Peanut Butter Chocolate Poke Cake


1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
Dash salt
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cans (14 ounces each) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup confectioners' sugar
TOPPINGS: chopped peanut butter-filled sandwich cookies or peanut butter cups or a combination of the two


1Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, adding 1 teaspoon vanilla and salt before mixing batter. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake and cool completely as package directs.
2Whisk peanut butter and milk until blended. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, poke holes in cake 2 in. apart. Slowly pour 2 cups peanut butter mixture over cake, filling each hole. Refrigerate cake and remaining peanut butter mixture, covered, until cake is cold, 2 to 3 hours.
3Combine remaining vanilla and remaining peanut butter mixture; gradually beat in enough confectioners' sugar to reach a spreading consistency. Spread over cake. Add toppings as desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

Helpful Hints:

Try using nutella in place of the peanut butter and adding a Tb of hazelnut liquor to the milk mixture. Top with chopped toasted hazelnuts!
This is incredibly rich and decadent—our staff couldn't keep their hands off it! If you want to lighten it up a bit, though, you can halve the glaze ingredients and use a thinner layer on top.
Total Time
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
Makes 20 servings
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 360 calories, 16g fat (4g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 312mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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