This Ultimate Carrot Cake Poke Cake is one of my favorite easy poke cake recipes. The tender cake is full of traditional carrot cake flavors and drizzled with a topping that seeps into holes poked in the warm cake. It’s decadent, delicious and very easy to make.
If you love carrot cake, you are going to want to make this recipe. Like NOW! Stop what you’re doing, get the ingredients and whip this baby up. It’s easy to make and incredibly delicious!
Best Carrot Cake Recipes
Those of you that know me, know that I *heart* carrot cake. I mean really *heart*. Really, really *heart*. If carrot cake is offered, I’ll take a slice. Or, if it’s on a menu, I’m ordering it. Plain and simple. It’s non-negotiable.
My best carrot cake recipes include this Best Carrot Cake ever and this Pumpkin Carrot Cake. I’m also loving these Carrot Cake Energy Bites, too. Now I have another recipe to add to the collection. This Carrot Poke Cake is fun twist on my favorite dessert.
Carrot Cake Cake Mix
One of my favorite things about this quick easy dessert recipe is it starts with a boxed Carrot Cake cake mix. I love how all of my favorite carrot cake flavors are already in the mix. I simply add a few ingredients, like eggs, water and oil, and it’s done.
But, if you have the time or if you prefer a scratch recipe, you could always use the homemade cake from my Best Carrot Cake ever. It would be equally as good.
Or, if you can’t find a cake mix Carrot Cake cake at your grocery store, you could always use a spice cake mix and add grated carrots and the other ingredients in this recipe to the boxed cake mix. I think it would work just as well.
Carrot Cake Poke Cake
One of my favorite thing about poke cakes are the different flavor combinations. You start with the flavor of the cake, then drizzle some sort of liquid over the holes that you poke in the cake and top it with a delicious frosting.
I love how the cake soaks up all of the liquid and becomes super moist. And, this cake mix carrot cake recipe is no different. Moist and flavorful with an easy fluffy cream cheese frosting. And, caramel. And, nuts. *swoon*
Tips for Making this Cake Mix Carrot Cake Recipe
- Make sure you start with a preheated oven. It saves time having your oven ready to go.
- Grease your cake pan the easy way – use a non-stick cooking spray.
- I use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes in the cake – the size of the holes are just perfect for this recipe.
- Let the cake cool slightly before poking the holes and drizzling on the topping. A warm (not hot) cake will absorb the liquid best.
- Let the cake cool completely before adding the frosting. You don’t want it to melt.
More Easy Poke Cake Recipes
Supplies You Need for Carrot Cake Poke Cake
- Carrot Cake cake mix
- Glass baking dish
- Rubber spatula – this my favorite one!
- My favorite Poke Cake cook book
- Looking for more? Check out all of the easy no bake dessert recipes on It Is a Keeper.
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Carrot Cake Poke Cake
- Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions.
- Stir in drained pineapple and coconut.
- Bake cake according to package directions.
- Leave the cake in the baking dish and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
- Using a the handle of a wooden spoon, poke about 20-25 holes in the cake making sure to evenly distribute them and being careful not to go all the way through to the bottom of the cake.
- Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top of the cake; allow cake to cool completely before the next step.
- Add the frosting to a large bowl; fold in Cool Whip until thoroughly combined.
- Spread frosting over top of the cake.
- Sprinkle chopped pecans over the top of the cake
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- Drizzle caramel sauce over the top of the cake before serving.
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