Coconut Poke Cake

This cool and creamy Coconut Poke Cake starts with a simple white cake and then drenched with sweet coconut pudding. Topped off with a coconut flavored whipped  topping and flaked coconut.

A slice of coconut poke cake on a white plate

We love pudding poke cakes at my house and this one right here is no exception. I mean who doesn’t love a good coconut cake?  Growing up starting around Easter and into the summer months we always had some type of coconut dessert . There is just something tropical and yummy about it.  This is one of those simple cakes you pull out of the Ice Box and in warmer months and it is so refreshing. Trust me , it will be the first cake to disappear at a potluck.

What will you need to make a Coconut Poke Cake :

Suggested tools to make this cake:

The ingredients needed for coconut poke cakes

Mix the cake according to boxes directions and add two teaspoons of coconut extracts to it. This will give it a little bit of extra flavor.

adding coconut extracts to white cake mix

Once the cake is mix pour it in a 9×13 baking dish prepared with a baking spray.  Bake the cake according to the boxes directions.

unbaked white cake in blue 9x13 baking dish

After the cake has cooled for about 30 minutes poke random holes all over using either a straw or end of a wooden spoon handle.

Using a straw to poke holes in the cake

Once the cake is cooled mix the coconut pudding with two cups of milk.

Mixing coconut cream pudding

Before the pudding firms up too much pour the pudding over the cake making sure the holes are filling with pudding.

Poured coconut pudding over the cake

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the packet of Dream Whip , milk and coconut extracts , beat until soft peaks form.

Mixed dream whip

Carefully spread the whipped topping over the cake and then top with flaked coconut.

sprinkling coconut on top of cake

Cover and chill for at least an hour before serving. This cake should be stored in the fridge and keeps for 3-4 days.

A coconut poke cake in a blue baking dish

Slice , serve and ENJOY!

A bite taken out of a piece of coconut poke cake

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Coconut Poke Cake

This cool and creamy Coconut Poke Cake starts with a simple white cake and then drenched with sweet coconut pudding. Topped off with a coconut flavored whipped  topping and flaked coconut. 
3.72 from 39 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours


  • White Cake Mix
  • Ingredients Needed for cake mix ..Eggs oil and water
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons Coconut Extracts-Divided
  • 3.4 oz Instant Coconut Cream Pudding *see notes
  • 2 1/2 Cups Milk -Divided
  • 1 packet Dream Whip
  • 2 cups Flaked Sweetened Coconut


  • Mix cake according to boxes directions and add two teaspoons of coconut extracts to it.
  • Pour into a 9×13 baking dish prepared with baking spray
  • Bake according to the boxes directions for a 9×13 pan size
  • Once the cake is baked allow it to cool for 30 minutes
  • Using a hard reusable straw or the handle of a wooden spoon randomly poke holes all over the cake
  • Allow the cake to cool completely
  • Once the cake is cooled Mix the pudding packet with 2 cups of milk
  • Before the pudding firms up too much pour it over the cake and use a rubber spatula to make sure the pudding gets into the holes
  • In a medium mixing bowl mix 1 packet of Dream Whip, 1/2 cup of cold milk, and 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extracts
  • Beat until soft peaks form
  • Spread the ready whip on top of the cake , careful not to mix it with the pudding
  • Sprinkle 2 cups of shredded coconut on top.
  • Cover and chill for about an hour before serving
  • Store the cake in the fridge and it keeps for 3-4 days


Sometimes the coconut pudding is hard to find , not all stores carry it. It can either be ordered on Amazon or add a teaspoon of coconut extracts to vanilla pudding
If you want to cut corners or you can’t find dream whip an 8 oz  Whipped Topping can be used in its place, but the coconut flavored dream whip is so much better 
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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Bernice Hill
Bernice Hill
3 years ago

This cake just looks like a fluffy dream. I love that you’ve infused it with so much coconut. A great simple recipe, sure to impress!

3 years ago

I am a coconut lover. This is a great cake for dessert. I would also add it to the brunch menu.

Farrukh Aziz
Farrukh Aziz
3 years ago

A perfect dessert for all the coconut lovers! The best thing is that this is made with only a few ingredients, yet turns out so delicious!

Amy Liu Dong
3 years ago

Such a good and tasty dessert to prepare for my family this weekend. I love it, yum!

3 years ago

I love simple and delicious desserts like this one! Plus, it has all my favorite flavors!

3 years ago

I love everything with coconut! This cakes seems so yummy. I love that it uses only a few ingredients

3 years ago

Coconut fan number one here and I can say this coconut poke cake looks amazing @I have this recipe saved for our weekly Sunday baking.

Loreto and Nicoletta
3 years ago

Debbie, this cake has my mouth watering. It says moist, coconutty, creamy all in one bite. How brilliant to have those holes in the cake so the pudding just pools. Every bite has an incredible creamy spoonful in it. Truly scrumptious and delectable!😋😛❤👍

3 years ago

Ooh I love anything coconut cake! This cake has the best flavors and texture. Yummy!

3 years ago

Poke cake always wins! I am in love with this coconut poke cake, such amazing flavors and texture in the cake! Looks so perfect!

3 years ago

How many servings?