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Death by Chocolate Poke Cake Recipe

  • Author: Michelle-Powered by Mom
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 mins
  • Yield: 1 cake 1x
  • Category: Cake


Death by Chocolate Poke Cake with chocolate pudding, whipped cream & cream cheese frosting, chocolate ganache & chocolate chips. What a way to go.



For Chocolate Cake

  • 1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix (follow instructions – most require eggs & oil)

Chocolate Pudding

  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch

Whipped Cream & Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 3 tbsps cocoa

Chocolate Ganache

  • 9 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Optional Chocolate Chips for the final topping

  • 3 cups


Chocolate Cake

  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan).
  2. Make, bake and cool cake as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan.
  3. Poke cake every 1/2 inch with handle of wooden spoon.

Chocolate Pudding

  1. In medium bowl, mix sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt in a large microwave-safe bowl. Gradually stir in milk.
  2. Microwave on high for 7-10 mins or until the mixture comes to a full boil. Stir every 2-3 minutes
  3. Once the pudding is thickened add in butter and vanilla.
  4. Let it cool a bit before pouring over the cake
  5. Make sure the cake and pudding is completely cooled before frosting

Whipped Cream & Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a small bowl beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, cocoa and vanilla. Beat until smooth, then fold in whipped cream.
  3. Frost the cake. You can stop here if you want. The chocolate ganache is not required but oh boy does it add this Death by Chocolate Poke Cake

Chocolate Ganache

  1. Heat the cream in a medium sized microwaveable bowl.Bring to a boil where it’s just starting to form bubbles.
  2. Add chocolate chips and stir until they are melted and thoroughly mixed
  3. Let it cool so it’s slightly warm not hot but still pours easily. Pour over frosting.
  4. You can do the reverse and add the ganache before the frosting. I did it last so the chocolate chips would adhere to it.
  5. Store cake in fridge
  6. Enjoy your Death by Chocolate Poke Cake

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