I don’t think any of my regular readers are surprised I’m posting in honor of National Chocolate Cake Day today. Chocolate cake and I are practically BFFs.
I’ve shared recipes for impressive chocolate layer cakes and chocolate melting cakes perfectly sized for two; triple chocolate cheesecake and deliciously boozy chocolate cupcakes. I’ve yet to meet a chocolate cake I don’t like – but this poke cake is something special.
For one, it’s delicious. A moist, chocolate cake filled up with fudgy pockets, topped off with the best chocolate whipped cream (and more chocolate chips, because why not?)
Secondly, this cake isn’t going for any beauty awards. It’s beauty is in the rustic, this-must-have-come-from-mom’s-kitchen look. And while I love a beautiful cake as much as the next person, I adore these decidedly un-pretty ones because they take the pressure off presentation.
I hope you find yourself enjoying a slice of chocolate cake today!
National Chocolate Cake Day Recipes
- Amy of House of Nash Eats: One Bowl Chocolate Cake
- Camilla of Culinary
Adventures with Camilla: Frisky Whiskey Chocolate Cake
- Cindy of Cindy’s
Recipes and Writings: Spicy Sweet Chocolate Cake
- Erin of The Spiffy Cookie: Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake
- Jaida of Sweet Beginnings: Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cake
- Jolene of Jolene’s Recipe Journal: Old Fashioned Fudge Cake
Lisa of Bloggehtti: German Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Kate of Kate’s Recipe Box: Chocolate Poke Cake
- Nichole of Cookaholic Wife: Italian Love Cake
- Sue of Palatable
Pastime Triple Chocolate Cheesecake
- Terri of Our Good
Life: Chocolate Mug Cake Keto Style
- Wendy of A Day in the Life
on the Farm: Easy One Pan Mocha Cake
Chocolate Poke Cake
For the cake:
1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup boiling water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the poke drizzle:
14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semi -sweet chocolate chips
For the frosting:
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Mini chocolate chips, for decoration
Preheat you oven to 350 degrees. While the oven preheats, grease and flour a 9×13″ pan. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat in the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla on medium speed. After two minutes of beating, add the boiling water and stir until incorporated and runny-looking. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, until a knife comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes, then poke holes all over the top using the handle of a wooden spoon.
Place the chocolate chips in a glass (or other heat-proof) bowl. In a double boiler, bring the sweetened condensed milk to a boil. Pour the boiling milk over the chocolate chips. Let stand for 30 seconds, then stir until smooth. Immediately pour over the cake, smoothing into the holes as much as possible.
Let cool at room temperature for an hour, then move to the refrigerator to cool completely.
When the cake is completely cooled, make the frosting. In a stand mixer, or using a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla, and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Spread evenly over the cake and top with mini chocolate chips.
Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
adapted from OMG Chocolate Desserts