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My Chocolate Poke Cake recipe is a gooey and rich chocolate cake that starts with a cake mix. The cake is filled with homemade chocolate ganache and topped with from-scratch chocolate whipped cream frosting. It is so decadent and delicious!

square slice of chocolate cake with a chocolate frosting.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

A poke cake is a cake that has holes poked in it so it can be filled with different kinds of fillings and this version is all about the chocolate! It has triple chocolate flavor: chocolate cake, chocolate ganache, and chocolate whipped cream frosting.

It starts with a cake mix, so it’s super easy to make. Poking holes in the cake and them filling them with the ganache makes this cake super moist and tasty! The cake is so moist and gooey and rich thanks to all the chocolate – you’re going to love it!

Overhead shot of ingredients to make a chocolate cake from cake mix

Ingredients Needed

  • Chocolate Cake Mix: Any brand that you’d prefer! Remember, you will need the cake mix, plus the ingredients needed to make the cake, usually eggs, vegetable oil and water.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: Along with chocolate chips this will help you make the ganache and the fresh whipped cream to top the cake.
  • Cocoa Powder: I use natural unsweetened cocoa powder but you can also use dutch process for a richer flavor.

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How to Make Chocolate Poke Cake

  • Prepare the cake mix and bake according to the direction on the box.
  • With a straw or the back of a wooden spoon, poke holes into the cake.
  • Make the chocolate ganache then pour over the cooled cake.
  • Beat whipped cream to soft peaks in a large bowl with an electric mixer and mix in cocoa, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract and beat until stiff peaks form. Frost cooled cake.
square slice of chocolate cake with a chocolate frosting.

Expert Tips

  • Use the end of a wooden spoon, or something similar sized to poke the holes into the cake.
  • I chose to go triple chocolate with this recipe, but if you want to fill the cake with a fruit filling or caramel sauce instead of chocolate ganache, go for it!
  • You could also frost this poke cake with a vanilla or chocolate buttercream, or a whipped cream frosting.
  • Add some chopped pecans on top for a Turtle cake, or sprinkle the top with mini chocolate chips for some crunch.
square slice of chocolate cake with a chocolate frosting.

Chocolate Poke Cake Recipe

5 from 4 votes
This Chocolate Poke Cake is a chocolate lovers dream! Start with an easy cake mix, then fill it with chocolate ganache and top with chocolate whipped cream!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Serving Size 1 serving



  • 1 box chocolate cake mix PLUS ingredients listed on box to make the cake (approx 15.25 ounce box)

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup (237ml) heavy cream
  • 2 cups (340g) chocolate chips

Chocolate Whipped Cream Topping

  • 2 cups (474ml) heavy cream
  • ¼ cup (28g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (40g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Prepare the cake mix according to the direction on the box. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • With a straw or the back of a wooden spoon, poke holes into the cake. Let the cake cool off completely.


  • In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine cream and chocolate chips, stirring constantly until you have a smooth texture, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour over the cooled cake and spread evenly. Cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Whipped Cream

  • Beat the whipped the cream to soft peaks in a large bowl with an electric mixer.
  • Mix in sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract, then beat until it forms stiff peaks.
  • Add whipped cream to the cake and gently spread evenly on the cake.

Recipe Notes

  • I used a Betty Crocker super moist cake as I wanted a moist cake, but you can use whatever cake mix you like. Just make sure you follow the directions on the box for making the cake.
  • After applying the ganache over the cake, wait until completely cool off as it is easier to spread the whipped cream.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 576kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 517mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1314IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on May 19, 2024

Dorothy Kern

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  1. I will look forward to making this one for the “chocolate junkies” in my household. This is the time when I really miss the chocolate cool whip that is no longer being made. Does anyone remember that ?? They also had a french vanilla flavor and I think there was a strawberry for awhile. The other thing that I miss (big time) is the flavored powdered sugars that Domino used to make. Chocolate, lemon, orange, strawberry. What great frostings those made ! I have been on a one-woman campaign for those items to return to supermarket shelves, but requests fall on deaf ears. I would bet “bit coin” that most bakers would use these on a regular basis. What say you, fellow bakers ?