Chocolate cake soaked with chocolate pudding and sweetened condensed milk, layered with crushed oreos, topped with coffee whipped cream and finished off with more oreos and chocolate fudge sauce. This is basically the most amazing and indulgent (but super easy) dessert!
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Poke cakes are one of the greatest things! Whoever first came up with the concept is a genius and should be rewarded. The basic idea is that you bake a cake, poke some holes in it, pour some liquidy mixture on it that gets soaked into the holes, then top it with some whipped cream or frosting of sorts. It’s genius because you can use boxed cake mix, it’s super moist, and you can do so many different flavor combos – translation, it’s easy, delicious, and versatile!
Now, let me tell you why this is the ULTIMATE poke cake. Usually the “soaking” layer is either pudding or sweetened condensed milk. For this one, I use a combination of both; yes BOTH! That’s reason one. The second is simply the flavor combination. I got the idea from one of my favorite indulgences: haagen daz coffee ice cream with Oreo cookies crumbled into it. There’s something about how the flavors meld together that makes it absolutely irresistible. So, I incorporated crushed oreos into this cake, topped it with a coffee whipped cream, and snuck some coffee flavor into the cake. That’s reason two. Reason 1 + reason 2 = ULTIMATE Oreo mocha poke cake!
First, you need to make the cake. You can make your own from scratch or you can buy a mix at the store (this is what I did). You can get any brand and any chocolate variety (there are so many out there: fudgy chocolate, double chocolate, extra chocolatey…). Whenever I make boxed cake mix, I substitute the water for milk and add an extra egg. If I’m feeling extra indulgent, I use butter instead of oil. For this one, I also snuck a teaspoon of instant coffee granules into the cake mix. Bake according to the directions and let cool for about 30 minutes. Then, using the back end of a wooden spoon, poke holes across the top of the cake. Try not to poke all the way through the bottom.
For the pudding/condensed milk layer, mix instant chocolate pudding powder and milk and stir to combine. Add one can of sweetened condensed milk and mix until combined. Pour evenly over your cake, and sprinkle crushed Oreos over the pudding/condensed milk layer. Set aside to cool down. In the meantime, make your coffee whipped cream. Whisk heavy whipping cream until it is light and fluffy. Dissolve your instant coffee granules in water. Add coffee, powdered sugar, and salt to whipped cream. Fold gently to combine. Once your cake is completely cooled, spread whipped cream over the top, and sprinkle with additional crushed Oreos and hot fudge topping.
This dessert is very decadent with all the rich chocolate and coffee flavors, but is also fun and playful with the Oreos and pudding. The coffee-chocolate combo is nothing new, and is done over and over again in all different applications. There’s a reason for that: it’s amazing! The chocolate cake is made moist with the pudding and condensed milk, and is completed with the light and fluffy coffee whipped cream. In my opinion, the addition of the Oreos is what adds that extra special thing (just like my haagen daz treat).
This dish is great to bring to potlucks or parties because it’s easy to make, easily transported, and there are never any leftovers you have to bring home! I’ll admit, it’s not the prettiest of desserts (and you know I like a pretty dessert), but I put this in the category of desserts that don’t have to be so pretty. Others in this category are brownies with ice cream, and anything else gooey and melty that you usually eat with ice cream. What this dessert may lack in the appearance department, it more than makes up for in the taste department! Give this recipe a whirl! And again, you can get creative with this basic concept and try different flavor combinations!
I know halloween just ended, and you may be overloaded on sugar and chocolate, but if you’re anything like me, you’re just craving more sweets than ever. So I hope this cake crushes your sugar cravings, and that you love this dessert as much as I did! Hugs & kisses and all my best wishes!
- 1 box chocolate cake mix of choice + ingredients on box
- 1 cup milk
- 1 box instant chocolate pudding (3.4 oz)
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
- 12 Oreos, crushed
- 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp instant coffee dissolved in 1 tbsp water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 10-15 Oreos, crushed or chopped
- Hot fudge topping
- Make your chocolate cake. Combine cake mix plus ingredients listed on the box,* mix, and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes. When it's cool, use the end of a wooden spoon (or something similar) to poke holes across the top of the cake). Try not to poke all the way through the bottom of the cake.
- Make Pudding/Condensed milk layer. Whisk together milk and pudding until combined. Add condensed milk, and stir until well incorporated. While the mix is still liquid-y, pour evenly over the top of your cake with holes.
- Sprinkle crushed Oreos over the pudding/condensed milk layer.
- Let cool completely (I was anxious, and put it in the fridge. You could leave it out at room temp if you're patient enough).
- Make coffee whipped cream. Whisk cold heavy whipping cream (by hand or with mixer) until it becomes a fluffy whipped cream texture. Dissolve instant coffee granules in warm water. You can also use a shot of espresso or the equivalent of very strong coffee. Add coffee mixture and salt to whipped cream, and gently fold together until incorporated.
- Once cake is cool, spread coffee whipped cream evenly over the cake, and top with additional Oreos and hot fudge sauce if desired.
- * For my boxed cake mix, I always add one extra egg, and substitute the water for milk. I also added 1 tsp of instant coffee dissolved in 1 tbsp of water into the cake batter to complement the whipped cream.
- ** If you don't feel like making your own whipped cream, you can just use one of those big tubs of frozen whipped topping, and add the instant espresso granules dissolved in water and mix until combined.