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Peppermint Poke Cake

Peppermint Poke Cake is made with a fudge cake that is filled with marshmallow fluff, topped with a creamy whipped topping and crushed peppermints throughout!

A FESTIVE PEPPERMINT CAKE

This Peppermint Poke Cake is the perfect winter treat! With flavors of luscious chocolate cake, peppermint, and a creamy topping, it’s the perfect combination of flavors for any holiday gathering. The best part? It’s so incredibly easy to make – no long hours spent baking required! All you need are a few simple ingredients and you’ll have yourself an irresistible dessert that’s perfect for the holidays (or just because!)

A fork holding a bite of Peppermint Poke Cake next to a slice on a plate.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What does a Peppermint Poke Cake taste like?

The chocolate-peppermint combo is delicious! The overall taste of the cake isn’t a crazy strong peppermint flavor because you still want to let the flavors of the chocolate and marshmallow filling shine through.

What’s the difference between peppermint and mint extract?

Mint extract is a combination of spearmint and peppermint extracts. Think Andes chocolate candies flavoring. Peppermint extract is just straight up peppermint flavoring like a candy cane. Both can be used here depending on what you enjoy most.

Can I use a different filling?

I think this marshmallow filling is heavenly with this cake but you could go more with a traditional pudding poke cake.

What can I use if I don’t want to use crushed up candy canes?

If you are concerned about it being too crunchy, just ensure they are crushed up very finely. Or, if you just really don’t want to use candy canes, just leave them out. You could add about 1/4 teaspoon of mint extract into the marshmallow filling or whipped topping to give you that extra punch of minty flavor.

Can I use a homemade chocolate cake?

Of course! This is your cake, do what you like. I have an amazing One Bowl Chocolate Cake recipe that would go wonderfully with this recipe.

How to store leftover mint poke cake?

Just like other poke cakes, this one must be kept refrigerated. Covered or in an airtight container, it should keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Close up looking at a piece of Peppermint Poke Cake with a fork and a bite.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • chocolate fudge cake mix – use any chocolate cake you enjoy. Devils food cake works good with this recipe too.
  • eggs, oil and water – you are going to use the amounts called for on the back of the cake mix box. Some brands call for different amounts so use what it calls for.
  • mint extract – you can also use peppermint extract. Mint extract is a combination of spearmint and peppermint extracts but if you want just straight peppermint flavoring, use only peppermint extract.
  • marshmallow fluff – depending on the brand, it may be called marshmallow creme. It’s the same thing.
  • milk – you don’t need much. We’re just using it to thin out the marshmallow fluff just a little bit so we can pour it into the poked holes.
  • crushed peppermints – this really adds to the overall flavor and gives a nice little crunch. Crush them up super fine if you don’t want chunkier bits in there.
  • whipped topping – also called Cool Whip (but the store brand whipped topping works just fine!) Just remember, you purchase whipped topping frozen. So just remember to put it into the refrigerator overnight to thaw. Do not thaw it on the counter.
  • chocolate sauce – I just use some good ole Hershey’s chocolate sauce. You could use a fudge sauce as well. You might just need to microwave it for a few seconds to get it to be thin enough to pour.
Marshmallow fluff, Cool Whip, chocolate cake mix, eggs, milk, vegetable oil, chocolate sauce, mint extract, and crushed candy canes.

HOW TO MAKE PEPPERMINT POKE CAKE

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions, adding in the mint extract, and bake per the directions on the back of the box. When the cake comes out of the oven, take a wooden utensil handle or something similar and poke holes all over the cake, about 1 inch apart.

collage of two photos: fully baked chocolate cake in a baking dish; poked holes into chocolate cake.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the marshmallow fluff and milk. Place in the microwave for 15 seconds, stir to combine until smooth. Add half of the crushed peppermints and stir to combine.

collage of two photos: marshmallow fluff and milk in a bowl; crushed peppermints added to marshmallow fluff mixture.

Pour the marshmallow mixture over the cake. Take care to pour it right into the holes as much as possible. Spread it all out, and using the back of the spoon, gently push it down into the holes. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to set. Spread the whipped topping on top of the cake and place it in the fridge again for 2 hours or longer to set.

collage of two photos: marshmallow fluff mixture spread on top of cake and into holes; whipped topping spread on top of cake.

When ready to serve, add chocolate sauce and the remaining crushed peppermints on top.

collage of two photos: chocolate sauce drizzled on top of cake; crushed peppermints sprinkled on top of cake.

Slice and serve.

A slice of Peppermint Poke Cake held over the rest of the poke cake by a serving utensil.

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A plate with a slice of Peppermint Poke Cake with a fork holding a bite.

Peppermint Poke Cake

Rich chocolate, fudgy cake with marshmallow creme and whipped topping with chocolate sauce and crushed peppermint candies.
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 33 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 48 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
  • ingredients needed to make cake: eggs, oil and water (use the amounts on the back of the cake mix box)
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract (or peppermint extract)
  • 16 ounce tub marshmallow fluff (also may be called marshmallow creme)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • ½ cup crushed peppermints, divided use
  • 8 ounce tub whipped topping, thawed (Cool Whip)
  • chocolate sauce, for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions, adding in the mint extract, and bake per the directions on the back of the box.
    A baked chocolate fudge cake.
  • When the cake comes out of the oven, take a wooden utensil handle or something similar and poke holes all over the cake, about 1 inch apart.
    Chocolate cakes with holes poked in it.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the marshmallow stuff and milk. Place in the microwave for 15 seconds, stir to combine until smooth.
  • Add half of the crushed peppermints and stir to combine.
    Crushed peppermint candies in a bowl of milk and marshmallow creme.
  • Pour the marshmallow mixture over the cake. Take care to pour it right into the holes as much as possible. Spread it all out, and using the back of the spoon, gently push it down into the holes.
    Marshmallow creme mixture with peppermints crushed in, spread over a chocolate cake.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to set.
  • Spread the whipped topping on top of the cake and place it in the fridge again for 2 hours or longer to set.
    Whipped topping spread over a chocolate poke cake.
  • When ready to serve, add chocolate sauce and the remaining crushed peppermints on top.
  • Slice and serve. Keep cake refrigerated.
    A fork holding a bite of Peppermint Poke Cake next to a slice on a plate.

Notes

  • Please refer to my FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 329mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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