Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake

We have always celebrated birthdays in my family no matter how old you get.  This past weekend was no different.  My brother Greg was turning the big “five-oh”.  He really made it easy on me this year.  He asked for meatloaf and mashed potatoes for his birthday dinner.  When I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, he said what he says every year, “Something peanut butter and chocolate”.  Last year it was a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting.  Another year it was a chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse inside (the boobs!).  He really liked THAT cake!

Lingerie Cake

I had to think about it this year.  How many peanut butter and chocolate cakes can one come up with??  Well, I really wanted to make a poke cake.  I’ve never made one and I just knew it would be delicious!  I came up with my very own Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake.  It would be fabulous!  AND it was.  SO fabulous that my mom and I had two pieces.  We literally could NOT STOP EATING IT.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake

When I make a cake for a recipe, I sometimes doctor up a mix.  I knew for this recipe I had to make it from scratch.  I was SO right.  My go-to scratch chocolate cake comes from the back of the Hershey’s cocoa box.  You don’t need ANY other chocolate cake recipe.  EVER.  So I made the cake and poked lots of large holes in it.  I filled the holes with the best peanut butter concoction you’re ever gonna taste.  Of course I made some homemade, sweet whipped cream to frost the top with.  And if you don’t cut up some Reese’s peanut butter cups and scatter them on top of the cake IT IS a crime.  Last thing to do was adorn it with some chocolate syrup and I had made “perfection in a pan”.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake
If your brother loves chocolate and peanut butter and he’s turning “50”, you should make him this Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake.


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Chocolate Cake Recipe adapted from Hershey’s.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake


    For the Cake
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • For the Peanut Butter Filling
  • 1 (8-ounce) bar cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) carton Cool Whip
  • For the Whipped Cream
  • 1 (16-ounce) carton heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


    For the Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Spray 9x13 glass pan with cooking spray.
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the dry ingredients with the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in bowling water. (Batter will be very thin)
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out dry.
  7. Let cool on wire rack.
  8. For the Peanut Butter Filling
  9. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream cheese until creamy.
  10. Add peanut butter and beat until combined.
  11. Add milk, powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until combined.
  12. Slowly mix in Cool Whip until combined.
  13. For the Whipped Cream
  14. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream on high with the wire whisk attachment until soft peaks form.
  15. Add two tablespoons of sugar.
  16. Continue beating cream until stiff peaks form.
  17. Decorate the cake
  18. Poke large, random holes in cake.
  19. Spread the peanut butter filling on top of the cake with a rubber spatula.
  20. Spread the whipped cream over the top of the peanut butter filling.
  21. Decorate with chocolate syrup and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
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  1. This poke cake sounds delicious, Michele! I’ve always been wanting to try them, so now I think I found the perfect recipe. And chocolate and peanut butter is the best combination!

  2. The Hershey’s cocoa chocolate cake is the best ever. It’s my go to!
    Your cake decorating skills are quite impressive! Did you do the previous year’s cake with fondant?
    And this poke cake is right up my alley!

  3. That boob cake is hilarious! I can’t wait to try this poke cake. The filling sounds delicious, Michele!

  4. Oh my gosh! That boob cake is kind of awesome.

  5. Delish! Pinning it!!

    We appreciate you linking up at Teach Me Tuesday last week! Thank you so much!! Hope to see you again this week!!

    Have a great day!

  6. Thank you for linking up to Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday last week. As one of the co-hosts, I will be featuring your recipe on Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday this week on my site, Detours in Life. Congrats! Please stop by and grab a feature button when you get a chance.

  7. mmm . . . I could eat that peanut butter filling by the spoonful!! This sounds AMAZING :)


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