Oklahoma Coconut Poke Cake

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


20 servings

Updated: Feb. 11, 2023
Coconut is the star of this cake. You get a double dose, once with the mixture that soaks into the cake and second with the coconut sprinkled on top. Don't worry though, it's a nice flavor treat—not too much coconut. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Oklahoma Coconut Poke Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cream of coconut
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed (6-1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using a 13x9-in. baking pan.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix cream of coconut and milk. Remove cake from oven; place on a wire rack. Using a wooden skewer, pierce top of cake to within 1 inch of edge; twist skewer gently to make slightly larger holes. Spoon milk mixture evenly over cake, being careful to fill each hole. Cool completely.
  3. Spread whipped topping over cake; sprinkle with coconut. Refrigerate until serving.
Coconut Poke Cake Tips

Can you use coconut milk instead of cream of coconut?

You can substitute full-fat coconut milk for the cream of coconut in this cake recipe. However, be prepared for a change in texture and taste due to the fact that coconut milk has less fat than cream of coconut.

Can you use other kinds of cake mixes to make coconut poke cake?

Instead of using a white cake mix, try using chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, or another flavor pairing you'd like alongside coconut.

How do you store coconut poke cake?

To store your cake, put it in the fridge with plastic wrap over the top of the 13x9-in. baking pan. If you've frosted and sliced it, you can also press additional plastic wrap against the exposed sides to prevent the cake from drying out. Coconut poke cake should last in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

—Sammi DiVito, Taste of Home Assistant Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 320 calories, 12g fat (10g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 211mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.