Recently I was put in charge of a friend’s birthday party. This lead me to wandering through my cookbooks and Pinterest page looking for something fun and a little different. I ended up combining a few ideas and ending up at this chocolate mint poke cake. This is a fun cake which starts with a box cake mix, though you could apply the idea to your favorite scratch cake too. This is more a matter of method than specific recipe, though I like using my homemade recipes and Ultra Gel to create the best possible cake.
As a note the term poke cake applies to a lot of cakes where you poke holes in the cake while it’s warm and then pour something over the top meant to soak into the holes. Often this is a pudding or warm sauce. You want to be careful with poke cakes to use enough sauce to keep things moist and yummy, but not so much that the cake ends up a soggy mess.
Chocolate Mint Poke Cake
1 box chocolate cake mix
Ingredients for cake mix + 2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel and 1/3 cup mint chips (opt)
1 batch Ultra Gel Hot Fudge Sauce
1 batch Thick Gel Chocolate Pudding
1 batch Ultra Gel Whipping Cream whipped with 3 drops green food coloring
Mint chips for garnish if desired
Make chocolate cake as per the box adding 2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel and 1/3 cup mint chips. After it comes out of the oven allow to cool for 10 minutes then punch with holes. I find it easiest to use the tail end of a wooden spoon.
Pour hot fudge sauce over the cake and allow to fill holes. Give 10 minutes to set.
Layer cool pudding on top of hot fudge sauce.
Layer colored whipping cream on top of pudding and garnish.
Keep cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.