Friday, February 26, 2021

Chocolate Mint Poke Cake

Chocolate mint poke cake is layered with hot fudge, pudding, frosting, and candies. Make this for a dessert that’s both rich and refreshing!

Andes mint poke cakeon a plate

The color and flavor of this mint chocolate cake recipe makes it perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration! 
I have plenty more dessert recipes featuring the irresistible combination of mint and chocolate. 
Try this easy homemade fudge (no candy thermometer required!) or my delicious no-bake cookie dough bars.
For a holiday showstopper, an Oreo cookie dessert trifle is just what you need. Layers of creamy pudding, crushed cookies, and flavored whipped cream look gorgeous in a single dish or individual serving glasses.
chocolate mint poke cake in a glass pan


How To Make Chocolate Mint Poke Cake

First, combine your favorite box mix with the ingredients listed on the package since this will vary by brand.
Pour the batter into a greased pan and bake until a toothpick or tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

Poke holes throughout the sponge while it’s still warm, keeping them as evenly spaced as possible.
Add a layer of hot fudge and baking chips, then a layer of pudding, cooling completely between each one.

Once the dessert has fully chilled, whip together the topping ingredients. 
Spread in an even layer over the chocolate mint poke cake and sprinkle chopped candies on top.
Andes mint cake frosting


Helpful Tips and Tricks

  • Add some color. To make the whipped topping stand out, stir in a little green food coloring at the end. I recommend food gel over the traditional liquid drops for a more vibrant result with less product. Plus, it won’t affect the overall consistency.
  • Tip for poking holes: You want them large enough to absorb the filling, but not so large that they affect the overall structure. Use the rounded end of a wooden spoon or a large straw for a good size.
  • Keep chilled. Because every layer contains dairy, this dessert needs to be stored in the refrigerator. Cover tightly with plastic so it doesn’t dry out and enjoy within 3 to 4 days.
What You Will Need For This Andes Mint Cake
  • Stand mixer or large mixing bowl with hand mixer
  • 9x13 Baking Dish - This set is one of my favorites! It comes with a lid for easy storage and is great for casseroles too.
  • Mixing Bowls - I like a variety of mixing bowls and prep bowls and this set has them all.
  • A Sturdy Wooden Spoon - Preferably one with a rounded handle. It creates properly sized holes for grabbing that gooey filling!

Andes mint cake on a white plate


FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I use different candies for the topping?
Sure! Flavored M&Ms or pretzels would add a nice crunch, or try chopped up truffles for something more decadent.
Crushed Oreo cookies would also be delicious. Add them just before serving so they don’t become too soft.

Can Andes mint cake be frozen?
I wouldn’t freeze it fully assembled, but the soaked cake layer should be fine for 2 to 3 months if wrapped tightly in plastic. 
Thaw it in the refrigerator before adding the whipped cream and candies.
If you need this chocolate mint poke cake for an upcoming event, you can prepare it a day or two beforehand and keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.


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mint chocolate cake recipe

Yield: 12 servings
Author: Donna Elick
Chocolate Mint Poke Cake

Chocolate Mint Poke Cake

Chocolate mint poke cake is layered with hot fudge, pudding, frosting, and candies. Make this for a dessert that’s both rich and refreshing!
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 1 Hour 30 Min


  • 1 chocolate cake mix, including the ingredients on the box
  • 8 ounce jar of hot fudge
  • 1 cup Andes mint baking chips
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • green food coloring, (optional)
  • 1 cup Andes mint chopped candies


  1. Prepare the chocolate cake according to the package instructions, for a 9x13 pan.
  2. Remove from the oven and poke holes all over the top of the cake.
  3. Heat the hot fudge for 30 seconds, until it is relatively smooth.
  4. Pour the fudge over the cake while hot.
  5. Sprinkle mint baking chips over the top of the fudge layer. Let cool completely.
  6. In a bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the pudding mix and 2 cups of milk for 2 minutes.
  7. Pour the prepared pudding over the cooled cake.
  8. Place the cake in the fridge for an hour.
  9. Meanwhile: Whip the heavy cream to soft peaks. Slowly add sugar and mint extract.
  10. Beat until stiff peaks. Add food coloring, if using, and stir until combined.
  11. Spread the frosting over the top of the cake.
  12. Sprinkle with chopped candies. Store in the fridge.

mint chocolate cake recipe

Originally published February 2021

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