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Try One Of These 13 Decadent Poke Cake Recipes!

You can’t go wrong with the easy, delicious nostalgia of one of these decadent poke cake recipes! 

With the help of a boxed cake mix and the tail end of a wooden spoon, families have noshed on decadently moist, positively scrumptious poke cake recipes for half of a century. 

To make just about any poke cake, grab a box mix, pour batter into a 13×9-inch pan, then pop it into the oven.

Then, once you have a baked cake, leave it in the prepared pan while it is unceremoniously stabbed with the handle of a wooden spoon until it closely resembles Julius Caesar on the Ides of March.

After you poke holes, they are drenched with filling, like instant vanilla pudding, melted chocolate chips, or caramel sauce. 

Finally, it’s finished with a layer of whipped topping.

We’ve got 13 recipes that are a piece of cake to whip up. From the dreamy coconut cream poke cake to the fruity key lime poke cake and of course decadent toffee poke cake, you can’t go wrong with ANY of these!

What’s that in your oven? 

Is it a croissant? Is it a croquembouche?

No! It’s a Coconut Cream Poke Cake here to save even the dreariest winters with its tropical flavors!

Serve up a mouth vacation in one creamy, all-inclusive package. This recipe is easier than (coconut cream) pie to make from a boxed white cake mix.

This features a rich chocolate cake batter with little pudding pockets poked right in, then topped with fudge-infused Cool Whip and chocolate chips. 

Of course, you can go even bigger with as much chocolate or toppings as you want—M&Ms, Oreo cookies, sprinkles, chopped-up candy bars… The possibilities are endless!

You could even mix things up by swapping in a cherry poke cake and adding fresh berries to your candy accoutrements.

The Toffee Poke Cake is treacly sweet and obnoxiously indulgent, with a German chocolate cake mix base absolutely smothered in condensed milk and butterscotch sundae syrup. 

Resting on top of the cake is a crown of whipped topping and toffee bits, just in case the whole “cake filled with condensed milk and butterscotch” wasn’t sweet enough for you. 

This is definitely a dessert you’ll want to savor in small doses, lest you give your sweet tooth a challenge it’s unprepared to handle.

Refreshing and citrusy, the Key Lime Poke Cake is another prime example of how pies and cakes are natural companions. 

Instead of the traditional crust, all of that fruity flavor is contained within a vanilla poke cake filled with a dreamy key lime condensed milk. 

Finish it off with fresh strawberries and key lime zest for one of the prettiest poke cakes you’ve ever seen.

There’s something a little magical about the combination of rich, smooth chocolate with buttery caramel. The Rolo Poke Cake capitalizes on that magic by transforming a simple candy into an entire cake concept. 

Celebrate the delectable dynamic duo with a rich chocolate cake slathered in homemade condensed milk caramel and crushed Rolos. 

The poke cake recipe also suggests a drizzle of hot fudge sauce, and who are we to argue with the experts?

Crisp, spiced apples, gooey caramel, and nutty toffee come together for quite the showing in this Caramel Apple Poke Cake recipe. 

Your family and friends won’t believe that this delicious dessert started out as a can of apple pie filling and a vanilla cake mix. 

There will be plenty of love in every luscious bite, even if you didn’t spend your time diligently breaking down apples to make it.

We’re big fans of poke cake ideas that combine two things we love, and this Coca-Cola Chocolate poke cake recipe is the perfect example. 

Like a soda shop special, the mix of chocolate cake, whipped cream, Coke and chocolate frosting, and drizzle of chocolate syrup gives us serious poodle skirt and saddle shoe vibes. 

You just might be tempted to stick a straw in it, but we definitely recommend a fork instead!

If you’ve been searching high and low for an excuse to eat easy poke cake variations for breakfast, here it is. 

The tender crumb of white cake mix is practically begging to play host to holes filled with cinnamon sugar and drenched in spiced cream cheese frosting. 

Leave it in an airtight container and enjoy it the next day with a glass of cold milk, though you might be too busy solving the mystery of who ate it all last night.

Sure, you could drink your pumpkin spice this fall, but why would you when this bounteous buffet of autumnal flavor combinations exists. 

For major fans of pumpkin spice everything, you’re going to love this cake taste a latte. 

It’s got a crowd-pleasing ingredients list, including yellow cake mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, caramel sauce, sweetened condensed milk, whipped cream, and toffee bits.  

Precariously balancing a large bowl with only plastic wrap to protect you from imminent disaster is no way to spend the road trip to Granny’s house. 

Like a holiday hero, the Banana Pudding Poke Cake is here to save the day!

Skip the stress and roll up with the perfect dessert to impress even your pickiest loved ones.

Of course, we couldn’t leave out the true OG Jello cake in all of its jiggly glory.

Fans of vanilla poke cake and Jello flavor will love this one because of its versatility. 

Strawberry is one of several great options because the best thing about this easy poke cake is that you can use any flavor of Jello you have hiding in your cabinet. 

Mix and match your Jello mixture to create whatever fruity taste you’re craving, from Orange to Berry Blue.

Earthy peanut butter mingling with creamy chocolate sauce is our idea of a match made in heaven. There is definitely a little bit of romance blooming in this Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake.

The inspired addition of cream cheese in this poke hole cake dessert recipe cuts through the rich peanut butter cups with a much-needed tanginess that pairs delightfully with all that sweetness.

If we could give a physical form to how it feels when you get a nice, long hug from someone you love, it would look strikingly similar to a Red Velvet Peppermint Poke Cake. 

Despite looking fancy enough to contribute to the company Christmas potluck, this is an easy cake for last-minute partygoers. 

Mix a little peppermint extract into a boxed red velvet cake mix, bake, poke, and fill with white chocolate peppermint pudding mixture. 

The piece de resistance is the Cool Whip topping mixed with hot cocoa powder, then drizzled with fudge sauce and crushed Andes Peppermint Crunch.

Love poke cakes? Try these dump cake recipes!

The bottom line

Thanks to the quick bake times and easy ingredient lists, the poke hole cake has been a family favorite since we considered bell bottoms and fringe vests haute couture. 

We sincerely hope that our list of 13 poke cake recipes inspires you to look at your favorite wooden spoon in a whole new light and serves as time well spent not making homemade cake. 

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13 Poke Cake Recipes

13 Poke Cake Recipes

How scrumptious! Try one of these 13 easy-peasy, poke-hole pleasin’ recipes for a bit of nostalgia!


  • Coconut Cream Poke Cake
  • Chocolate Pudding Poke Cake
  • Toffee Poke Cake
  • Key Lime Poke Cake
  • Rolo Poke Cake
  • Caramel Apple Poke Cake
  • Coca Cola Chocolate Poke Cake
  • Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake
  • Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake
  • Banana Pudding Poke Cake
  • Strawberry Jello Poke Cake
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake
  • Red Velvet Peppermint Poke Cake


  1. Choose a poke recipe that sounds really good!
  2. Visit the link to get the recipe!
  3. Make and enjoy!

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