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Carrot Pecan Poke Cake with Coconut Milk Whipped Cream

Do you like poke cakes? I do! Before I came here from Germany a little over a year ago, I had never heard of them. The first one I tried was this Banana Pudding Poke Cake – I instantly fell in love with them. Since then I have made quite a lot poke cakes. My Peanut Butter & Jelly Poke Cake and the White Chocolate Poppy Seed Caramel Poke Cake are two of my favorites (I will add a couple more at the end of this post).
This was the first time I did a Carrot Cake Pecan Poke Cake and I think it’s my new favorite! This time I didn’t fill it with pudding, but with low sugar condensed milk instead. The result is so super creamy and moist.
You really don’t need to add a lot of sugar to the cake, since all the sweetness comes from the condensed milk!
I added some pecan nuts for a little crunch and grated my carrots coarsely to make it look a little more beautiful :)
Applesauce instead of too much oil and a whipped cream made from coconut milk, make this Carrot Pecan Poke Cake way lighter than the usual recipes you find.


Carrot Pecan Poke Cake with Coconut Milk Whipped Cream
Recipe type: Dessert
What you need
The Cake:
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup sugar (white, brown or coconut palm)
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • ¾ cup pecan nuts, chopped
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon (of each) cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
The Cream:
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • ½ cup cream of coconut
How you make it
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F
  2. Line a 8 inch brownie pan with parchment paper
  3. In a large bowl combine eggs, sugar, oil, applesauce and vanilla until smooth
  4. Fold in carrots and pecan nuts
  5. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and all spices
  6. Mix until just combined
  7. Pour batter into baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes
  8. Right after baking poke lots of holes into the cake (with the end of a wooden spoon)
  9. Pour sweetened condensed milk over it, filling the holes as good as possible
  10. Place in fridge until cooled
  11. Then whip the cream of coconut and coconut milk together until stiff and spread over cake
Leave the cake in the baking form after baking or it gets really messy once you start filling the poke holes :)

Other crazy good Poke Cake creations:

Chocolate Chili Tapioca Poke Cake
Berry Fusion Poke Cake
Cherry Vanilla Coconut Poke Brownie

And here is a dairy free version from the wonderful Dawn:

Everything Tropical Cake


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  1. Very good recipe and one I can make work for me by changing up the sugar. I am going on vacation soon but am saving this so I can make it when I get home.

  2. This looks really good. I love the different flavors. I love a good carrot cake and pecans are a favorite for me in baking. Pinned

  3. I don’t believe I ever heard of or seen Poke cakes before-It certainly looks delicious. I love that you can make it with lower calorie items!

  4. I am not a big cake eater, I usually find them to dry. This recipe sounds like it would be a super moist one and I am sure I would love it. I can eat condensed milk right out of the can! Shhhh…don’t tell anyone!

  5. It took me a long time to try a cake with carrot in it as I wasn’t sure how it would taste but I was amazed it really works well.. I shall have to keep this in mind to bake thank you :) x

  6. I’ve never even heard of poke cakes. I will have to look into them…but this one does look quite yummy!

  7. I am not a huge fan of carrot cake, but your recipe has made me curious…yum.

  8. Melinda Dunne says:

    I haven’t made a poke cake in years. The carrot cake looks mighty tasty but I am totally going to try the Cherry Vanilla poke Brownies. YUMMY!

  9. Never heard of poke cakes, it looks great in picture and i am sure this is tasty too. :)

  10. Thanks to Pinterest, I have learned about poke cakes. This one sounds delish!

  11. Looks very good. Pinned it for you!

  12. I love coming across good goodie recipes. I will have to bookmark this to try experimenting with later. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I love carrot cake and this one looks delicious! I can’t wait to try the coconut milk whipped cream.

  14. I love that the whipped cream is made with coconut milk. This looks delicious :)

  15. Very yummy! Visiting from the Sundae Scoop Link Party! Would love to have you link this one up at the Ladies Only Blog Share link party, too! Every post is promoted across our social networks and blogging community. Stop on by! :)

  16. Hi Jutta! I love carrot cake, too bad I’m the only one in my family who does, but I guess I can make a little poke cake with your recipe just for mom, right? Have a great week girl, I came over from Spatulas on Parade’s party!

  17. I love carrot cake, and this looks really yummy!

  18. Thanks for joining us at Marvelous Mondays~ Paula

  19. Man, so many great desserts on the blogs Ive been visiting-yum!

  20. I love poke cakes! I’ve never heard of the carrot cake like this! I pinned and we definitely try your recipe! thanks for sharing at Tried and True Linky Party!

  21. You know I love this recipe! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party!

  22. lovebakesgoodcakes says:

    This sounds soooo good! Pinned!

  23. These cake looks amazing! :) Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

  24. I made a poke cake for the first time last week……I’ve been obsessed ever since spending a few years in the USA. I will be testing this one out next, thanks for sharing!

  25. Looks delicious :) Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot this week.

  26. Jutta my friend. My readers loved this recipe last week. It is being featured on the blog tonight when we start this weeks party. Hope you’ll stop by.
    Spatulas On Parade


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