Want to know the secret behind the world's most perfect chocolate cake? The secret technique is to poke holes using a toothpick or fork, then pour HERSHEY'S SIMPLY 5 Syrup over it. Just follow this easy Chocolate Poke Cake recipe and watch the joy light up in the chocolate lovers in your life. For best results, let your Chocolate Poke Cake sit overnight to give the syrup time to soak in — it's worth the wait! Keep putting your HERSHEY'S Chocolate Syrup to good use! Make this Chocolate Syrup Swirl Cake next and delight your guests when you reveal the swirl pattern inside each slice.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8-inch pan with parchment, and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients (except the syrup) until evenly combined. Pour wet into dry, stir until just combined, and pour into the prepared pan.
Bake on the oven center rack for 25 minutes or until the cake has risen and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. Let cool completely.
Poke holes into the cooled cake with a toothpick or fork. Pour the syrup evenly on top, and let it seep into the cake. As mentioned earlier, if you can wait, I highly recommend not tasting until the next day… this cake is so much richer and sweeter after sitting for a day!
You can poke small or large holes into the cake. I decided my favorite way to form the holes is to poke a larger number of smaller holes with a fork, which disperses the chocolate filling more evenly.
Check off each ingredient as you add it, to ensure you don’t accidentally skip over an easy-to-miss item such as salt, or baking soda.
When making a recipe for the first time, it’s always a good idea to follow the recipe exactly—without substituting a different flour, sweetener, or cutting back on the salt, sugar, or oil—as even seemingly small changes can make a huge difference. Once you know how a recipe is supposed to turn out, you can play around. Edible experiments are the best kind!
Be sure to have all ingredients out and read through the full recipe before starting.
As a general rule, baked goods are actually richer, sweeter, and have a much better texture the day after they are made, which is definitely the case with this cake and many of my other recipes. If you can wait, I highly recommend not even tasting the poke cake until the next day.
*The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutritional advice.