Tiramisu Poke Cake
This Tiramisu Poke Cake is easily one of my new favorites. There are so many things to love. It’s very similar to tiramisu, but easier to make. It is incredibly moist. And it tastes amazing. I could eat the whole cake in one sitting. SO good.
So we had quite a nice weekend. We spent a little time out on the lake before it gets too cold. It was tad chilly when the boat got and the sun was behind the clouds, but other than that it was quite nice.
Since it was a little cooler, Jessie loved it. She spent most of the afternoon up on the front of the boat enjoying the breeze. She’s probably the only lab that doesn’t like water though, so there was no swimming.
And yesterday we watched the Carolina Panthers.
I usually spend so much time baking, that when it comes to making stuff to each while watching football, I’m usually running the the store to get something already made. Publix has a pretty taste spinach artichoke and buffalo dip, so those are our usuals. But yesterday I decided I was tired of the usuals and made Ashley from Kitchen Meets Girl’s Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip. It was delicious!
It was also quite nice to put aside the baking for a bit. I do love me a good dip. What do you say I start sharing some dips and other fun food recipes? I’m sure they’d pair well with cake. 😉
Then the craziest thing happened. The Panthers tied. Football ended in a tie game. What?! There have been a couple others, but it’s not typical at all and it’s the first one I’ve seen.
I watched through a couple commercials after it was over, just to make sure it was actually over. The hubs laughed at me. Then it reminded us of this video. It’s plain awesome. If you haven’t watched it, you must. If you want to see the part about ties, start at about 43 seconds.
But back to this cake. Poke cakes kind of rock and I’ve been loving making a few versions.
I absolutely love my tiramisu, but don’t make it often because it can be a bit of a hassle. The store where I get my lady fingers is about 45 minutes away. And all the dipping and layering takes some time. It’s totally worth it, but I figured it’d also make an amazing poke cake.
I was so totally right.
You start with a cake mix. You could use your favorite vanilla cake, if you really want, but I was going for easier. I added some espresso to the cake mix by adding some espresso to some of the water. Water is part of the ingredients on my box mix, but if the one you get calls for a different liquid such as milk, you can add the espresso to that instead.
Poke cakes get their name from the holes that are poked into the cake while it’s warm. Delicious-ness is poured over the cake and soaks into those holes. The deliciousness that is poured over this cake includes sweetened condensed milk, espresso and kahlua. You could skip the kahlua, but urge you not to. Seriously amazing.
If you do decide to skip it though, you don’t have to replace it with anything. I would just suggest adding another tablespoon of espresso for a little extra flavor.
The topping is exactly the same as the filling in tiramisu. Amazing stuff I tell you.
It might seem a little intimidating, but I promise you it’s not hard. And once you make it the first time, you’ll want to make it and eat it every week.
The combination of the soaked cake and the tiramisu topping is sheer heaven. It tastes just like tiramisu, but without as much fuss. Please, please make it. You won’t regret it.
Tiramisu Poke Cake
- Yield: 15-18 Servings
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- 15.25 oz (or similar) box white cake mix*
- 1 cup water
- 4 tbsp expresso powder, divided
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup kahlua, divided
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 6 egg yolks
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup (8 oz) mascarpone cheese
- 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
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