Creamy, dreamy coconut cream poke cake. This tender, delicious dessert is low carb and grain-free. Here’s to a healthy treat!
This poke cake thing has cast a spell over me, I think. Heretofore, I didn’t care overly much for them and I didn’t really get the appeal. I suppose it’s because my first introduction to them was the kind that used icky sugar-free Jello and was an abnormal shade of pink on the inside. I’ve never been much of a Jello fan, even when I could eat the kind with sugar. I think I was served too many boxed gelatin desserts at the camps I used to attend every summer. Whenever I saw the wobbly blobs of brightly coloured, overly sweetened Jello coming my way, I sighed with disappointment. Offer me anything but Jello, please. Chocolate, cookies, pudding, ice cream, but please, no more Jello!
But poke cakes are so much more than boxed white cake mix with strawberry Jello poured over them these days. Really creative versions started catching my eye on Pinterest, these amazingly moist cakes with mounds of creamy frosting. I’ve seen Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake, Cannoli Poke Cake, Pina Colada Poke Cake, Triple Chocolate Poke Cake, Carrot Cake Poke Cake, Samoa Poke Cake, Apple Pie Poke Cake. Seriously, head to Pinterest and type “poke cake” into the search box and you will be aghast at all the amazing variations. Go on, I dare you. You won’t be able to tear your little eyes away. You may get lost in Poke Cake Land, gazing at all the delicious creations, forever. Well, there could be worse ways to go, I guess.
Many of these creations may indeed still be made with boxed mixes. Boxed cake mix, boxed pudding, boxed Jello, I don’t know. I don’t usually even click through to the recipe because none of these poke cakes are appropriate for a low carb or gluten-free diet. But I can still find plenty of inspiration for making creative and healthy poke cakes. I foresee a whole line of these, my dears. I don’t think I can help myself.
This lovely light cake is based on my low carb Coconut Cream Pie Recipe. Although I did top mine with whipped cream, you could make it completely dairy-free by topping it with some coconut whipped cream.