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Sometimes the only thing that will do for dessert is a total chocolate extravaganza and that’s exactly when you need our Death by Chocolate Poke Cake. We’re talking chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, chocolate fudge, chocolate whipped topping, and chopped chocolate bars to finish it all off. It’s enough chocolate to satisfy the most fervent chocoholic and for those who maybe aren’t quite as cocoa-obsessed, there’s enough variation in chocolate intensity and textures that it won’t overwhelm. But it will surely impress.

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, a poke cake is an easy 9×13 cake where you literally poke holes all throughout the cake so the filling has the chance to seep down into every nook and cranny. In this case, that’s a chocolate cake, and it’s dark chocolate pudding that fills all those holes.

Then, of course, there’s hot fudge. It’s heated up with some sweetened condensed milk to make it a bit more pourable and that gets poured over the cake too. Some gets down into the holes with the pudding, but it also settles on top of the cake as a nice fudgy layer. Whipped topping is a classic for poke cakes and in this case, it’s mixed with more dark chocolate pudding just to keep the theme going.

A little bit of chilling time and some chopped chocolate on the top and it’s time to indulge. And it is indeed indulgent. It’s chocolate-chocolate-chocolate all the way through so ‘Death by Chocolate’ feels like a pretty appropriate name. And while it probably won’t kill you, the flavor here feels worth the risk. (And we all have to go somehow, right?)

Serves 12

10m prep time

20m cook time

4h inactive

Rated 4.5 out of 5
Rated by 12 reviewers
  • 1 (15 oz) box dark chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients called for on box
  • 1 (3.5 oz) package instant dark chocolate pudding
  • 4 cups milk, divided
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup dark chocolate hot fudge sauce
For the topping:
  • 1 (3.5 oz) package instant dark chocolate pudding
  • 1 (8 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 dark chocolate candy bars, chopped
  1. Make cake according to package directions and bake in a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix 1 box of pudding with 2 cups of milk.
  3. Using the end of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over cake. Pour pudding mixture slowly over cake, trying to get filling into the holes.
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and hot fudge sauce. Microwave 1 minute, then stir and microwave 30 seconds more. Continue in 30 second intervals until mixture is smooth and pourable. Pour slowly over cake, again taking care to fill holes.
  5. Chill cake until cooled.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the second pudding mix and remaining milk. Fold in whipped topping.
  7. Spread mixture evenly over cake and top with chopped chocolate bars.
  8. Chill at least 4 hours before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Love Bakes Good Cakes.

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