Red Velvet Poke Cake Recipe

Delicious Red Velvet Poke Cake with homemade Cream Cheese Frosting. It's super moist and velvety and perfect for Valentine's  or any special occasion.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 623 kcal
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  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup red liquid food coloring or 1 tsp if using gel: see notes
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 12 oz sweetened condensed milk (I only used half)


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature for 30 min
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk or heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter/flour (or spray) a 9x13-inch baking pan, set aside.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Recipe Notes

If you are using gel instead of liquid food coloring, add an additional ⅓ c. of buttermilk to the recipe.
Cake recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Nutrition Facts
Red Velvet Poke Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 623 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 546mg 23%
Potassium 231mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 91g 30%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 71g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 17.5%
Vitamin C 0.9%
Calcium 14%
Iron 9.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.