Best Poke Cake Recipes: This is a collection of some of our favorite and most versatile poke cake recipes! Poke cakes are cakes that have been poked with holes, then syrup is drizzled on top for a deliciously flavorful, moist dessert. We have recipes that feature all types of poke cakes- mint chocolate, Cocoa Pebbles, Peanut Butter and more! Read on to learn more about the best poke cake recipes ever!
Why are they called “Poke Cakes”?
Back in the 1970’s, during the presidential Watergate scandal companies were using the issue for marketing and branding. Pudding created a Watergate cake, not to be outdone, Jell-O company wanted to make their mark too. They let everyone know that Jell-O “could fill any void”. The Poke Cake was born, their idea was “First, create a hole”. From scandal the poke cake was born!
How do you poke holes in a poke cake?
The holes in a poke cake are poked in it after baking is complete. The holes are typically made with the handle of a wooden spoon or a wooden skewer. Anything that can create uniform small holes
Do Poke Cakes need to be refrigerated?
Most poke cakes to need to be refrigerated due to the pudding or the Jello. It is covered and stored in the refrigerator and it will be good for 3-5 days.
Peanut Butter Poke Cake made from scratch with a delicious peanut butter drizzle and a light peanut butter frosting on top! Tons of peanut butter flavor in this amazing poke cake recipe! See the recipe for Peanut Butter Poke Cake here!
Oreo Poke Cake made with a chocolate cake mix, drizzled with condensed milk and a whipped cookies & cream topping. This Oreo poke cake is one the whole family will enjoy, it is both easy and fun to prepare as well as delicious to eat. With such a simple cake recipe made easier thanks to boxed cake mix and whipped topping, this really is a simple dessert to share with everyone. Cookies & Cream Poke Cake is the perfect way to celebrate National OREO Day- how are you celebrating?! We are digging into this delectable poke cake. See the recipe for this Oreo Poke Cake Here!
Lemon Burst Poke Cake
This Lemon Poke Cake is incredible with wonderful texture and flavor. An amazing cake that is baked to perfection with a delicious lemon filling in the holes with a tasty frosting on top. This is truly a cake you have to try. See the recipe for Lemon Burst Poke Cake here.
Mint Chocolate Poke Cake is made with a cake mix, hot fudge, chocolate pudding and a mint flavored whipped cream topped with chopped Andes mints. A decadent but easy chocolate cake recipe! There is just something about that chocolate and mint flavor combination that has always been a bit of a temptation for me. And I’m guessing I am not the only one! This mint chocolate poke cake is absolutely incredible. Hot fudge in a cake? With Andes mints on top? Sign me up! See the recipe for Mint Chocolate Poke Cake here!
Fruity Pebbles Poke Cake is a fun and flavorful poke cake recipe made with Fruity Pebbles cereal! A festive and creative cake recipe that is perfect for birthdays or any occasion! It is such a unique cake style that kids love, it is colorful and delicious! See the full recipe for Fruity Pebbles Poke Cake here!
This Chocolate Turtle Poke Cake is the best and easiest dessert you will ever make. Seriously, you only need 6-ingredients for this out-of-this-world delicious cake! The rich chocolate cake and the gooey caramel sauce is an incredible combination. See the recipe for Chocolate Turtle Poke Cake here.
Pina Colada Poke Cake is made with a cake mix, crushed pineapple and a delicious, creamy pina colada sauce. Easy poke cake recipe that is topped with a light, refreshing pineapple pudding topping. It is a wonderful treat for a warm spring day, almost makes you feel like you are on a tropical vacation! See the recipe for Pina Colada Poke Cake here!
Chocolate Caramel Peanut Butter Poke Cake made with a cake mix, chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups and a delicious homemade peanut butter caramel sauce. This is a chocolate lovers dream come true! A decadent but easy chocolate cake recipe! See the recipe for Chocolate Caramel Peanut Butter Poke Cake here!
If you are looking for a fun new Easter dessert to try this spring, this easy Carrot Cake Poke Cake recipe is the best treat that you can make for your family. Filled with white chocolate pudding and topped with cream cheese frosting, this super moist carrot cake is over the top delicious! See the recipe for Carrot Cake Poke Cake here.
Cocoa Puffs Poke Cake is made with the chocolatey cereal from your childhood, Cocoa Puffs! Chocolate cake and chocolate pudding combine, all topped with whipped cream and Cocoa Puffs cereal! This cake is delicious and nostalgic! See the recipe for Cocoa Puffs Pudding Poke Cake here!
