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Chocolate Poke Cake

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The chocolate poke cake is a rich, moist cake soaked with a creamy filling and topped with whipped chocolate frosting and chocolate drizzle.
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Table of Contents
  1. Chocolate Poke Cake Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Chocolate Poke Cake Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Chocolate poke cake is a fun dessert trend that has been reinvented by creative cooks over and over again. This chocolate lover’s dream is a rich, moist chocolate cake, soaked in sweet chocolate cream, and topped with a whipped chocolatey frosting.

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Chocolate Poke Cake Ingredients

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You’ll need:

For the Cake

  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box Betty Crocker Devil’s Food chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 (14-ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 milk chocolate Hershey bars (1.55 ounces each), broken into rectangles

For the Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

  • 2 cups heavy whipped cream, chilled
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cake Toppings

  • mini chocolate chips
  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHOCOLATE SYRUP: If you want to make your own chocolate sauce, check out our hot fudge sauce recipe.

TOPPINGS: You could also substitute the chocolate syrup with caramel sauce for your topping or chocolate shavings instead of chocolate chips.

How To Make This Chocolate Poke Cake Recipe

STEP ONE: In a large bowl, combine the chocolate cake mix, eggs, oil, and water. Stir to combine cake batter ingredients. Follow the package directions on the back of the box of cake mix and bake the cake accordingly in a greased 9×13-inch pan.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your cake as the suggested baking time approaches.

chocolate cake mix, eggs, oil, and water combined in a bowl

STEP TWO: When the cake is done baking, remove it from the oven and immediately poke holes all over the top of the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon. Set aside. 

PRO TIP:

It’s best to make the holes in the cake while it is still slightly warm because as it cools, the crust on top of the cake will crumble more easily.

poke holes using handle of a wooden spoon

STEP THREE: In a separate medium bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and two Hershey chocolate bars. Microwave for 30 seconds, remove from the microwave, and stir. Microwave for an additional 15 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir again. Mix with a spoon until completely combined. 

chocolate poke cake process shot of ingredients being melted in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Pour the sweetened mixture over the top of the holes in the cake. Use a rubber spatula to push the sweetened mixture down into the holes and the sides of the cake.

PRO TIP:

When you’re pouring the cream into the holes, tap the pan on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles, and make sure the cream fills the holes completely.

chocolate poke cake process shot of chocolate being poured over cake

STEP FIVE: Let the cake cool on the counter for one hour, then cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours to allow the sweetened mixture time to soak into the cake. 

STEP SIX: While the cake is in the refrigerator, place a large mixing bowl in the freezer and allow it to chill until ready to use for the chocolate whipped cream topping. 

STEP SEVEN: In the large mixing bowl that has been in the freezer, add 2 cups of chilled heavy whipping cream. Use a hand mixer at a fast speed to mix until it starts to thicken.

STEP EIGHT: Add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. Continue to mix with the hand mixer until incorporated and stiff peaks form. 

PRO TIP:

It is important not to over-mix your chocolate whipped cream topping. Using a frozen bowl with chilled heavy whipping cream will help it form stiff peaks when mixing. 

chocolate poke cake process shot of before and after ingredients are blended in a bowl

STEP NINE: Immediately spread the chocolate whipped topping over the entire top of the cooled cake. 

chocolate poke cake process shot of whipped cream being spread on cake and then garnished with chocolate drizzle and chocolate chips

STEP TEN: Drizzle chocolate syrup and sprinkle mini chocolate chips on the top of the cake. 

STEP ELEVEN: Refrigerate until ready to serve.

How To Serve

Our rich chocolate cake is a perfect treat to serve for a special occasion or for no occasion at all. The cake is so easy to make, it would be a great choice for a weeknight dessert treat or to take to a potluck. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side before serving.

If you love poke cake recipes, make sure you check out this lemon poke cake. And let us know what you think when you try this better than sex poke cake.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: If have any leftovers of this chocolate poke cake, you’ll want to store it covered in the fridge until you’re ready to serve again.

IN THE FREEZER: You can also freeze this chocolate poke cake recipe. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and then cover with aluminum foil for up to 3 months. Allow the cake to thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

close up shot of Chocolate Poke Cake with a slice taken out of the baking dish

Any serious chocolate lover will jump at the chance to try a piece of this amazingly rich cake. This perfect cake recipe has so much chocolate, they will think they are in chocolate heaven!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze poke cake?

This easy chocolate poke cake recipe can be frozen for up to 3 months covered in plastic wrap.

What is a poke cake?

It’s an easy cake that you poke holes into while it’s still hot after baking. The holes are then filled with a liquid or filling — like condensed milk, pureed fruit, chocolate cream, or pudding. It makes a moist and delicious cake.

Can I make this decadent chocolate cake ahead of time?

You can make this easy chocolate poke cake a day or two in advance. Since the cake should chill overnight to give it time for all the liquids to soak in, it is best to make it the day before.

What do you use to poke holes in poke cake?

The end of a wooden spoon is the best size to poke large holes in the cake.

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Chocolate Poke Cake

5 from 6 votes
The chocolate poke cake is a rich, moist cake soaked with a creamy filling and topped with whipped chocolate frosting and chocolate drizzle.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Cake

  • 15.25 ounces Betty Crocker Devil's Food chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 milk chocolate Hershey bars (1.55 ounces each), broken into rectangles

Chocolate Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy whipped cream, chilled
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cake Topping

  • mini chocolate chips
  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chocolate cake mix, eggs, oil, and water. Stir to combine. Follow the directions on the back of the cake mix box and cook accordingly in a greased 9×13 cake pan.
  • When the cake is done baking, remove it from the oven and immediately poke holes all over the top of the cake with the end of a mixing spoon. Set aside.
  • In a separate medium bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and two Hershey chocolate bars. Microwave for 30 seconds, remove from the microwave, and stir. Microwave for an additional 15 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir again. Mix with a spoon until completely combined.
  • Pour the sweetened mixture over the top of the holes on the cake. Use a rubber spatula to push the sweetened mixture down into the holes and the sides of the cake. Let cool on the counter for one hour, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours to allow the sweetened mixture time to soak into the cake.
  • While the cake is in the refrigerator, place a large mixing bowl in the freezer and allow it to chill until ready to use for the chocolate whipped cream topping.
  • In the large mixing bowl that has been in the freezer, add 2 cups of chilled heavy whipping cream. Use a hand mixer on a fast speed to mix until it starts to thicken.
  • Add powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. Continue to mix with the hand mixer until incorporated and stiff peaks form.
  • Immediately spread the chocolate whipped topping over the entire top of the cake.
  • Drizzle chocolate syrup and sprinkle mini chocolate chips on the top of the cake.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Notes

  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your cake as the suggested baking time approaches.
  • It’s best to make the holes in the cake while it is still slightly warm because as it cools, the crust on top of the cake will crumble more easily.
  • When you’re pouring the cream into the holes, tap the pan on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles, and make sure the cream fills the holes completely.
  • It is important not to over-mix your chocolate whipped cream topping. Using a frozen bowl with chilled heavy whipping cream will help it form stiff peaks when mixing.

Nutrition

Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 357mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 217IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Julia Missroon says

    5 stars
    All of your recipes are fabulous! They remind me of my Mother’s and Grandmother’s cooking style. I love simple uncomplicated food and yours is the best!😘

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