Tiramisu poke cake

What’s better than cake? Cake with extra hidden bits. I don’t know who came up with the idea of poke cakes but I love them.

Poke cakes are, as the name suggests, cakes which have holes poked into them, creating delicious little reservoirs into which you can pour extra flavourings. The cake soaks some of this up and you end up with a really soft, dessert-like cake. It’s a kind of fridge cake, really (which I also love to make).

As with many of the recipes on here, there are loads of variations you could try. How about vanilla cake with stewed fruit and custard-y icing; chocolate cake with caramel sauce and chocolate icing; lemon sponge with passion fruit curd and lemon icing? NB I am going to make and eat ALL of these.

I put Kahlua in this as it wasn’t meant for the kids but you could leave it out.

Tiramisu poke cake


  • Box of chocolate cake mix plus required extra ingredients, or ingredients for your own sponge
  • Tablespoon of instant coffee made up very strongly with just a dash of water
  • 200g plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 tin of condensed milk
  • Splash of Kahlua
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate curls to finish, if you want


  • Make your cake and leave to cool completely in the tin
  • When cool, poke holes all over with something round enough to make decent sized holes
Mmmm, pokey
  • Whisk together the yoghurt, coffee, condensed milk and Kalhua and pour over the cooked cake.
You can see the air bubbles as the topping fills the holes
  • Chill for a couple of hours till firm
  • Top with whipped cream and chocolate (if using) and chill again.
  • Slice into squares so you can see the pokey bits and eat once the kids have gone to bed.


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