Christmas Jello Poke Cake uses a cake mix and red and green Jello to make a simple and delicious holiday dessert! This Christmas cake recipe is easy to make and absolutely beautiful to serve! This is a fun and festive dessert to make and display on your holiday treat table, it is simple and stunning. See the recipe for Christmas Jello Poke Cake here!
This moist Chocolate Poke Cake (aka Death By Chocolate Cake) is easily made using a box cake mix as the base, then filled with rich chocolatey filling and topped off with homemade whipped topping. If you have a craving for an incredible chocolate treat, look no further! See the recipe for Death by Chocolate Poke Cake here.
Peppermint Oreo Poke Cake uses a cake mix, cookies and cream pudding, whipped cream, Oreos and peppermint candies for a deliciously festive holiday cake! This cake packs a lot of wonderful flavor into one easy dessert. Easy Christmas cake recipe with peppermint cookie flavors. See the recipe for Peppermint Oreo Poke Cake here!
Caramel Apple Poke Cake made with spiced cake mix, applesauce and topped with caramel, sweet cream and toffee! This is a perfect poke cake recipe for Fall! See the recipe for Caramel Apple Poke Cake here!
Blueberry Poke Cake is a semi-homemade dessert! A simple and easy cake recipe for any occasion, but also fancy enough to serve at special events. This poke cake recipe uses boxed white cake mix and a Cool Whip topping. But what makes it extra special, is a creamy and delicious homemade cheesecake blueberry filling! See the recipe for Blueberry Poke Cake here.
Peaches and Cream Poke Cake filled with sweet peach flavor and topped with cream cheese frosting and fresh peaches. Easy jello poke cake recipe for peach lovers! This Delicious and Easy Jello Dessert is perfect for all of your get togethers and a delicious way to use fresh peaches. See the recipe for Peaches and Cream Poke Cake here!
Strawberries and Cream Jello Poke Cake made with a cake mix, seeped with jello and topped with sweet cream and strawberries. Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake is the perfect light and sweet jello dessert perfect for any gathering with family and friends. Delicious poke cake recipe that’s so pretty!
Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake is a dessert that I knew my daughter would love – she loves strawberries! See the recipe for Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake here!
Raspberry Jello Poke Cake is a simple yet flavorful cake recipe. White cake infused with raspberry jello topped with cream to make one memorable, such an easy poke cake! See the recipe for Raspberry Jello Poke Cake here!
Pumpkin Poke Cake takes an ordinary cake mix and turns it into this deliciously festive Fall treat filled with pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. This poke cake is light, fluffy, moist and OH SO delicious. See the recipe for Pumpkin Poke Cake here!
With a box cake mix, two types of Jell-O, and whipped cream, this Red White and Blue Jell-O Poke Cake is the perfect dessert for your 4th of July get-together! It is flavorful, super moist and also patriotic! See the recipe for Red White and Blue Jello Poke Cake here.
Lemon Poke Cake is made with few ingredients and so simple! Delicious, easy poke cake recipe with a bright lemon flavor topped with sweet cream. You only need a few ingredients to make this tasty lemon cake recipe! Bake a lemon cake per box cake mix instructions, then 2 additional ingredients are all you need to take it from good to AMAZING. I like to grate lemon zest and use that to garnish the top of the cake. See the recipe for Lemon Poke Cake here!
S’mores Poke Cake made with a chocolate cake mix, then topped with marshmallow cream, graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows and chocolate. This poke cake is great for backyard gatherings, bring what you love about camping to any BBQ party! See the recipe for S’mores Poke Cake here!
Can you freeze poke cakes?
The simple answer is yes! Freezing your poke cake makes it a ready to go dessert when you have a last minute get together or party. To freeze the cake, just be sure to wrap it tightly with plastic wrap before freezing. Some people even add an extra layer of protection and wrap it with aluminum foil over the plastic wrap. It will last about 1 month in the freezer. Leave out at room temperature to defrost.
What is the best type of pan to use for poke cakes?
For Poke Cakes I am partial to using large baking pans, because I like to spread out the deliciousness. I typically use a 9×13 pan to create a sheet cake, which means there is more cake to go around. You can also use a regular cake pan, but those are more shallow and the holes you create won’t be very large. The 9×13 pan is typically a bit deeper and creates great space to poke the holes and fill them up!
This collection of our Best Poke Cake Recipes was fun to create, we hope you found some amazing recipes for you and your family to enjoy for years to come!