Coconut Poke Cake

Coconut Poke Cake - A fluffy, moist cake infused with Cream of Coconut and topped with a light and airy cream cheese frosting!

Raise your hand if you’ve made a poke cake before. They’re delicious, right? I have to admit that the first time I saw how a poke cake was made, I was really skeptical. I wasn’t sure I wanted a bunch of liquid poured onto (or into) a cake. To me, it seemed as if doing something like that would ruin it completely. How would you even cut a mushy cake, right?

Well, to my surprise, I found out that poke cakes are anything but mushy. They’re so incredibly moist and flavorful. What you pour onto a poke cake soaks right into the cake. The result isn’t wet and heavy, it’s actually fluffy and moist.

The Coconut Poke Cake I’m sharing today is SO EASY to make. Of course I cheated a little and used a boxed cake mix, because like you, I’m busy, and I’m always looking for simple, BUT delicious desserts. 

Coconut Poke Cake - A fluffy, moist cake infused with Cream of Coconut and topped with a light and airy cream cheese frosting!
The beauty of a poke cake is what’s inside. I used a wooden skewer to poke holes into the cake after I baked it and then I poured a combination of Cream of Coconut and sweetened condensed milk over the top. Here’s where you need to gauge whether or not you want to pour ALL of the coconut mixture onto the cake. I normally pour 1/2 – 3/4 of the mixture onto the cake, just to ensure that it doesn’t get too heavy. You don’t want the cake to be overly moist at the bottom of the pan.

Now, if you’ve never purchased Cream of Coconut before, you can usually find it by the alcoholic mixers. It’s used in drinks like Pina Coladas. We took a trip to the Dominican Republic early this year and became great friends. 🙂

Just for fun, I put together a little video for you of the pouring step. The coconut mixture will soak into the entire cake within minutes. This is my second favorite part about making a poke cake. My first, is eating it.

 

 

So, after the coconut mixture has soaked into the cake, it’s time for the frosting.

Coconut Poke Cake - A fluffy, moist cake infused with Cream of Coconut and topped with a light and airy cream cheese frosting!

You never want a heavy frosting on a poke cake. You want to keep it light and fluffy. So, for this cake, I made a light and airy cream cheese frosting that goes together in minutes. We want to keep this simple, right? From cake to frosting, there’s nothing difficult about this dessert. I love that.

Now, if you have a light and fluffy frosting recipe of your own, by all means, you can use that, too. Just keep it light. No heavy buttercream.

Coconut Poke Cake - A fluffy, moist cake infused with Cream of Coconut and topped with a light and airy cream cheese frosting!

Alright, take some sweetened coconut and sprinkle it over the top of the cake. This is the finishing touch, and what gives the cake a little more coconut flavor.

Just to set expectations, even if you have someone in the family who isn’t crazy about coconut, they’ll still love this cake. The coconut taste is actually very subtle. If you find you want to amp up the coconut flavor a bit, you could always add a little coconut extract to the cake mix before you bake it as well.

Can I let you in on one more secret? Don’t serve this cake immediately. Get it in the refrigerator and let it set for a few hours, preferably overnight. The flavor gets even better. Truth. So, again, if you’ve never made a poke cake, you should. And this simple recipe would be a perfect place to start!

Coconut Poke Cake
 
 
A fluffy, moist cake infused with Cream of Coconut and topped with a light and airy cream cheese frosting.
Ingredients
  • Boxed white cake mix (with ingredients to prepare as directed)
  • 15 oz. cream of coconut (found in the aisle by the alcoholic mixers)
  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz. sweetened coconut
  • FOR THE FROSTING
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Prepare boxed cake as directed and remove from oven.
  2. While still warm, poke holes into the cake (I used a wooden skewer).
  3. In a bowl, mix together Cream of Coconut and sweetened condensed milk.
  4. Pour the coconut mixture over the warm cake.
  5. Allow to cool.
  6. Frost when cooled and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.
  7. FOR THE FROSTING
  8. Mix together the cream cheese and sugar.
  9. Add the heavy cream and mix on high until thickened.
  10. Mix in the vanilla extract.
Notes
When pouring on the Cream of Coconut and sweetened condensed milk mixture, you may not use it all. I normally pour about ½ - ¾ of the mixture on to ensure the cake stays nice and fluffy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 16 Calories: 587 Fat: 32g Saturated fat: 21g Unsaturated fat: 9g Carbohydrates: 72g Sugar: 60g Sodium: 376mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 6g Cholesterol: 65mg
Coconut Poke Cake - A fluffy, moist cake infused with Cream of Coconut and topped with a light and airy cream cheese frosting!

Comments

  1. Marlene Schlegel says:

    Looks Yummy!!! I will have to try this one I always liked coconut.

  2. Cake looks delish, especially frosting 🙂 Can you tell me what brand of cake mix you are using? I usually do not use boxed cake mixes but would like to try.Thanks 🙂

  3. I’m kind of embarrassed to say to that my hand is not raised…I have never made a poke cake! But I really want to – yours looks so moist and delicious! Love the coconut, yum!

  4. This looks amazing! I am a huge coconut lover. I will be honest, I have never made a poke cake before but have always wanted to. I don’t know what is stopping me!

  5. You know what would go great with this cake? Chocolate ice cream 🙂 YUM!!

  6. OMG that glaze? Can I just have a big ol spoon please?

  7. Oh wow, this looks like a dream. I love this all this coconut flavor!

  8. That sounds like the yummiest poke cake ever!!

  9. Coconut poke cake sounds amazing! And that frosting!

  10. Mmmmm…I love coconut! And coconut and boxed cake mixes were on sale this week, so I stocked up. Printing this out to try it! Thanks! I found your post at Inspire Me Mondays.

  11. This cake looks amazing! Thanks for sharing this with the Tips & Tricks Link Party! Pinned!

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