Red Velvet Poke Cake

SUMMER. TIME. It is finally that time of the year. Books, movies, board games, friends, popsicles, barbeque, free time. Oh, how I love this time.

It is the beginning of my summer break, and I am beyond excited. After some reflecting, I have decided that I really want this summer to count.

I want to explore, I want to cook, I want to spend time with those who matter most, I want to soak up every sun ray. I usually spend summer dawdling around wasting precious time sitting at home (which is not a bad thing), but this year I want to explore more of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I want to visit restaurants, explore nature (even though I am scared of everything), and appreciate the things that surround my life.

Speaking of appreciation, you must appreciate this cake. Red velvet. Cream cheese. Sweetened condensed milk. All the best things life has to offer wrapped up in one cake is the only way I can put it.

YIELD: 16-20 PREP TIME: 15 minutes

COOKING TIME: 23-27 TOTAL TIME: 38 minutes


  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract


  1. Start by greasing a 9×13 cake pan and preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Next cream together the butter and sugar, for about 3 minutes. Once combined add in eggs and mix until well incorporated.
  3. In another bowl, combine cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and red food coloring until a thick paste is formed. Add this cocoa-color mixture to the butter-sugar mixture and mix until combined.
  4. Slowly add buttermilk and flour to this mixture. Starting with half buttermilk and then half flour– until all buttermilk and flour are used.
  5. To finish the cake batter, add salt, baking soda, and vinegar. Mix for about 2 minutes or until well-combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for about 23-27 minutes or until center comes out clean.
  7. Once cake is baked immediately poke holes into the cake with a fork. Then slowly evenly pour the can of condensed milk. Use a spoon to even distribute the condensed milk into the holes.
  8. Allow the cake to cool and then make the frosting by whipping together butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar until incorporated and then add vanilla.
  9. Spread frosting over cooled cake and decorate as desired. Store in a container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Red Velvet Lava Cakes 

Hi, friends!

I am currently in the middle of my last high school spring break! Ahhh, time is flying so fast. When I was younger I always dreamed of going to college and furthering my education, but I never thought the time would really come. Now I am just a couple of months away– I just have to survive AP tests. 😉

I decided the best way to celebrate the occasion with Red Velvet Lava Cakes. These cakes are so cute! The red velvet color with the cream cheese lava center is different from any dessert I’ve ever made, which definitely isn’t a bad thing.

Also I finally decided to invest in a real camera! I am still getting the hang of all the different settings and buttons that come with a fancy camera, so please bear with my photography skills. 😉 Stay tuned for a more in-depth post regarding the camera and the things I weighed when looking at different types (P.S. I am the queen of pros-and-cons lists).

YIELD: 12 PREP TIME: 40 minutes



  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 10 Oreo cookies
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease muffin tin
  2. Separate Oreo cookie cream and cookie components in separate bowls
  3. Cream together Oreo cookie cream and cream cheese
  4. Once the cookie cream cheese mixture has combined place table spoons of the mixture on a greased parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes (make 12)
  5. While the mixture freezes combine all the dry ingredients and mix together
  6. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients until a batter forms
  7. Scoop the red velvet mixture evenly into the muffin tin (make 12)
  8. Push the frozen cookie cream cheese mixture into the red velvet mixture (covering the cookie cream cheese mixture after each placement)
  9. Place the remaining cookie tops on the red velvet batter
  10. Bake for 12 minutes (to remain lava cake consistency strictly follow this time)
  11. Once baked flip out of pan, dust powdered sugar, and enjoy


  • Step 8: make sure to cover the frozen cookie cream cheese mixture with the batter in the batter– when baking you do not want to the cookie cream mixture exposed
  • These can also be frozen if you do not want all of them! Just place in an air tight bag and reheat for 10-15 second when desired
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