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Easy Snickers Poke Cake

This easy snickers poke cake recipe is a rich chocolate cake drizzled in gooey caramel, covered in chocolate frosting, and sprinkled with peanuts and chopped Snickers.

Slice of Easy Snickers Poke Cake on a white plate with Snickers bar.

This is one of those cakes that’s even better the next day, like this Lemon Poke Cake and these Peanut Butter Brownies!

Poke cake is one of my favorite easy desserts to make because it’s so simple yet so delicious. It’s so rich that a little goes a long way. This Snickers poke cake is also the perfect dessert to make for when you have company. 

Who doesn’t love chocolate, caramel, and Snickers all in one cake? I’m sure Dad does! Also, this decadent cake is a great recipe for any special occasion. I plan on making this on Father’s Day this year. 

Why This Recipe Works

In dessert, chocolate goes with everything. What goes with caramel? Chocolate. What goes with nuts? Chocolate. You can never have enough. 

The base of this cake may be chocolate, but the other flavors blend perfectly together to create a sinful treat too good to eat by yourself! 

There’s something so satisfying about turning your favorite candy bars into a cake that you can share with the special people in your life. Snickers poke cake is a family favorite and such an easy cake recipe!

What Goes Into This Recipe

You’ll be adding just 4 ingredients to a prepared box mix cake! You will probably need oil and eggs to add to the cake mix.

Ingredients to make a Snickers Poke Cake

Additional ingredients

  1. Caramel sauce – Sweet and thick, adds to the cake’s richness
  2. Crushed peanuts – Something salty and crunchy to balance out the flavors
  3. Chocolate frosting – Decadent creamy chocolate frosting ties the ingredients together
  4. Fun size Snickers bars – The star of this delicious cake recipe

See recipe card for quantities and complete directions. 

How to Make This Recipe

Step 1: Preheat oven. Mix the cake mix in a large bowl and bake cake according to the package directions.

Step 2: Once the cake has completely cooled, use the end of a wooden spoon to poke holes in the top of the cake.

Chocolate cake with holes for drizzling caramel.

Step 3: Pour caramel syrup over the cake until the filling seeps to the bottom.

Chocolate cake with holes filled with caramel.

Step 4: Top holes with half of the chopped peanuts. Set aside the other half to sprinkle on top.

Chocolate cake with caramel and peanuts in holes.

Step 5: Carefully and patiently spread the chocolate frosting over the top of the cake.

Spreading chocolate frosting over cake with caramel and peanuts inside.

Step 6: Sprinkle the remaining cocktail peanuts and the chopped Snickers candy bar (cut into small pieces), decorating as you please.

Chocolate cake with frosting and chopped Snicker's bars.

Serve!

Slice of chocolate cake with frosting and chopped Snicker's bars.

Variations

Easy homemade Snickers cake is the ultimate versatile cake and quick dessert; you can change any ingredient to suit your preference, and it will still be delicious. Swap the decadent chocolate cake mix for vanilla or spice, and keep the chocolate frosting or use vanilla instead. 

If you’re not a big fan of Snickers, pick any delicious candy bar you like. Make a Milky Way poke cake or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Or, just sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

Use condensed milk, chocolate sauce (chocolate syrup), or a thick layer of pudding instead of the caramel topping. If you don’t want to use frosting, try marshmallow fluff or Cool Whip (any whipped topping would be fine).

Make a “better than sex” cake by using a box of devil’s food cake mix, sweetened condensed milk, caramel sauce, whip cream, and toffee bits.

Try something entirely different by making a strawberry poke cake with vanilla cake, a layer of pudding, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries on top. Poke cakes don’t always have to be candy bar cakes.

Slice of chocolate cake with frosting and chopped Snicker's bars.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you use to poke holes in the cake?

I use the handle of a wooden spoon, but you can use the end of any utensil or large straw. Make sure to press down until the spoon hits the pan; this will ensure that you infuse the caramel properly.

Do poke cakes get soggy?

point of being inedible. Unlike some poke cakes that use cookies, you won’t have to worry about the Snickers getting soggy.

Do you have to use a box cake mix?

Absolutely not! You are welcome to bake a homemade moist chocolate cake and follow the steps after the cake cools. The simple box mix of cake is for speed, but it’s not essential to the recipe. Using box mix cake is popular with poke cake because you can’t tell the cake is from a box when you soak it in other flavors.

Top Tips

When making a box cake, adding an extra egg makes the cake even more moist. You can use any kind of chocolate box cake mix.

When spreading the frosting on the cake, try not to disturb the peanuts too much, keeping them under the frosting.

To amp up the chocolate flavor in the cake mix, use hot water or fresh-brewed coffee instead of cold tap water. Hot water or coffee will make the cocoa flavor pop!

Substituting sour cream and butter for the oil will give the warm cake a richer flavor. 

Stick the Snickers bars in the fridge for ten minutes. It will be easier to cut them, and you won’t get melted chocolate everywhere. Also, you can use full-size bars or mini Snickers; it makes no difference.

Adding chocolate chips will make this cake over the top chocolatey!

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Snickers Poke Cake

With pockets of caramel and peanuts inside a delicious chocolate cake, this Snickers poke cake is what dessert dreams are made of.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 15

Equipment

  • 1 12 x 9 pan

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix prepared in a 9×13 pan
  • 1 cup caramel sauce
  • 1 cup peanuts crushed
  • 2 containers chocolate frosting
  • 12 fun size Snickers bars chopped

Instructions

  • Mix the cake mix in a large bowl, heat oven, and bake cake according to the package directions.
  • Pour caramel syrup over the cake until the filling seeps to the bottom. 
  • Top holes with half of the chopped peanuts. Set aside the other half to sprinkle on top.
  • Carefully and patiently spread the chocolate frosting over the top of the cake.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cocktail peanuts and the chopped Snickers candy bar (cut into small pieces), decorating as you please.

Notes

When making a box cake, adding an extra egg makes the cake even more moist. You can use any kind of chocolate box cake mix.
When spreading the frosting on the cake, try not to disturb the peanuts too much, keeping them under the frosting.
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