Chocolate Poke Cake From Scratch is one of the most amazing and moist cakes you’ll ever have!

A secret ingredient brings out the chocolatey goodness in the cake while adding a rich layer of homemade pudding keeps it extra moist! It’s all topped off with a simple one minute chocolate frosting!
chocolate poke cake from scratch with chocolate pourable frosting

A Tip For Enhanced Chocolate Flavor

This is one of the most amazing chocolate cakes of all time! My son calls this his favorite cake hands down!

Making a chocolate poke cake from scratch is easier than you think and it’s so worth the extra time!

If you love a great chocolatey flavor, I have a little secret to share with you! Adding just a little bit of coffee to the batter brings out the rich chocolate flavor (but don’t worry, you don’t taste a coffee flavor). This even works in place of water if you’re making a boxed mix!

This chocolate poke cake with a title

Originally I made this cake for my son’s 18th birthday…but of course when you have a house full of teenage boys and a chocolate cake, getting photos is kind of challenging.  *Sigh* … so I had to make the cake AGAIN, oh the hardships, more chocolate cake! And it was just as amazing!

Chocolate Poke Cake with sauce being poured on

Pourable Poke Cake Topping

The cake itself is decadent and moist with an amazing rich chocolate flavor…even without the pudding on top, it is excellent!!

The homemade pudding is super easy and quick and takes this cake to the next level! The whole thing is topped with my absolute favorite one minute easy chocolate frosting. This “poured frosting” is quick to make and requires not spreading, just pour over the cake and tilt to spread!

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After trying this Chocolate Poke Cake From Scratch, you may never want to use a boxed recipe again!

chocolate poke cake from scratch with chocolate pourable frosting
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Chocolate Poke Cake From Scratch

This Chocolate Poke Cake From Scratch is one of the most amazing and moist cakes you’ll ever have! A secret ingredient brings out the chocolatey goodness in the cake while adding a rich layer of homemade pudding keeps it extra moist! It’s all topped off with a simple one minute chocolate frosting!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 15 servings
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  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brewed coffee cooled
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Pudding Layer

  • cup sugar
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 ¼ cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • cup milk
  • cup butter softened
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease & flour a 9x13 inch pan.
  • Combine milk & lemon juice and set aside. (The mixture will thicken slightly)
  • Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda & baking powder in a large bowl.
  • Add eggs, coffee, soured milk, oil and vanilla. Beat medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pans. (Your batter may seem runny at this point but it will bake up beautifully.)
  • Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Be sure to check the cake at 30 minutes so it doesn't over cook.

Chocolate Pudding

  • In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt, mix well. Add in cold milk, stir until combined.
  • Turn heat to medium high stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil.
  • Allow to boil for 1 minute while stirring, remove from heat and stir in butter.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Poke the cake all over with the end of a wooden spoon. Pour warm pudding over warm cake. Tap the pan allowing the pudding to seep into the cake.
  •  Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. (Frost after slightly cooled, about 30 minutes)

Poured Frosting

  • In a saucepan, combine milk, butter, & sugar over medium high heat. 
  • Bring to a rolling boil and allow to boil 45 seconds. 
  • Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. 
  • Whisk until smooth and shiny and immediately pour over the cake. Refrigerate until set.


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Nutrition Information

Calories: 471 | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 2.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. Such an amazing cake and frosting!!! Thank you for such FLAVORFUL cake!
    I have made this 3 times! My family LOVES it!5 stars

  2. I am not a baker, and it is widely known across the land.
    This cake however made me look really good. I brought it to a school luncheon and people were scraping the bottom of the pan! Yummy and easy to make. A definite winner. :)5 stars

  3. The cake was a hit with family. It was very moist! Not at all too much sugar. Thank you. I’ll be looking closely at your other recipes!,5 stars

  4. If I wanted to make this into cupcakes, how long do I bake them for? My daughter loves this cake and I thought the cupcakes would be easy for her to manage in her teacher life.

    1. I have only tried the recipe as written, but other readers have made cupcakes so I think it should work. I would begin checking early and bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Let us know if you try making them into cupcakes!

  5. No offense, but I am not going to put the coffee in the cake. So do I need to add more liquid of any kind to replace it?
    And after all is done and cake is frosted, does it need to be refridgerated all the time, or can it be left at room temperature.

    1. You can use water in place of coffee, I generally store it in the fridge. You can remove it from the fridge about 30-60 minutes before serving if you’d like.

  6. this cake absolutely saved my bacon. I was working on another recipe (on another site) for black forest cake but the cake part sadly did not turn out, so instead of scrapping the whole thing I just used this cake recipe. It was super quick, very forgiving, and tasted exactly as advertised. Gonna keep it for my go-to base cake recipes for sure.5 stars

  7. I have tried this cake two times and each time I have same problem. When I pour pudding over cake it does not soak into cake at all, put in frig to cool like you instructed for 30 minutes and then make frosting and tried to pour over cake and it would not pour at all! Hope a miracle happens while it sets in frig overnight or it will be terrible mess! And I plan to take to funeral dinner. Not sure I will put my name on it. I have to say it is chocolaty!2 stars

    1. Hi Peggy! I hope it set up in the fridge well for you. You want to make sure to poke holes all over the cake before pouring on the pudding, this helps it soak into all of the little holes and in turn the cake itself. If you are finding the frosting too thick you can add a little more milk to the mixture but keep in mind that will prevent it from setting up as firmly. Good luck!

  8. Have not made yet. Wondering in cake ingred. list it says milk. In the directions later it says add soured milk. Which is it please?

    1. In step 2. you combine milk & lemon juice which sours the milk. The soured milk is used in step 4.