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25 Best Poke Cake Recipes

If you’re new to baking, but want guaranteed success, these poke cake recipes are exactly what you’ll need.

Poke cakes are cakes poked with holes and filled with a flavorful liquid or syrup.

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This nifty little technique creates outrageously moist cakes 100% of the time. It’s foolproof!

Sweet Strawberry Chocolate Cake

It’s a great way to elevate a simple boxed cake mix without putting in too much effort.

Seriously, these cakes are delectable enough, even if you don’t put frosting on top.

I’ve rounded up 25 of the most delightful poke cakes you’ll find online.

From classic chocolate to tropical coconut to booze-free pina colada, there’s a wide array of poke cake variations to choose from.

It’s hard to pick the best one, so just try them all!

25 Ridiculously Easy Poke Cake Recipes

1. Banana Split Poke Cake

Your favorite fruity sundae has just become a delectable cake!

Complete with bananas, strawberries, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and cherries on top, this is definitely a perfect dessert for the entire family. 

It’s so decadent, no one will notice the base is a humble cake from a box.

Cake with Walnuts and Coconut Icing

2. Do Nothing Cake

This cake may be made from scratch, but it couldn’t be easier.

If you look at the ingredients, it might surprise you to find there’s no oil or butter in the batter. Yet, it manages to be unbelievably moist!

That’s the power of poke cakes. Drizzled with a milk and butter sauce, not only does it taste magnificent, but the texture is on point, too.

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3. Champagne Poke Cake with Champagne Glitter Glaze

This fancy champagne cake is so pretty and glittery! More importantly, it’ll blow your tastebuds away.

It’s a soft and fluffy yellow cake at its core. But that’s not what makes this dessert special. It’s the glaze on top.

Made with a mix of melted butter, sugar, champagne, and edible glitter, to boot, this glaze can make any cake worthy of a special occasion.

4. Halloween Poke Cake

If you’re reading this article sometime around October, you’re in luck! This poke cake is the ULTIMATE Halloween dessert.

I mean, just look at it! Its creepy-looking frosting will surely fit any Halloween theme. 

The cake is flavored with orange Jell-O and topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting with a black and orange tinge.

It’s a sweet treat no ghost or ghoul can resist.

5. Lemon Poke Cake

This lemon poke cake is wonderfully light, airy, and refreshing. One slice isn’t enough.

It has just the perfect balance of tart, zesty, and sweet. Topped with whipped cream and fresh berries, it’s a wonderful explosion of tastes and textures. 

It’s the epitome of summer desserts!

6. Tres Leches Poke Cake (3 Milk Poke Cake)

Tres leches is a classic Spanish dessert of sponge cake drenched in a mixture of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream.

And oh my gosh, it’s so delicious. It’s moist but not soggy, and just packed with milky goodness.

This is one of the very first cakes I’ve baked, and I was surprised by how ridiculously easy it was.

It’s impossible to mess up, so if you’re new to baking, this recipe is a great place to start.

7. Better Than Anything Cake

It’s a chocolate cake infused with caramel and sweetened condensed milk and finished off with whipped cream and toffee bits.

This is every sweet tooth’s dream come true! It’s wonderfully flavored, but not overwhelming.

The saltiness of the caramel and the lightness of the whipped cream ensure everything’s wonderfully balanced.

8. Triple Coconut Poke Cake 

If refreshing, tropical flavors are what you’re craving, this cake perfectly fits the bill.

It’s a coconut cake infused with coconut cream and topped with coconut whipped cream and toasted coconut. 

There’s coconut in each bite, and it’s amazing! This is what I call tropical paradise.

9. Skinny Funfetti Poke Cake

This Funfetti cake is perfect if you’re on a diet, but just need to satisfy a craving.

Your sweet tooth will definitely be impressed by how delectable this cake is. The cake itself is super moist and packed with flavor. 

The whipped cream topping and sprinkles on top provide a lovely flavor and textural contrast.

It’s so good, it’s so surprising it’s not too high in calories.

10. Pina Colada Poke Cake

If you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, well, this poke cake is a must-try.

Every time I hear that song, it takes at least a day to get it out of my head!

It’s exactly what this cake does to me, as well. Bursting with flavors from coconut and pineapple, it’s wildly refreshing and decadent at the same time.

