Samoa Poke Cake

A chocolate cake infused with caramel? Quit playin' with our heart! I'm sure you're familiar with a Samoa: a chocolate cookie topped with toasted coconut, caramel, and drizzled in chocolate. Absurd! :D

I wanted to create a poke cake that captured what people love about the Samoa: rich chocolatey goodness paired with caramel. I started with a box of devil's food cake, which I poked (use the back of a wooden spoon or straw and be gentle) all over before pouring in a caramel sauce that soaks into the cake. Just think about that for one sec: Salty-sweet caramel sauce soaking into rich chocolate cake. It creates the moist magical slice, while combining two incredible dessert flavors.

No frosting necessary when you have a sheet of toasted coconut—the best part of this dessert. It adds a sweet crunch that you'll want in every bite. The coconut gets drizzled with melted chocolate and caramel so gooey deliciousness. Get your poke on!

Samoa Poke Cake


Yields: 10
Prep Time: 0 hours 10 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 55 mins

Ingredients:
  • Butter, for baking dish
  • All-purpose flour, for baking dish
  • 1 box Devil's food cake mix, plus ingredients called for on box
  •  1 10-oz. jar caramel, plus more for drizzling
  • 3 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 2 c. sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 1 c. melted chocolate chips




Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°. Butter and flour a 9"-x-13" baking dish. Prepare chocolate cake mix according to box instructions. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 26 to 28 minutes.

Let cake cool 15 minutes, then use the tip of a wooden spoon to gently poke holes all over cake.

In a small saucepan, combine caramel and heavy cream. Heat over low, stirring, until completely combined and warmed through.

Pour all over cake, making sure caramel seeps into poke holes.

Top with a full layer of toasted coconut, then drizzle with melted chocolate (stir in a couple drops of vegetable oil if too thick to drizzle) and more caramel.

Let stand 10 minutes, then slice and serve.







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