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Easy Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake

Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake

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This Chocolate and Caramel Poke Cake is a delicious, moist, flavorful cake that is quite impressive for the little effort it implies.
Servings 15 servings
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr


Chocolate Cake

  • 1 ¾ cup (220g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (90g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp (12g) baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp (3g) salt
  • 1 ½ cup (300g) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (110g) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (240g) buttermilk
  • 2 tsp (10g) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (240ml) hot water

For Filling

  • 1 can (14oz-397g) Caramel sweetened condensed milk (dulce de leche) or sweetened condensed milk

Caramel Sauce

  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (60g) whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp 14g) unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp (3g) salt

Caramel Whipping Cream

  • 1 ½ cup (360g) whipping cream , chilled
  • 1/3 cup (80g) caramel sauce

For Decorating

  • Remaining caramel sauce , melted
  • Mini semisweet chocolate chips or grated chocolate


  • Prepare the chocolate cake: Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Grease with butter and dust with flour a 9 x13 inch (23x33cm) pan.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In another bowl mix sugar with eggs and oil until combined. Mix in buttermilk and vanilla extract. Incorporate flour mixture until well combined. Add hot water and mix to combine. The batter will have a runny consistency.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with few crumbs attached.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and while still warm poke the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon.
  • Fill the holes with caramel sweetened condensed milk (dulce de leche). Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile prepare the caramel sauce. Place the sugar and water in a medium heavy bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook without stirring until sugar dissolves and gets a caramel color.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add the cream. It will bubble a little bit.
  • Cook for about 1 minute stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla, butter and salt. Stir well until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
  • Whip chilled cream until stiff peaks form. Slightly incorporate 1/3 cup (80g) of caramel sauce.
  • Spread evenly over the top of the cake.
  • Melt the remaining caramel and drizzle on top. Use a toothpick to create swirl.
  • Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve.
  • Decorate with mini semisweet chocolate chips or grated chocolate.



Serving: 1gCalories: 423kcalCarbohydrates: 57.3gProtein: 6.7gFat: 20.7gSaturated Fat: 9.6gCholesterol: 65mgSugar: 42.2g
Calories: 423kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel poke cake, caramel sauce, chocolate caramel poke cake, chocolate poke cake, poke cake, salted caramel sauce