Get two new free healthy recipes each week. Sign Up

Chocolate Poke Cake Recipe

A moist and decadently rich chocolate poke cake recipe – this makes such a great addition to any party!

How To Make A Chocolate Poke Cake

A few weeks ago, I received an email with such an incredible and exciting opportunity that my initial thought was, “There’s just no way I’m not dreaming right now.”

HERSHEY’S Kitchens asked if I’d like to be a guest chef on their website, creating a new recipe in partnership with them to highlight a few of their core baking products, such as the Simply 5 Chocolate Syrup. Having grown up with their original chocolate syrup (It was the only way my mom could get me to drink milk!), I was intrigued and happy to learn they now offer a version with just 5 simple ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, or artificial flavors.

I knew exactly what I wanted to make first with the syrup: a homemade chocolate poke cake!

Originally popular in the 1970s, the idea of a poke cake is to press holes into the top and pour on a filling that soaks into the cake, adding extra moisture and flavor to each deliciously gooey bite.

Poke cakes have been making a resurgence in recent years and seem to be really popular lately at potlucks or barbecues, with anything from pudding, to caramel sauce, to fruit-flavored gelatin, to sweetened condensed milk being used as the filling.

You Might Also Like: Overnight Oats – 15 NEW Recipes

Homemade Chocolate Poke Cake

I made this chocolate poke cake over the weekend to share with a small group of friends, and as we sat on the balcony catching up and eating chocolate cake, I couldn’t imagine a more perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Baking is something that has always made me ridiculously happy.

It’s a creative outlet where I can use my imagination to transform everyday household ingredients into an endless array of magical possibilities, turning the chocolate desserts of my dreams into reality.

And one of my favorite parts of the baking process is sharing the results with others.

(The recipe video above now has over 1 million views on facebook!!!)

 

Tips For Success:

1. You can poke small or large holes into the cake. I decided my favorite way is to poke a larger number of smaller holes with a fork, which disperses the chocolate filling more evenly.

2. Check off each ingredient as you add it, to ensure you don’t accidentally skip over an easy-to-miss item such as salt or baking soda.

3. When making a recipe for the first time, it’s always a good idea to follow the recipe exactly—without substituting a different flour, sweetener, or cutting back on the salt, sugar, or oil—as even seemingly small changes can make a huge difference.

Once you know how a recipe is supposed to turn out, you can play around. Edible experiments are the best kind!

4. Be sure to have all ingredients out and read through the full recipe before starting.

5. As a general rule, baked goods are actually richer, sweeter, and have a much better texture the day after they are made, which is definitely the case with this cake and many of my other recipes.

If you can wait, I highly recommend not even tasting the poke cake until the next day.

Also Try These: Sweet Potato Brownies

hersheys food blog
hersheys simply 5 syrup

Why Should You Try A Poke Cake?

This was my first time making a poke cake from scratch, and I was surprised at how just the one little step could have such an enormous impact on the results – it is so much better than an ordinary chocolate cake!

The chocolate syrup gave the cake a soft and opulent center with an unbelievable richness. If you can find HERSHEY’S Simply 5 Syrup, I highly recommend it, because it can be used just like regular chocolate syrup yet has a much cleaner ingredient list (no GMOs, and just 5 ingredients: cane sugar, organic invert cane syrup, water, cocoa, and natural vanilla).

I also used HERSHEY’S Natural Unsweetened Cocoa to make this cake. It’s vegan and 100% natural, as the only ingredient is cocoa.

I frosted this cake with my Avocado Chocolate Frosting, but the cake is so decadent on its own that you can honestly get away with skipping the frosting altogether and it will still be fantastic!

How To Make A Chocolate Poke Cake Recipe The EASY Way
Pin it now to save for laterPin Recipe

Chocolate Poke Cake Recipe

A moist and decadently rich chocolate poke cake recipe that's great for parties.
5/5 (10)
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spelt or white flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, unrefined if desired
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, banana, or yogurt of choice, such as coconutmilk yogurt
  • 1/4 cup oil, almond butter, or allergy-friendly sub
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup chocolate syrup – I love HERSHEY’S Simply 5 Syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8-inch pan with parchment, and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk all remaining ingredients except the syrup until evenly combined. Pour wet into dry, stir until just combined, and pour into the prepared pan. Bake on the oven center rack 25 minutes or until cake has risen and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. Let cool completely. Poke holes into the cooled cake with a toothpick or fork. Pour the syrup evenly on top, and let it seep into the cake. As mentioned earlier, if you can wait, I highly recommend not tasting until the next day… this cake is so much richer and sweeter after sitting for a day!
    View Nutrition Facts

Notes

The recipe was adapted from my Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe.
 
 

Have you made this recipe?

Tag @chocolatecoveredkatie on Instagram

Trending Recipes Right Now:

Chocolate chip peanut butter bars

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

vegan chocolate cupcakes

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

vegan cheesecake

Brownie Cheesecake Recipe

keto cookies

Keto Cookies

Thank you again to HERSHEY’S Kitchen for sponsoring this post. I was excited for the opportunity and had so much fun creating this recipe. If you try the poke cake, be sure to tag me @chocolatecoveredkatie on Instagram so I can see and like your photos!

5/5 (10)

Rate this recipe

Published on December 7, 2017

Meet Katie

Chocolate Covered Katie is one of the top 25 food websites in America, and Katie has been 
featured on The 
Today Show, CNN, 
Fox, The 
Huffington Post, and 
ABC's 5 O’Clock News. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating dessert every single day.

Learn more about Katie

Get Free Recipes

Don’t Miss Out On The NEW Free Healthy Recipes

Sign up below to receive exclusive & always free healthy recipes right in your inbox:

Chocolate Covered Katie The Healthy Dessert Blog Recipes

Popular Right Now

Reader Interactions

55 Comments

Leave a comment or reviewLeave a rating
  1. Sameena says

    Hi. You mentioned 1/4 cup of apple sauce, banana or youghurt eg coconutmilk youghurt. Do you mean apple juice or normal plain yougurt/fruit yougurt

See More Comments

Leave A Reply

Get Free Recipes

Don’t Miss Out On The NEW Free Healthy Recipes

Sign up below to receive exclusive & always free healthy recipes right in your inbox:

Chocolate Covered Katie The Healthy Dessert Blog Recipes