Chocolate Mint Poke Cake

One of the best Poke Cakes yet! Chocolate Mint Poke Cake, filled with sweetened condensed milk and hot fudge, and topped with a mint whipped topping and Oreos for good measure.


I would normally have called this Chocolate Mint Poke Cake by it’s more fun name, a better than… cake. But…it wasn’t appropriate, I didn’t think. You see, today is Jordan’s 8th birthday, and this is her birthday cake!

I cannot believe my baby is 8 years old today. Where has the time gone? The last eight years have seriously been a total whirlwind. I almost feel like she’s eight going on 16. I think this is one of those cusp years; one where we are on the bridge to change. I can already see her changing from her little girl ways – even though she’s still little! She’s gone from being obsessed with princesses and Barbie to asking for a guitar and rock star clothes for her birthday.

I look at Jordan and I see so much of me but it’s weird, because I see so much of my husband too. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a person who is so much 50% of each parent – but she’s totally it. She’s my little twin…and she acts just like her daddy. A pretty good combo, I think.

Anyway, I’m going to shout it from the rooftops for a second…


Okay good. Now onto cake. A Chocolate Mint Poke Cake, to be exact.


Did you know that today was National Chocolate Mint Day? I had no idea, until a few weeks ago when I posted about food holidays. Until that morning, I had been planning to make Jordan a Kit Kat cake, the one you’ve seen all over Pinterest. Then she decided she wanted a chocolate mint cake. An hour later I was writing that post and realized that her birthday was also Chocolate Mint Day. It was too much of a coincidence for me to ignore it!

I don’t know what made me think of a poke cake, but I’m glad I did! This cake is SO easy to make. Whenever Jordan asks me for a chocolate cake, I have to use cake mix. Any from-scratch cake is “too chocolatey” for her. So the base of this cake is a milk chocolate cake mix. Then I infused sweetened condensed milk and hot fudge ice cream topping with peppermint extract. While the cake is warm from the oven, you poke holes in it with the back of a wooden spoon and slather it with the milk and the hot fudge. This makes the cake gooey and rich and amazing. It’s probably where the Better Than… part of the title comes from!

I topped the cake with whipped topping that had been flavored with more peppermint extract and colored with a few drops of green food coloring so it screams “I’m minty!”

And well, the crushed Oreos on top never hurt a thing, and they add a little crunch.

This cake is not only a great birthday cake…but it would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day too!


Chocolate Mint Poke Cake…poked with love and birthday wishes. How’s that for cheesy?

Jordan would fall off her chair laughing if I said that to her. She has her daddy’s humor, and it’s one of the many things I love about my baby. My big girl eight year old baby.


Chocolate Mint Poke Cake

Chocolate Mint Poke Cake


  • 1 chocolate cake mix, plus water, oil, and eggs on the box to make the cake
  • 1 can (14 or 14.5 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 jar (10-12 ounces) hot fudge ice cream topping
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Peppermint Extract, divided
  • 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed
  • 3-4 drops green food coloring
  • 1 cup Oreos, crushed


  1. Mix and bake cake according to the box directions. When a toothpick comes out clean, remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Place sweetened condensed milk in a small bowl. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract. (You can also do this in the can without transferring to a bowl, if you want to save a dish!)
  3. Remove lid from jar of hot fudge sauce. Heat in microwave for about 30-60 seconds, until it is pourable. Be careful not to heat it too much without stirring, you don’t want it to burn. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract.
  4. Once the cake has cooled for 5 minutes, poke several holes in the top with the back of the handle of a wooden spoon. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the cake, making sure it gets in all the holes. Spread with a spatula if needed.
  5. Pour the hot fudge sauce over the top of the cake, making sure to get it in all the holes. Spread with a spatula if needed. Cool the cake completely before continuing.
  6. Open thawed whipped topping. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract and 3-4 drops green food coloring. Spread over cooled cake and sprinkle with crushed Oreos. Chill for several hours (or overnight) before serving. Best served room temperature.
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Some other birthday cakes I’ve made:

Chocolate Cookie Dough Cake

Chocolate Cookie Dough Cake

Brownie Ice Cream Birthday Cake

Brownie Ice Cream Birthday Cake

Pokes from friends:
Oreo Pudding Cake by Lil’ Luna
Better than anything S’more Cake by Chef In Training
Red Velvet Poke Cake by Something Swanky

This post may be linked to: Chef in TrainingLil’ LunaBuns In My OvenChic-and-CraftyI’m Lovin’ it FridaysStrut your Stuff SaturdayWeekend Wrap Up PartySundae Scoop Link Partyand all of these too!


  1. SOOOO perfect! It hadn’t even crossed my mind to try a poke cake for St. Patty’s day!! This looks so amazing. I am all about chocolate mint. The birthday girl has good taste :)
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  2. Happy Bday, Jordan! I dont know why I am getting all teary with your post (it’s not that kind of post!) but what you wrote about your daughter is so sweet, Dorothy. And reminds me of how fast these years go with mine…and I feel like mine is changing so much too. She’s 2 yrs younger than yours, but already, it’s palpable. They grow up so fast, too fast! A perfect cake for a perfect bday girl!
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  3. Oh Dorothy! EIGHT! But at least she’s celebrating in style with this awesome poke cake! And of course IT IS National Chocolate Mint Day – so the timing couldn’t be better!
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  4. Happy Birthday Jordan!! What a delicious cake too!
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  5. This looks amazing! My tastes weren’t quite so advanced at 8 years old! (You should be proud of her… :)

    Happy Birthday Jordan!

  6. yum! this cake sounds awesome!

