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Ferrero Rocher Poke Cake

Ferrero Rocher poke cake is a decadent chocolate cake filled with fudgy Nutella. It is finished with a fluffy chocolate topping, chocolate drizzle, hazelnuts, and Ferrero Rocher chocolates.  

This chocolate hazelnut cake is quick and easy to prepare and will serve 12-16 people. It will become one of your favorite desserts.

A slice of chocolat poke cake with chocolate frosting topped with chocolate sauce, crushed hazelnuts, and a ferrero rocher ball.

This rich chocolate cake is quick and easy.  It’s made with a simple box cake mix before being filled with chocolate hazelnut spread, topped with chocolate pudding and Cool Whip, and decorated with chocolate and hazelnuts.  It is perfect for a serious chocolate lover.

If you love Ferrero Rocher, then you may also like our creamy Ferrero Rocher Milkshake or our decadent Ferrero Rocher Bondies.

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Why you’ll love Ferrero Rocher Poke Cake:


  • Easy – Starting with a boxed cake mix, this dessert is easy to make, even for the inexperienced baker.
  • Serves a crowd – Depending on the size of your slices, this cake will easily serve 12-16 people.
  • Stores well – Made in a 9×13 pan, this cake stores and transports well. It will store well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and still taste great.

Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Poke Cake is a rich chocolate cake filled with fudgy Nutella hazelnut spread and finished with a topping of Cool Whip and chocolate pudding.  It is then decorated with chocolate sauce, chopped or ground hazelnuts, and Ferrero Rocher candy.

Unlike many other Nutella-filled poke cakes, this one is made without the addition of sweetened condensed milk. Instead, the hazelnut chocolate spread is melted and poured into the holes. When it cools, it firms up and creates little, fudgy pockets within the cake.

This decadent poke cake recipe is light in texture but rich in flavor. 

A slice of chocolat poke cake with chocolate frosting topped with chocolate sauce, crushed hazelnuts, and a ferrero rocher ball.

This cake can be served as is or alongside chocolate or vanilla ice cream, drizzled with chocolate or caramel sauce, or topped with chocolate chips, whole hazelnuts, and whole or chopped Ferrero Rocher Candies.

Because this cake is made in a 9×13 pan, it is easy to transport, cut, and serve, and one cake can be made anywhere from 12-16 servings, which makes it the perfect dessert for serving at birthday parties or other gatherings.

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Top Tips & Tricks

  • When poking holes in the cake, make sure they are large enough to allow the thick Nutella to fill them. You want larger holes than the traditional poke cake filled with jello.
  • Let the cake rest in the fridge for about one hour prior to serving in order to allow the filling and topping to firm up, making it easier to slice.

Printable Recipe

A slice of chocolat poke cake with chocolate frosting topped with chocolate sauce, crushed hazelnuts, and a ferrero rocher ball.

Ferrero Rocher Poke Cake (Nutella Poke Cake)

Ferrero Rocher poke cake is a decadent chocolate cake filled with fudgy Nutella. It is finished with a fluffy chocolate topping, chocolate drizzle, hazelnuts, and Ferrero Rocher chocolates.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 288kcal
Author: Deanna

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven according to the package directions on the cake mix.
  • Mix and bake the cake according to the package directions in a 9×13 baking pan.
  • Let the cake cool completely, then use the end of a wooden spoon or other tool, such as a wide chopstick, to poke holes in the top of the cake. You want holes that are about half an inch wide.
  • In a microwave safe bowl or glass measuring cup, heat the nutella on medium power for 15 second intervals, stirring between each interval until melted and smooth. Then pour over the cake to fill the holes.
  • Mix 1 cup of milk with the chocolate pudding mix just until it begins to thicken, then fold in the frozen whipped topping.
  • Spread the topping over the cake in an even layer. If you wish, you can reserve part to pipe swirls on top of the cake.
  • Decorate the cake with chocolate syrup, chopped or ground nuts, and Ferrero Rocher balls.
  • Slice and serve as desired.

Nutrition

Estimated Nutrition Facts
Ferrero Rocher Poke Cake (Nutella Poke Cake)
Amount per Serving
Calories
288
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Sodium
 
335
mg
15
%
Carbohydrates
 
42
g
14
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
28
g
31
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Do you need clarification of some ingredients, ideas for substitutions, or serving suggestions? Continue scrolling to read more.

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Ingredients & Substitutions for Nutella Poke Cake

For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Chocolate Cake Mix (and ingredients to make cake) – You will need one box of chocolate cake mix to make a 9×13 cake. If you don’t want quite as much chocolate, you can use white or yellow cake instead. If you prefer to skip the box mix, you can use your favorite homemade chocolate cake.

Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix – You need one box of instant chocolate pudding. This will be mixed with Cool Whip to make the whipped chocolate frosting.  

Frozen Whipped Topping – This creates a creamy, light frosting. For something different, you can use fresh whipped cream, your favorite Nutella buttercream, or chocolate ganache. Or you can keep it simple and use a prepared chocolate frosting.

​Nutella – Nutella is a thick and creamy chocolate hazelnut spread.  This is going to give the cake the fudgy chocolate hazelnut pockets.  

Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Balls – It wouldn’t be Ferrero Rocher cake without Ferrero Rocher! You will want one chocolate ball per serving.

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Step by Step Instructions

  • Mix the cake, pour the cake batter into a prepared nine-by-thirteen baking pan, and bake according to the package directions.
  • Let the cake cool fully.
  • Use the end of a wooden spoon or the wide end of a chopstick to poke holes all over the baked cake, ensuring they are large enough to accommodate the thick chocolate hazelnut sauce.
  • Heat the sauce in the microwave, and pour over the cake to fill the holes.
A chocolate cake in a nine by thirteen baking dish poked with holes and filled with melted nutella.
  • Mix the chocolate pudding with the milk, then fold into the whipped topping.
  • Spread the cream frosting over the cake.
  • Decorate with chocolate syrup, chopped nuts, and Ferrero Rocher balls.
Cake in a nine by thirteen pan with chocolate frosting, chocolate drizzle, and chopped hazelnuts.

Pro Tip – You may not need all of the chocolate cream frosting. You can save the remaining frosting to serve with the sliced cake.

Serving Suggestions for Chocolate Hazelnut Poke Cake

Because of everything in this cake, you may want to serve it just as it is.

However, if you want to serve it with something, you can never go wrong with ice cream. Vanilla or chocolate ice cream would go great with this recipe, or you can whip up a batch of easy no-churn oreo ice cream.  

We often serve this cake with extra chocolate topping, whole or chopped hazelnuts, chocolate syrup, or homemade butterscotch sauce. Of course, extra Ferrero Rocher candy is a great choice, too.

FAQS

How long will poke cake keep?

Poke cake will keep for about five days in the refrigerator.

What type of cake mix should be used for poke cake?

Any cake mix designed to make a 9×13 cake will work fine. You can use your favorite brand, or make a homemade cake, if you prefer.

Food Safety and Storage

This poke cake can be covered with plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator for about five days.

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