Poke Cake Recipe

    Poke Cake Recipe

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    Everybody likes cake, and this one has a special surprise.

    Photography By James Stefiuk

    “A party without cake is just a meeting,” said the late, great Julia Child. I’m of the same mind as Julia, and I would definitely bring this cake to a party or even to a staff meeting because it is good and I like to share — and who doesn’t like cake?

    True to its name and a hot food trend of the 1970s, a poke cake is a cake that you poke holes all over after it has been baked. You then fill the holes with sweetened condensed milk, hot fudge sauce, caramel or gelatin. I guess you’re only limited by your imagination as to what you can pour after you poke. It’s usually not the prettiest thing to look at after this step, but trust me it gets better. You then allow what you poured to soak into the cake before adding a topping. There are a number of variations to a poke cake, but the Coconut Crème Poke Cake is my all time favorite. The cake becomes so moist and is filled with the sweetened flavor of coconut goodness.

    The coconut is a fruit from the palm family. For cooking purposes you can use the raw inner pithy layers, as in this recipe, or you can use the juices from inside. Although the juice inside is mainly water, the white meat inside is versatile and can be quite healthful. Coconut can be eaten raw or dried and can be used to make coconut milk, cream or even coconut oil, all of which is packed with iron, vitamin c and fiber. However, in this recipe the sugar, calories and fat outweigh any health benefit from the coconut. For the sake of flavor, let’s just look past the lack of health benefits and eat the cake. Feel free to mix up the ingredients and make it your own. Enjoy!

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    Coconut Poke Cake
    Everyone likes cake, and this one has a special surprise!
    Poke Cake recipe
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    Poke Cake recipe
    Instructions
    1. Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box using the water, vegetable oil and eggs. Bake the cake in a 9 x 13 pan.
    2. When you remove the cake from the oven, poke numerous holes in the cake with the end of a wooden spoon or a large fork.
    3. Mix the sweetened condensed milk with the crème of coconut. Pour the mixture all over the cake, allowing it to seep into the holes. Let cool, cover and put in the refrigerator overnight to soak.
    4. Mix the whipped topping with the cream cheese and half of the coconut. Spread it over the top of the cake, concealing the holes. Sprinkle the other half of coconut all over the top. (If you prefer, lightly toast the other half of coconut before sprinkling over the top.)
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    Growing up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina, Sandi always dreamed of living on the coast. In her youth, she was always by the water; she was raised tending a big garden and stomping around in the creek. She spent her adolescent days on a Jet Ski or fishing on Lake James, N.C., and she and her friends would camp and hike the Linville Gorge. Attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte she felt like she was getting out of my small-town box and living the city life; at the same time, she was getting a little closer to the ocean. Moving to Wilmington has been a dream come true, and the life she has created has been a blessing. She enjoys kayaking the Cape Fear, fishing the shores of Carolina Beach, and picking up seashells and shark’s teeth wherever she is. At home, she loves to cook and play with her dogs in the backyard. She also enjoys DIY home improvement endeavors. No outdoor shower, fire pit or flower bed is too big of a job! Being a part of the North Brunswick Magazine and South Brunswick Magazine team has taught Sandi that you really can enjoy your career.

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