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6 Ridiculously Easy Poke Cake Recipes

updated Jun 7, 2024
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A piece of banana split poke cake with a cherry on top on a dark teal plate with another plate with a piece in the background
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe. Food Styling: Debbie Wee

True to their name, poke cakes are sheet cakes that are baked, then (you guessed it!) poked, then filled with a liquid or syrup to add extra flavor and moisture into each bite. These no-fuss cakes (like dump cakes) are one of oldest baking hacks in the book.

If you love retro recipes like icebox cake and pineapple upside-down cake, give poke cakes a try. These crowd-pleasing desserts are perfect for potlucks, parties, and gatherings.

Here are 6 easy poke cake recipes that will have everyone asking for an extra slice.

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Pink Champagne Poke Cake

A riff on the classic, this pink Champagne cake treats you to moist, tender cake lightly spiked with pink Champagne and dotted with wells of strawberry syrup.

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Banana Split Poke Cake

This over-the-top celebratory banana split poke cake blends together two beloved and classic American desserts – the banana split and sheet cake.

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Strawberry Jell-O Poke Cake

This potluck-friendly cake needs to be made ahead of time, which makes it the perfect cake to take to your next party.

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Cherry-Almond Poke Cake

This cake is flecked with ground almonds and drizzled with sweet cherry syrup. The tangy, sour cream frosting really takes it over the top.

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Triple Coconut Poke Cake

This triple coconut poke cake gets its rich coconut flavor from coconut milk, a homemade coconut pudding, and fluffy coconut whipped cream topping. It's the perfect make-ahead dessert to take to your next potluck!

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Pumpkin Poke Cake

Whether you’re hosting a Friendsgiving or bringing a dessert to a potluck, this pumpkin poke cake is a no-stress way to bring a crowd-pleasing treat that everyone will love.

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