  7. Happy Birthday Jorden! My mom always jokes that she has no idea where the last twenty three years went. She still sees me as a chubby 7 year old which is sweet and slightly annoying. This poke cake look’s super yummy! While I dont love mint alone, I do love it with chocolate. What an awesome mom you are.
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  8. First things first…Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!! My daughter is turning 8 in may and I am in total denial ;) Second…that cake looks freaking amazing!! I am so making this for our St. Paddys day dessert….thanks so much for another great recipe!!
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  9. Happy Birthday to the coolest and hippest 8 year old I know! This is such a sweet post Dorothy! And she does have great taste to ask for this amazing cake!!!
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  10. Such a sweet post! And this poke cake looks like something I’d go crazy for!
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  11. I hope Jordan had an amazing birthday – even if she did have to go to school:) hopefully we can get Jordan and Stella together sometime soon – they sound VERY much alike
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  12. Happy Birthday Jordan!
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  13. Every day an even more delicious looking recipe, how am I ever going to make all of these! Chocolate + mint = yessssss
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  14. Happy birthday Jordan!!! What a lucky girl to have this cake on her birthday. YUMMM! I can never decide if I’m more addicted to chocolate and mint or chocolate and peanut butter. After looking at this, I’m definitely leaning towards chocolate and mint.
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  15. I totally missed chocolate mint day and I even have a great recipe to share! The cake looks delicious! Happy Birthday Jordon!
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  16. Happy Birthday to Jordan! Personally, I think chocolate mint deserves to be a National Food Day more than once a year :)
    The cake looks delicious.
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  17. Eeek, I hope Lil J had a fantabulous birthday. She’s SO cute and such a rockstar diva! Love it :) and love the poke cake! Definitely not a “better than…” cake, lol :)
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  18. AWww Happy Birthday Jordan!!! This cake looks awesome, and I know Michael would love it too (he’s a big chocolate/mint fan) :D
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  19. Happy birthday to Jordan!! She’s super lucky to share her birthday with such an awesome food holiday!! I love the chocolate and mint combination and I’ve been dying to try a version of a poke cake other than with jello. I think I found it!!
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  20. Happy Birthday to Jordan!! What a sweet post post Dorothy. :) PS: I love the Oreos on top!
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  21. What a great idea!! Pinned and can’t wait to try :)
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  22. Happy Birthday to your precious daughter! This looks like a perfect birthday cake!
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  23. Happy birthday to your sweet girl! My daughter would LOVE this cake, too!!!

  24. This looks delicious!! Pinned ;) Thanks for yet another incredibly yummy recipe!!

    Before I check my cupboards to see if I have the ingredients to make this scrumptious treat, I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award!! You can check out the post where I nominated you, linking to your fabulous blog, at: …Congrats! Have a fabulous night, Dorothy!! :)
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  25. Oh man! I just made those chocolate cupcakes, so I will have to wait a couple weeks to make this, but I know my sweetie will love this!
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  26. I have a sleeve of Thin Mints waiting for a fun recipe… I may have to make this cake and use them instead of Oreos.

  27. That looks delicious Dorothy! Love that you made it a poke cake. I am sure that tastes as good as it looks!
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  28. I can’t believe I’ve never had a poke cake!! But lets see, it’s chocolate, minty, with Oreos, whipped cream and hot fudge! What part of this cake isn’t amazing???? The best party is it’s for Jordan’s birthday!! Happy birthday to your sweet girl! My son will be 8 in a week! I’m already sobbing! How does time go by so quickly??? It’s not fair!
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  29. Awww, Happy Birthday Jordan! This cake looks awesome! (I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never had a poke cake.) Though I did have a good giggle over the poke cake joke :)
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  30. Oh I’m lovin’ this chocolate mint cake – those little ones grow up way too fast! I bet she always remembers this cake!
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  31. Poke cake used to be my birthday cake request! It’s been a long time….Love this version :)
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  32. Oh yum. I’ve never made a poke cake before and right now I’m wondering why the heck not! It looks amazing!
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  33. My family was just reminding me the other day that I haven’t made “Better than……” cake in a long time! Will have to try your mint recipe, YUMMY!

  34. I made this cake last night and took it to Bible study this morning. YUM! My little neighbor had just delivered Girl Scout cookies so I crushed up Thin Mints for the top. I heard that your dessert recipe sparked quite the conversation in the study with all the young moms! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  35. What a delicious cake – I love chocolate and mint together.
    My baby is going to be 8 in April, I can’t believe how quickly we have gotten here – I completely understand!
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  36. I want a piece of this right now! Wow!
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  37. I know I’m late, but happy birthday, Jordan! I love seeing her pics on Instagram, and she looks just like you, Dorothy. :-) I just love this post…even though my little guy is just five, the years are flying by and every day he seems to grow like crazy. It makes me feel happy and sad and old all at the same time. We just need to enjoy every moment! I am sure that Jordan LOVED this cake–chocolate and mint is pretty much the best combo ever.

    PS: are you shooting these in manual? They look great!
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  38. I found your recipe on pinterest and am in love with it! I must make this very soon. I hope your Jordan had an amazing birthday. :)

  39. Hi Dorothy: About the recipe…. you list:
    “1 jar (10-12 ounces) hot fudge ice cream topping?1 1/4 teaspoons Peppermint Extract, divided”
    I know I’m over thinking this, but I’m confused about the question mark and then the measurement for the peppermint extract. I’m assuming the question mark doesn’t apply, but is it 1 and 1/4 teaspoons of peppermint extract or just 1/4 of a teaspoon?

    I normally make a chocolate mint pie for my son for this birthday (which is coming up), but I thought I’d change it up and attempt this.

    Thanks for posting!

    • Thanks for catching that Cynthia! Somehow the formatting in the recipe got messed up. It’s two separate ingredients, the hot fudge and the 1 and 1/4 teaspoons peppermint extract!

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