Chocolate Poke Cake

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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Recipe

Chocolate Poke Cake

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

Description

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.


Ingredients

CHOCOLATE CAKE 

  • 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

CHOCOLATE WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING

  • 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)

Instructions

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.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 384
  • Sugar: 34.9 g
  • Sodium: 96.2 mg
  • Fat: 24.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 38.6 g
  • Protein: 6.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 73 mg

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139 Comments
  1. Diane Waud

    Made this cake last week for a dinner/auction at church.  It was a hit.  The cooks said they were fighting over it to get a piece.  Tonight the chairman of the event called me to get the recipe.  I sent her the link.  People never ask for a recipe from me!  Thanks for the delicious recipe!  I discovered it on Facebook and now I am following your blog!  Thanks!

  2. Brenda Watson

    far to sweet for me with all the sugar i made the cake, then used choclate pudding thenthe whiped cream and choclate chips nd it tasted very good 

  3. Nina

    I randomly stumbled upon your blog, and oh boy, what a find! I made this for a party at my place, at the last minute, baking, frosting and all, and crossed my fingers, hoping it turns out well. It was fantastic!!! My friends loved it! Even a friend who doesn’t really have a sweet tooth called it “perverse”, which in his speak is absolutely delicious. I sneaked a piece aside for me for the next day, and it tasted even better! My female friend (who is coincidentally also called Lindsay) is calling it her go-to cake to satisfy her chocolate craving. Such a simple recipe, but yet so delicious! Needless to say, I am now a fan of your blog. Kudos to you 🙂
    Greetings from Germany

  4. James

    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. Mandy

    I don’t know what happened with the whip cream part, mine isn’t getting anything like whip cream. It’s like runny pudding. How long do you whip it and do you use a mixer or your hand? Might want to add directions for us whip cream novices.

  6. Sierra

    So last week hubby was browsing facebook and came across this recipe and begged me to make it. So tonight I did. As I was making this I tasted different components and was afraid it would be bitter from the semisweet chocolate and the unsweetened cocoa. I was wrong. Hubby absolutely loved it! Said “poke cake is his new favorite dessert.” Thanks for the great recipe, will definitely add this to my dessert repertoire.

  7. Víctor

    The cake looks delicious, I love chocolate, but I would like that will place the weight of the ingredients in a far easier to understand, for example, in grams, thanks in advance.
    for the rest, I love your recipes.

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I'm a wife and mom to twin boys, a baby girl and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

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