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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Coconut Cream Poke Cake recipe is perfect for a brunch, potluck or a sweet dessert after any meal. Light and delicious!

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.

Coconut Cream Poke Cake recipe is perfect for a brunch, potluck or a sweet dessert after any meal. Light and delicious!

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)!

Coconut Cream Poke Cake recipe is perfect for a brunch, potluck or a sweet dessert after any meal. Light and delicious!

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 recipe is perfect for a brunch, potluck or a sweet dessert after any meal. Light and delicious!


Yield: 16 servings

Coconut Cream Poke Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 55 minutes

Moist, delicious Coconut Cream Poke Cake recipe!


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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Spray a glass 13x9 baking dish with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Top cake with thawed whipped topping. Sprinkle coconut generously over the top. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g

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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:

Coconut Cream Poke Cake recipe is perfect for a brunch, potluck or a sweet dessert after any meal. Light and delicious!

  **I am part of the Pillsbury Celebrate More Blogger Ambassador program. The J.M. Smucker Company has sent me free product samples and compensated me to develop a spring recipe. All opinions are 100% my own. I’m so thankful to my sponsors who help keep my cost down, and the food on the table!**


About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on April 13, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. I have made that Coconut Cream poke cake, but instead of using sweetened condense milk, try using Cream of coconut, NOT coconut milk but cream of coconut, you get the best coconut flavor cake ever!

  2. I use coconut cream mixed with a instant coconut pudding then pour over the poked cake. I also add coconut extract to the cake batter and frosting. Toast the coconut before sprinkling on top. Extra coconut in the cake batter is also awesome! Can’t get too much coconut!

  3. Interested in the coconut cream poke cake w/Cool Whip as I can’t use coconut milk or condensed milk. Couldn’t access that recipe. Thank you.

  4. Hi Aimee I want to make this today…However I wasn’t able to find the Pillsbury pure simple white cake mix so I just bought duncan Hines classic white cake mix will that work and do I mix it the same way as recipe or as directed on box…I love me some coconut cream cake.

  5. Add 8 ounces of cream of coconut (shake vigorously after sweetened condensed milk) The cream if coconut is usually found in the bar items i.e. Cosmopolitan mix, Margarita mix etc. I have never made it without cream of coconut.

  6. Saw the picture…fell in love. My birthday is Oct 10th and am going to be making this to take to work for a treat. I’ll let you know how it went over! I’m sure it will be a home run!  

  7. I’m with Christine. The cream of coconut mixed with the condensed milk is divine. Also try whipped cream sweetened with coconut extract for the topping. It’s the perfect combo.

  8. I’ve made a similar cake but add 1 can of cream of coconut (not coconut milk) to the condensed milk before pouring over the cake. Adds a wonderful flavor to the cake.

  9. Seriously in love with this poke cake! And congrats on your site design. I don’t think I told you yet home much I love it 🙂 

  10. Coconut cakes are one of my weaknesses, and there’s just something about poke cakes that really gets me drooling! Looks delish, girl! And now I want cake, so congrats on making me hungry, lol!

  11. This cake looks beyond amazing. I’m going to require 2 slices. Your new design is absolutely stunning. Lindsay must have been working on our site at the same time. Pinning!

    1. You could make a homemade whipped cream icing. Or even a light cream cheese frosting would be fabulous 🙂

  12. Loving the new look!!! It’s super cute! And I also love this cake, I’ve still never made a poke cake (HOW?!?!?!) but I really need too as this looks fab and I’m slightly obsessed with coconut at the moment!

  13. My husband is particularly fond of coconut but I am a pretty big fan myself! This cake looks amazing! Pinned! Love that you used a boxed mix to make things extra easy! Always a plus for me! 

  14. My favorite cake is a White cake, that is what caught my eye, and the coconut poke cake.  Just pinned and will be making soon.

  15. Oh my goodness this cake looks like heaven. I want some slices right now with my coffee. I’m so making this for Mother’s Day. My mom will die for this. Still loving your new site. <3 

  16. Sounds like a great cake to serve a crowd! And it would be perfect for a summer luau (otherwise known as FRIDAYS at my house… hee hee)!

  17. Great giveaway Aimee- thank you! My favorite cake flavor is chocolate with chocolate  frosting, but I never say no to any flavor! 🙂

  18. Oooh, swooning over the deliciousness of this cake! And such an easy way to turn a boxed cake into an extraordinary dessert! Will need to stock up on a few boxes.

  19. I haven’t spotted this cake mix yet- must try!  My family has been loving coconut lately, so this will be going on the list of things to bake 🙂

  20. I love poke cakes, and not just because it’s fun to poke holes in a cake when it’s done. Gets out all of my aggression. But they taste heavenly, too. It’s nice to know that mix cakes are destined to be poked! And this one looks awesome.

  21. Coconut is one of my favorite flavors ever, so I’m loving this!!  I’m going to have to look for those cake mixes – they sound wonderful!

  22. I really wish  my family liked coconut – because this looks SO good, but I would have to eat the entire thing by myself – and I LOVE your new design!!

  23. You just can’t beat a really good coconut cake, and I have a feeling I wouldn’t be able to eat just one piece of this!

  24. Love everything about this poke cake, Aimee! The tropical coconut flavor is so fitting for spring.

  25. Love all things coconut, this looks so moist and delicious Aimee! And easy. Perfect for spring!

  26. I’m always a sucker for anything coconut. Looks fabulous! I’m dreaming of coconut and this fits the bill.

    Lovin’ the new look of Shugary Sweets! Congrats. A new design always feels fresh and amazing!

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