This bright red cake is a wonderful addition to any Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, or Christmas party. Everyone will be asking how you made this Million Dollar Red Velvet Poke Cake. Not only is it delicious, it matches any party you happen to be throwing that includes the color red, like Christmas, Valentines Day, or the 4th of July. Best of all, it’s an EASY recipe… so easy your guests will never figure it out!
Million Dollar Red Velvet Poke Cake
Why did we make our Million Dollar Red Velvet Poke Cake? Today, we’re celebrating our new dog in her big red bow. She is thee most precious, beautiful, perfect puppy that we could have ever hoped for. She was our Christmas dog:) We’re so excited to introduce her to you!
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know we surprised our kids in the BEST way this Christmas. Our kiddos are 7 and 8 years old. We’d like to introduce you to Cindy Lou! She is our Christmas dog, and has brought sooooo much joy to Smart School House.
We lost our very, very old pup around the first month of school. It hit us hard, as I’m sure so many of you have experienced. Mr. Smart School House and I got that dog in college. That pupper was with us for our college graduation, our wedding, the purchase of our first home, and the birth of BOTH our kids, and many, many relocations. The start of 2nd and 3rd grade was wonderful for our kids, but the experience of losing a dog is something we’ll never forget. So here we were, in our new home with all this space and love for a dog… just waiting for the right time. If you want to know more about Cindy Lou (or “Lulu”), follow her/us on Instagram here: TheGoldenCindyLou (shopping details about her bow at the end of this post!).
What is poke cake?
True to its name, it’s a cake that you poke holes in after baking. The holes are then filled with a liquid or filling — like this million dollar red velvet poke cake — to infuse extra flavor into every bite.
This cake is thick, moist and topped with my favorite cream cheese frosting. Everything is made and ready to go in a little over an hour!
Not only is this Red Velvet Poke Cake appealing to the eye, you get plenty of icing and cake in each and every bite. Top your poke cake with red, pink, heart-shaped, green, or blue sprinkles for a festive Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or 4th of July dessert to share with your loves.
Million Dollar Red Velvet Poke Cake
What make this red velvet poke cake stand out from the rest? The million dollar secret! It has TWO tubs of frosting on it! Do you see two tubs on frosting when you serve it? NOPE! That’s because the first tub of frosting is melted, poured, and infused into the red velvet cake making theeee most moist, mouthwatering, delicious red velvet cake you’ve ever tasted. Have a homemade red velvet cake recipe you prefer? This million dollar red velvet poke cake recipe doesn’t judge. The secret is in the frosting.
Poke cakes are the easiest way to enjoy a decadent cake without having to visit a bakery. This recipe is the proof! What’s so great about poke cake? Everything!
Cindy Lou is an English Cream Golden Retriever. Why is she white? She’s an English Cream Golden Retriever, which means she is a “light” golden retriever. In our case, she’s the lightest… totally white! We got her this big red bow for Christmas and I got an even BIGGER pink bow for when she grows a bit. We love Cindy Lou to pieces!
For everyone who has asked, here are the shopping details for Cindy’s fabulous bows:
Save this Million Dollar Red Velvet Poke Cake recipe because everyone is going to want to know how you made it:
You Will Need
- 1 box of red velvet cake mix (or a homemade recipe of choice). Usually includes: water, oil, and eggs
- 2 tubs of cream cheese frosting (or homemade recipe of choice)
- White chocolate chips
- Red sprinkles
- Baking Dish
- Toothpicks to test if the cake is cooked through
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Wooden spoon or some sort of cooking utensil for poking holes
- Electric mixer
- Mixing bowl
- Preheat oven to 350º (or based on the baking directions of your cake mix and baking dish)
- Prepare baking dish with non-stick spray
- Bake red velvet cake
- Let the cake cool. If it’s slightly warm, that’s ok.
- Poke holes in the cake as seen in the pictures, with the end of a wooden spoon or similar kitchen utensil.
- Heat 1 tub of cream cheese frosting at 15 second intervals until it is melted. Usually 2-3 intervals is all it takes.
- Pour the melted cream cheese frosting over the red velvet cake poked with holes, allowing it to absorb into the cake and holes.
- Let the melted frosting cool.
- Cover the cake with the 2nd tub of frosting.
- Add white chocolate chips and sprinkles on top! If you’re making it for Christmas, use additional green sprinkles. Making this for the 4th of July or Memorial Day? Add blue sprinkles! So festive and fun.