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!

You might also like:

Red Wine Chocolate Poke Cake
Raspberry Chambord Chocolate Poke Cake
Chocolate Turtle Poke Cake
Kahlua Chocolate Poke Cake
Triple Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Print
clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon facebook facebook icon print print icon squares squares icon
Chocolate Poke Cake close up
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

Keywords: moist chocolate cake recipe, moist chocolate cake, best chocolate cake, best chocolate cake recipe, chocolate poke cake, poke cake recipe

Enjoy!

This post contains affiliate links.

Chocolate Poke Cake - so moist and to die for!

This post may contain affiliate sales links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Share a Comment

Have a question? Use the form below to submit your question or comment. I love hearing from you and seeing what you made!

Recipe rating

139 Comments
  1. Maya

    Looks like a delicious cake! If I were to make this cake for about 15 people would one portion be enough? I’m thinking maybe 1,5 portion to be on the safe side? Thanks!

  2. Kristel

    This is quite a delicious cake!  It is printed and in my ‘make again’ binder!  I made the recipe exactly as is and wouldn’t change a thing.  Thank you!

  3. jenny

    i first saw the recipe for the chocolate guinness poke cake; but i dislike guinness; and i found your recipe ^^ but how we do the cake ? 

    1. Lindsay

      I’m not sure that I understand your question. The box mix is baked according to the instructions on the box. All of them are a little different. Then you proceed with the rest of the ingredients and instructions.

      1. Chris

        Made it and it was simply amazing! Thanks for such a good recipe.
        Will try freezing it this summer for traveling..

  4. Niky Jackson

    Thanks a lots Lindsay for lots of chocolate poke cake recipes my mouth is watering. i am working women mostly didnt get time to cook but if you have recipes then i love it going to try this on weekend . once again thanks a ton

Lindsay
About Lindsay

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!

Scripture I’m Loving

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12