Chocolate Covered Strawberry Poke Cake – #BundtBakers

A delicate strawberry Bundt cake, poked and filled with strawberry purée, covered in chocolate sauce, and then garnished with even more fresh strawberries.

I have been wanting to make a poke cake for quite some time now and this month’s “Strawberry Bundts” themed Bundt Bakers, hosted by Tammy from Living the Gourmet, finally gave me the perfect excuse to make one. Did I really need an excuse though? Not really. Frankly, I can’t believe it took me this long to get around to trying it on my own. Sometimes, my laziness and procrastination manages to find a way to annoy even me.

So what’s a poke cake anyway? Well y’all, it’s exactly what it sounds like; a cake poked with several little holes. You might ask, “Why the heck would anyone want to poke a perfectly good cake full of holes?” The answer is simple my friends, “To add more flavor and moisture to the cake of course.” Simply fill those little ol’ poked holes with a fruit purée or gelatin mixture and let the flavor party begin.

Now, ya’ll might first take a gander at this cake and think, “Well, gosh darn that looks like a mighty fine chocolate cake.” Sorry to disappoint, this cake may be drizzled in milk chocolate sauce, however, there is no chocolate in the actual cake itself. Nope, none at all, it’s just a tad bit on the over-baked side. You better believe there was some sadness, disappointment, and overall bitterness felt as I opened my oven door to reveal this discovery. That’s what tends to happen when using a pretty Bundt pan. All those nooks and crannies require turning down the heat if you want them to stay a pale golden yellow. My bad.

Next time around, I’ll make sure to watch this loaded strawberry cake closer than I would watch out for Brenna when she’s in one of her “moods.” Because just like being attacked by a rogue kitty with an attitude is not on my list of things to experience, finding an over-baked cake in my oven, is just no fun and often leads to heartache and hissy-fits. However, unlike the moody kitty, at least a little bit of happiness can be found in the over-baked cake. The center is tender, moist, sweet, buttery, and worth every lil’ calorie-loaded bite. It allows you to sink your teeth into it, instead of it sinking its teeth into you.

A delicate strawberry Bundt cake, poked and filled with strawberry purée, covered in chocolate sauce, and then garnished with even more fresh strawberries.

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 1 3/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Strawberries (Additional for Garnish)

Strawberry Purée:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Sliced Strawberries
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice

Milk Chocolate Sauce:

  • 3/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Finely Chopped Milk Chocolate

A delicate strawberry Bundt cake, poked and filled with strawberry purée, covered in chocolate sauce, and then garnished with even more fresh strawberries.

Directions:

Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a Bundt pan; set aside
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.
  4. Cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  5. Add each egg, one at a time to the butter and sugar mixture; mix on medium speed for 30 seconds after the addition of each egg.
  6. Add the vanilla; mix for 30 seconds.
  7. Add 1/3 of the flour and mix on low until just incorporated.
  8. Add 1/2 of the sour cream and mix on low until just incorporated.
  9. Repeat the two steps above and then add the remaining 1/3 of the flour and mix on low until just incorporated.
  10. Spread 1/3 of the batter into the Bundt pan and then top with 1/2 of the chopped strawberries.
  11. Repeat the step above and then spread the remaining 1/3 of the batter on top of the last layer of strawberries.
  12. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
  13. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes.

Strawberry Purée:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and purée until smooth.
  2. Pour the purée into a measuring cup or decorating bottle.
  3. Using a chopstick or the handle of a wooden spoon, poke several holes down into the cake.
  4. Carefully fill each hole with strawberry purée.
  5. Allow the cake to rest for 1 hour before flipping it out onto a baking rack.

Milk Chocolate Sauce:

  1. Place the finely chopped chocolate into a medium glass bowl; set aside.
  2. Heat the heavy cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until warm, stirring constantly.
  3. Pour the cream and butter mixture on top of the chocolate; set aside for 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk the cream and chocolate together until smooth.
  5. Allow the sauce to sit for 20 minutes to thicken. Stir every 5 minutes to ensure that the sauce remains smooth.
  6. Drizzle the chocolate sauce over the cake and garnish with fresh strawberries.

A delicate strawberry Bundt cake, poked and filled with strawberry purée, covered in chocolate sauce, and then garnished with even more fresh strawberries.

Suggestions:

  • The batter for this cake will be very thick. Use a silicone spatula to spread it out evenly in the Bundt pan.
  • Bundt pans come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and metal finishes, all of which can affect the baking time of your cake. Keep a careful watch on your cake when it is baking. If the top of your cake is browning too quickly, tent the cake with foil. You may choose to lower the temperature of your oven to 325 degrees if you are using a dark coated, smaller, or decorative Bundt pan.
  • Make sure to not poke through the sides or bottom of the cake when poking the Bundt full of holes for the purée.
  • This cake is best served the same day that it is made due to the water content of the strawberries. If you don’t plan on serving all of this cake at once, you may choose to hold off on decorating it with the chocolate sauce and strawberry garnish until right before you serve it.

A delicate strawberry Bundt cake, poked and filled with strawberry purée, covered in chocolate sauce, and then garnished with even more fresh strawberries.

