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Coconut Cream Poke Cake

This Coconut Cream Poke Cake is a coconut lover’s heaven! White cake is soaked with coconut cream, then topped with cool whip and shredded coconut in this easy poke cake recipe. Perfect for those summer potlucks!

I never get sick of poke cakes. It’s impossible to choose a favorite, but this Coconut Poke Cake is at the top of my list, along with Lemon Poke Cake and Banana Split Poke Cake.

Slice of coconut cream poke cake on a white plate with fork.

Why This Coconut Cake is Best

A lot of my coconut desserts pair coconut with another flavor. For instance this lemon coconut cake or our homemade mounds candy (with chocolate).

But sometimes you just want that rich, sweet coconut flavor without all the distractions. And while making our homemade coconut cake recipe is awesome, there are times where you want something easier.

Enter: Coconut Cream Poke Cake!

  • Starts with a box of white cake mix.
  • Cream of coconut saturates the cake with moisture and richness.
  • Covered in whipped topping and sweet coconut flakes!
  • A delicious chilled dessert for summer!

If you love coconut desserts, this poke cake recipe is a must-try. For another easy dessert, be sure to try our Jello Pie next!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make coconut poke cake.

Making today’s recipe is simple enough with ingredients you may already have in your pantry. Be sure to scroll down all the way to the recipe card for a complete list with exact measurements.

  • White cake mix – This is the basis for our coconut cream cake! You will beat it with milk, butter and eggs to form a smooth batter.
  • Cream of coconut – A sweet syrupy coconut cream we pour over the poked cake for the best decadent flavor and moisture. You can often find cream of coconut near the cocktail mixers at your grocery store.
  • Whipped topping – We use this as a “frosting” for the poke cake. You can use a tub of store bought Cool Whip or try our homemade cool whip. Homemade whipped cream is also delicious on top.
  • Shredded sweetened coconut – You can add it to the cake straight from the package or toast the coconut first.

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showibng how to make coconut poke cake.

This Coconut Cream Poke Cake is one of the least fussy cake recipes you can make.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Make a white cake.
  2. Poke it all over to create holes.
  3. Pour cream of coconut over the whole thing.
  4. Chill for four hours.
  5. Top with whipped topping and coconut flakes.

Then you’re ready to slice it, serve it and bask in the praise you’ll get from your dinner guests when you serve them this cake!

Tips and Tricks

  • I use the handle of a wooden spoon to create holes in my poke cakes. A skewer or the tines of a fork work, too!
  • Use a spatula to help spread the cream of coconut evenly across the top of the cake. You want every nook and cranny to absorb that syrupy coconut goodness.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator covered with foil or in an airtight container. This cake tastes best when its nice and cold.
Slice of coconut cake with a bite taken out.

Recipe FAQs

Are cream of coconut and coconut cream the same?

No, they are not. Coconut cream is a product made from the fat solids of coconut milk. As coconut milk sits, the solids rise to the top, creating a thick substance similar to dairy cream! Cream of coconut is coconut cream that’s been sweetened and thickened even more. It’s similar to sweetened condensed milk but with a real coconut flavor. Make sure to use cream of coconut in this recipe. NOT coconut cream, or you’ll get a very different result.

Can I make this recipe with a white cake made from scratch?

Absolutely! Your favorite from-scratch white cake recipe will work beautifully here, as long as you bake it in a 9 x 13 pan.
I happen to love the results when I used a boxed mix. Not to mention the convenience!

Can I use fresh whipped cream instead?

You could use fresh whipped cream, but it would get runny over time. The stabilized whipped cream holds its shape, which makes it better for using as a “frosting” on cakes and cupcakes.

More Easy Cake Recipes

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

This Coconut Cream Poke Cake is a coconut lover's heaven! White cake is soaked with coconut cream, then topped with cool whip and shredded coconut in this easy poke cake recipe. Perfect for those summer potlucks!

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounce) cream of coconut
  • 16 ounce frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut (toasted optional)

Instructions

  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 cream of coconut 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!

Notes

  • I use the handle of a wooden spoon to create holes in my poke cakes. A skewer or the tines of a fork work, too!
  • Use a spatula to help spread the cream of coconut evenly across the top of the cake. You want every nook and cranny to absorb that syrupy coconut goodness.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator covered with foil or in an airtight container. This cake tastes best when its nice and cold.
  • Are cream of coconut and coconut cream the same? No, they are not. Coconut cream is a product made from the fat solids of coconut milk. As coconut milk sits, the solids rise to the top, creating a thick substance similar to dairy cream! Cream of coconut is coconut cream that's been sweetened and thickened even more. It's similar to sweetened condensed milk but with a real coconut flavor. Make sure to use cream of coconut in this recipe. NOT coconut milk or coconut cream, or you'll get a very different result.
  • You can often find cream of coconut near the cocktail mixers at your grocery store.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    20

    Serving Size:

    1 slice

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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    Posted on July 2, 2022

    Comments & Reviews

    1. 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 🙂

    2. 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!

    3. 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! 

    4. 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.

    5. 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 

    6. I love Coconut and as a poke cake…even better! I wasn’t aware of this Pillsbury product, going to keep an eye out for it.

    7. 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)!

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