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This is the best Snickers cake recipe with you. This chocolate cake has caramel, peanuts and a delicious homemade nougat frosting – it’s fun and easy and starts with a cake mix. It’s the perfect poke cake recipe!

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Best Snickers Cake Recipe

Ever had a poke cake before? They are so gooey and delicious! This is called “poke cake” because of the baking style: You poke holes in the cake after baking, this way you can pour in the ooey gooey deliciousness on top. You can pour in sweetened condensed milk, pudding, or anything else the cake recipe calls for. 

Assuming you are a Snickers fan, you are bound to love this cake’s flavor. But there’s much more to love than just the flavor of this Snickers poke cake.  Rich and gooey from the cream, crunchy from the nuts and soft from the moist cake. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

This easy cake recipe uses caramel ice cream topping with chopped peanuts. The topping will soak into the cake as it cools to give it the iconic gooey texture and a little crunch from the nuts. 

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.

Ingredients in Snickers Poke Cake

  • Box chocolate cake mix: this makes the process faster and easier 
  • Jar caramel ice cream topping: this is the highlight of the recipe
  • Chopped peanuts: finely chopped
  • Milk chocolate chips: we will melt these later
  • Vegetable oil: to help melt the chocolate chips without seizing 
  • Marshmallow cream/fluff: this is very sticky and thick but so good
  • Cool Whip: we’ll mix this in the melted chocolate
  • Snickers: mini or fun size for garnish
  • Chocolate sauce: for garnish

How to make Snickers Cake

  1. Bake Chocolate cake: Make the cake according to box instructions for a 9×13” pan size cake. Bake until a toothpick tests done. While the cake cools slightly, pour the caramel into a small bowl and heat for 30 seconds.
  2. Poke: several holes in the cake then pour the caramel evenly over the cake. Sprinkle with peanuts. 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.
  4. Stir the marshmallow fluff and Cool whip into 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.
  5. 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.

Variations 

It’s so fun to make other types of poke cakes by just changing up ingredients!

snickers poke cake in a white dish with snickers on top

FAQs

Can I use a from scratch cake recipe?

Yes you can! Try making this easy Chocolate Cake Recipe.  

Can I use fresh whipped cream? 

You can but I don’t recommend using fresh whipped cream because of the fat content. It won’t mix well when melting the chocolate chips. 

How long does snickers cake last?

When refrigerated, it can last for up to 4 days. 

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Snickers Poke Cake

5 from 1 vote
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.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Yield 12 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 1 15 ounce box chocolate cake mix (plus ingredients to make the cake)
  • 1 approximately 12.25 oz jar caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 7 ounce jar marshmallow cream
  • 1 8 ounce container Cool Whip
  • Mini or Fun Size Snickers for garnish
  • Chocolate sauce for garnish

Instructions

  • Make the cake according to box instructions for a 9×13” 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.
  • Using the back of a wooden spoon, poke several holes in the cake, at least 20-30 holes, all over. Pour the caramel evenly over the cake and sprinkle with nuts. Let the cake cool completely before continuing.
  • 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.
  • Once the chocolate chips are melted, stir in the marshmallow fluff. It’s very sticky and thick!
  • 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.
  • Top with sliced Snickers and chocolate  sauce for garnish. Store in refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Snickers Cake is an easy chocolate poke cake! This recipe is so simple to make – topped with a nougat frosting and tons of snickers!

Last Updated on January 22, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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92 Comments

    1. You could just use chocolate frosting instead, or make chocolate cool whip using cocoa and just skip the marshmallow!

  1. 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.

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

    hahahaha..do 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….

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.