Improvements:

  • Add 1/4-cup of cocoa to the cake batter.
  • Add miniature chocolate chips to the cake batter.
  • I used this Nordic Ware Jubilee Bundt Pan to make this cake. I love that it has so many nooks and crannies to fill with the chocolate sauce and chopped strawberries.
  • I suggest using this Melt-N-Decorate Bottle to fill the holes in your Bundt cake with the strawberry puree.
  • Dust each slice of cake with powdered sugar before serving.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Poke Cake

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Poke Cake

Ingredients:

    Cake:
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 1 3/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Strawberries (Additional for Garnish)
  • Strawberry Purée:
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sliced Strawberries
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • Milk Chocolate Sauce:
  • 3/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Finely Chopped Milk Chocolate

Directions:

    Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a Bundt pan; set aside
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.
  4. Cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  5. Add each egg, one at a time to the butter and sugar mixture; mix on medium speed for 30 seconds after the addition of each egg.
  6. Add the vanilla; mix for 30 seconds.
  7. Add 1/3 of the flour and mix on low until just incorporated.
  8. Add 1/2 of the sour cream and mix on low until just incorporated.
  9. Repeat the two steps above and then add the remaining 1/3 of the flour and mix on low until just incorporated.
  10. Spread 1/3 of the batter into the Bundt pan and then top with 1/2 of the chopped strawberries.
  11. Repeat the step above and then spread the remaining 1/3 of the batter on top of the last layer of strawberries.
  12. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
  13. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes.
  14. Strawberry Purée:
  15. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and purée until smooth.
  16. Pour the purée into a measuring cup or decorating bottle.
  17. Using a chopstick or the handle of a wooden spoon, poke several holes down into the cake.
  18. Carefully fill each hole with strawberry purée.
  19. Allow the cake to rest for 1 hour before flipping it out onto a baking rack.
  20. Milk Chocolate Sauce:
  21. Place the finely chopped chocolate into a medium glass bowl; set aside.
  22. Heat the heavy cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until warm, stirring constantly.
  23. Pour the cream and butter mixture on top of the chocolate; set aside for 10 minutes.
  24. Whisk the cream and chocolate together until smooth.
  25. Allow the sauce to sit for 20 minutes to thicken. Stir every 5 minutes to ensure that the sauce remains smooth.
  26. Drizzle the chocolate sauce over the cake and garnish with fresh strawberries.
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A delicate strawberry Bundt cake, poked and filled with strawberry purée, covered in chocolate sauce, and then garnished with even more fresh strawberries.

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  • Wendy Klik

    Good save, had you not told us it would have been your little secret.

  • Oooh Colleen, this poke cake looks so gorgeous! 😀 I would love a slice of this beauty. Thanks so much for joining me this month 🙂

    Toodles~

    • Thanks for hosting Tammy…I’m not sure if I’ve ever used strawberries in a Bundt before!

  • Sandra Garth

    It’s a beautiful cake and I’ve wanted a pan like that for ages. I would never have thought of a bundt poke cake if you hadn’t mentioned it. Thank you for the suggestion!

    • Get one Sandra…just make sure you watch your cake closely. All those little nooks and crannies burn easy!

  • nichole l

    Cakes definitely brown too easily in a bundt pan, but I wouldn’t have had any idea. It looks beautiful and I’m sure it tastes even better!

    • Thanks Nichole…it’s just one of life’s little annoyances!

  • Lauren Everson

    I’ve actually never had (or made) a poke cake and yours is absolutely gorgeous.
    You know what, I bet a poke cake is a fabulous solution to an over-baked cake, anyway!

    • Good point Lauren! I’ll have to remember that for the next time I overbake a cake!!! Oh, and there will be a next time!

  • Tia

    Oh, I have never seen a Strawberry Poke Cake. This looks like a masterpiece.

  • Mother of 3

    That sounds and looks amazing!

  • Monika Dabrowski

    Your cake looks stunning and I love the pan you used to make it! Happy FF:)

  • thenotsocreativecook

    The chocolate and strawberries combo is one of the best combos you could have. This cake looks stunning! Happy Fiesta Friday, Colleen!

  • Yum! This looks SO good! I have to get one of those pans! Thanks for sharing.

    • I’ve gotten into the habit of asking for one pan every year for Christmas. Occasionally, I find one for a great deal at HomeGoods…but not lately!

  • Patty’s Cake Bakery

    Yummy! It looks great!! Chocolate and strawberry is a perfect combo. I love it!! XOXO

  • I’m not sure how many times I’ve gone to get something out of the oven and it’s not come out as I needed it to. It’s been a lot I can say that much. I’m baking challenged but I always keep coming back for more. This still looks delicious and I can’t wait to get my hands on making the recipe!

    • I have a weird sized oven which probably doesn’t help matters. It’s a double oven but the top oven is tiny for pizza and broiling and then the bottom oven is smaller than most which can sometimes be hard to work with!

  • This looks AMAZING and I just bought a TON of strawberries from the farmer’s market. Must be a sign 😉

  • Carol Murphy

    Looks so good, I’ve got to try it.

  • All That’s Left Are The Crumbs

    I love chocolate covered strawberries, so I know I would love this cake too.