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Reese’s Cup Poke Cake

It’s BTS cake revisted in Reese’s form! Chocolate cake, topped with PB Chocolate ganache, smothered in PB whipped cream, and topped with Reese’s Pieces and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

It's BTS cake revisted in Reese's form! Chocolate cake, topped with PB Chocolate ganache, smothered in PB whipped cream, and topped with Reese's Pieces and PB Cups |

Last fall, I posted a recipe for Pumpkin Poke Cake, and I noticed that soon after the number of people viewing my site on a daily basis more than doubled.So I decided to do an experiment to find out if posting a recipe for a Christmas Peppermint Poke Cake would have the same effect. It did! Since then, I’ve also posted a Carrot Cake Poke Cake for Easter.

The conclusion? YOU GUYS LOVE POKE CAKES! And, uh… I think I can take a hint here. I mean, it’s a hard job, but somebody’s gotta do it right?

So this year, expect a LOT more poke cakes on Something Swanky! I’m on a quest to create the most creative and tasty Poke Cakes on the planet! If you have a Poke Cake request, send it my way! After all, your poke cake wish is (now, apparently) my command :).

It's BTS cake revisted in Reese's form! Chocolate cake, topped with PB Chocolate ganache, smothered in PB whipped cream, and topped with Reese's Pieces and PB Cups |

I thought a Reese’s Poke Cake was a pretty great way to kick off my new resolve to increase the Poke Cake population in the world. Every bit of traffic and trends analyzing I’ve done on my blog and social media sites points to PB and Chocolate as the universal favorite flavor pairing and Reese’s as the favorite brand.

…and, apparently, everyone likes holiday shaped Reese’s best. Just sayin’. And if you were wondering– YES, this is how I spend my free time: trying to find out how you like your Reese’s cups. It’s a very serious business we food bloggers are in…

So what do you think? Is peanut butter and chocolate YOUR favorite flavor combo?

Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Poke Cake


  • 1 chocolate cake, baked and cooled (completely) in 9x13 pan
  • 1 - 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 - 12.8 oz jar hot fudge sauce
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 - 8 oz. Cool Whip
  • 3 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 - 8 oz bag Reese's Minis (the ones that are already unwrapped), chopped
  • 1 - 10 oz bag Reese's Pieces Baking Pieces


  1. Use the bottom of a wooden spoon to poke holes evenly throughout the cake. I usually end up poking 20-25 holes. Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk evenly over top of the cake, aiming to fill up the holes.
  2. Scrape the hot fudge into a medium bowl. Add the 1/4 cup peanut butter. Microwave for 30 seconds. Mix until smooth and spread over the cake.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the 3 tbsp peanut butter with the cool whip (I use a hand mixer here, but it's not a big deal to do it by hand). Spread the peanut butter cool whip over top.
  4. Chill for at least 4 hours (overnight is really best).
  5. Top with chopped Reese's cups and Reese's Pieces (you can add these before chilling, but the Reese's Pieces candy coating will bleed onto the cool whip when chilled).
  6. Serves approximately 12 (large pieces).

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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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55 Responses to “Reese’s Cup Poke Cake”

  1. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on April 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm (#)

    I love this and you! Your poke cakes are seriously awesome, Ashton. After making the rainbow one, I’ve been picking my brain obsessively over new flavor combinations. You totally nailed it with this one! Who could resist this Reese’s overload?!

  2. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on April 9, 2013 at 4:51 pm (#)

    Oh man!!! Ashton. We are on the same page today. I have never done a poke cake recipe before (I know, please still be my friend), and I was JUST COMING TO YOUR BLOG to do a little pokey research, when this new post popped up as an email alert!!! Yay!!!!! This looks amazing!

  3. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen posted on April 9, 2013 at 5:30 pm (#)

    Ashton, you are one mad genius! This looks incredibly rich and tons of fun! My mom made a poke cake this summer and forgot the entire poke part, but it was still delicious.

  4. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on April 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm (#)

    Heck yea! Peanut butter and chocolate IS better than anything!

  5. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on April 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm (#)

    Anything Reese’s has my vote! This sounds and looks incredible! I’ve been wary about using sweetened condensed milk, but I may have to confront my fear with this one! And yes, holiday Reese’s are CLEARLY better than the everyday kind.

  6. The Farm Girl posted on April 9, 2013 at 6:46 pm (#)

    Wow!! Don’t even know where to start except making this tonight :)

  7. Jenn posted on April 9, 2013 at 6:48 pm (#)

    Sounds like the perfect version!

  8. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on April 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm (#)

    This poke cake is Amaze Balls!! LOVE IT!!

  9. Heather @ French Press posted on April 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm (#)

    I still have yet to try a poke cake – and with each one you make, I think oh this is it…they each just get better and better

  10. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on April 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm (#)

    I’m dying. OMG. THIS is legendary.

  11. dawn@joyfulscribblings posted on April 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm (#)

    I can’t wait to try this. It’s only 100 calories right?

  12. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos posted on April 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm (#)

    Filed under AMAZING…that’s a great category :) This looks awesome!!

