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Coconut Poke Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

2016 December 20
by Emily Hill

This coconut poke cake features a yellow cake infused with sweet coconut cream and topped with homemade whipped cream frosting and shredded coconut.

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Coconut Poke Cake -- This coconut poke cake features a yellow cake infused with sweet coconut cream and topped with homemade whipped cream frosting and shredded coconut.


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Our Relief Society annual Christmas progressive dinner is one of the highlights of the year for the sisters in our ward (ward = congregation). We submit recipes for an annual cookbook and then bring a sampling of our dish to the progressive dinner. We then spend the evening taste-testing everyone’s recipes, from appetizers and drinks to main dishes and desserts, and head home later that night with a ton of yummy new recipes for the upcoming year.

We also head home wishing we’d remembered to wear stretchy pants to dinner…

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Coconut Poke Cake -- This coconut poke cake features a yellow cake infused with sweet coconut cream and topped with homemade whipped cream frosting and shredded coconut.

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This year my friend’s recipe for coconut poke cake became an instant family favorite—and that’s saying a lot since at least two of my kids don’t like coconut. It’s super easy to make (even easier if you use thawed frozen whipped topping instead of homemade whipped cream) and great for serving a crowd. Plus, it looks so pretty with all that homemade whipped cream and shredded coconut…

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Coconut Poke Cake -- This coconut poke cake features a yellow cake infused with sweet coconut cream and topped with homemade whipped cream frosting and shredded coconut.

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I love any recipe that allows me to keep everything on hand in case I need a last-minute dessert and this coconut poke cake is just such a recipe. Yellow cake mix with the fixings (eggs, water, oil), coconut cream, sweetened condensed milk, heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla. That’s it! We used my favorite homemade whipped cream from Nathan’s favorite key lime pie and it was absolutely perfect for this coconut poke cake. Plus there was just enough left over for everyone to eat a giant spoonful of the whipped goodness.

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Coconut Poke Cake -- This coconut poke cake features a yellow cake infused with sweet coconut cream and topped with homemade whipped cream frosting and shredded coconut.

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I did learn it works best to use a larger bamboo skewer to poke the holes rather than a fork. If your poked holes are too small, the sauce will run to the sides of the pan and then your cake will be extra soaked around the edges while the center will be seriously lacking in creamy coconut goodness.

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Coconut Poke Cake -- This coconut poke cake features a yellow cake infused with sweet coconut cream and topped with homemade whipped cream frosting and shredded coconut.

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Printable recipe for coconut poke cake below. Enjoy!
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Coconut Poke Cake
 
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This coconut poke cake features sweet coconut cream sauce poured over a warm yellow cake. Once cooled, the cake is topped with homemade whipped cream and shredded coconut. Makes one 9x13-inch pan.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake
Serves: 16
Ingredients
Cake
  • 1 box yellow cake mix plus ingredients to bake it (or your favorite yellow cake mix recipe)
  • 1 (15-oz) can coconut cream (not coconut milk)
  • 1 (15-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
Whipped cream frosting
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 6 T confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Shredded coconut (optional)
Instructions
Cake
  1. Bake cake according to package directions (or bake your favorite homemade yellow cake).
  2. Whisk coconut cream and condensed milk together during last few minutes of baking.
  3. When cake is done and still warm, poke holes all over the baked cake using a fork or bamboo skewer. Pour coconut mixture over cake.
  4. Let cool completely before frosting with whipped cream.
Whipped cream frosting
  1. Using chilled beaters and a chilled small mixing bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken.
  2. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until medium peaks form. Frost cooled cake and top with shredded coconut. Store cake in refrigerator until ready to serve. Refrigerate leftovers.

 
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Coconut Poke Cake -- This coconut poke cake features a yellow cake infused with sweet coconut cream and topped with homemade whipped cream frosting and shredded coconut.

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Here are a few more cake recipes you might enjoy baking during the holidays!
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Buttemilk Glazed Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting -- my friend is famous for this cake and I can see why. The perfect carrot cake topped with a buttermilk glaze while hot and then topped with a divine cream cheese frosting. Best. Cake. Ever.


Buttermilk glazed carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

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Pumpkin bundt cake with cream cheese frosting


Pumpkin bundt cake with cream cheese frosting (man, I love cream cheese frosting!)

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Lemon Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze -- super decadent yet light on flavor. The orange glaze takes it from delicious to perfection.


Lemon bundt cake with orange glaze

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Texas sheet cake recipe


Mom’s Texas sheet cake

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chocolate bundt cake


Better than pretty much everything chocolate bundt cake

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