Poke Cake Recipes

Kick up the flavor in a cake - bake a poke cake! With recipes for strawberry lemonade poke cake, tres leches cake, key lime poke cake, and more, we'll show you how.

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Coconut Poke Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 1027
Boxed white cake soaked in sweet coconut milk with coconut whipped topping.
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Lemon Poke Cake II

Rating: 4.5 stars 189
This is a moist lemony cake. It is called a poke cake because you poke holes in it to absorb the glaze. If you want, you can serve this with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.

Poke Cake III

Rating: 4.5 stars 90
This is a delicious cake that is really tasty. Poke holes in a white cake, pour fruit flavored gelatin over that, then top it off with cherry pie filling and whipped topping.

Refreshing Limoncello Cake

Rating: 4 stars 104
This is a perfect ending to an Italian dinner! A favorite of my family's, this recipe was born as we were trying to figure out how to incorporate our bottles of imported limoncello into a yummy dessert. It's our adult twist on the always refreshing lemonade cake (and surprisingly guilt-free!).

Tiramisu Poke Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 28
White cake is poked and topped with a coffee-flavored sweet drizzle and then a cream cheese frosting in this decadent tiramisu poke cake. Can be made up to 2 days in advance of serving.
By Julie Hubert

Holy Cow Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 22
Chocolaty, gooey, rich, and delicious!

Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake

Rating: 5 stars 4
A simple recipe with flavors that pop. Top cake with fresh whole or sliced strawberries just before serving.

Pudding Poke Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 155
This is a yellow or white cake in which holes are poked after baking, and chocolate pudding is pored over it, making it look like it has stripes when it is cut.
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Triple Berry Cheesecake Poke Cake

Rating: 5 stars 11
Poke a classic yellow cake and fill with homemade berry sauce before topping with a tangy, delicious no-bake cheesecake! This cake is best made the day before, which makes it great to bring to all those summer potlucks!
By Julie Hubert

Jell-O® Poke Cake

Rating: 1 stars 1
An old Southern recipe passed down through my grandmother. You can vary the flavor of gelatin used in order to get a specific color for any holiday, e.g. lime for St. Patrick's day. You can top this cake with berries, sprinkles, or any topping of your choice.

How to Make Tres Leches Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 75
Tres leches cake is a cake soaked in a sweet milk syrup and topped with whipped cream. If you want to get really fancy, spoon some diced strawberries and syrup over the cake. It's really moist, delicious, and simple.

Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 54
A moist, yummy cake that tastes just like banana pudding! Add some sliced bananas, dipped in lemon juice to prevent browning, layered on top of the whipped topping. Great for potlucks.

Inspiration and Ideas

10 Party-Worthy Poke Cakes You'd Invite Anywhere
Here are 10 extra-nice poke cakes we think are just right for your next special occasion.
12 Ways to Enjoy Tres Leches Cake
Indulge in a decadent slice of the milk-soaked sponge cake known as tres leches cake.
Easy Banana Pudding Cake
Rating: 4.5 stars 40

My family always thinks this cake takes way more time and energy to fix then it actually does. Who am I to correct them?! Top with sliced bananas and keep refrigerated.