11. Boston Cream Poke Cake 

There really is something special about the combination of custard and chocolate. This cake is proof.

A combo of yellow cake, vanilla pudding, and chocolate glaze, this cake tastes just like my favorite Boston cream pie!

It’s so good it’s hard to limit yourself to one slice. Good thing one batch of this recipe can feed a crowd.

12. Peppermint Poke Cake

Have you tried combining red velvet and peppermint? It’s an unlikely mash-up, but it works like a charm.

First of all, the color combination is just delicious. That pink frosting on top of the red cake is just way too pretty.

The flavor is also very much on point. It’s sweet and chocolatey, with hints of mint goodness.

13. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Poke Cake

Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven. To me, these two ingredients should stay together, forever!

This cake, for instance, is just over-the-top delicious.

It has a chocolate cake layer at the bottom, which is drizzled with a vanilla and peanut butter pudding mixture for extra flavor and moisture.

Then, it’s topped with a light and airy peanut butter whipped cream and crushed peanut butter cups. 

Are you drooling? I definitely am.

14. S’mores Poke Cake

Love camping but too busy to go? Let this s’mores cake remind you of good-old campfire memories at home.

A moist chocolate cake is bathed in marshmallow crema and topped with crushed graham crackers, hot fudge, and toasted marshmallows.

This cake is both incredibly nostalgic and delicious.

15. Black Forest Poke Cake

A black forest combines the goodness of fudgy chocolate cake, cherry pie filling, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings.

Traditionally, the dessert calls for several components and a little bit of effort.

This simplified poke cake is so much easier but still has all the same flavors and textures.

16. Raspberry Lemon Jell-O Poke Cake

Raspberries and lemon create such a bright and refreshing explosion of flavors!

This cake is as delicious as it is pretty. The cake is soaked with raspberry flavor for flavor and moisture.

It’s then covered with a thick layer of lemon pudding and garnished with fresh raspberries on top.

This is what summer dessert dreams are made of.

17. Hot Chocolate Poke Cake

This dessert tastes just like a cup of cozy hot chocolate, but in cake form! One spoonful will make you fall in love.

A wickedly moist and fudgy chocolate cake is made even more sensational with marshmallow fluff and cocoa-flavored whipped cream.

I must be in chocolate heaven.

18. Grasshopper Poke Cake

It’s the cake version of the popular mint cocktail, and it is fantastic.

It’s a chocolate mint cake poked and soaked in a rich chocolate pudding.

It’s already flavor-packed as it is, but you can still take it to the next level with hot fudge, mint-flavored whipped cream, and chocolate chips. 

19. Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake

This is a scrumptious pumpkin and spice-flavored cake with cream cheese frosting on top.

What makes this cake stand out from other pumpkin cakes is that it’s poked and drizzled with sweetened condensed milk.

Aside from making the cake extra sweet, the milk also helps keep it outrageously moist for days.

20. Unicorn Poke Cake

This unicorn poke cake is the most charming cake any kid would love to have on their birthday!

Just look at how wonderful that color combination is. You won’t need to be an artist to pull this off, as it’s just a simple blend of food colorings.

21. Eggnog Poke Cake

With this holiday-inspired cake, Christmas is always just around the corner.

A simple boxed cake mix is given a Christmas makeover with eggnog pudding and pumpkin pie spice.

Dolled up with whipped cream and Nilla Wafers, this cake is worthy of any special occasion.

22. Tiramisu Poke Cake

As delicious as traditional tiramisu is, it’s also a bit complicated to make. Enter, this poke cake recipe.

With just a few simple steps and ingredients, you’ll create a light and airy delight that has all the same flavors and textures as the classic Italian dessert.

23. Margarita Poke Cake

If a margarita is your cocktail of choice, this poke cake will be your newest favorite.

Flavored with lemon, lime, and just a little bit of booze, this cake is wonderfully light and refreshing with a kick. 

24. Mocha Poke Cake

If you’re a coffee drinker, you’ll definitely want to give this mocha poke cake a try.

Chocolate cake is flavored with espresso and topped with an espresso-flavored whipped cream. It’s the ultimate coffee lover’s treat.

25. Death By Chocolate Poke Cake

Seriously, I just can’t get enough of this cake. It’s just so darn good!

It’s chocolate at the bottom, in the middle, and on top. To say it’s chocolate galore is an understatement.

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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