Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake recipe is a decadent cake with lots of cinnamon and cream cheese frosting. Enjoy everything you love about cinnamon rolls in a quick and easy poke cake!

Slice of cinnamon roll poke cake on a spatula.
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What are you waiting for? You need to make this cinnamon roll poke cake! It taste just like a coffee cake with all the flavors of Cinnamon Rolls. Also, check out our huge list of Cinnamon Dessert Recipes.

What is a Poke Cake?

A poke cake is a type of cake recipe where you poke holes all over the cake after baking. The holes are filled with a delicious mixture that is poured over the cake and gets into every last inch of the cake.

Recipes vary but the filling can be a pudding mixture, fruit, sweetened condensed milk and more. This is a very easy recipe.


Ingredients needed - white cake mix, butter, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla


  • White Cake Mix. You will also need the ingredients on the box and prepare according to package.
  • Brown Sugar. You can also use The Best Brown Sugar Substitutes.


  • Cream Cheese. Soften this at room temperature before using.
  • Powdered Sugar. You may need to sift the powdered sugar if lumpy.

Get the complete ingredient list and full recipe at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

How to make Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake

  • Step 1. Preheat the oven and spray the 9x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Step 2. Make and Bake the Cake. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Pour cake batter into prepared pan. Bake cake as directed on the package.
Bowl with cinnamon roll topping.

Step 3. Prepare the Cinnamon Roll Topping. While the cake is baking, stir together melted butter, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, and cinnamon. Set aside.

Cake with holes all over the top.

Step 4. Poke holes in the cake using the handle of a wooden spoon.

Cinnamon roll mixture poured on cake.

Step 5. Pour Cinnamon Mixture over cake. Carefully spread all over the top of the cake.

Cinnamon roll mixture spread on cake.

Step 6. Allow the cake to cool at room temperature.

Mixing bowl with icing ingredients.

Step 7. While the cake cools, make the frosting. Beat together cream cheese and butter until combined with a hand mixer. Gradually add the powdered sugar and milk until combined.

Mixing bowl with ingredients combined.

Step 8. Continue Mixing until the homemade cream cheese frosting is the desired consistency.

Frosting spread on cake.

Step 9. Spread the frosting on the cake.

close up image of a slice of cinnamon roll poke cake on a spatula.

Step 10. Serve and enjoy.


How to serve?

This is the perfect dessert to serve for guest or a family night in. It is a crowd pleaser since it is so easy to make. You can serve the cake warm with a scoop of ice cream or topped with whipped cream.
I love to have it in the morning with my coffee or hot tea.

Do I have to use a white cake mix?

You can use any flavor of cake that you prefer. Vanilla or yellow cake mix would be an amazing cake mix option.

How to store?

Cover the cake or store inside an airtight container. Place in the fridge up to 3 days.

What do you use to poke holes in a poke cake?

We used the end of a wooden spoon. This is perfect because the holes are the perfect size to allow the delicious cinnamon mixture to get into the cake. However, you can use a fork or really anything that you have on hand. 

Do poke cakes need to be refrigerated?

Allow to cool on the counter for a few minutes, then put into the fridge to fully cool and set up.  This is a very simple cake recipe and so easy to make with just a few ingredients. 

Can I make this cake ahead of time?

Yes, that is why we love Poke Cake Recipes. The are the perfect dessert to make ahead of time. We actually think they taste better if they are prepared 2-2 days ahead of time.

More Easy Poke Cake Recipes

Please try this recipe and come back and leave a comment. I love hearing from you.

Cake being served.

Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake

4.19 from 59 votes
Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake recipe is a yummy cake with Cinnamon and Cream Cheese icing. If you love Cinnamon Rolls, then this cake is a must.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cool 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 458


  • CAKE:
  • 15.25 oz white cake mix prepared according to package
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
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  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Prepare cake mix according to package. Bake.
  • While the cake is baking, stir together butter, brown sugar, condensed milk, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes in the cake
  • Pour filling mixture over warm cake, gently spreading as necessary.
  • Let cake cool to room temperature.
  • To make the frosting, beat together cream cheese and butter until combined.
  • Add powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk and vanilla. Beat together until well-combined.
  • Mix in additional milk to desired consistency.
  • Spread frosting over room temperature cake.
  • Enjoy at room temperature, or chill and enjoy cold.
  • Cover and chill any leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 458kcal, Carbohydrates 67g, Protein 4g, Fat 21g, Saturated Fat 12g, Cholesterol 56mg, Sodium 432mg, Potassium 111mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 51g, Vitamin A 642IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 154mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Bobbie says:

    This was so good. We loved it.

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you so much!

  2. Nancy says:

    5 stars
    Easy! My son’s favorite!

  3. Nancy says:

    5 stars
    Easy! My son loves it!

  4. Lisa says:

    I decided to give this poke cake a try !!!!i had never made one it’s so easy to make and delicious!!!!

    1. Carrie says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it – We love it too!

  5. Catherine L Clifton says:

    Is it possible to cut the Cake in half after you’ve put the cinnamon sugar mixture and spread around and fill the holes in to cut the Cake in half and freeze half? I’m a family of two and one large cake is just more than what we need to be eating at one time. Thanks

    1. Carrie says:

      I haven’t tried that but I would think it would work.