Tiramisu Poke Cake

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!Sometimes I wish I was someone else. Like a Zooey Deschanel type who had thick black glasses, a long mane of natural hair, and wore clothes that came from ModCloth. It seems like everyone always likes that type of girl, ya know?

Any time I go to a coffee shop, I see that girl there. She’s face-deep in The Great Gatsby and drinking plain black coffee with her lips painted red. She probably listens to folk music from indie bands I’ve never even heard of and wears clothes expertly extracted from high-end vintage stores. And all the guys flock to her because she’s good-quirky and has an innocent dose of spunk and is generally attracted to guys who play guitar, and it’s practically a requirement that all guys play guitar. Her boyfriends are guys who wear loafers and think argyle sweaters are trendy. They coif their mustaches and wear newsboy caps and Wayfarers. They may or may not have a couple of wrist tattoos, likely of something artsy. You know the type. If you don’t, just inhabit your nearest Peet’s and you’ll see a whole lot of them drinking loose-leaf teas and pondering philosophy.

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!But then I realize, I don’t want to be a girl like Zooey. I like my tutus smothered in glitter, and I hate black coffee. Also, can you imagine me with natural hair? Subway rats have better highlights than my natural hair does, so that’s off the table completely. And dating a guy who uses mustache gel? Isn’t that a little strange? Like, I don’t mind waiting if he wants to comb his hair, but waiting for him to perfectly spiralize his mustache seems a little much. And don’t get me started on his artfully-placed Catcher in the Rye wrist tattoo. Blech.

I think, after all, I’d rather be me. Because I lead a pretty badass life, have a ginormous closet bursting with Betsey Johnson tutus, and I make a mean Tiramisu Poke Cake that has just the right amount of coffee — perfect for me. It’s high time I embrace who I am and eat an entire cake. Or, well, at least the former.

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!Psst – you guys have to try this cake! It’s amazing.

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!

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Tiramisu Poke Cake
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Serves: 15
 
This Tiramisu Poke Cake is rich and velvety, bursting with coffee flavor and Kahlua and coated in a thick and creamy whipped topping.
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 (6 oz) carton cafe au lait yogurt (I used Yoplait Greek)
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup Kahlua
  • 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip, thawed
  • Cocoa powder and powdered sugar, for dusting
Instructions
  1. First, prepare your cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set pan aside. Prepare your cake mix according to package directions. Stir in the espresso powder and the cinnamon to combine.
  2. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool the cake completely. Once cake has cooled, poke holes in it using the handle of a wooden spoon, careful not to completely penetrate the cake all the way through.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, condensed milk and Kahlua until blended. Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the cake, careful to fill the holes as best as you can. Allow the cake to sit in the fridge for about 20 minutes, then spread the Cool Whip on top in an even layer.
  4. Refrigerate the cake for about 4 hours, or overnight, to settle and allow the flavors to combine and absorb into the cake. Cut into squares and serve! Store leftovers covered in the fridge for about 3 days.

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!This cake is full of the flavors of a classic tiramisu – rich chocolate, smooth coffee, and delicate whipped cream that make for a memorable and marvelous dessert! This poke cake marinates overnight in the delicious flavors of Kahlua and cream, making it moist and irresistible. I love the added dusting of cocoa on top for a pretty appearance and a little extra chocolate 🙂

This Tiramisu Poke Cake is bursting with the classic flavors of tiramisu: rich chocolate, sweet & fluffy whipped cream, and dark coffee - but in a simple-to-make cake!

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Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

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Comments

  1. I agree…cake just ain’t about that life. This looks like my kind of cake, so rich and chocolaty 🙂

  2. Tiramisu is a grand treat for me. I hardly find it on any restaurant menus, but when I go to Boston I always try to find a bakery that has it. Now, I can make it at home. YUM! One thing I’ve learned over the years is to just be yourself. I spent my high school years trying to fit in, but then I realized it was easier to just be me. I have to admit that I do shop at Goodwill and Salvation Army and will read almost anything that’s suggested to me (except Fifty Shades of Grey). When you accept yourself (tutus and all), you’ll be a happier and healthier person. 😀

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Erin, this message is so touching – thank you for that! You’re totally right; I cannot agree more with you! xoxo.

  3. I’m still thinking about the loafers and argyle sweater–both a major no in my book. Oh, and pink shirts. I’m not a fan of a guy in a pink shirt. Just, no. I’ve been highlighting my hair since I was 14. I couldn’t imagine having natural hair. I don’t even know what my natural hair looks like. Confession: I’ve never had or make a poke cake. I feel like that’s a sin… A sin that needs to be rectified. Pinned.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Jennie, your comment had me dying with laughter. Loafers – UGH. I cannot deal with loafers. No bueno! Thanks for pinning! xoxo.

  4. Haha, “pondering philosophy” — I die. Also, I feel like lots of these guys are trying to make suspenders a thing again, and I just don’t know I feel about it. Unless you’re Humphrey Bogart or Cary Grant, I just don’t think you can pull it off. But this cake. This cake looks like gold!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Michelle – you’re SO RIGHT. No to the suspenders. It’s just… it works for Cary Grant and those heartthrobs of the past, and it works for old men who use them to hold up their long-johns. Otherwise, suspenders are totally out 😀 Glad we can agree on this, haha!

  5. Haha, you be you!! You’re pretty awesome at that 🙂 And this cake? PINNED cause I want it right now. And your photos are gorgeous girl!!

  6. lol you’re describing hipsters 😛 and Michael HATES hipsters so see? not everyone loves those girls 😛

    I love you AS YOU ARE! and i think we can all agree on that!

  7. Can’t wait to make this!!!

  8. haha Girl you are amazing the way you are and yes you can make a sinfully delicious poke cake which she can’t!! It is one stunning cake!

  9. This cake looks incredible! Poke cakes are perhaps the best EVER!

  10. I have never met THAT girl in real life. But I’ve met YOU!! And you are the best. Sushi + Burgers again please. I’ll bring sugary coffee if you bring cake. Deal?

  11. Dear Hayley, what a beautiful cake! This sounds divine. xo, Catherine

  12. Is it okay to leave out the alcohol?

  13. Gail Smith says:

    This looked and sounded amazing until I got to the ingredients list – I just don’t like the flavor of raw sweetened condensed milk. I’ve noticed several of your recipes lately have included it. I haven’t had much of a problem passing them up, but this one is difficult. I’m going to have to find a substitute for this one.

  14. Hi, just wondering about the cocoa powder and powder sugar? Do you mix them together then dust the cake and if so how much of each?

    Thanks,
    Eddy

  15. Colleen says:

    Could you use real whipped cream in place of cool whip?

  16. I’m so tired of anxiously trying to get to an advertised recipe, but have to first scroll through the author’s long discourse on topics that’s hardly ever releva nt to the subject! Just get to the damn recipe already! If i wanted to read– I’d get a book!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Maria, I’m sorry that scrolling is hard for you. Good news though, I did write a book! Enjoy 🙂

  17. Bethany says:

    Yoplait Greek is it plain or flavored??

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