The Best Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake

Dive into a little slice of heaven with my new Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake, made with the best chocolate cake, a silky smooth peanut butter glaze, and a peanut butter whipped cream topping.

A slice of chocolate cake on a plate with a fork.

After publishing my Pumpkin Poke Cake with Caramel Whipped Cream, I knew we had to do some more poke cakes because it was such a huge hit.

What is a Poke Cake?

If you haven’t had a poke cake before, you’re in for a treat. It’s a simple cake to make, but one that’s packed with moisture and flavor. Traditionally, poke cakes are made with box cake mixes, which you can totally do… BUT, I highly recommend making a homemade cake for added flavor and richness.

After the cake is baked and cooled, you take the back of a wooden spoon (that’s what my mom always used), and poke holes all over the cake. A poke cake then has some kind of glaze or soak (caramel, chocolate, fruit soak, etc.) poured on top and is finished with a whipped cream topping.

Sounds amazing, right? It is!

A sheet cake with candy on top.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake Ingredients

For a homemade chocolate peanut butter poke cake, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Good quality cocoa powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Buttermilk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Peanut butter
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Whole milk
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Chocolate peanut butter cups (optional)
  • Peanuts (optional)
Slice of cake on a plate with a napkin.

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake

  • Bake the cake: this chocolate cake is truly the best chocolate cake recipe for so many reasons. First and foremost, it’s DELICIOUS. Second, it’s super easy to make. Once you’ve baked the cake in a 9-inch x 13-inch pan, let it cool a bit. You can then poke holes all over the cake using the back of a wooden spoon. We want the holes to be big enough to allow the glaze to soak in.
  • Make the peanut butter glaze: Prepare the peanut butter glaze according to the instructions below and then pour it on top of the chocolate cake. Use the back of a spoon or an offset icing spatula to spread the glaze around to ensure it soaks into the back.
  • Make the peanut butter whipped cream: Make the peanut butter whipped cream and then spread it over the peanut butter glaze. Top with chopped chocolate peanut butter cups and peanuts, if desired.
A slice of chocolate peanut butter poke cake on a plate.

Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake

Gluten free? I’ve got you! You can make this chocolate peanut butter poke cake gluten free with just one swap! Instead of using all-purpose flour, you’ll want to use a “one for one” gluten free flour. I highly recommend Bob’s Red Mill or Cup4Cup.

My gluten free readers may be asking how they can enjoy this ultimate decadence. The only thing you have to swap is the cake, as you can find gluten free versions of all of the other ingredients. Do take care that not all canned frosting is gluten free, so be sure to read labels. And buy a bag of Reese’s that state they are gluten free.

How do you store leftover poke cake?

For a poke cake, you’ll want to store the cake in the refrigerator since it has a whipped cream topping. But don’t worry, with the soak, the cake won’t dry out. Just be sure to leave the garnish off and cover it with a lid or plastic wrap.

A slice of chocolate cake on a plate with a fork.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake

4.94 from 16 votes
Delicious and moist chocolate cake with a peanut butter glaze and peanut butter whipped cream.

Ingredients
 

FOR DARK CHOCOLATE CAKE

  • 2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups (350 g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (88.5 g) Cacao Barry Extra Brute Cocoa Powder or similar premium brand
  • 2 teaspoons (8 g) baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon (3 g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup (240 g) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 cup (236.6 g) hot water
  • 1/2 cup (109 g) vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2 g) pure vanilla extract

For the Peanut Butter Glaze

  • 1 cup (250 g) smooth peanut butter, I use Skippy
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) whole milk

For the Peanut Butter Whipped Cream

  • 3/4 cup (187.5 g) smooth peanut butter, I use Skippy
  • 2 cups (480 g) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup (62.5 g) powdered sugar, measured then sifted
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2 g) vanilla extract

Garnish

  • Chocolate peanut butter cups
  • Peanuts

Instructions
 

FOR THE CHOCOLATE CAKE

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare 9-inch by 13-inch rectangular cake pans by spraying the bottom and sides with nonstick spray, lining the bottom with parchment paper, and spray the parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a bowl of electric mixer, combine all the dry ingredients.
  • Combine eggs, buttermilk, water, oil and vanilla in a measuring cup and lightly beat with a fork.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix on low speed until combined. Batter will be thin. Scrape sides and mix for another 30 seconds. Pour the batter into the cake pan.
  • Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs on it. Cool completely before assembly.

FOR THE Peanut Butter Glaze

  • In a small mixing bowl, beat the peanut butter on its own to break it up and create a looser, smoother texture.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Stir until smooth.

FOR THE Peanut Butter Whipped Cream

  • Again, in a small mixing bowl, beat the peanut butter on its own to break it up and create a looser, smoother. Set aside.
  • In a medium size stainless steel bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold in the peanut butter.

Assembly

  • Once the cake is cooled completely, use the back of a wooden spoon or a large straw and poke holes all over the cake.
  • Pour the peanut butter glaze over the cake. Using a spoon or offset icing spatula, spend a minute or two spreading the glaze over the cake to ensure it soaks into the holes.
  • Spread the peanut butter whipped cream over the top.
  • Sprinkle with the chopped peanut butter cups and peanuts.

Notes

NOTE: You can make this cake ahead of time. To do so, leave the garnish off and cover the cake with plastic wrap. Because of the peanut butter glaze, you can store this cake in the refrigerator overnight and it won’t dry out.
Cuisine Cake
Course Dessert
Keyword chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake, Peanut Butter, Poke Cake

Courtney Rich

I’m a self-taught baker, obsessed with cake.

I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

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  1. Do you think I could half the recipe and make in an 8×8 pan? If so, how long would you recommend baking? Thanks!

    1. Yes you definitely can. I’d star the bake time at 25 minutes, but I think you’ll probably end up closer to 30.

    2. 5 stars
      My sister made this cake for the Super Bowl and has now became my favourite cake! It’s honestly amazing! 10/10

  2. 5 stars
    My family loved this cake. They usually leave at least some of the frosting behind, this looked like they licked their plates My son asked if I could make it for his Birthday.😊

  3. I made this for my husband’s birthday and it was amazing! My son had the best time helping make the whipped cream. I would definitely recommend this recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I have a question as to why you use the parchment paper in a 9×13 pan? I’m afraid it would make it more difficult to cut and remove a slice.

  5. 4 stars
    Woah! This cake is intense! Soooo good, but soooo rich. I can only eat a small bit at a time, which is probably for the best, haha. My 10 year old has already announced this will be his bday cake AGAIN next year. I just used regular cocoa powder and it worked great.