It might seem a little counter-intuitive, but sometimes the best way to get a flavorful cake is to poke some holes in it. Weird, right? It sounds so wrong but it tastes…so right. Poke cake allows you to mix and match some flavors to create some seriously amazing combinations, that your otherwise bland cake would never have had! And you can pour just about anything into your cake holes – so that means that the flavor combos are limitless. Check out 12 of our favorite poke cake recipes.

  1. Key Lime Pie Poke Cake

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    This poke cake brings some seriously refreshing summer flavor to your regular old cake. Using condensed milk and a healthy portion of fresh lime zest, you’re about to indulge in one sweet summer treat.

  2. Cherry Vanilla Coke Poke Cake

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    There is no limit to what you can use in a poke cake (within reason of course)! Which means that we have a lot of flavor options from various sodas. A favorite to mix with vanilla cake is some cherry vanilla Coca Cola. Now that’s an amazing flavor combination!

  3. Boston Cream Poke Cake

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    Boston Cream lovers, rejoice! This epic poke cake is just one big Boston Cream donut. No word of lie. Enjoy your favorite layers of vanilla cake (pretend it’s fried dough), thick cream, and chocolate frosting – in cake form!

  4. Guinness Chocolate Cake

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    The rich flavor of Guinness brings a whole new layer (literally) to this rich chocolate cake. Save this recipe for next year’s St. Patrick’s Day bash, it’ll be a huge hit. Cheers to that.

  5. Blueberry Lemon Poke Cake

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    One of our favorite summer flavor combos is blueberry and lemon. These tart, bright flavors compliment each other PERFECTLY, creating a sweet, refreshing treat that looks almost too good to eat. Almost.

  6. S’mores Poke Cake

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    Nothing screams summer like s’mores! So why not make one BIG s’mores to celebrate our universal love of this ooey, gooey graham crakcer sandwich? These holes are filled with marshmallow spread (yum), then covered in chocolate fudge (double yum), and topped off with a layer of crumbled graham cracker (WHAT DO YOU MEAN).

  7. Chocolate Turtle Poke Brownies


    Chocolate turtle is typically the undeniable combination of chocolate, caramel, and pecans. And there is nothing wrong with that. These rich chocolate brownies are filled with a rich layer of caramel, topped off with chocolate fudge, and finished with crumbled pecans. Pure. Bliss.

  8. Coconut Poke Cake


    Looking to getaway? Well, we can’t send you on vacation. Sorry. But we can send your taste buds on vacation with this tropical coconut poke cake! Almost as good, right?

  9. Pumpkin Caramel Apple Poke Cake


    This poke cake almost makes me wish for fall (just kidding summer, stay forever). This spicy pumpkin cake meets it’s match with caramel apple filling and sweet caramel frosting.

  10. An Ode to Elvis Poke Cake

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    Uh-huh, thank you very much…for this amazing poke cake recipe. As a tribute to the King of Rock n’ Roll, this banana, peanut butter, and BACON-topped cake is unique and delicious. Definitely for the baker looking to make something out-of-the-box!

  11. Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake

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    No summer is complete without the fresh taste of strawberry shortcake. Make your shortcake truly epic this year by incorporating fresh strawberries INTO your cake! Top off with fresh whipped cream, and you just won summer baking.

  12. Red Velvet Poke Cake


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Few things are as decadent as red velvet…anything. So you know that this red velvet poke cake (it’s filled with that bittersweet, rich red velvet cream, by the way) is going to rock your world. Go make this immediately.

Do you make an amazing poke cake? Share your recipe idea in the comments section below!