Red Velvet Poke Cake is luscious and delicious. The entire recipe is so simple and starts with a cake mix. Everyone will love this easy recipe.

Slice of cake on a plate.
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I love making easy cake recipes and this Red Velvet Poke Cake does not disappoint. This type of cake is just so easy and always turn out moist and delicious. This red velvet poke cake will be a hit at Christmas and year round.

You might also like Cheesecake Factory Red Velvet Cheesecake, Red Velvet Pound Cake Recipe and ​​Red Velvet Trifle Cups.

Why We Love This Recipe

Each bite is really decadent, and my kids loved the chocolate chips on top. The next time you are craving red velvet cake but don’t have the time to make the traditional recipe, try this simple poke cake version.

It is really good with the best texture. Some poke cakes include pudding mixes but this one does not. It’s so easy to make.


Ingredients for recipe - cake mix, chocolate chips, eggs, powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, oil.



  • Cream Cheese. This needs to be softened at room temperature.
  • Mini chocolate chips. You can also use regular-size chocolate chips but the mini is our favorite.

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Variations and Substitutions

  • Chocolate. We used mini chocolate chips, but you can use regular-size or even chocolate pieces. It is a great way to use up leftover chocolate bars. Just chop up and top your cake with the pieces. You can also use white chocolate chips. I have actually mixed both together and then just sprinkle on top.
  • Topping. The homemade cream cheese frosting is delicious but Homemade Whipped Cream or Cool Whip is great too for a lighter option.
  • Red food coloring. If you want the cake to appear more vibrant, add red food coloring to the cake mix. It is a simple way to deepen the red color.
Slice of cake on plate.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mixing bowl with batter.

Step 2. While the oven is preheating, make the cake according to the box instructions. Pour into a 9×13 cake pan and bake.

Cake baked and holes being poked all over.

Step 3. After the cake is finished baking, let it cool. Next, poke the holes all over the cake.

Sweetened Condensed milk poured all over cake.

Step 4. Next, pour the sweetened condensed milk all over the cake. Cover the cake and refrigerate overnight.

Filling spread over cake.

Step 5. Make the topping by beating together the cream cheese and butter. Then add the powdered sugar and start with 1 tablespoon of milk. Add the vanilla and beat everything together until well combined in a bowl. You can add additional milk to get the frosting to the desired consistency. The last step is to spread the yummy frosting over the cake.

Chocolate chips sprinkled on cake.

Step 6. Top with mini chocolate chips.

Cake sliced and served.

Step 7. Slice and serve the cake.


Can you use homemade whipped cream?

Yes, you can. We have a really easy homemade whipped cream recipe. It is so delicious on this cake.

You can top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream. Also, if you are short on time or just want to try something new, skip the frosting and top with whipped cream for different flavor.

How to store?

If you have any leftovers, store inside an air tight container. Put in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.   I like to use the baking pans that have a lid. It makes it so easy for storing in the fridge.

Can you freeze the cake?

I don’t recommend freezing the cake. The texture will change and get soggy.

Cake in baking dish with a spatula.

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Make this poke cake for a decadent treat. Please leave a comment once you do.

Red Velvet Poke Cake

4.67 from 21 votes
Red Velvet Poke Cake is luscious and delicious. The entire recipe is so simple and starts with a cake mix. Everyone will love this easy recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cool and refrigerate overnight 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 35 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 568


  • CAKE:
  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • Ingredients needed to make cake from the cake mix: eggs, oil, water, etc.
  • 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese softened at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Make cake mix according to package directions and bake in a well-greased 9×13 pan according to package.
  • When cake is finished, allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then poke holes all over cake (about 1-inch) intervals using a wooden spoon handle.
  • Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top of the cake and allow it to seep into the holes that were poked into the cake.
  • Cover and refrigerate the cake overnight.
  • 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 the desired consistency.
  • Spread frosting over room temperature cake and top with the mini chocolate chips.
  • Enjoy at room temperature, or chill and enjoy cold.

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5-7 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 568kcal, Carbohydrates 74g, Protein 7g, Fat 28g, Saturated Fat 12g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 46mg, Sodium 255mg, Potassium 195mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 63g, Vitamin A 520IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 190mg, Iron 1mg

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