  13. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking posted on April 9, 2013 at 10:53 pm (#)

    I love anything chocolate and if it comes in the form of this tempting cake, I’ll take two big piece, please!

  14. carrian posted on April 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm (#)

    yes, please!

  15. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on April 10, 2013 at 1:39 am (#)

    Oh my word, excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin. This looks sinful!

  16. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on April 10, 2013 at 9:43 am (#)

    Now that is one crazy awesome looking cake!!! I heart all the Reese’s in this and the peanut butter whip topping is genius!!! Thanks for linking to my cheesecakes too :-)

  17. Caroline posted on April 10, 2013 at 9:44 am (#)

    agreed. drooling all over my keyboard here. who’s birthday is next?! this is what you’re getting. :)

  18. Shiloh Barkley posted on April 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm (#)

    Yeah, I don’t know why I like them so much. I think I used to really dislike whipped cream as a frosting, but as I’ve gotten older, I like my frosting less sweet. I have to pass on the cake mixes though. I can taste all the preservatives. I made your carrot cake poke with my mom’s recipe for the cake portion…

  19. Cindy Harris posted on April 10, 2013 at 2:26 pm (#)

    Now this looks like one tasty dessert!

  20. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on April 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm (#)

    I haven’t tried making a poke cake yet, this is the place I should start. Drooling.

  21. Cathy Cline posted on April 12, 2013 at 9:52 am (#)

    I made this for my daughters teacher and had her bring it in today for her birthday. She nearly drooled when she saw it. I used the reeces pieces to spell out “HAPPY BDAY MS. T” .. I can’t wait to hear how it was, and I secretly hope there is one piece left over for me to eat (tho I doubt it!)

  22. Christine @ posted on April 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm (#)

    Just pinned it! This looks over-the-top amazing!

  23. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on April 17, 2013 at 10:47 am (#)

    Oh my sugar high! {{yes please}}

  24. Sue posted on April 25, 2013 at 10:44 am (#)

    Saw some yummy recipes. May I ask why do you put the condensed milk on the cake ?

    • Ashton posted on June 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm (#)

      It makes the cake super moist and yummy!

  25. Lizzy T posted on April 26, 2013 at 6:10 am (#)

    Oh my…I must try this. I can’t get enough of chocolate and peanut butter!

  26. Storm posted on May 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm (#)

    This sounds delicious! Do you have the carb listing? I have a diabetic sister who would love to try this. Thanks! :)

  27. cindy posted on May 30, 2013 at 3:58 am (#)

    I will be making this for Fathers Day, It has all the stuff I know he will love in it…

  28. Sandy Figueiredo posted on May 30, 2013 at 11:17 pm (#)

    It looked so delicious I almost took a bite out of my computer screen!! Lol

  29. Krystle posted on June 7, 2013 at 11:05 pm (#)

    Made this for my brothers graduation! He loved it

  30. Mindy posted on June 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm (#)

    Does this have to remain refrigerated?

    • Ashton posted on June 27, 2013 at 6:13 pm (#)


  31. Connie posted on August 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm (#)

    This looks incredible! However I have a question. What does the condensed milk do to the cake?

    • Ashton posted on October 12, 2013 at 11:14 pm (#)

      It adds a lot of moisture, much like a tres leche cake!

  32. Les posted on October 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm (#)

    So, Do you leave the cake in the pan you baked it in?

    • Ashton posted on October 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm (#)

      Yes :)

  33. kim posted on November 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm (#)

    if I wanted a stronger peanut butter taste, do you think it would hurt to add more peanut butter to the hot fudge and to the cool whip?

    • Ashton posted on November 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm (#)

      I think you could probably get away with doing that :)

  34. Nicole posted on December 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm (#)

    Has anyone ever used Hershey’s Chocolate syrup for the “hot fudge” ingredient of this recipe? Just wondering, since I’m making this tonight and don’t have time to go to the store to pick up actual hot fudge.


  35. Kim of Mo'Betta posted on January 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm (#)

    My daughter picked this out for her (11th) birthday cake…it is chilling in the fridge now and I’m quite sure it will be fabulous :-)

  36. Carla Belyea posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm (#)

    Took me three clicks from pinterest to find the real recipe but I am glad I did! My husband will love this.

  37. Jessica posted on June 5, 2014 at 11:52 am (#)

    Hi! I am just wondering, you use a box mix for all of your poke cakes right? I’m not usually a fan of box mixes but I’m scared to do a homemade chocolate cake because I’m worried it’ll get too soggy. What is your favorite box cake to use??

  38. Suzanne posted on June 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm (#)

    I made this for Father’s Day and it was popular. I took the leftovers at work and was told I had to make a whole one. My bosses were quite upset they did not get any.

  39. Kelly posted on July 7, 2014 at 11:01 am (#)

    I have a question about the hot fudge/peanut butter mixture. Is it supposed to seep down in the holes of the cake as well? Or just sit on top? Thanks for your help!

    • Ashton posted on July 7, 2014 at 8:24 pm (#)

      Honestly, it will be delicious either way. But the point of a poke cake is to have the “filling” seep into the holes. Hope that helps :)


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