This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our full Disclosure Policy for details.
This Death By Mocha Poke Cake is a devilish little chocolate cake, infused and topped with Irish cream, vanilla bean, and the World’s Strongest Coffee!
I realize that I started this food blogging thing super late in the game.
Had I known I would love sharing my culinary creations so much with you all, I’d have started years ago; but alas, I’m just another one of many, with lots of crazy and delicious ideas brimming in my head and spilling out in to my kitchen and on to your desktop. My blog isn’t yet a year old, and my recipe count is still waaaaay lower than those who have gone before me. But since my brain never shuts off, I have a boatload of content that I’m gonna pack in here over the coming years (yep, I’m gonna stay here, I kinda like this place), so I hope you’ll all bear with me if you’ve heard any of this before!
Remember when you were a kid, and your mom (or dad or aunt or grandma) made you a homemade birthday cake every year? It was almost always a single layer and made from a box mix, had quite possibly the sweetest frosting in the world slapped on it with a butter knife, and it was decorated with only a big rainbow-colored number candle. Not Good Housekeeping-worthy, for sure, but still delicious.
At least that’s the way I remember my birthday cakes.
Well, friends, this Death By Mocha Poke Cake…is nothing like those.
So, why did I call it Death By Mocha?
Because coffee. There is coffee everywhere in this bad boy.
There’s nothing like adding coffee to chocolate cake, folks. You won’t necessarily taste it (although, with almost 3 cups in the whole cake, you should!), but it really makes the flavor of the chocolate explode! Any time I make chocolate cake, I flip on my Keurig and brew a cup, or turn to my trusty espresso powder.
For this particular cake, which was made as a St. Paddy’s Day dessert (hence the Bailey’s I added), I wanted to put my new favorite coffee to good use.
The World’s Strongest Coffee, huh? I bet you’re skeptical.
I discovered my love for it later than most people, but I’ve had a lot of java in my life. I’m a Dunkin’ and Starbucks freak. I have at least one cup every day, and two to three on my days off work. My Keurig is my second favorite small kitchen appliance, next to my Kitchenaid mixer.
Trust me when I say this, folks: I can 110% assure you, that Death Wish Coffee Co. does indeed brew the strongest cup of coffee I’ve come across. One cup keeps me going for almost the whole day, thanks to the Death Wish 200% more caffeine coffee bean. Even Mr. Crumby, whose appreciation for coffee has reached new heights since we got our first bag, is a fan. I spike mine with some creamer, he simply adds a couple teaspoons of sugar (he’s braver than me) and he’s good to go. (I can’t wait to try the Valhalla Java blend!)
If you love your morning cup of coffee with a kick, Death Wish will give it to you.
And it absolutely made this beautiful cake.
I was in a bit of a rush, so I hijacked my S’mores Cupcake box mix recipe, and swapped out the hot water for hot coffee instead.
Then, I drizzled more (sweetened!) coffee on top. Let it all soak in. It may not look like the poke cakes you’re used to pinning, but just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there.
And topped it with even more (fluffy!) coffee and dark chocolate whipped cream.
This thang is a coffee lovers’ dream!
Being so infused with coffee…do you think maybe I could get away with just eating it for breakfast?
Paired with another cup of coffee of course. This could be the new best part of waking up!
Death By Mocha Poke Cake
- 1 box Devil's Food cake mix or other dark chocolate cake mix
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 1/4 cups hot brewed coffee I used Death Wish
- 1 tablespoon sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Mocha Death Drizzle
- 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur Bailey's
- 1 1/2 cups hot brewed coffee
Mocha Whipped Cream
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons dry coffee grounds
- 2 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine dry cake mix and espresso powder.
- Add remaining ingredients and whisk for 2-3 minutes, until batter is combined and uniform. Be careful not to over mix.
- Bake for 28-32 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Mocha Death Drizzle
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until combined.
- Using a fork, poke holes all along the top of the cooled cake; the more holes, the easier the cake will soak the drizzle.
- Pour the drizzle evenly across the cake, then refrigerate for 1-2 hours to let liquid absorb.
Mocha Whipped Cream
- In the refrigerator, dissolve coffee grounds in heavy cream for 30-45 minutes.
- In the well-chilled bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or metal bowl and hand mixer), whip coffee/cream until soft peaks form. Beat in vanilla and sugar until stiff peaks form.
- Spread over the top of the cake, garnish, and enjoy for up to 5 days! Refrigerate any leftovers under plastic wrap.