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coconut poke cake slice on a white plate.

Coconut Poke Cake

Published by Kate
Coconut Poke Cake is a must-try for coconut lovers—it's moist and tender with tons of coconut flavor.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 512 kcal


  • 1 box white cake mix made according to package directions
  • 1 (15 oz) can cream of coconut
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8 oz) container whipped topping
  • cups shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cake according to package directions, and bake in a greased 13x9 inch baking dish.
  • While the cake is baking, whisk together the cream of coconut and sweetened condensed milk.
  • While the cake is still warm from the oven, use a skewer, drinking straw, or fork to poke holes in the cake about 1 inch apart.
  • Pour the milk mixture over the top. Refrigerate until cool, about 1–2 hours.
  • Spread whipped topping over the top and sprinkle with coconut. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Store cake in the refrigerator.


Cream of coconut is NOT the same as coconut milk. Cream of coconut (or crema de coco) is quite sweet, and you cannot substitute coconut milk in its place. You need a can of "cream of coconut" for this recipe (Goya is one brand that makes it). 
You can use homemade whipped cream in place of the whipped topping, if you'd like. Whip 2 cups of heavy cream with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until light and fluffy, and use in place of the whipped topping.
Store any leftover cake in the refrigerator, or freeze it (wrapped tightly or in a freezer-safe container) for up to 2 months. Defrost in the refrigerator. 


Calories: 512kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 6gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 400mgPotassium: 298mgFiber: 3gSugar: 65gVitamin A: 103IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 163mgIron: 2mg
Keyword coconut poke cake
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