Make Poke Cake
This mocha poke cake is so easy to whip up. It fits in with the original intent of poke cake for sure! Easy, easy, easy…
- The base is a rich chocolate sheet cake that starts from a mix (because, did I mention easy?) and is made extra rich and moist with some additions such as chocolate pudding mix, sour cream, chocolate chips, and a bit of espresso powder.
- Once the cake comes out of the oven, you can use the handle of a wooden spoon to make evenly spaced holes across the cake.
- Pour fudge (or keep it easy and use a bottle of chocolate syrup) across the cooled cake and let all that chocolate goodness seep into the holes you poked in your cake.
- When the cake is totally cooled, top it with a rich, homemade cream frosting and drizzle with chocolate sauce.
You will seriously never put a more richly chocolate piece of cake in your mouth. The vanilla flavored frosting is just the right thing to balance all that chocolate.
Now you’ve got what is probably the easiest and most delicious cake ever! Not bad, eh?
Looking for more Poke Cake Recipes?
- Is it really better than sex? You’ll have to let us know what you think when you try this Better than Sex Poke Cake. (Sorry, not sorry for the pun.)
- This Sea Salt Caramel Carrot Poke Cake is divine!
- Who doesn’t love Nutella?! You have to try this Nutella Poke Cake too.
- I’m totally obsessed with the best chocolate cake!
Mocha Poke Cake
- 1 Box Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
- 3.9 oz. Package Jell-O Instant Chocolate Pudding
- 1 tbsp Instant Espresso Powder
- 4 Eggs
- 1 cup Sour Cream
- ¾ cup Vegetable Oil
- ½ cup Milk
- 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
- ¼ tsp Sea Salt
- 1½ cup Mini Chocolate Chips
- 1 cup Hot Fudge or Chocolate Syrup
- 2 cups Heavy Cream
- 1/2 cup Confectioners’ Sugar
- 1/3 cup Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix Powder dry
- 1 tbsp Coffee Extract
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Grease 9 x 13 x 2 in baking pan.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl or stand mixer until fully combined, scraping down the sides as necessary.
- Pour batter into the greased cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick comes clean.
- Remove from pan and allow to cool in pan.
- Once cake has cooled, poke holes in the cake, and pour hot fudge or chocolate syrup evenly over the cake.
- Combine all frosting ingredients in a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Spread frosting out over the top of the cake and drizzle with additional chocolate syrup.