Vanilla Poke Cake Recipe

This is a vanilla poke cake recipe. It’s a delicious cake that doesn’t need any flavors to make it taste good, such as chocolate, strawberry, or something like that.

The cake comprises butter, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, and all-purpose flour. Instead of baking powder or soda, you must combine baking powder and salt.

The cake will be a little denser than what you’re probably used to, but that results from using less cream cheese in the filling because it would add too much moisture. But this is still a great cake recipe that anyone can enjoy!

Vanilla Poke Cake Recipe
Vanilla Poke Cake Recipe


How To Prepare Vanilla Poke Cake Recipe?

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

Cooking Time: 35 Minutes

Serving Size: 24 servings


  • 9-inch round baking pan
  • electric mixer (Kitchenaid or handheld)
  • medium-sized bowl
  • sifter

Ingredients For Vanilla Poke Cake Recipe:

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter,
  • melted
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


Step 1: Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC.

Step 2: Prepare the cake pan by greasing it with butter and flouring it.

Step 3: Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until soft in a medium-sized bowl. Beat in 1/4 cup sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and melted butter until combined.

Step 4: Sift flour, baking powder, and baking soda together in a separate bowl.

Step 5: Stir the dry mixture into the cream cheese mixture and mix until combined.

Step 6: Pour batter into cake pan and bake for 30 minutes until cake is made.

Step 7: When baking the cake, remove it from the oven and poke it full of holes with a toothpick or fork. You should make a hole in every corner of the cake and drive at least 9 spots along the top and bottom of the cake as well.

Step 8: In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 3 tbsp all-purpose flour, and 3 tbsp butter until crumbly. (This is your streusel topping. )

Step 9: Sprinkle streusel across the cake.

Step 10: Let cool completely and then serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 626
  • Fat: 41 grams
  • Saturated fat: 20 grams
  • Carbs: 67 grams
  • Sugar: 63 grams
  • Dietary fiber: 0 gram(s)
  • Protein: 22 grams

Why Is It Called Poke Cake?

This cake is called a poke cake because you pierce the cake with a fork or a toothpick and then add the filling to all the holes.

It’s called poke cake because when you poke it, all those holes open up, like a hole-y Swiss cheese. A poke cake is trendy in Louisiana and also in Texas.

And not just any kind of cream cheese can be used for this recipe, as it must be at room temperature so that it doesn’t change the consistency of your filling.

What Is The Best Way To Poke Holes In A Poke Cake?

Using a fork is the best way to get a perfectly poked cake. Fingers are great, too but don’t be surprised if you end up with some filling on your fingers.

If you decide to poke your cake with a toothpick, make sure it’s sharp; otherwise, you’ll end up pushing the filling right back into the cake, and there won’t be any room for more!


So I hope you enjoy the vanilla poke cake recipe, and let me know what results you get from making these delicious vanilla poke cakes.

Once again, there are a lot of variations to this recipe, but I think this is a good one for a beginner since it’s classic and pretty simple. Try other variations after you’ve mastered the basics.


Do You Poke A Cake When It’s Hot Or Cold?

I recommend poking the cake when it’s hot. This is because getting all those prickles will be easier, mainly if you use a toothpick.

How Big Should The Holes Be In A Poke Cake?

This all comes down to personal preference, but as long as there’s a hole for the filling to go into, you’re doing great. Poke the holes as big or as small as you like; it’s up to you!

Does Poke Cake Need To Be Refrigerated?

While most poke cake recipes need refrigerated, this one does not! You can chill it if you’d like to, but it’s completely unnecessary.