German Chocolate Poke Cake


German Chocolate Poke Cake is more than just a dessert; it’s a cherished tradition passed down through generations, embodying love and nostalgia. As a tribute to my grandmother’s culinary legacy, I present to you this delightful recipe that never fails to evoke fond memories and warm smiles. Prepare to indulge in the harmonious medley of moist chocolate cake, luscious frosting, and decadent caramel sauce.


German chocolate cake mix1 box
Water1 1/2 cups
Vegetable oil1/2 cup
Eggs3 large
Sweetened condensed milk1 can
Caramel sauce1 cup
Chopped pecans1 cup
Sweetened shredded coconut1 cup
Butter, softened1/2 cup
Powdered sugar4 cups
Milk1/4 cup
Prep TimeCook TimeTotal TimeYield
15 mins30-35 mins1-2 hrs12 servings


Preparing the Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the German chocolate cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs. Beat until well combined.
  3. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes.

Creating the Caramel Mixture

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 cup of caramel sauce until smooth.

Assembling the Cake

  1. Using the end of a wooden spoon, poke holes into the cake at 1-inch intervals.
  2. Pour the caramel sauce mixture over the cake, ensuring even distribution.

Making the Frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, milk, and remaining caramel sauce, mixing until smooth.
  2. Fold in the chopped pecans and shredded coconut.

Frosting the Cake

  1. Spread the frosting over the cake, ensuring complete coverage.
  2. Chill the cake in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before serving.
German Chocolate Poke Cake
German Chocolate Poke Cake


  • For added richness, consider toasting the pecans and coconut before adding them to the frosting.
  • Ensure the cake is completely cooled before frosting to prevent the frosting from melting.

Cook Techniques

  • To check if the cake is done, insert a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, the cake is ready.
  • When spreading the frosting, an offset spatula works best for achieving a smooth finish.


Can I use homemade caramel sauce instead of store-bought?
Yes, homemade caramel sauce can be substituted for store-bought. Just ensure it’s cooled before use.

Can I make this cake in advance?
Yes, you can prepare the cake a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator. However, it’s best to frost it just before serving for optimal freshness.


German Chocolate Poke Cake is more than just a dessert; it’s a celebration of family, love, and tradition. With its rich flavors and indulgent layers, it’s sure to become a favorite at your family gatherings and special occasions. Embrace the legacy of homemade goodness and create lasting memories with each delectable bite.

More Recipe Suggestions and Combinations

  • Serve slices of German Chocolate Poke Cake with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra treat.
  • Experiment with different cake mixes or try adding a hint of coffee to enhance the chocolate flavor.
  • For a festive touch, garnish the cake with chocolate shavings or additional caramel drizzle before serving.

Indulge in the timeless allure of German Chocolate Poke Cake and let its irresistible charm captivate your taste buds!