Carrot Cake Poke Cake

Spicy carrot cake poked to death, doused in sweetened condensed milk, and then covered in cream cheese frosting! Carrot Cake Poke Cake {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

If you’re still looking for that show-stopping dessert for Easter, look no further, this poke cake is certain to please! That classic Easter dessert—Carrot Cake—takes on an incredible twist with this super easy recipe.

This recipe starts with a basic carrot cake with holes poked in the top with the base of a wooden spoon. Sweetened condensed milk is then poured over the holes, which allows the liquid to seep into the cake and make it extra moist and flavorful. After the cake has cooled for a few hours and the sweetened condensed milk has been absorbed into the cake, it is topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting and toasted pecans.
Carrot Cake Poke Cake {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Like most poke cakes, I recommend letting the cake sit in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours before you serve it. The cake soaks up the sweetened condensed milk like a sponge and as the hours pass, the better it gets. :)

Carrot Cake Poke Cake {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Carrot Cake Poke Cake

Spicy carrot cake poked to death, doused in sweetened condensed milk, and then covered in cream cheese frosting.


For the Cake:
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (12 1/2 ounces)
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 pound medium carrots (6 to 7 carrots), peeled
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (10 1/2 ounces)
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

For the Drizzle:
1 (12-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

For the Frosting:
8 ounces butter, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 1/4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup pecans, chopped finely and toasted


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9x13 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the cake from the pan) Butter the parchment.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, and salt in large bowl; set aside.

3. Using the large holes of box grater shred carrots (you should have about 3 cups); transfer carrots to bowl and set aside.

4. In bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat granulated and brown sugars and eggs on medium-high until thoroughly combined, about 45 seconds. Reduce speed to medium; with mixer running, add oil in slow, steady stream, being careful to pour oil against inside of bowl (if oil begins to splatter, reduce speed to low until oil is incorporated, then resume adding oil). Increase speed to high and mix until mixture is light in color and well emulsified, about 45 seconds to 1 minute longer. Turn off mixer and stir in carrots and dry ingredients by hand until incorporated and no streaks of flour remain. Pour into prepared pan.

5. Bake until toothpick or skewer inserted into center of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven and immediately poke holes all over the top of the cake. You can use the end of a wooden spoon, a skewer, the tines of a fork, etc. Slowly pour the can of condensed milk all over the top of the cake, making sure to drizzle it evenly all over the top. Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.

6. To make the Frosting: Place butter and cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as necessary.

7. Spread the frosting evenly over the top of the cake and sprinkle with toasted pecans. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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7 Responses to “Carrot Cake Poke Cake”

  1. #
    Liz — April 18, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

    Nice recipe. Thank you and Happy Easter to you and your family.

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — April 18, 2014 @ 2:28 pm

    This is beyond good. I am soon going to be one of THE most popular people in amongst my family, friends and co-workers. And I will owe it all to YOU.

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — April 19, 2014 @ 12:01 am

    Oh my goodness this carrot cake looks amazing! I love the texture and flavor combination!

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — April 19, 2014 @ 5:46 am

    Oh, yum. I love poke cakes, and I love carrot cake. This looks sinfully good,

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    Mitzi — April 19, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    A recipe I will make soon! Happy Easter

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    marcie — April 20, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

    This looks beyond delicious, and is a must-try! I will eat carrot cake any time of year, so I’ll definitely be whipping this up soon. :)

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    Karen (Back Road Journal) — April 23, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

    I’m always requested to bring a carrot cake to our friends home on Easter, I know what I’ll be making next year. I love the sound of your cake.

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