Death By Mocha Poke Cake

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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword mocha poke cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 355kcal
Author Erica


  • 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.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 403mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 2mg