Ever heard of poke cakes? Not to be confused with poke bowls, these no-fuss cakes are fun and easy to bake plus a great way of using up any leftover syrups and sweet sauces, like chocolate or caramel.
What is a poke cake?
Pretty much as the name describes, poke cakes are literally cakes that have been baked, then had holes poked into them and filled with a sweet liquid or syrup to locking extra moisture, colour, flavour and interest into every slice!
They're may be old school, but like all good things, there's a reason they're a fun family favourite. They're also a great way of using up leftovers and adding moisture to dried out sponge cakes.
How to fill a poke cake?
There's a whole spectrum of poke combinations to choose from, from strawberry cheesecake and key lime pie to death by chocolate and Christmas poke!
Try pairing the sponge with your filling or simply using a plain cake sponge and filling the holes with your choice of favourite fillings from caramel to fruit puree and condensed milk.
Simply poke holes into your sponge cake with a wooden spoon handle while still warm from the oven and fill with your chosen sweet elixir!
Or as resourceful cook and poke cake fan Jack Monroe suggests, even any chocolate sauce you've got knocking around.
How to make Poke cakes
Get started with baking easy poke cakes with these four simple video recipes from Tasty. There's a smorgasbord of flavours to chose from, from light, fluffy and fruity to dark, dense and chocolatey. You can also mix up the flavours depending on the season, what fruit's around or simply what you have in your cupboards.
Here are many more top poke cakes to get those creative juices flowing ...
Caramel Apple Poke Cake
Oreo Dirt Poke Cake
Chocolate Poke Cake with bananas
Boston Cream Poke Cake
Chocolate Chip Cookie poke cake with mousse on top
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