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This Rolo poke cake is built on a chocolate cake that is filled with yummy caramel and topped with fluffy whipped frosting. Add some pieces of Rolo candies and a drizzle of fudge for an extra special dessert.

Slice of rolo poke cake with caramel, whipped frosting and candy bits, ready to eat.

This cake is a chocolate lover’s dream come true. Moist chocolate cake gets even more decadent with caramel or dulce de leche seeping in. 

A fluffy frosting provides a nice buffer between that and chopped Rolo candies and a drizzle of fudge.  It all comes together as a bit of heaven in every bite!

Spatula lifting piece of Rolo poke cake out of the pan showing chocolate cake, dulce de leche, ermine frosting, hot fudge, and pieces of Rolo candies.

It all comes together to make an extra special treat. If you love chocolate and caramel, this is the one for you.

Options for Making the Cake

The first several times I made this cake, I did the whole thing from scratch. Each of the parts is pretty easy to make, but they all take some time.

So when you add it all up, there are several hours of prep work to do it all from scratch. It is totally worth it if you have the time.

9x13-inch pan of chocolate cake by a can of dulce de leche, some Rolo candies, and a wooden spoon.

The cake – You can use your favorite 9×13-inch chocolate cake recipe. I love using the crazy chocolate cake recipe because it is super simple to make and doesn’t require softened butter or even eggs.

Even though that cake is quick and easy, grabbing a cake mix sometimes feels easier. There is no shame in whatever route you decide to go.

Poking holes in chocolate cake with the handle of a wooden spoon.

Dulce de Leche – dulce de leche is a milk based caramel. It is a perfect way to use up some milk that is getting close to its expiration date or just make some to use as an ice cream topper.

You just need milk, sugar, and some vanilla to make homemade dulce de leche. It isn’t hard to make, but does take some time and patience.

If you want to go semi-homemade, cook a can of sweetened condensed milk in boiling water. Or just pick up a can of dulce de leche and thin it out with a little bit of milk.

Pouring bowl of warm dulce de leche thinned with a little bit of milk over chocolate cake with holes in it.

The frosting – when I think poke cake, I think fluffy frosting. I like using ermine frosting, but really a fudge frosting would be great too.

You can use whipped topping if you prefer. Or, make a frosting from whipped topping and pudding mix for something a little richer in flavor.

Pile of ermine frosting on top of caramel coated chocolate cake, ready to be spread out.

The fudge sauce – of course you can pick up a jar of hot fudge from the store, but it is easy to make at home. You won’t need a whole batch of homemade hot fudge sauce, but that shouldn’t keep you from making it.

Keep the rest as an ice cream topping. Or drizzle more over the cake when you serve it as a garnish.

Either way, it keeps well in a jar in the refrigerator. Just warm it up when you want some.

Rolo poke cake topped with fluffy white frosting, bits of Rolos, and a drizzle of hot fudge sauce.

No matter which option you choose to go with, you know this cake is going to be good. So go ahead and make one to confirm that fact!

For another decadent poke cake, check out the recipe for Oreo cheesecake poke cake. It is chocolaty and delicious.

Slice of chocolate cake with caramel sauce coating topped with fluffy vanilla icing, hot fudge sauce, and bits of Rolo candies.
Piece of Rolo poke cake with chocolate cake filled with tunnels of dulce de leche topped with ermine frosting, candy bits, and fudge sauce.

Rolo Poke Cake

Servings: 16 Servings
Author: Carlee
This cake is a chocolate lover’s dream come true. Moist chocolate cake gets even more decadent with caramel or dulce de leche seeping in. A fluffy frosting provides a nice buffer between that and chopped Rolo candies and a drizzle of fudge. It all comes together as a bit of heaven in every bite!
5 from 7 ratings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes


Whipped cream frosting (may sub a tub of whipped topping)

  • 5 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened (must be real butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Hot fudge sauce

  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup butter

Remaining Ingredients

  • 12 rolos quartered
  • 1 9×13-inch chocolate cake
  • 14 ounces dulce de leche
  • 3 Tablespoons milk


Chocolate Cake

  • Make your favorite chocolate cake recipe or use a mix. Bake according to directions.
    1 9×13-inch chocolate cake
  • When the cake is almost done baking, put dulce de leche in a microwave safe bowl. Add milk and microwave in 30 second bursts until the caramel is warm and the milk is incorporated. It should be thick, but pourable.
    14 ounces dulce de leche, 3 Tablespoons milk
  • While cake is still warm, poke with the round end of a wooden spoon to create holes across the top of the cake.
  • Drizzle the warm dulce de leche over the warm cake. Use a spatula to spread it over the cake, allowing most of it to fall into the holes you poked in the cake.
  • Cool completely before frosting.

Ermine Frosting

  • In a small saucepan, whisk together flour and sugar.
    5 Tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Add the cold milk a few tablespoons at a time to start, whisking in between to avoid lumps. Once you have a paste, stir in the remaining milk. Make sure there are no lumps, then turn on the burner to medium heat. Continue to whisk and cook until the mixture thickens to a paste consistency. Allow to cool to room temperature or place in the refrigerator to chill.
    1 cup whole milk
  • Once paste is room temperature, add butter and vanilla to mixer bowl. Turn on low and stir until incorporated. Add flour/milk paste and whip on high for about 10 minutes. You want to make sure the frosting has plenty of time to get nice and fluffy.
    1 cup butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Hot Fudge

  • Whisk together sugar and cocoa in a medium saucepan to make sure there aren’t any lumps.
    2 Tablespoons cocoa powder, ½ cup granulated sugar
  • Add milk and butter. Cook over medium-low heat until it comes to a hard boil.
    ¼ cup whole milk, ¼ cup butter
  • Boil for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool some before drizzling.

To Assemble

  • Spread frosting over cooled cake.
  • Sprinkle chopped Rolos over the cake and drizzle with fudge sauce.
    12 rolos quartered
  • Serve small pieces with a scoop of ice cream and additional hot fudge sauce!


You can use Cool Whip or your favorite frosting in place of the ermine frosting. 
Feel free to use a jar hot fudge sauce if you don’t want to make your own. 


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 489kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 5gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 450mgFiber: 1gSugar: 44g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Friday 3rd of May 2024

Super easy and I love poke cakes, they work so well. Adding rolos will give such a nice touch.


Friday 3rd of May 2024

That is a great idea!


Monday 22nd of April 2024

Poke cakes are some of my favorite cakes and this is one of the best kinds of poke cakes!


Monday 22nd of April 2024

Aren't poke cakes tasty?


Tuesday 12th of February 2019

You should definitely make it for them!


Friday 1st of February 2019

Oh my that looks amazing!! Pinned.


Tuesday 12th of February 2019

Thank you!

Shirleen Holmes

Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

Does the capital T in some ingredients stand for tablespoon?? THANKS Shirleen Holmes


Friday 26th of January 2018

Yes, it does. T for Tablespoon and tsp for teaspoon. I hope that helps!