Chocolate Poke Cake

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This Chocolate Poke Cake is out of this world. SO chocolatey! So moist! Amazing. I dare you to try and keep your fork out of it.

Chocolate Poke Cake - so moist and to die for!
Chocolate Poke Cake - so moist and to die for!

Poke cakes have quickly become one of my favorite things to make when I’m looking for an easy but delicious cake. I love a beautiful layered cake, but sometimes easy ones are the way to go. And since poke cakes are defined by the holes that are poked into it and filled with flavor, there are so many possibilities.

It occurred to me that I didn’t have a single chocolate poke cake on the blog and that seemed criminal. Chocolate is a necessity in all things, so I went full out – chocolate all the way. In every bite.

I started with a devils food cake. I used a cake mix, but if you have a from scratch recipe you prefer, go for it. Sometimes boxes are a wonderful convenience. You could also use a regular chocolate mix, but the devils food makes this oh-so-chocolatey and I fully recommend it.

Chocolate Poke Cake - so moist and to die for!
Chocolate Poke Cake - so moist and to die for!

Once the cake is baked, poke holes all over it. I actually have a steel knife sharpening rod that I use to poke my holes, but you could also use the end of a wooden spoon, or something similar.

Believe it or not, I’ve never actually sharpened a knife with that rod. It’s only been used as a device for poking holes in cake. Seems appropriate for me, no? 🙂

Instead of just pouring plain sweetened condensed milk over the cake (because that would be boring, right?) I basically poured chocolate ganache over it. I melted the chocolate with the sweetened condensed milk, instead of the usual heavy whipping cream and used that. It’s amazing. So not boring and so good.

To top the cake off, I made chocolate whipped cream, the covered the cake with mini chocolate chips and chocolate sauce. Just in case there wasn’t enough chocolate already. I mean, can you even have too much chocolate? I don’t think it’s possible.

And in the case of this cake, it’s perfection. So much chocolate, but so balanced and delicious. Totally to die for.

You are welcome.

Chocolate Poke Cake - so moist and to die for!
Chocolate Poke Cake - so moist and to die for!

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Chocolate Poke Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 15-18 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This decadent Chocolate Poke Cake is out of this world. It’s insanely chocolatey and so moist! I dare you to try and keep your fork out of it.




  • 15.25 oz box Devils Food Chocolate Cake Mix, plus ingredients listed on box
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • mini chocolate chips
  • chocolate sauce (I used Smucker’s Chocolate Sundae Syrup)


1. Bake cake according to box directions in a 9×13 cake pan.
2. Once cake comes out of the oven, poke holes all over the top of the cake.
3. Place sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
4. Whisk chocolate and milk until smooth, microwaving more, if needed to melt the chocolate.
5. Pour chocolate mixture over the cake and spread to fill in holes.
6. Set cake aside to cool, about an hour, then refrigerate until completely cooled.
7. To make whipped topping, whip heavy cream until it begins to thicken.
8. Add powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla extract and whip until stiff peaks form.
9. Spread whipped topping evenly over cooled cake.
10.Sprinkle mini chocolate chips over cake and drizzle with chocolate sauce. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Chocolate Poke Cake - so moist and to die for!

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      1. Bonita Read

        Made the chocolate poke cake for Christmas but instead of choc sauce I covered the top with brandied cherries and sprigs of mint! it was a winner. Thank you for the easy recipe for a non-pro baker that was a hit with the family 🙂

  1. funsize wife

    If this was any better, it would need a license by the FDA! And, it this cake became illegal, I would be one of the first offenders! I made this for a cookout, and it got so quiet when it was served. Lots of happy faces! The chocolate sweetened condensed milk pour over made the cake. Great job once again, Lindsay!

  2. Paula

    So I was at target buying my ingredients for the cake, there was one thing that target didn’t have. And it was whip cream! Ugh, it was so frustrating. I got cool whip instead and was wondering if i can substitute that instead?

      1. Sherry Tafti

        I am still in the process of making your chocolate poke cake and cannot rate it as yet. i just have a concern that the condensed milk with melted choc. chips is so thick, it will form more of a layer on top of the cake. Will it really soak into the cake overnight in the refrigerator? Thanks.

      2. Lindsay

        It should soak into the cake just fine. I would suggest adding it while the cake is still warm, to help with the mixture staying warm and soaking into the holes. You still might have a little bit that settles on top, but most of it should soak in.

      3. Ashley

        How would you sub the cool whip? Would you still use the powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla or just the cocoa?

      4. Lindsay

        Yes, just the cocoa. I haven’t actually tried adding it to cool whip before, but I assume it’d be fine.

    1. Charlene

      Strange that Target didn’t have whipping cream. They usually have it but not where the milk is. They have half and half  & I believe they carry Knudsen & the Market Pantry brand of whipping cream. Maybe ask someone that works there. We have several Targets in my area & they all have it. So I assume they have it at their other stores as well.

  3. Elena

    I only have one thing to say about this cake: I LOVE IT! It feels so good just to look at it. And i’m pretty sure that it tastes good too.

  4. Jen

    I want to devour this poke cake! I’m loving all the chocolate. I’ve actually never made a poke cake but I think it’s time I do!

  5. Mir

    If you’re gonna premiere a poke cake, this is the way to do it! I love subbing in the ganache for the SCM. So much better that way! Not a shock from the woman who makes the best cake!

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