Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Poke Cake

This pumpkin chocolate chip poke cake is filled with melty chocolate chips and topped with a light whipped mascarpone frosting. The intensity of the pumpkin paired with the light topping makes for an irresistible cake!!

There are so many cakes that I would say were my favorite – but none are quite like this cake. It’s like the cake that you may forget about from time to time, but always proves itself to be a front-runner every time you make it.

slice of pumpkin poke cake on a spatula

What You’ll Love About This Poke Cake:

  1. Delicious pumpkin flavor. We’re officially declaring it’s fall time, just so that we can enjoy this amazing cake.
  2. A cinnamon spice whipped frosting that will literally BLOW you away. Also, it includes mascarpone cheese, which makes for a delicious light flavor.
  3. It’s sweet, but not TOO sweet. The pumpkin and chocolate chips balance the intense sweetness of the condensed milk SO well!!
  4. Honestly, while it’s not a complicated cake, it’s just too good to be true. You’ll know what we’re talking about when you make it for yourself.

What Is Poke Cake?

Poke cake is named after the method of poking holes in the cake after it’s baked and pouring condensed milk over the cake. This makes for a dense but delicious texture, and sweetens the cake as it absorbs the milk. It’s different than a normal cake recipe, but it’s such an easy way to mix it up a little bit!

poking holes in pumpkin cake

Do Poke Cakes Need To Be Refrigerated?

Poke cakes should definitely be refrigerated, especially when you use jello or pudding in the cake instead of condensed milk. While this pumpkin chocolate chip poke cake recipe uses milk, we still recommend storing in the fridge or freezer. We usually prefer the taste of this cake colder rather than warmer!!

How To Make Poke Cake

There are a few things about poke cake that you do differently. Here’s our tips on how to make the BEST poke cake ever!!

  1. Use a fork or the end of a wooden spoon to poke holes in your cake. You can do this right after it comes out of the oven.
  2. Wait until your cake is fairly cool (it doesn’t have to be cold, though) before putting in the condensed milk mixture. Store in the fridge to let the cake take in the moisture.
  3. If you feel like the milk is flooding the cake on one side or there’s too much, take a knife and spread the milk around a little bit more, to make sure there’s an even coating.
  4. The cake will be ready to frost once most of the milk has disappeared. You don’t want to frost when there is a lot of milk sitting on top of the cake.

That’s about it!! It’s a simple process that makes your cake sooo delicious.

pouring glaze on pumpkin cake

How Long Does Poke Cake Keep In The Fridge?

Poke cake should be eaten the same day that it’s made – because it has sweetened condensed milk in it, it needs to be cooled in the fridge for the best taste. It keeps in the fridge for only a few days – so if you’re saving some for later, it might be wise to store in the freezer in an airtight container. This cake will keep in the freezer for a few weeks!

A close up of a piece of cake on a plate, with Chocolate chips
piece of pumpkin poke cake on a plate
piece of pumpkin poke cake on a plate

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Poke Cake

4.67 from 6 votes
This pumpkin poke cake is filled with melty chocolate chips and topped with a light whipped mascarpone frosting. The intensity of the pumpkin paired with the light topping makes for an irresistible cake!!
Servings 15
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


For the Cake:

  • 1 box Betty Crocker spice cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ½ cups mini chocolate chips

For The Drizzle:

For The Frosting:


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, water, oil, sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 40 minutes.
  • While the cake is baking, in a small bowl combine the condensed milk and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well.
  • When the cake comes out of the oven, use a large meat fork to poke holes all over the cake.
  • Slowly pour the condensed milk over the cake, allowing it to soak into the holes. Use a rubber spatula to smooth if needed.
  • Using a whisk attachment, blend the cheese, sugar, pie spice and vanilla on low until fully incorporated.
  • Add the heavy cream to the mixture and mix on low, scraping the sides, until it is fully mixed in.
  • Whip the mixture on high for 2 minutes, or until the cream stiffens and holds its shape.
  • Spread the whipped frosting over the cooled cake.
  • Top with mini chocolate chips, walnuts, or with a caramel drizzle.


The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 3215IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 543
Keyword fall cake, thanksgiving dessert

About Julie Clark

We are Julie, Maddie, and Kinslee – a mother and daughter team sharing with you the best cakes to satisfy any need or sweet craving that you may have. Welcome to our family’s kitchen!

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