Yellow cake is swirled with luscious mocha filling and topped with espresso whipped cream in this mocha poke cake.
Are you a fellow coffee lover? I start my day with a couple cups of plain old drip coffee with raw sugar and half and half, and I often have an espresso drink in the afternoon too. What is your favorite fancy coffee drink? I sometimes mix it up with a hazelnut latte or eggnog latte around the holidays, but my go-to drink is always a mocha (a small with two shots and no whipped cream to be exact). I love the combination of coffee, chocolate, and milk, so I turned my favorite drink into a dessert!
I have only made one cake this way before, the Lime Poke Cake. It was really delicious, but you couldn’t tell from looking at it that it was a poke cake since the filling and cake were about the same color. You could certainly tell when you tasted it because it was so moist and full of lime flavor, but this time around I wanted to make something that looked distinctive too. You can’t miss the chocolatey filling in this mocha poke cake!
You can use boxed cake mix or your favorite yellow cake mix recipe. When you pour the filling over the cake, you will think it looks too thin. Don’t worry! After it’s chilled for a couple hours, it will set up into a pudding-like consistency. If a little filling swirls into the whipped cream when you add it, that is definitely not a problem. While we’re on the subject, let’s just talk about this espresso whipped cream for a moment. It was hard for me not to take a spoon to the bowl after I gave it a taste! Keep that recipe in your back pocket for the next time you want to add some creamy coffee flavor to any dessert (or pancakes or waffles)!