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Pina Colada Poke Cake

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Cake! Who loves cake as much as me? It may very well be one of my favorite desserts, and I love making poke cakes because they are super simple and the flavors are unlimited. Today, we are celebrating Piña Colada Day and I brought this super easy, but oh so tasty Pina Colada Poke Cake to celebrate.

Last year for a different event I brought a Tropical Layered Poke Cake for a Tropical Foods theme.

I also made this Tropical Pina Colada Poke Cake which is different than the Pina Colada Poke Cake I am sharing with you today. 


This cake, not surprisingly, was gone the same day it came out of the oven. Like… devoured.

I know I feed hungry teenagers but my goodness I didn’t expect that. It is just that good.

And it’s truly the best way to celebrate summer. In fact, each bite of this yummy cake takes you to a beach, sipping a Pina Colada and wishing summer would never end.


As a food blogger and recipe developer, I photograph almost everything I make. And if you’ve ever tried to photograph a poke cake, it can be pretty difficult.

Here’s the problem. You poke all those holes in the cake to let the liquid seep down into the cake. But what happens is that the cake often falls apart as you are serving a slice.

With this cake, I intentionally poked LARGER holes, but much less of them and tried to envision where the center of each slice was, so I could make sure that each slice got a couple of holes, but that I could cut around them to keep the cake together.

Guess what? It worked! 


Each slice had at least three or four holes, but they were placed in a way that the cake wouldn’t fall apart and it made for much easier to photograph slices.

Now, if you aren’t photographing your poke cake (which I realize you probably are not) …. poke those holes wherever you want.


Let’s see what everyone made…

Great Starts

Dive in with Sides and Appetizers

Coco-Nutty Main Dishes

“Col-lots-a” Desserts

Sweet to Sip Beverages

Want to make a Pina Colada Poke Cake?

Pina Colada Poke Cake

Pina Colada Poke Cake


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • all ingredients for the cake mix, milk, oil, water, eggs - check package
  • 1 3 ounce packages pineapple flavored Jell-O® mix
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 8 ounces cool whip, thawed (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 cup toasted coconut


  1. Prepare cake according to package directions.
  2. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Poke holes throughout the cake.
  3. Dissolve jello in boiling water. Carefully spoon dissolved jello over the cake layers. Chill cake for 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Dip cake pan in warm water for 10 seconds, then unmold onto a serving plate. Top with whipped topping.
  5. Top with toaated coconut and pineapple slices.

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Sunday 10th of July 2016

I've got to try Poke Cakes and this Pina Colada version sounds yummy!


Sunday 10th of July 2016

What an easy and great cake to bring to a cookout! Love it!

Cindy Kerschner

Sunday 10th of July 2016

Your pictures turned out perfect and make me want a piece of poke cake even more!


Sunday 10th of July 2016

It's true - photographing our food sometimes makes the prep so much harder! Especially when you know you wanted that jello all over the place inside. :) The cake looks wonderful either way!


Sunday 10th of July 2016

Poke cake is the best, and I love how you make yours so stinking pretty! :)

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