Poke Me Cake!

February 10, 2010

I’m all for making a cake from scratch, but sometimes I don’t want to take the time.  This starts with a box of chocolate cake mix and some store bought whipped frosting in “fluffy white” (because I like the taste of fluffy colors!), but it ends up a great treat.  I call it a poke me cake, because after it bakes you poke it and pour alcohol on it.  Then the cake absorbs your liquor of choice, you flip it out of the pan and enjoy!  Here I used kahlua but you could use rum or anything you have a fondness for from whiskey to Chambord.

You can make it as cake or cupcakes.  I actually made both, using half of the batter for cupcakes that I can freeze for later and the other half for a cake pan to be frosted and eaten ASAP.

You will need…

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Devil’s Food)
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 c water
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 1/3 c liquor of choice + several shots worth for the poking part
  • Chopped pecans (I sprinkled them on top of the cupcakes and mixed about 1/2 c into the cake batter)
  • 1 container frosting (I like whipped “fluffy white”)
  • Coconut flakes

Then you…

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin cups with paper cups and grease your cake pan.
  2. Mix together the cake mix, egg whites, water, oil and 1/3 cup of liquor.
  3. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full, sprinkle with nuts and bake about 20 minutes.  Use the cooking times suggested on the box as your guideline.
  4. Mix in the rest of the chopped nuts and pour batter into the cake pan.  Bake about 25-30 minutes, again start with the suggested times on the box.
  5. Freeze the cupcakes for later!
  6. Allow the cake to cool slightly.  Poke the bottom of the cake (side facing up in the pan) with a fork all over.  Pour 2-3 shots of liquor over the cake.  Allow to cool completely.
  7. Remove from the pan and frost.  Sprinkle with coconut flakes.


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