Chocolate Poke Cake – a birthday cake

“A party without a cake is just a meeting.” Julia Child

That’s what I thought so. No party, actually… I just baked a cake for all of you and for my colleague’s kids. And of course, for me to enjoy. 😛

What else could make the birthday girl happier than a chocolate cake with delicious chocolate whipped cream frosting? Chocolate overload, yes. And yes, I turned a year older and a kg heavier on October 18th. 😀

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It’s been weeks since I’ve been craving for a cake. Not a chocolate cake, but angel food cake/sponge cake with swiss meringue frosting. But for me, that’s a lot of work and time consuming… so I settled for the one I can manage.

This chocolate poke cake is so delicious – you have the chocoloate cake topped with the mixture of condensed milk and melted chocolate, then again topped with chocolate whipped cream frosting. I thought the end result will be so sweet because of the condensed milk, but the unsweetened chocolate balanced everything. If you have chocolate cravings, I must say that this would definitely satisfy your cravings. 😉

Chocolate Poke Cake

  • Servings: 1 9x13 in cake
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the chocolate cake: 

  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water at room temperature*
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the chocolate filling: 

  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate chips

For  the chocolate whipped cream topping: 

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cup mini chocolate chips**


For the cake: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, add wet ingredients. Slowly, pour them over the dry ingredients while beating on a medium speed. (You can use a hand whisk while doing this if you don’t have a electric hand-held mixer.) Pour it in the baking dish and smooth the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  4. With a wooden skewers or chopsticks, poke holes all over the top of the cake and set aside. (You can also use wooden spoon, as per the source recipe.)

For the chocolate filling: 

  1. Place chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl and set aside. In a saucepan bring sweetened condensed milk to a boil and pour it over chocolate chips. Whisk until the chocolate chips have completely melted. Make sure not to burn the condensed milk.
  2. Pour chocolate mixture over the cake and spread to fill in holes.
  3. Set aside to cool (about an hour) then refrigerate until completely cooled.

For the chocolate whipped cream topping: 

Before beating the whipping cream, make sure that your bowl, beaters and whipping cream are very cold. 

  1. Beat whipping cream until soft peaks form, add powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla extract and continue mixing until stiff peaks form. Spread it onto cooled cake and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips. Store in the fridge.


* 1 cup brewed coffee can be used in replace of water.

** You can use any chocolate decoration you want. As I have finished all the chocolate chips in the filling, I used grated chocolate instead and balls of Maltesers. 🙂

Source recipe: Chocolate Poke Cake by OMG Chocolate Desserts

And oh, you can use a boxed cake mix if you want to make it easier for you. Now, that doesn’t sound complicated at all, eh? So, what do you think? Are you going to give this a try?? 😀

I hope you like this delicious cake. Have a lovely weekend to you all!


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I am sharing this at Fiesta Friday #91, hosted by the Amazing Angie, co-hosted by the amazing Aunt Juju and Indira @ I’ll Cook You Wash. Come and join the fun by linking up your recipes, stories, DIYs… by clicking the badge below.

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30 thoughts on “Chocolate Poke Cake – a birthday cake

  1. Happy Belated Birthday Jhuls! This cake looks so delicious…all I need is a fork and some tea now 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful day (how could you not when you had this cake!?) and a great year. I can always count on you for fantastic recipes 🙂 Happy FF!

  2. When my family member was really little, she thought it was only a birthday if you had balloons! But no one else knew this, so we accidentally didn’t have balloons one birthday, and then he explained the importance of balloons. So, now we have them at every birthday (even when they’re inconvenient to find).

    Your cake looks delicious! And, most importantly, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

    1. That was the thing for me as well – cakes and balloons. I just don’t want to prepare my own balloons, haha! Thanks a lot, Kaila. Have an amazing time. 🙂 xx

    1. I guess you do the same with a tres leches cake – you poke them to soak the filling. Thanks a lot, Aunt Juju. I hope you are having a lovely time. 🙂 xx

    1. Everybody loved this cake, Julie – my colleague, her kids and the people whom I shared the cake with. This is such an amazing cake. Have a lovely time. 🙂 xx

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