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Chocolate Poke Cake

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Chocolate Poke Cake is quadruple chocolate treat-rich chocolate cake infused with delicious mixture of melted chocolate and sweetened condensed milk, topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate chips.

Chocolate Poke Cake is quadruple chocolate treat-rich chocolate cake infused with delicious mixture of melted chocolate and sweetened condensed milk.

Although all of us food bloggers are gasping for air watching the fantastic photos of decadent layered cakes, sometimes it is really necessary to have such a cake on your table in a very short time. If you have ever been in a situation like that, there is no better solution then a quick, but a very delicious poke cake. Your guests will enjoy the slices of the cake, and you won’t have to spend hours and hours in the kitchen.

And so, you may think that I’m a master in making poke cakes because I’m telling you all this, but the truth is that I just recently came to the conclusion that from about 100 recipes on my blog, none of them are for this very popular cake. The reason is not because I’m not used to making poke cake, but because I often make it for guests at the last minute and they eat it almost to the last piece, so there is rarely anything to take a picture of and post on the blog 🙂

Since the decision of what to bake is made, the only thing left is to choose a taste, since you can make poke cake with any flavor you want. But, as it should be with a blog that has the word “chocolate desserts” in it’s name, then it was a “no brainer” to make the first cake of this kind a Chocolate Poke Cake.

Chocolate Poke Cake is quadruple chocolate treat-rich chocolate cake infused with delicious mixture of melted chocolate and sweetened condensed milk.

Maybe you are expecting a big story now, but everything about poke cake is so simple that after a few sentences, you will already be able to begin baking! As a cake base, there is the moist chocolate cake, poked, filled with chocolate and sweetened condensed milk filling. Since the cake I’m making today is extremely chocolaty, the whipped cream is mixed with cocoa,too and for the complete chocolate enjoyment, in the end, there are chocolate chips, and many of them. Maybe you will think that I have gone too far with them, but the chocolate chips do not just complete the taste of the cake, but they also give a great crunchy texture to the moist, creamy cake.

And what else to say? No sooner than clapping your hands, there is the Chocolate Poke Cake smiling from the table and if you ever thought that a quick cake can’t be delicious, one bite will change your opinion. But, caution! If you are a food blogger, first take photos, then eat 🙂

Chocolate Poke Cake is quadruple chocolate treat-rich chocolate cake infused with delicious mixture of melted chocolate and sweetened condensed milk.

Chocolate Poke Cake

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For Chocolate Cake:

13/4 cups flour

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup brewed coffee (or 1 cup boiling water if you don’t like coffee in the cake)

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Chocolate Filling:

14 oz sweetened condensed milk

1 cup semi -sweet chocolate chips

For Chocolate Whipped Cream Topping:

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

1 taespoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking dish and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt).
  • Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, add coffee (or boiling water) and mix to combine (the batter will look runny). Pour it in the baking dish and smooth the top. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, (until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean).If the cake rise too much in the center and crack, you can press it gently with your palms, when it’s slightly cooled,just to smooth the top.
  • With a wooden spoon poke holes all over the top of the cake and set aside.
  • Place chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl and set aside. In a saucepan bring sweetened condensed milk to a boil and pour it over chocolate chips. Whisk until smooth.
  • Pour chocolate mixture over the cake and spread to fill in holes.
  • Set aside to cool (about an hour) then refrigerate until completely cooled.
  • To make the topping, mix heavy cream until soft peaks form, add powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla extract and continue mixing until stiff peaks form. Spread it onto cooled cake and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips. Store in the fridge.
Recipe Type: Dessert


