Chocolate Poke Cake

Chocolate Poke Cake

Make a rich and moist chocolate cake for your next party. Just follow this easy chocolate poke cake recipe using HERSHEY'S SIMPLY 5 Syrup. Let the cake sit overnight for to give the syrup time to soak in – it's worth the wait!

10 min
25 min


1 cupspelt or all-purpose flour
6 tablespoonHERSHEY’S Cocoa
1/2 teaspoonbaking soda
1/2 teaspoonsalt
3/4 cupsugar
1/4 cupyogurt (any type)
1/4 cupvegetable oil, almond butter or allergy-friendly substitute
1 1/2 teaspoonvanilla extract
3/4 cupwater
2/3 cupHERSHEY’S Simply 5 Syrup
1 to 1/2 cupfrosting, any flavor (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8-inch pan with parchment, and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients (except the syrup) until evenly combined. Pour wet into dry, stir until just combined, and pour into the prepared pan.
  • Bake on the oven center rack for 25 minutes or until the cake has risen and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. Let cool completely.
  • Poke holes into the cooled cake with a toothpick or fork. Pour the syrup evenly on top, and let it seep into the cake. As mentioned earlier, if you can wait, I highly recommend not tasting until the next day… this cake is so much richer and sweeter after sitting for a day!
  • Tips for Success
  • You can poke small or large holes into the cake. I decided my favorite way to form the holes is to poke a larger number of smaller holes with a fork, which disperses the chocolate filling more evenly.
  • Check off each ingredient as you add it, to ensure you don’t accidentally skip over an easy-to-miss item such as salt, or baking soda.
  • When making a recipe for the first time, it’s always a good idea to follow the recipe exactly—without substituting a different flour, sweetener, or cutting back on the salt, sugar, or oil—as even seemingly small changes can make a huge difference. Once you know how a recipe is supposed to turn out, you can play around. Edible experiments are the best kind!
  • Be sure to have all ingredients out and read through the full recipe before starting.
  • As a general rule, baked goods are actually richer, sweeter, and have a much better texture the day after they are made, which is definitely the case with this cake and many of my other recipes. If you can wait, I highly recommend not even tasting the poke cake until the next day.

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