Easy Chocolate Poke Cake via Iowa Girl Eats

Happy Sunday, all!

Some surprises from the weekend? SNOW!


The past two days have been in the glorious 50s but this morning, without warning, we woke up to big fat flakes swirling around, accumulating like they own the place. Accumulation: a snow-haters worst nightmare. Ben extended his deepest condolences but I know he only halfway means it. Snow is his jam!


Another D’OH! moment? Dropping an entire box of barely-used rigatoni on the kitchen floor while trying to organize the pantry Saturday morning. I took it out upside down and the contents rained out, shattering all over the tile, reaching every corner of the kitchen. The thing that made me really mad? It wasn’t even a sloppy mess that I could use my new steamer to clean up. Oh the humanity!


Peanut Buster Parfait


Peanut Buster Parfait

Some high points? Spending the day shopping and running errands with my Mom on Saturday (sometimes you just need a “Mom Day”, right?) and eating lunch with these two rugrats this afternoon. This picture pretty much captures both Finn and Evie’s moods today – joyful!


Another high point? Eating Easy Chocolate Poke Cake for dessert!

Easy Chocolate Poke Cake via Iowa Girl Eats

The fam hasn’t been able to get together since New Years, so we all congregated for lunch at my parent’s house this afternoon. I asked my Mom what I could bring to contribute, and she suggested dessert. I toyed around with the idea of making a fancy citrus dessert, then said to hell with it and made this crowd-pleasing, chocolaty, ooey-gooey, decadent cake instead. It is INSANE.


First up, lunch! My Mom made a big crock pot full of BBQ Pulled Pork which she slow cooked for 12 hours then shredded and topped with BBQ sauce. Finger lickin’ good and an awesome dish to feed a crowd. Click here for the recipe >


On the side was green beans and some sort of Asian Ramen Slaw.


After lunch she helped me serve up the cake (Moms just always slice and serve things better, I feel.)


The recipe for Easy Chocolate Poke Cake is actually hers back from the 80s. It’s SO good that is actually better known by a different “rated R” name but, in an effort to stay out of my email subscribers’ spam inbox, I shall call it Easy Chocolate Poke Cake, mmkay? ;)


Start by baking a German Chocolate Cake according to package directions. Let it cool for 10 minutes then use the bottom of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the cake, about halfway down.


Next drizzle on a 14oz can sweetened condensed milk, 


and a 12oz jar of caramel topping. Oh, I guess this would be a good time to mention that this dessert is not diet-friendly in any way shape or form. Seriously so good you won’t even care though. Trust me.


Let the cake cool completely, then spread an 8oz tub Light Cool Whip on top, and sprinkle on 4oz Heath Toffee Bits. 


Slice, then serve!

Easy Chocolate Poke Cake via Iowa Girl Eats

Easy Chocolate Poke Cake


Chocolate Poke Cake is rich and decadent yet incredibly easy — a home run dessert every time!


  • 1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix (plus ingredients called for on back of box)
  • 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12oz jar caramel topping
  • 8oz container Light Cool Whip
  • 4oz Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits


  1. Prepare and bake cake as directed on box. Allow to cool slightly then use the bottom of a wooden spoon to poke holes halfway through cake, all over. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk and caramel topping on top then let cake cool completely. Spread cool whip over cooled cake then top with heath pieces.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

The children’s expressions perfectly describe the experience of devouring this cake. Uncontrollable exuberance at the sight. Impatience as you wait for a fork. Then sheer bliss after your first bite.


The sweetened condensed milk and caramel seep into the holes in the cake, making it moist, creamy, and mind-melting. MAKE THIS! :D

Easy Chocolate Poke Cake via Iowa Girl Eats

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! What were your highs and lows?