Baking a cake doesn’t have to take all evening. Try one of these delicious poke cake recipes for an easy after dinner dessert!
These easy dessert recipes take boxed cake mix to a whole new level. There are so many variations of poke cake the whole family will enjoy mixing and matching different flavors.
I love concocting easy poke cake recipes because something fantastic always comes out of it. Try one of the recipes below, and let me know if you customize it all!
Why We Love Poke Cake
Poke cakes are an old-school baking hack from the homemakers of America; we’ve just jazzed them up a little bit!
Bake any box cake mix of your choice, poke holes in the top of the cake, fill and top with whatever you like. It’s that easy!
Poke cakes are a great way to use up ingredients you probably have on hand while making a delicious cake recipe.
Poke cakes are notoriously moist and decadent, perfect for a special occasion or just a Sunday dinner. They’re easy enough to make that you can let the kids in on the fun, too!
27 Poke Cake Varieties
Easy Snickers Poke Cake
Lemon Poke Cake with Blueberries
Oreo Poke Cake Recipe
Rainbow Poke Cake
Baileys Irish Cream Poke Cake
Cream Cheese Lemonade Poke Cake
Mixed Berry Jello Poke Cake
Reese’s Poke Cake
Twix Poke Cake
Heath Bar Poke Cake
Banana Pudding Cake
Creamy Coconut Cake
Chocolate Poke Cake
Sticky Toffee Pumpkin Pudding
Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake
Pineapple Poke Cake
Boston Cream Poke Cake
Rolo Poke Cake
Strawberry Poke Cake
Lemon Meringue Poke Cake
Italian Cannoli Poke Cake
Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake
Oreo Cheesecake Poke Cake
Lemon-Pineapple Poke Cake
Dreamy Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake
Do Nothing Cake
Pumpkin Poke Cake
Tips For Making Poke Cake
The best way to poke holes in the cake is to use the handle of a wooden spoon or a large straw. Poke it to the bottom of the pan to incorporate the flavors.
Cakes turn out the best when you bring cold ingredients such as eggs and butter to room temperature. This method ensures a smooth crumb finish.
If you don’t have Cool Whip on hand, make your own! All you need is heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. The key is to use an electric mixer and beat the heavy cream in a medium bowl until you form soft peaks.
Frequently Asked Questions
I recommend refrigerating poke cakes because many have dairy products such as whipped cream. You can expect your cake to last for 3 to 4 days in the fridge.
Yes! Make sure the cooled cake is fully set first, and don’t add your toppings! Wrap the cake in a layer of plastic wrap, then a layer of foil. When you’re ready to serve the cake, simply thaw it out, then add all your toppings like candy, cookies, and fruit.
Of course you can make a poke cake with homemade cake! Once you finish baking your homemade cake, simply follow the directions from there.