Cinnamon Coffee Cake Poke Cake

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This Cinnamon Coffee Cake Poke Cake is a vanilla cake with a streusel swirl, soaked in sweetened condensed milk and topped with a cream cheese glaze.

This Cinnamon Coffee Cake Poke Cake is a vanilla cake with a streusel swirl, soaked in sweetened condensed milk and topped with a cream cheese glaze. 

This Cinnamon Coffee Cake Poke Cake is a vanilla cake with a streusel swirl, soaked in sweetened condensed milk and topped with a cream cheese glaze.

Does anyone else come home a day early from vacation just to have a day to recover? We have started doing this after longer vacations and I have to say, it’s the best thing ever. I slept in yesterday until almost 11am, which I haven’t done in many many months. I LOVE to sleep in, but I am constantly chasing the morning sunlight for photos. I know those of you with kids are rolling your eyes at me, wishing you could sleep in until what, 7am? 8am? I feel for you, really I do. But as soon as winter hits, I am also getting up at 5am to drive to the mountain, so I am going to soak in every day I can that I can sleep in.

Cinnamon Swirl Poke Cake with a vanilla cream cheese glaze.

It’s back to work today after a weeklong holiday. Sigh. I am counting down the days until Christmas, and I have another week off. I am sure it will be here before I know it. And you know these next 20-something days will be LOADED with baking. Thank goodness I prepared this Cinnamon Coffee Cake Poke Cake for you.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Poke Cake with a cream cheese glaze. It's coffee cake heaven!

This cake was inspired by my very popular Snickerdoodle Coffee Cake Cupcake. This is one of my top requested cupcakes! This poke cake is a vanilla cake with a cinnamon, brown sugar streusel with a thick cream cheese glaze and crunchy pecan topping. In true poke cake fashion, it is also soaked in sweetened condensed milk. Don’t even come crying to me about the calories in this cake. Calories don’t count from October 1st– December 31st.

This Cinnamon Coffee Cake Poke Cake is a vanilla cake with a streusel swirl, soaked in sweetened condensed milk and topped with a cream cheese glaze.

I brought this cake to work, and my coworkers freaked out. Granted they taste probably 70% of my desserts that go up on this blog, but there are a few stand outs for sure. This cake is one of them! I just might have to make this again.

I prefer to layer in the streusel as I pour the cake mix, because it doesn’t quite “swirl” very well. You just want to spread it out so that you have a few fork fulls of streusel bites in each slice.

This Cinnamon Coffee Cake Poke Cake is a vanilla cake with a streusel swirl, soaked in sweetened condensed milk and topped with a cream cheese glaze.

You can decide if you want to serve this for breakfast or dessert, I am going to suggest that is qualifies for both!

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake Poke Cake

  • Author: Julianne Bayer
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12-15 slices


  • For the streusel
  • ½ C Light brown sugar
  • ½ C All-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp Cinnamon
  • 34 tbsp Unsalted butter – melted
  • For the cakes
  • 1 pk Vanilla cake mix
  • 1 pk (3.4 oz) Instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 Large eggs
  • ¾ C Light sour cream
  • ¾ C Milk
  • ½ C Oil
  • 2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 can (14 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) Cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar (sifted preferred)
  • 1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 23 tbsp Milk
  • 1/3 Cup Pecans, crushed


  1. For the streusel
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, melt butter. Pour melted butter over dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter or fork to blend butter into dry ingredients to create a crumbly mixture. Set aside.
  4. For the cake
  5. Preheat oven to 350° F
  6. Combine vanilla cupcake mix with vanilla pudding. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg is added to ensure it is well mixed.
  7. Add milk, oil, sour cream and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until all ingredients are well combined. Use a spatula to scrap down the side of the bowl and turn the batter over from the bottom. Pour cake into 9-inch by 13-inch pan and sprinkle streusel over top of cake. Gently swirl the streusel in with a knife.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes until cake are done. Baking times are increased due to the addition of the buttery streusel. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the cupcake. If the toothpick comes out clean, your cakes is done. Allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  9. While the cake is still warm, take the end of a wooden spoon or another round object and poke holes all over the top of your cake. Pour can of sweetened condensed milk over cake and allow to cool for another 20 minutes.
  10. For the frosting
  11. Remove cream cheese from wrapper and microwave for 30 second, flipping from one side to the other after 15 seconds. Remove from microwave and whisk until smooth.
  12. Slowly add powdered sugar, about ¼ cup at a time whisking until smooth. Sifted powdered sugar is preferred so the frosting is free of lumps.
  13. Add vanilla extract after half of your powered sugar is added, it will help to prevent the frosting from getting too thick.
  14. Lastly, add one tablespoons of milk at a time, until your frosting reaches desired thickness. This is more of a thick glaze than a frosting, so it should be a pourable consistency. Use a spatula to gently spread over cake, filling in any holes as necessary. Sprinkle the top of cake with crushed pecans.
  15. Keep cake refrigerated.
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7 Responses
  1. Laura @ Laura's Culinar Adventures

    Yum! I like the streusel and I really like the flood of sweetened condensed milk. Resting a day after a long trip is a good idea!

  2. Mir

    The latest I’ve slept since my first kid was born eight-ish years ago is 6;30. But it’s okay! I don’t remember anymore what it was like before, so I’ve been brainwashed. But I do hear you about a day off from vacation. It’s hard to recover!
    If I’m in bed getting over a vacay, though, I want someone to bring me a piece of this cake. It would be so good to wake up to!

  3. DessertForTwo

    First, I want to poke holes in my face to allow more of this frosting to drip in. Is that weird?
    Second, thanks for including me in your giveaway roundup. You’re the sweetest!

  4. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    This cake is outrageously awesome! I love the streusel in every bite 🙂 makes it truly an amazing coffee cake cake!

  5. Jessica @ Sweetest Menu

    I ALWAYS do that! Have an extra day off to recover, otherwise I get back to work in a confused state – particularly if I have travelled overseas – it’s like where am I?! If I was your co-worker I would be pretty excited about this cake too. Its sounds absolutely scrumptious!

  6. D Dell

    struedelicious! ~ yum. Thank you for informing me about the Oct. 1st to Dec. 31st rule. Excuse me while I go get these ingredients!

  7. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I like your idea of layering in the streusel. That way you are always getting some in every bite! Where’s my coffee, I am so using this as a breakfast and I am ready to dip into this goodness and melt right now!!!! 🙂

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