Oreo Poke Cake: the easy recipe for a rich, chocolatey cake

Total time: 45 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 10 people
By Cookist
chocolate cake mix
1 box
instant oreo pudding
2 4-ounce packages
3 cups
Cool whip
1 8-ounce tub
crushed oreo cookies

Everyone loves a decadent chocolate cake, so if you're looking for an easy recipe that's packed with loads of chocolate, you need to try this Oreo poke cake recipe. It's a fantastic dessert to make when you're hosting large groups for parties or over the holidays. It's similar to the old-school red velvet poke cake recipe, but with an incredible chocolate flavor. You'll need Oreos, cake mix, Oreo pudding, and Cool Whip to make this phenomenal cake. The cake is ultra-chocolatey, with a tender, moist texture. It's a must-bake for anyone who loves Oreos, chocolate, and tasty, rich desserts.

What is Poke Cake?

It's all in the name! Poke cakes are cakes with holes poked into them that are topped with pudding, caramel, or other liquids to enhance their flavor and make the cake extra moist. They're easy to make yet incredibly flavorful.


How to Make Oreo Poke Cake

One of the reasons why poke cakes are so popular is because they're so easy to make. All you need is a box of cake mix, pudding, cream, or syrup, and a creamy topping. This recipe calls for a pudding layer and a Cool Whip topping, but other recipes use caramel, chocolate, condensed milk, or Jello, or fruit syrups. Simply bake the cake layer according to the instructions on the box, poke holes into it, then add the pudding layer. Once the pudding layer is spread over the cake and into the poked holes, spread a thick layer of Cool Whip over and allow it to set in the fridge. To top it off, sprinkle crushed Oreo cookies over the Cool Whip once the cake has set. Voila! Perfect Oreo poke cake.


Tips for Making the Best Oreo Poke Cake

– The holes for the cake should be deep. Pierce all the way through the cake.

– Use whole milk for this recipe for a richer, creamier texture.

– Pour the pudding over the cake while the cake is still warm. It'll spread more easily.

– For a richer chocolate flavor, add a teaspoon of instant coffee powder to the cake mix. It'll enhance the chocolate without adding the taste of coffee.

– Oreo poke cake is an amazing make-ahead recipe. You can prepare this cake a few days in advance of when you plan on serving it.

– If you don't want to use Oreo pudding, you can swap it for condensed milk (add a little vanilla to it), caramel, chocolate, anything you want!


How to Store and Freeze Oreo Poke Cake

To store your Oreo poke cake, cover it tightly with cling wrap and refrigerate it for up to 7 days. To freeze your poke cake, wrap it tightly or place it in an airtight container. Freeze and enjoy it within 3 months.



Preheat your oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.


Prepare the chocolate cake per the instructions listed on the back of the box.


Pour the mixture in a baking sheet.


Bake it according to the cake mix cooking time.


Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Poke holes all over the cake.


Combine milk and pudding mix in a large bowl. Whisk for a few minutes, until the mixture begins to thicken.


Spread the pudding over the cake, making sure to focus on the holes in the cake.


Layer the Cool Whip over the pudding.


Refrigerate the cake for at least an hour to cool and set. Once set, garnish with crushed Oreos.


To test if the cake is ready, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. When the cake has finished baking, the toothpick will come out clean.

The pudding will be slightly lumpy because of the Oreo pieces, however, you'll want to mix the pudding until it's relatively lump-free.

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