Red Velvet Poke Cake Recipe

Red Velvet Poke Cake Recipe

How To Make Red Velvet Poke Cake

Any occasion instantly becomes sweeter with this red velvet poke cake. The sweet and tangy flavor of this dessert is paired with cream cheese frosting.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



For Cake:

  • 8tbspunsalted butter,room temperature
  • cupsgranulated sugar
  • ¼cupred liquid food coloring,or 1 tsp if using gel
  • 2tspvanilla extract
  • 2eggs
  • cupall purpose flour
  • 5tbspunsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1tspsalt
  • 1tspbaking soda
  • 1cupbuttermilk
  • 1tbspwhite vinegar,distilled
  • 12ozsweetened condensed milk,I only used half

For Frosting:

  • 3cupspowdered sugar
  • ½cupbutter,room temperature
  • 8ozcream cheese,room temperature for 30 min
  • ¼tspsalt
  • tspvanilla extract
  • 2tbspmilk or heavy cream



    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter/flour (or spray) a 9×13-inch baking pan, set aside.

    2. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the red food coloring and vanilla extract, beat until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing just until incorporated.

    3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and buttermilk/vinegar by hand. Mix together with a wooden spoon just until combined, do not overmix.

    4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spread into an even layer. Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

    5. Remove and poke holes into the cake with a fork. Pour the condensed milk over top (I only used half but you can use the whole can). Allow the cake to cool before frosting.

    6. To make the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese on high speed for 2 to 3 minutes, then reduce speed and add the powdered sugar.

    7. Add in the salt, vanilla extract and milk. Beat for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy. Spread across the cooled cake and decorate as desired.


    • Calories: 626.02kcal
    • Fat: 26.61g
    • Saturated Fat: 16.05g
    • Trans Fat: 0.62g
    • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.00g
    • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.23g
    • Carbohydrates: 91.57g
    • Fiber: 1.47g
    • Sugar: 71.67g
    • Protein: 8.01g
    • Cholesterol: 102.02mg
    • Sodium: 429.59mg
    • Calcium: 140.30mg
    • Potassium: 240.73mg
    • Iron: 1.70mg
    • Vitamin A: 244.20µg
    • Vitamin C: 0.96mg
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