Coconut Cream Poke Cake
Enjoy this light, refreshing Coconut Cream Poke Cake after dinner tonight! Perfect to bring to a potluck or BBQ this year!
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Hi, my name is Aimee and I love cake.
You can put a giant display of hundreds of different desserts in front of me, and 99% of the time, I will choose cake (krispie treats are the only other option I choose first). And if it’s a poke cake. I’m sold.
Not to say I wouldn’t try the other desserts, I mean, I have a sweet tooth like the rest of you. BUT, when it comes to cake? I get weak.
Today’s recipe is a sweet Coconut Cream Poke Cake. I used Pillsbury’s new Purely Simple White Cake Mix. And I have to tell you guys…this was GOOD. And by good, I totally mean, “I ate three pieces in one evening, good.”
If you’re not familiar with poke cakes, one scroll through my cake index and you will see nearly a dozen varieties! There are many thoughts on HOW to make a poke cake, but here are the main tips I have to share:
- Use a clear, glass 13×9 baking dish. I love how pretty these cake look in a clear pan…you can see the beautiful crumb!
- I prefer to use a cake mix instead of a from scratch recipe for all my poke cakes. I think they hold up better to the “poking” and filling! It’s like they were made for it!
- When you remove your poke cake from the oven, you want to immediately POKE it. I use a wooden skewer to poke about 50 holes all over the top! You can use a fork, the handle of a wooden spoon, or a meat thermometer (yes, I’ve done that)!
- Poke cakes get their name from the poking….duh. But what makes them moist and delicious is what you POUR into those poked holes. For today’s cake I used a can of sweetened condensed milk. But I have other varieties that use gelatin or pudding too! You can also your cream of coconut (not coconut milk). DELISH.
- Allow your cake to cool before adding your whipped topping. Otherwise, it will melt right into those poked holes (not necessarily a bad thing though)!
This is the season for Mother’s Day brunches, graduations, and family potlucks! Pillsbury wants you to CELEBRATE MORE! I think this can certainly be achieved by making today’s coconut cake, right? Here are a few more ideas:
- Surprise mom with a Cupcake Bouquet of flowers this year! I’d totally rather have edible flowers given to me!
- I love these Spring Sundae Cupcakes for dessert with the family! Great treat idea for a rainy day!
- Make a cookie cake and decorate it with your graduates colors with frosting!
Coconut Cream Poke Cake
Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 4 hour, 15 minutes
Cook Time: 36-40 minutes
For the Cake:
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3 large eggs
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 16 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Spray a glass 13x9 baking dish with baking spray. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat cake mix with milk, butter and eggs on low speed until moistened. Beat for 2-3 minutes on medium speed until well blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Pour cake batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 36-40 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately poke holes all over the cake, using a wooden skewer (or fork, or handle of a wooden spoon).
- Pour can of sweetened condensed milk slowly over the top of the warm cake, using a spatula to spread it evenly as it falls into the poked holes. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 4 hours, until completely chilled.
- Top cake with thawed whipped topping. Sprinkle coconut generously over the top. Cut into slices and enjoy!
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Still looking for more Poke Cake recipes? Here’s a couple of my favorites!
Grasshopper Poke Cake: come see why this chocolate mint cake is a family favorite!
Banana Split Poke Cake: this is a fun recipe to bring to a summer potluck!
Strawberry JELL-O Poke Cake: a fun, moist strawberry gelatin cake!
Here are a few delicious POKE CAKE recipes from my friends:
- Bananas Foster Poke Cake from The Country Cook
- Milky Way Poke Cake from Chef in Training
- Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake from Inside BruCrew Life
- Carrot Cake Poke Cake from Something Swanky
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