Red Velvet Poke Cake cut into a square, served on a black plate on a red and white polka dot napkin.

Red Velvet Poke Cake

It's so quick and easy to make our red velvet poke cake recipe. Save time making the cake from a box and sweetened condensed milk. It's perfect to serve for holidays like Christmas and Valentine's Day, and even the 4th of July. Chocolate lovers love this cake recipe.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Red Velvet Poke Cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 450kcal
Author Jennifer Quisenberry


  • Box red velvet cake mix PLUS ingredients called for on the box
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (5 oz size)
  • 1 package cream cheese softened
  • 2 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk or cream optional
  • Sprinkles optional


  • Prepare the boxed red velvet cake mix according to box directions.
  • Using a wooden spoon, poke holes every 2" in the cake, about halfway through.
  • Pour the sweetened condensed milk all over the cake and use an offset spatula to ensure the milk covers the whole cake.
  • Refrigerate for an hour before frosting.
  • In a large bowl, combine the butter, cream cheese and powdered icing sugar for 2 minutes until smooth and light. Add vanilla and milk, if desired to thin out the frosting.
  • Use an offset spatula to spread the frosting all over the cake.
  • Add sprinkles or desired toppings.


Please note that nutrition facts are subject to change based on your choice of ingredients.