Coconut Pudding Poke Cake

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Layers of yellow cake, coconut pudding, whipped cream and toasted coconut will have you swooning! This coconut cake is for the coconut cake and pie lovers alike!

Coconut Pudding Poke CakeA couple of weeks ago, I made this cake in honor of my Father and Mother In Law’s 55th wedding anniversary.  Both of them are BIG fans of coconut.  My Coconut Cream Pie is one they often request.

coconut cream pie
COCONUT CREAM PIE – This Coconut Cream Pie has an authentic pie crust, and is filled with a creamy coconut custard, and topped with a mile high pile of whipped cream and dusted with toasted coconut!

I have shared two more savory type recipes with you this week, both the Crazy About BBQ and The BEST Burger — I decided it was high time for something sweet!  This Coconut Cake will suit the sweet tooth just fine.  It’s super duper easy to make.  In fact, I have made a chocolate version, too.

Chocolate Pudding Poke Cake
CHOCOLATE PUDDING POKE CAKE – Easy to make, Chocolate Pudding Poke Cake. Devil’s food cake, chocolate pudding and whipped cream.My brother in law will tell you that this Chocolate Pudding Poke Cake is the BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE he has ever eaten! 😉




What will you need for this cake?  It’s pretty simple really: 1 box yellow cake mix, eggs, oil and water to prepare according to package instructions. Coconut extract, milk, instant coconut pudding, Dream Whip, prepared according to package instructions and toasted coconut.



How To Toast Coconut
How To: Toast Coconut Never toasted coconut before?  It’s really easy, find out here by clicking the photo.


Love Poke Cakes like We Do?  Here are some other favorites of mine!

Butterfinger Poke Cake – Aunt Bee’s Recipes

“Better Than Anything” Pumpkin Poke Cake – Aunt Bee’s Recipes

Heath Bar Poke Cake – Aunt Bee’s Recipes

Luscious Lemon Poke Cake – Aunt Bee’s Recipes



I think this cake would make a great addition to your family dinner this weekend.  It’s really very simple to make, and everyone loves it!

Coconut Pudding Poke Cake - An Affair from the Heart

Enjoy, M.

Yield: 9x13

Coconut Pudding Poke Cake

Close up of Coconut Pudding Poke Cake

Layers of yellow cake, coconut pudding, whipped cream and toasted coconut will have you swooning! This coconut cake is for the coconut cake and pie lovers alike!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes


  • 1 box yellow cake mix + eggs, oil and water to prepare according to package instructions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 (3.4 ounce) boxes of coconut pudding
  • 2 packages Dream Whip, prepared according to package instructions + 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 cups toasted coconut


Prepare cake according to package instructions in a 9x13 baking dish. (don't forget to add the coconut extract to your mix!) Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

While cake is baking, prepare the two boxes of coconut pudding with the four cups of milk. Place in fridge until ready to use.

When cake has cooled a few minutes, with the handle of a wooden spoon (or something similar in size) make poke holes all over the cake, poking all of the way down to the bottom of the pan.

Pour the pudding mixture over the warm cake, using the back of a spoon to spread the pudding over the top, making sure it gets down in the holes. Place cake in the refrigerator to completely cool.

Prepare Dream Whip according to package instructions. Spread over the top of the pudding. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.

Refrigerate until ready to serve, and keep in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 442mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 3gSugar: 28gProtein: 6g

Nutrition isn't always accurate.


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  1. OMG! I ate the whole pan in just a few days! Must make more! Hahaaaa! Sooooooo easy to make! A must have for parties! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Should instant pudding be used or cook and serve? Also, having a hard time finding coconut pudding. Can I substitute with vanilla and add some coconut extract to it?

    1. Gary – I buy the Jello Brand instant coconut pudding. You could sure try and use vanilla as a substitute, and add the extract. It might be somewhat different, but I bet still delicious!!

  3. This is one incredible looking cake and certainly perfect for Easter!! I’ve got some coconut lovers in the family- this is sure to be a huge hit! Thanks!!

  4. hello yumminess! The moistness of this cake and all that coconut!… seriously I have to make this again for my party tomorrow because I couldn’t stay out of it — It is soooooo soooo good!

  5. Yes, please! I’ll take ALLLLL the poke cakes! But this one looks exceptionally delicious… Love that wonderful coconut topping!!

  6. Moist coconut cake is like a gift from Heaven above! I love that it is in a sheet cake form for ease of making and letting the coconut pudding soak into the warm cake is guaranteed to increase the amazing coconut flavor!

  7. I STUMBLED ACROSS YOUR RECIPE for this great looking cake. My fav. It looks so easy. I’ve never seen it on a dump cake recipe before, wish I had sooner. I can’t wait.! thanks so much.

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