Filling and topping recipe adapted from: www.lifeloveandsugar.com


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  1. I am so glad to see that you make the cake from scratch vs cake mix. I am trying to get away from processed foods. Am going to try this for our next family Sunday supper for dessert.
  2. Made this day before yesterday and turned out great! I would recommend reheating the condensed milk/chocolate mixture in microwave after mixing to liquify more since it cools quickly and thickens making difficult to spread & prevents mixture from moving into the holes in cake (I used a cup of strong brewed coffee as called for). The cake layer couldn't be more perfect, very moist and the light whipping cream layer is icing on the cake! Everyone loved it as it is but I'm thinking of adding a bit of coffee flavored power as well to the whipped cream layer to add a hint of coffee.
    1. I found that the chocolate/sweetened condensed milk mixture does not sink down in the poked holes. It sets up like a fudge layer on the cake. Made this twice now with the same results. What am I doing wrong?
      1. I found this to be true as well. I even tried the microwaving tip above. I'm leaving the fudge hardened on top and then will whip up the frosting/topping to dollop on each piece when served.
  3. Do you taste the coffee in the cake? I have heard of adding coffee to chocolate cake to intensify the chocolate flavor but I don't really want to taste the coffee. Please comment.Thanks!
    1. It doesn't taste like coffee but it really does make a difference in how chocolatey the chocolate tastes all my chocolate cakes I use strong brewed coffee I never taste the coffee but the chocolate taste so much better this cake looks great going to make it tonight cake wait!!
  4. I am so glad i read the comments before making the whipped topping, i was going to use sweetened cocoa! Cake is in the oven ill post when its all done! Looks so yummy!!
  5. I have been making the cake for years now and everyone loves it . But have never tried the poke part or the topping until today. I did put instant coffee in the topping and it turned out great. Thank you for the recipe.
  6. Made this recipe for my sister-in-laws birthday and it was a huge hit! Easy to make and tasted great! Only thing I would add is that you really need to watch your sweetened condensed milk closely while it boils to make sure it doesn't burn on the bottom. Love the recipe and will make it again.
  7. So disappointed to see you use God's name like this. It is disrespectful and offends me. I won't use your site or recipes because of this.
    1. What a pretentious twit. It's "holier than thou" people like this who drive others away from religion. This is a recipe site not a bible study.
  8. I think this recipe might work better if you put the chocolate (chips and condensed milk mixture) on while the cake is hot. The chocolate layer seems really thick. Not sure if I did it right. I might have to skip putting on the whipped cream layer. This cake is going to be very rich. I may try to put the whipped cream layer on but not make it chocolate whipped cream.
  9. How do I boil the condensed milk without it burning on the bottom? I've ruined 2 cans already! :( I'm not the best cook though! Thanks!!!
    1. Boil it in the microwave...about 2.5-3 mins. You need to do it on a med or med high heat on the stove and stir constantly....or it will burn.
  10. Made this today and LOVED it!! I made plain whip cream for the toping and LOVED it. The plain cream topping helped almost act like a glass of milk! Will definitely make this again!
  11. I made this yesterday and used a boxed cake mix. I substituted coffee for the water called for and it was wonderful. I will definitely be making this cake again, my family LOVED it! Thanks for sharing :)
  12. my daughter and I made this for the first time yesterday and it was great. However, my chocolate filling was too thick Not gooey looking like in the picture. Any suggestions?
  13. Made this the other night for a company dinner party. Microwaved the milk in 30 second increments then added Ghiradelli chips. Melted smoothly. Tried to be line up all the pokes nice and neatly - DON'T DO THAT! Just keep on poking holes all over that cake - I mean all over! It was amazing - very moist, very chocolaty and looks beautiful!
      1. hi vera - thanks for getting back to me. i had to make the cake before i saw your reply. since i decided to increase the amounts, i bought condensed milk to make up the difference and the result of combining the condensed and evaporated was. great - it was creamy and thick enough and, best of all, not as sweet as condensed milk alone. the cake will be eaten this afternoon and i will let you know how it came out.
        1. hi again vera - you'll be happy to hear that the cake was a smashing success. everyone loved it. i was disappointed that the condensed milk and chocolate mixture didn't show when the cake was cut - not sure why. perhaps the combination of condensed and evaporated was not thick enough and got absorbed or the color was too dark and didn't show up against the chocolate cake. any ideas? for the record, i folded whipped banana into the whipped cream and it was really tasty. all in all - very successful. thank you.
  14. I’ve never heard of using a wooden spoon to poke holes. Are you talking about the other end so that the holes are a little bigger than fork pokes (which I’ve used for other poke cakes but not with a filling this thick). I’ve used Khalua liquor in place of the coffee (I’m not a coffee drinker) in other cakes and did like the mild flavor. Any suggestions for other flavors either for the filling or whipped topping?
  15. I made the topping and whipped it with an electric beater, and after adding the icing sugar, cocoa and vanilla beat it more, and the ingredients went watering, no peaks! What did I do wrong?
  16. This is the best home made chocolate cake i ever ate. My family love this so much. Delicious delicious yummy. Thanx for the recipe
  17. I found this recipe other day while was searching pintrest and I'm so excited to make it.. sounds very simple to make and looks delicious. .
  18. Hi Vera,The Chocolate Poke cake looks absolutely delicious! I know that coffee enhances the task of chocolate but I don't like coffee. Can you taste the coffee in this cake?
  19. did it a few times already and it was always a big hit! very easy to make, and so delicious. i usually put it in a freezer after i fill the holes with choc chips and milk so it turns out to be very chocolatey and ice creamey!
  20. I am planning on making this cake for a coworker. It is her birthday but I will be making it the nigh before I go into work. If I leave the cake in the refrigerator over night will the cake be soggy by the time I bring it into work?
  21. I think I would use chocolate jimmies or shavings instead of mini chocolate chips on top ... I appreciate the addition of a crunch, but not everyone loves the taste of "raw" chips ....
  22. Just a quick not to thank you! I was searching for desserts for my family and I ran across your site. I couldn't have been happier to find you! I grew up in the south and my Grandma and I always used to make poke cakes and I had completely forgotten about them. The men in my family have more of a sweet tooth than the women, if you can believe that, so I'm going to make the chocolate poke cake today. Thanks again so much for bringing back some beautiful memories to me! Have a fantastic New Year!
  23. Amazing. My mom wanted something chocolate for mother's day and found this receipe. Happened to have all the ingredients so I decided to give it a try. Needless to say, she loved - and so did the rest of the family! Will definately do this one again. Thanks!
  24. HERES THE SECRET TO GETTING THE FILLING TO OOZ INTO THE POKED HOLES! Get a microwave safe bowl, (I used a plastic Betty Crocker bowl I bought from Dollar Tree.) and COMBINE both the condensed milk and the semi sweet chips in the bowl and throw that into your microwave at full power for 2 min.. maybe 2 min and 15 seconds. I discovered this by accident... and what a discovery it was! When I pulled it out, it was really fluffed up and I just stirred it quickly and it was just right to pour over the top of the cake. Don't wait too long!! IT DOES THICKEN QUICKLY!

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