Ice Cream Poke Cake


You GUYS! I made a poke cake and filled it with ice cream. #YoureWelcome This Ice Cream Poke Cake is an easy potluck recipe! Cake is baked and filled with melted ice cream for a gooey casserole everyone will love.

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Ice Cream Poke Cake - an easy poke cake filled with melted ice cream! The perfect potluck recipe for summer.

Okay, so before I we talk about how excited I am about this ice cream poke cake, we MUST talk about NKOTB. (Y’all know I was nuts for them, right? Like, totally head-over-heels-tweeny-bopper gaga?)

This past weekend we finally watched the American Idol finale. As soon as I heard the New Kids were performing, I got all those butterflies in my tummy. Yes, I’m 37 years old and the thought of listening to Joey McIntyre sing gives me butterflies.

(I KNOW, okay?)

Mel queued up the DVR to the right spot and then I watched, dumfounded and open-mouthed while they sang with Daniel. They. Were. HORRIBLE. I couldn’t even finish. I made Mel turn it off halfway through. I just couldn’t even listen to it anymore.

It was truly cringe-worthy. Did you all see it?

Ice Cream Poke Cake - an easy poke cake filled with melted ice cream! The perfect potluck recipe for summer.

Seriously, I couldn’t even believe it. First of all, the leather skirts-over-jeans thing. WTH was that? I mean, Alanis Morissette could pull that off (in the 90s) but men in their 40s? Just no. And then Joey (tried) to sing Please Don’t Go Girl

…and all my dreams and childhood angst came crashing down around me. Did they always sound that horrible?

You guys. If they were always that bad and I spent over 45,000 hours mooning for them…I just don’t even know where to go from here.  Can you imagine what J. Lo and the other judges were thinking? I could practically hear them willing themselves to smile and clap along.

It was bad. Really, really bad.

You know what’s not really bad? Poke cake. You know what’s really good?

When poke cake is poked and filled with ice cream.

Easy Ice Cream Poke Cake Recipe

Anyway. Back to this cake!

I love me a poke cake, especially in the summer. And if I’m going to have a cake, a poke is what I’ll choose over any other kind. There’s just something magical that happens when the cake is poked and filled with something gooey. It becomes less like “cake” and more like something, well, awesome.

This cake starts with a box mix. I love using box mixes to make pokes because it’s just so easy. You’re welcome to use your favorite 9×13″ pan recipe if you prefer from scratch, but I’m a box girl all the way.

I used chocolate for this cake because, well, I love chocolate. And that’s the first box I grabbed when I reached into the pantry. You can use your favorite flavor mix, any brand. Just bake it up as the box directs for a 9×13″ pan.

Then the magic happens.

Ice Cream Poke Cake - an easy poke cake filled with melted ice cream! The perfect potluck recipe for summer.

These cakes are called “poke” cakes because when they come out of the oven you “poke” them with the handle of a wooden spoon. You do this several times all over the entire cake (probably about 30 holes or so).

Then you fill the poked holes with something ooey, gooey and delicious. Sometimes you use sweetened condensed milk or hot fudge or caramel.

For this poke cake? I filled the holes with melted ice cream. You can use any flavor!

I simply let the ice cream sit at room temperature near the stove while the cake was baking. Once the cake came out of the oven, the ice cream was all melty. Just pour it over the top and spread it around. Then let the cake cool and chill it for a few hours. (The longer it chills the better it is!)

Easy Ice Cream Poke Cake Recipe

When you’re ready to serve, you finish off your ice cream and cake sundae. I frosted my cake with Cool Whip (whipped cream can be substituted). Drizzle some chocolate and caramel ice cream toppings over the top, add sprinkles and cherries, and you have an ice cream poke cake!

Everyone will love this cake. It’s perfect for a potluck or as a birthday cake.

It’s also the perfect “eat your feelings” cake.

Easy Ice Cream Poke Cake Recipe

Not that I’d know what that’s like or anything…

*cough* Liar *cough*

Ice Cream Poke Cake

This Ice Cream Poke Cake is an easy potluck recipe! Cake is baked and filled with melted ice cream for a gooey casserole everyone will love.
Yield 12 servings
Serving Size


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix plus ingredients listed on the box to make the cake
  • 2 cups of your favorite ice cream
  • 1 8 ounce tub of whipped topping or whipped cream
  • Chocolate sauce caramel sauce, sprinkles, and cherries for topping


  • Prepare cake as directed on the box using the water, oil, and eggs called for to make a 9x13” cake. Bake the cake in a 9x13” pan (that has been sprayed with cooking spray) according to the package directions.
  • While the cake is baking, place the ice cream in a large bowl and set it near the stove so it can melt.
  • When the cake comes out of the oven, let it cool 5 minutes. Then, using the back of a wooden spoon, poke several holes (about 30 or so) in the top of the cake. Hopefully by now your ice cream is mostly liquid. If not, microwave it for a few seconds until it’s all liquid or just some lumps of ice cream remain.
  • Pour melted ice cream over the top of the cake, making sure it gets in all the holes. Let the cake cool on the counter, then cover and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. (It gets better the longer it sits!)
  • Before serving, frost the top with whipped topping or whipped cream and drizzle with ice cream toppings like chocolate and/or caramel sauce, sprinkles, and cherries.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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Love poke cakes? Check out a Banana Pudding Poke Cake, Banana Split Poke Cake, Samoas Poke Cake or my favorites:

Snickers Poke Cake

Snickers Poke Cake (13 of 15)w

Cherry Coke Poke Cake

cherry coke poke cake (4 of 5)

Chocolate Mint Poke Cake


Sweets from friends:
Skinny Lime Poke Cake by Yummy, Healthy, Easy
Baklava Poke Cake by Life, Love, and Sugar
Banana Toffee Poke Cake by Melanie Makes

Last Updated on August 21, 2018

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  1. Did you just refrigerate to chill or put it in the freezer to turn it back into frozen ice cream?  I think this is what I’m bringing to family dinner this weekend!!

    1. It doesn’t turn back into ice cream, the melted ice cream soaks into the cake making it super moist and then the cake tastes like whatever flavor you use! I like to keep mine in the refrigerator, especially once the topping is on!

  2. Aaah I totally missed that performance! Sounds like they were pretty bad though. Definitely have to find it on YouTube later!! This poke cake is genius! Love that you used ice cream! It looks completely amazing! 

  3. Say it ain’t so! I missed out on the NKOTB tragedy since we’re a Netflix only fam. So bummed to hear they were horrific! I might just continue living my life in a hole and pretend they are still their 20+ yr ago fantastic selves while I eat my feelings with this ICE CREAM?! – #youreagenius – poke cake 🙂 

  4. This poke cake is masterful!  Seriously freakin masterful!!!!  I am so in love with it!!!!

  5. OK, I probably shouldn’t say this out loud but I’ve never made a poke cake!!!! Where have I been?!!! I mean I’ve seen them all over Pinterest. .  so I def need to get my act together and try this deliciousness!!! and esp a poke cake filled with ice cream. Brilliant!!!! 

    1. Alice you totally should! They’re so easy, SO good, and everyone loves them (especially pinterest!) But only do it when you have company or you’ll eat the whole thing!!

  6. I saw them two years ago this month in concert and they were very good.  I didn’t see the show but I hope it was a one time thing.  A friend of mine saw them a few weeks ago and enjoyed the show a lot.  I may make this in the next few days for my sister’s b’day.

    1. I know, I saw them a few years ago and they sounded good. I’m hoping it was just TV or … something!

  7. I have yet to try to make poke cake, but I always drool over the recipes that you post. Looks like I’ll have to experiment with this one very soon. 🙂