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Chocolate Poke Cake Recipe

A moist and decadently rich chocolate poke cake recipe that's great for parties.

Recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie (chocolatecoveredkatie.com)

Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 9 servings


  • 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


  • 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!
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The recipe was adapted from my Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe.