Snickers Poke Cake

Now this? This was my mom’s birthday cake. It’s a Snickers Poke Cake which means that it’s a chocolate cake poked and filled with caramel and peanuts, then topped with a nougat frosting.

Um, best birthday cake ever, don’tcha think?

Snickers Poke Cake filled with caramel and peanuts and topped with a nougat frosting!

Okay, so speaking of moms, I want to talk to y’all about something that I’ve been not understanding lately. Is it just me or do people not abide by the “if you can’t say anything nice” rule anymore?

My mom (and dad) always taught me if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. Don’t like something? Keep your opinion to yourself. Don’t bad mouth or cut people down; live by the golden rule to do unto others.

It seems to me that either (1) people aren’t teaching that very much any more or (2) the internet makes people think that rule doesn’t apply to them. Social media and the internet give these people a place to hide behind; they forget that even though they’re on their computer they’re still talking to a person.

If you’re a blogger you know exactly the people I’m talking about. They’re the ones who leave comments like “I hate this, it’s disgusting,” on a post that you worked so hard on.

They’re the people that, instead of being able to understand sarcasm or a joke, tell you you’re stupid for joking around or that your blog is stupid because you talk too much.

Snickers Poke Cake

The biggest offenders are often the ones on Facebook. I gotta say, I have a love hate relationship with Facebook. It’s great for catching up with old friends, sharing photos, and for getting traffic to my blog. But I swear, posting food on Facebook brings out the trolls x1000.

I asked a fun, silly question the other day about what kind of ice cream topping people like. Most people played along or just scrolled on past. One person commented “Who cares? What’s the point of this?”

The point is to have fun. Remember what that’s like?

Or, the people that comment on desserts, like this Snickers Poke Cake or any other dessert they deem “too sweet” or “a heart attack waiting to happen” or “gross.” Or they say that they “hate that flavor”. Why even say it? Would you talk that way to your mom? Wait. They probably DO talk that way to their mom.

And, as I found out last week, troll shaming doesn’t just happen on Facebook. People create whole Instagram accounts to publicly shame people (aka food bloggers) that they think are wrong, stupid, or they are jealous of. I’m not even going to link to them, because I don’t want to give them the satisfaction and views. It makes me sad that people can be so unhappy in their lives that they have to cut other people down.

Anyway, if you’re stumbling over this post and happen to not be one of my fabulous loyal readers or a fellow blogger, first welcome to my blog. Second, I read your comments. I hope you like this cake, but if you don’t…you can just skip to the next pin.


Snickers Poke Cake filled with caramel and peanuts and topped with a nougat frosting!

Okay, so now that that’s off my chest (thank you for letting me pile it on), let’s talk about this OMG fabulousness that is the Snickers Poke Cake.

Have you had a poke cake before? They’re also known as Better Than Sex Cakes, although, well. You can probably guess what I would say about that if you were my girlfriend and we were drinking wine and eating cake.

Hence, I call them Poke Cakes.

Anyway, a poke cake is a cake made in a 9×13″ baking dish. I used a chocolate box mix for this cake, but you can use your favorite from scratch chocolate cake. (That link is for cupcakes that would work fabulously as a cake.) Once the cake is baked, while it’s still hot, you poke a bunch of holes in the top with the back of a wooden spoon.

The point of doing that is so you can pour some ooey gooey stuff over the top. #cakeforthewin

Sometimes a poke cake is made with pudding on top, sometimes sweetened condensed milk. For this Snickers version, I used caramel ice cream topping and chopped peanuts. They soak into the cake as it cools and gives it a nice gooey texture and a little crunch from the nuts.

Once the cake cools completely, you make the star of the show: the nougat frosting. No Snickers copycat mashup would be complete without nougat! The frosting is made from a jar of marshmallow fluff that gets stirred into melted chocolate chips, and then a container of Cool Whip is carefully mixed in to make it spreadable. Spread that amazingness all over the top of the cake, drizzle it with chocolate sauce, and top it with sliced mini Snickers.

And you have the best cake in the whole wide world.

(Oh, and remember the nice thing. Cool Whip is kind of necessary in this recipe. You can try it with whipped cream, but I had to stir it a lot to get the thick fluff mixture smoothed out into the whipped topping. A whipped cream would break, so I wouldn’t try it. Plus…if you’re eating marshmallow fluff is whipped topping that bad?)

Again: best cake in the world.

Snickers Poke Cake

Best part? My mom loved it. <3 you mom!

Did you make this recipe?

Snickers Poke Cake

A chocolate cake is poked and filled with caramel and peanuts and the whole cake is frosted with a nougat frosting. It's a Snickers Bar in cake form!


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (for 9x13” pan), plus ingredients to make the cake

  • 1 (approximately 12.25 oz jar) jar caramel ice cream topping

  • 1 cup finely chopped peanuts

  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow cream/fluff

  • 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip

  • Mini or Fun Size Snickers, for garnish

  • Chocolate sauce, for garnish


  1. Make the cake according to box instructions for a 9x13” pan size cake. Bake until a toothpick tests done. While the cake cools slightly, pour the caramel into a small bowl or measuring cup and heat for 30 seconds. Stir in peanuts.

  2. Using the back of a wooden spoon, poke several holes in the cake, at least 20-30 holes, all over. Pour the caramel/nut mixture evenly over the cake. Let the cake cool completely before continuing.

  3. Melt chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a large, microwave safe bowl on high in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. The oil is to help the chocolate chips melt without seizing. You can also use shortening.

  4. Once the chocolate chips are melted, stir in the marshmallow fluff. It’s very sticky and thick!

  5. Add the Cool whip to the chocolate mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Mixture will be hard to mix - but it’ll get there eventually - and may be a little lumpy. Spread the Cool Whip mixture over the cooled cake. Chill for several hours before serving so the flavors can meld together.

  6. Top with sliced Snickers and chocolate  sauce for garnish. Store in refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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  1. Internet trolls are the worst. I thought that all this middle school drama and bullying was supposed to be behind us? Guess not. Anyway, my husband would love this cake – I might have to make it for his birthday!

  2. That looks insaaaanely good!

  3. Oh wow that is one delicious looking cake! So gooey and chocolaty, mmm 🙂

  4. Wow, this looks fantastic! I don’t think I’ve ever had a poke cake before. Clearly, I’ve been missing out! And I had no idea people spend enough time to create Instagram accounts for the sake of mocking food bloggers…what an unproductive, negative use of time.

  5. Urgh!; some people these days are so horrible and shaming, I just wish it wouldn’t happen. As for this cake, it looks spectacular and decadence, especially with the snickers flavour which I love! And remember, those people who troll or shame you are just probably very jealous of your work, recipes, blog and personality! 

  6. Dorothy, the haters gonna hate. Just look at it this way: if they’re going to the trouble of being stupidly cruel, that means they’re unhappy with themselves, jealous of your success, and not to be paid attention to. That said, yep. It’s a real shame.
    But you make magic, and this poke cake is no exception! Anything with Snickers! No wonder your mom’s cake pick is this bad boy!

  7. Oooohh! This cake looks amazing! Can’t believe some people can be so gross! We don’t get Cool Whip in the UK-any ideas for substitute?

    • Oh, I wish I knew!! My friend Something Swanky has a make your own Cool Whip recipe that uses gelatin. I think maybe if you stabilized whipped cream it might work. I just had to stir it a lot to get the fluff to incorporate so I’d worry that regular whipped cream would break. You can totally try it and see if it works (and then let me know!) 🙂

  8. This poke cake looks ah-mazing and snickers is a favorite candy bar for me, so this looks especially yummy…

    As for those who must say something mean…I received my first mean comment last week (I know, it was bound to happen sometime.)  I was really taken aback.  I would have posted it had it had anything to do with the recipe, but it was just mean talk.  So after feeling like I got slapped in the face, I decided to ignore it and feel sorry for whatever that reader was going through that made her feel the need to lash out at someone.  I always think that a place where people are freely sharing their passions and creativity in making food is an odd place to lash out, but, maybe that’s just me.  I’m always grateful for the sharing.  So, thanks Dorothy!

  9. First of all, you’re an amazing daughter for making this for your momma’s birthday! I am also the one called upon when it is my friend or family member’s birthday. I take pride in creating a dessert or using one of my old favorites. One of my cousins does not like chocolate (gasp, I know!) but I’ve found some amazing alternative for his special day. He always checks to make sure I remember that he doesn’t like chocolate and must have something with strawberries…yeah…he’s 25 years old. 

    There are so many people out there in the blogging world who have positive relationships with us, but it’s funny how something rude really stings. The best thing to do is to keep your creativity and inspiration alive. Don’t let the haters and cynics get to you. I love your blog Dorothy! Keep up the hard work. Don’t let one negative comment ruin your day. 

  10. OK, folks, this cake was absolutely amazing! Snickers has always been my favorite candy bar and Dorothy outdid herself coming up with this cake. It’s simply wonderful. And I just took some out of the freezer last night so I can eat it AGAIN today!!! Lucky me.
    Thanks again, Kiddo! Love you xoxo 🙂

  11. Haters gonna hate hate hate! I’m just going to bake bake bake this cake! Yum! Someone who doesn’t like Snickers is someone I don’t want to be friends with! 

  12. Yes trolls suck and so do fun haters!!! Boooo. But Dorothy you rocked this cake!! 

  13. That looks absolutely amazing Dorothy!  I’ve never heard of a poke cake before, but it sounds fantastic.  Especially when combined with Snickers flavours.  Mmmmm.  Also, so sorry you had to deal with crappy comments and stuff this week, that’s awful…I often wonder if people would say the things they type.  Probably not.  Much easier to be mean through the computer screen.  I think I want to make absolutely everything you post, your stuff is awesome!  🙂

  14. That is a lovely birthday cake and I know it tasted great. Snickers is one of my favorite candies.

  15. I love you, Snickers Poke Cake.

  16. Wow this snickers poke cake looks AMAZING!  I love snickers and they rate right up there with PB Cups.  As for those mean people try not to let them bother you too much.  I know it is hard- the other day in the grocery store I had a woman come up to me and ask if these were ALL my kids and why???  The nerve of some people just astounds me.  I love reading your blog and I am so glad I found it!!  You are a very uplifting person and you create amazing content!!  Thanks for all of your hard work and making so many people happy!!!

  17. Boo to the trollers, they take the fun out of things 🙁 You are fabulous and love that you are going to shake it off. This poke cake looks absolutely heavenly! Happy belated to your mom – so glad your she loved it too 🙂 

  18. I adore snickers and now I have a new vice.  This is insane!

  19. Just an idea: I’m currently making this cake for my own birthday (ha, I know, right?) and had a thought.  
    Instead of the sundae caramel topping, next time I’m gonna try the “old fashioned” caramel dip that comes in the white plastic tub, usually found near the fruit section of the grocery store.  Kick  it up even more!
    Thanks for posting this recipe!

  20. This cake looks wonderful!!!  Oh my goodness, thank you for sharing this recipe.  People’s rude comments on the internet today are truly disturbing!  It is very sad.  What about (food) bloggers who use offensive language in their posts?  I checked out a few sites from the post on here yesterday.  Unfortunately, the first one I went to had the “F” word in the first few sentences.  (I will not be visiting that one again.)  It’s not a big thing, and I’m not a prude, but please……I am visiting sites for fun, ideas, entertainment, and/or maybe a delicious red velvet cake recipe…..not 50 shades of potty mouth!  Perhaps it would be a more civil world if one would have some respect for their audience, if not for themselves.  Oh, thanks for letting us share!      

    • I totally understand swear words aren’t for everyone! When I remember, I try to mention that with links, but I must have forgotten in that post, sorry about that! Personally, I think in swear words…I just don’t write them because I know not everyone is like me, ha! 🙂

  21. I saw the conversation on FB and it’s mind-blowing and absolutely disgusting that people create social media accounts just to post nasty stuff about others. I don’t get it. How sad their lives must be if they have the drive to do it. 
    This snickers poke cake looks out of this world! No wonder it was your mom’s birthday cake! Pinned! 

  22. Well for what it’s worth, I big-pink-puffy-heart you, Dorothy! And your blog. And this cake. What I don’t understand is why people take the time to actually be so negative? Loser. The lot of them. 

    Oh, and isn’t “a heart attack waiting to happen” a compliment? My bad. 

  23. I do not do face book. There are just too many nasty people out there, and I do not want to waste my time listening to that type of stuff. Life is too short!
    I think your blog is just great and I have made many of your recipes. Please don’t let the negative comments stop you from being yourself. You seem like a wonderful, upbeat person and it is sad that people just like to bring you down with horrible comments. Keep it up Dorothy. You are doing a great job.

    • Thank you Karen! I usually try not to let them affect me but sometimes you just get so many in a week and it’s like, ENOUGH! 🙂 Thank you again, hearing from readers like you makes my day!!

  24. Dorothy, this cake looks amazing! Don’t let the haters take all the fun out of your blog. It’s just how this world is. However, there are lots and lots who love your blog, me being one of them. Just keep doing what you’re doing and don’t worry about them. 

  25. Sorry for all the drama and unnecessary rudeness. This looks like just the thing for the office pot luck next week. Thanks for publishing it!

  26. The cake looks yummy…I’m going to try it.
    As far as man and critical people they don’t need to read your blog, simple as that! Can they do a better job? Thanks for all of the great recipes!

  27. That’s one of the reasons why I am not on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – the data-miners, haters and socially awkward people love the accessibility, and the anonymity of screen names.  I know you have to be on those platforms for your business, so just know that jealous types can be really mean-spirited.  You are beautiful, creative, fun, funny, thoughtful and successful, and a lot of people love you and enjoy hanging out with you.  And, even though I am making mostly healthy choices these days, I love a good treat on a fairly regular basis!

  28. My first thought when I saw this poke cake? OMG, I cannot wait to try making this. It looks delicious. I made the oh so delicious coconut poke cake. A-MAY-ZING!!! Please keep these delicious recipes coming, we appreciate all that you do and post for all of us so we can amaze our families with such delicious treats.

  29. Let the haters keep hating, you keep blogging. This cake look fabulous, I have definitely gotta try this and I have a wonderful cake recipe that will work perfectly, thanks for sharing.

    I have just one thing to say about the haters…they don’t know what they are missing.

  30. What is going on this week, why are so many people in the blog world being mean??! More people need to watch Bambi and use the “Thumper Rule. ” Words to live by people! Can’t we all just eat cake and be nice to each other? 

  31. I’m a big believer in “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” yeah, social media can bring out the crazies. .  but we gotta hang in there for the nice, real people. .  blogging sure makes you have thick skin, huh? Well, I for one LOVE this cake!!! next to peanut butter and Cheetos, candy bars are my next comfort food (and I love me some snickers). 🙂 

  32. Just want to say that sorry to hear that you get trolls like that. I love your blog, and it’s not even the recipes that keep me coming back, I just love your writing! Your desserts look wonderful too, and I have tried some, but I find it quite hard to convert American ingredients to something I can buy in NZ. Anyway! Please don’t let the trolls get you down – even though there seems to be so many horrible people out there, I’m sure there are more nice people than horrible ones. Thanks for sharing your life with us, and don’t ever forget to just have fun!

    • Oh NZ and Australia. I wish we could send you cake mix, Cool Whip, and Marhsmallow fluff! I’ve actually seen recipes for all of them on blogs…but I have no idea how they’d perform all together. Thank you so much for reading and your comment!! It makes me smile to hear from wonderful readers. 🙂

  33. I looove Snickers.  This is going on my make-it queue.  Thank you for sharing

  34. This cake looks so delicious, Dorothy! And I love the name “Poke Cake” – hehe it sounds like so much fun!

    And “hatas gonna hate” as they say! I try to “kill them with kindness” but am too taken aback by mean comments! If you don’t like a recipe – I welcome constructive feedback but some people are downright mean about it #trolls!!

  35. I would love such cake too! Looks irresistible!

  36. This looks divine and sounds absolutely delicious.  Definitely will be trying this…and soon 🙂

  37. This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it. I’ve never actually made a poke cake before. I love your recipes! 😀

  38. Oh my Lord & Taylor is this sinfully beautifully delicious looking! OK did I make any sense just then? OH WELL!

    Yeah, I never understood why people felt the need to post stupid/silly comments. They just CAN’T let others do their thing. I noticed that growing up when I’d get bullied in high school. They’d say the strangest things and it really was because they simply couldn’t just let me be. They had to say SOMETHING because it either A. Bothered them that I was happy doing my thaaaaang or B. they didn’t understand. When people don’t “get it” it bothers them to no end – hence them feeling the need to say things like “this is stupid.” It’s like, really? Just say it out loud as you scroll past and move on. 😉

    In a Nutshell…

    • It’s so sad that people are so angry that they have to lash out. They just don’t understand if they were just nice people would like them and they would have a happier life! Thank you for reading!

  39. Ok, I agree with Cowboy Bob (you have to be a kid from Indianapolis in the 70’s) if you can’t say anything nice-don’t say anything at all. And no, parents to don’t practice this let alone teach it.  Very sad.

    My question however is….I have always used a skewer to ‘poke’ my cake…and not the large spoon handle.  Does this help the peanuts go farther down?  

    And this is diabetic  friendly right? Just kidding….would the sugar free toppings or fat free work ok?  I mean they won’t be the same and you ARE using marshmallow fluff but where I can cut out some of the sugar and carbs and still make it edible I want to try.

    I appreciate what you do BTW.  I don’t comment often and I do think–oh I should make that and not get around to it. And if I wouldn’t eat something you post, who cares?!  Just go with people aren’t smart and get into arguments online over what? I don’t know but I guess it keeps some longer than their allotted 15 minutes of fame.  I will continue to teach my kids the golden rule and only say things necessary and if not nice–use your filter.

    • A skewer would work just fine! The peanuts would just stay more on top, and the caramel would drip down. Either way works (I’ve just always used a spoon!) As for diabetic, you could totally use sugar free products that are available, including cake mix, ice cream topping, and cool whip. I’ve made sugar free poke cakes for my dad so the only issue would be the marshmallow cream. If only we could make that sugar free!

      And thank you so much for reading and your comment. I know the haters are few and far between but sometimes they just scream the loudest, you know?? Thank you again!

  40. Can’t believe you made a nougat frosting! Simply brilliant, friend. And I totally agree – I hate seeing posts where all the comments are “and this is why America is fat” or “wow, heart attack waiting to happen!” It’s like, well, of course it isn’t healthy… but I’m not eating this entire poke cake in one sitting twice a day. Lol. People are crazy and sometimes just need to hear themselves talk nonsense since no one else will listen to them.

  41. Oh Yes. You know how I feel about it. All of that. Seriously…when did people get so angry about food? Has it always been like this, or did the internet just bring out the worst in people? Maybe a little of both. Boxed brownie mix ain’t going to kill you people, unless you eat 20 of them every single day. ARGH. Bring on the poke cake!!

  42. Ah, Dorothy, I’m so with you! I’m all about constructive criticism, but fruitless negative comments are getting old. They’re completely not-helpful and purposeless. 

    This cake, though, sounds and looks amazing! Love everything with snickers and chocolate, no matter if it’s going to give me a heart-attack or not. Hehe

  43. Yum! Anything with chocolate and snickers is going to make me drool! 🙂  I never knew how poke cakes are made, this looks delicious! 

  44. Oh my that looks good. I may try this out for my hubby’s co-workers. I may try it as big cupcakes, too! I feel so out of touch with reality – I did not realize poke cakes had gone beyond jello and whipped topping!

  45. ugh. people. they’re the worst.

    but this cake is THE BEST! Your mom was a lucky birthday lady! caramel and peanuts in a poke cake? and snickers and just…goodness??? aghhhhh!

  46. Just wanted to say that I am so sorry you received some negative
    comments. I am behind you 100% when you say “if you can’t say
    something nice, don’t say anything”. You do a fantastic job on
    your blog so don’t let these rude insensitive people get to you. Thank
    you for what you share with us. May God bless you and your family!
    love and appreciation to you.

  47. I don’t know why people have to be so cruel. Do I come to your dinner table and tell you how awful your food was? No, I don’t. Sometimes I might politely decline or say I am too full to finish, but GEEZ people. I think they don’t realize that we put out heart and sole into our recipes and other posts. So when someone says something negative about it, we take it personally. In the case of Instagram, that was just plain WRONG. 

    In the case of this Snicker’s poke cake, I am mopping up the drool over here. 

  48. Haters are going to hate no matter what you do.  Just keep being you because you are fabulous and amazing!!!  I heart you!!!  And this poke cake…holy yum!!!!!  I have made nougat topping before but never thought to put it on a cake!!!  I must do it…and eat it by the spoonfuls of course 🙂

  49. first, this cake….I just died and went to snickers heaven!  
    second, mean people SUCK, and NO I don’t think anyone teaches people how to not be an ass these days
    and finally that instagram troll, she must be such a miserable unhappy person to constantly be slamming others for the work they do, it has nothing to do with you at all!!

  50. I LOVE your cake and I’m so happy that your submitted it to YG – Tomorrow is National Chocolate Covered Peanut Day and I’m featuring this wonderful Poke Cake on the YG FB page during the afternoon.

    I’ve noticed unkind commentators since I first started reading blogs but luckily I have only had a few on my personal blog.  I think it comes from American Society teaching everyone now that they have something important to say……….well, of course they do, but they don’t have to say it! 🙂

  51. Mean people suck. You could respond “well I have a cookbook and youuu don’tttt” or something equally mature. (Ok, so maybe that’s what I would do. lol) You rock, try to ignore the ignorance. 

  52. or you could say I get paid to make these recipes, and yoooouuu don’t!! LOL  I don’t know why people have to be so rude. There mama’s didn’t teach them much!  I’ve seen other bloggers say the same thing about FB, but the best thing to do is keep on doing…and show them their comment is not important.  Love this poke cake!

  53. Dorothy, I LOVE this blog, so don’t let anyone get you down. I am going to make this recipe tonight for a dinner tomorrow. Everyone I know loves that I LOVE your blog. Keep up the good work.

  54. I think a lot of people like to make nasty remarks just to get attention. There are a lot of mean people on the internet. And the more attention you give them, the worse they get. I for one love your blog and you always have great recipes. This cake looks sooooo good, can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  55. I think the people who make negative comments are a) miserable people in general and b) simply jealous of this WONDERFUL blog. Otherwise, they would be doing a blog of their own.
    I file recipes on my computer from several blogs mostly under the title “blog and journal recipes”…but I have two file entries that are titled by the blog name, and yours is one of them.
    Haters are just going to hate …so sad and such a waste!
    I just wish I had some Snickers around here…guess what I would be doing? 🙂 Hang in there Chickadee and don’t let them get you down!

  56. 6.Top with sliced Snickers and chocolate sauce for garnish. Store in refrigerator for up to 4 days. you think a cake that looks THAT good will LAST 4 days? hahahaha I’d have that puppy eaten up in the first 24…..thanks for the recipe….

  57. Oh my goodness, this looks like heaven! Will definitely be pinning this for later, though will need to sub pecans for peanuts. My oldest hates all things peanut related…not quite sure if she’s related to my hubby, myself or her little sister. LOL!

    And you are certainly right about the trolls. It’s one thing to have a lively debate over the topic of choice, but I hate it when people are mean for no real reason. I had a friend who, every time I posted a recipe I’d found, told me how horrible I was for feeding my children that poison (she follows a paleo diet). I had to private message her to cut it out, she was being rude.

  58. Question, I can’t do marshmallow, is there a substitute?

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