Hello Lil’ Luna readers! It’s me Natalie, from Life Made Simple.
Today I’m sharing a recipe that I’ve always wanted to make- a poke cake. Can you believe that I’ve NEVER made a poke cake prior to this red velvet one? I don’t know why I waited so long, because this cake is absolutely delicious! It’s thick, moist and topped with my favorite cream cheese frosting. Everything is made from scratch and ready to go in a little over an hour!
The cake itself is best if made part with a hand/stand mixer and part with a wooden spoon. Why? Well you want to get the butter and sugar creamed so the cake bakes up fluffy and tender. But you don’t want to overmix it when you add the dry ingredients, buttermilk and vinegar to it. So I prefer to combine those ingredients by hand, with a wooden spoon (or spatula). That way you don’t end up with a dense, tough cake!
After the cake comes out of the oven the fun starts! You get to poke holes in it with a fork! That way the sweetened condensed milk soaks in and makes everything sweet and extra moist. Then all that’s left to do is whip up the cream cheese frosting. It’s so easy to make and comes together in minutes. When the cake is cool, spread it over top and enjoy! It’s sure to be a hit for any holiday or special occasion! Enjoy 🙂
- 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1½ c. granulated sugar
- ¼ c. red liquid food coloring (or 1 tsp. if using gel: see notes)
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2¼ c. all-purpose flour
- 5 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 c. buttermilk
- 1 tbsp. distilled white vinegar
- 1 (12 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (I used half)
- 3 c. powdered sugar
- ½ c. (1 stick) butter, room temperature
- 8 oz. (1 block) original cream cheese, room temperature for 30 minutes
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. milk or heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter/flour (or spray) a 9x13-inch baking pan, set aside.
- Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the red food coloring and vanilla extract, beat until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing just until incorporated.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and buttermilk/vinegar by hand. Mix together with a wooden spoon just until combined, do not overmix.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spread into an even layer. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove and poke holes into the cake with a fork. Pour the condensed milk over top (I only used half but you can use the whole can). Allow the cake to cool before frosting.
- To make the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese on high speed for 2-3 minutes, then reduce speed and add the powdered sugar. Add in the salt, vanilla extract and milk. Beat for an additional 2-3 minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy. Spread across the cooled cake and decorate as desired.
-Cake recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Thanks again Kristyn for having me!
One word – YUM!
I’m seriously drooling, Natalie!! So excited to try this recipe myself. It looks amazing, and it would be perfect for February 14th. Thanks, Natalie.
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