German Chocolate Poke Cake

German Chocolate Poke Cake is a delicious twist on the classic German chocolate cake. This version involves poking holes into a chocolate cake and filling them with a rich, gooey coconut-pecan frosting, which seeps into the cake, adding moisture and decadent flavor. It’s topped with a smooth chocolate frosting for an extra chocolatey touch. Here’s how to make this indulgent dessert.


For the Chocolate Cake:

  • Boxed German Chocolate Cake Mix: 1 box (and ingredients called for on the box, typically water, eggs, and oil)

For the Coconut-Pecan Filling:

  • Evaporated Milk: 1 cup
  • Granulated Sugar: 1 cup
  • Egg Yolks: 3, lightly beaten
  • Butter: 1/2 cup (1 stick)
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon
  • Sweetened Flaked Coconut: 1 cup
  • Chopped Pecans: 1 cup

For the Chocolate Frosting:

  • Powdered Sugar: 2 cups
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: 1/2 cup
  • Butter: 1/2 cup (1 stick), softened
  • Milk: 4 tablespoons, or as needed to reach desired consistency
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon


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