Easy Coconut Poke Cake

This Coconut Poke Cake is one of my favorite classic dessert recipes.

Classic Dessert Recipes Easy Coconut Poke Cake from It's a Keeper

I have a love affair with coconut.  There is just something about the sweet, tropical flavor that makes me melt.

Coconut shrimp, coconut cream pie, coconut filled chocolates…I love it all.

I also love poke cakes.  What is a poke cake, you ask?

It’s when you take a perfectly baked cake and riddle it with holes.  You then pour some sort of luscious liquid over top and let it soak in, making the cake super moist and full of whatever flavor you’ve chosen.  In this case, coconut.

This cake is incredibly light, creamy and dreamy. And, it makes me think of summer.  It’s 5 degrees and snowing here.  This Coconut Poke Cake is what’s getting me through this winter.

If you close your eyes while you’re eating this cake, you could probably hear the faint sound of steel drums and feel a warm breeze blowing across your face.

Then the dryer buzzes, snapping me back to reality.  Oh, well.  It was good while it lasted.  I guess I’ll just have to eat more cake to keep.

It’s no wonder that this easy Coconut Poke Cake is one my favorite classic dessert recipes.

What is your favorite classic dessert recipe? Leave me a comment below!


If you like this recipe, be sure to check out all of my classic dessert recipes

!  Including these:

Snickers Poke Cake

Snickers Poke Cake - It Is a Keeper

Chocolate Eclair Cake

chocolate eclair cake from it's a keeper

Strawberry Refrigerator Cake

Duncan Hines Strawberry Refrigerator Cake 2

Classic Dessert Recipes: Coconut Poke Cake

Easy Coconut Poke Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 1 (18 oz) boxed White Cake mix (plus ingredients to make cake)
  • 7 oz canned coconut milk
  • 1 (8 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 8 oz sweetened flaked coconut
  1. Prepare cake according to the package directions.
  2. Bake in a 13x9 baking dish according to package directions.
  3. Remove cake from the oven, and while still hot, poke holes all over the top using a fork.
  4. Open the can of coconut milk and stir it so it is completely combined.
  5. Pour 7 oz of the coconut milk over top of the hot cake.
  6. Cool cake completely.
  7. Spread whipped topping over the entire cake.
  8. Top with flaked coconut.
  9. Refrigerate for one hour before serving.


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Hi! I'm Christina, the chief cook and bottle washer here at It Is a Keeper! I scour cookbooks, recipe boxes and the internet to bring you only the BEST recipes that have my seal of approval. Most of my recipes are easy enough for busy weeknights and simple enough for those that think they can't cook. Thanks for stopping by!

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