Low-FODMAP Chocolate ‘Poke’ Cake; Gluten-free, Dairy-free

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Here we go, FODMAPPERs!  Another delicious baking shortcut!  This will be the MOISTEST cake you will ever have.  Low-FODMAP, GLUTEN-FREE and amazing!

I have had my eye on ‘poke cakes’ for some time now.  Such a fun way to enjoy a gooey, saucy cake.  They are so easy, but a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Here is my answer to your ‘poke cake’ fantasies using my versatile low-FODMAP Happy Baking Chocolate Cake mix.  I made a low-FODMAP warm chocolate ‘pudding’ to pour over the top that is not too thick, and it sinks into the cake crumb perfectly!

You can serve this poke cake without any frosting, or enjoy it with my low-FODMAP Chocolate Buttercream, low-FODMAP Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream or low-FODMAP Ice Cream.  Or try regular heavy whipped cream if you tolerate dairy!

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Be healthy and happy,

Rachel Pauls, MD

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Although this recipe has not been tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients

Serves: 24

Prep time: 20 min

Bake time: 50-55 min *as ovens vary, yours may need more or less time

Total time: 70 min

Bake temp: 350 F

Equipment: Electric mixer, 9 by 13 inch casserole pan (I used aluminum), chopstick or wooden spoon


For low-FODMAP Sheet Cake:

  • 1 box Happy Baking Low-FODMAP Certified Chocolate Cake mix
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs (this is one additional egg from the box directions)
  • 1 cup low-FODMAP milk (ex: almond milk for dairy-free or lactose-free milk)
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 cup warm brewed coffee or espresso (about 100 degrees F)
  • Vegetable Shortening or Baking spray for pan

For low-FODMAP Chocolate Pudding:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 and 1/4 cups low-FODMAP milk (such as almond milk or lactose-free milk)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or low-FODMAP vegan spread, such as Earth Balance

Optional toppings:


  • Preheat oven to 350˚F. Place oven rack in center of oven
  • Grease or spray your pan and set aside
  • Stir the vinegar or lemon juice into the low-FODMAP milk; set aside
  • In mixer, using flat paddle, beat 3 eggs on medium-low speed until yellow
  • Keeping mixer set to this speed, slowly add milk/vinegar mixture a little bit at a time, and mix until combined
  • Next add the canola oil
  • Switch mixer to low speed and gently add the contents of the mix packet into the mixing bowl. Blend until combined, scraping down bowl as necessary.  Do not overmix
  • Add the warm coffee and stir to combine by hand
  • Bake in oven for 45-55 minutes or until a tester in the center comes out clean
    • As ovens vary, your oven may need more/less time
  • Place cake in pan on a wire rack to cool while making pudding
    • After 10 minutes, poke holes in your cake using a chopstick or end of a wooden spoon
    • Space the holes about every 1/2 inch and make them about 1/4 inch wide

Prepare low-FODMAP Chocolate Pudding:

  • As soon as you remove cake from the oven, make your pudding
  • In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt
  • Mix well
  • Add low-FODMAP milk, stir until combined
  • Turn heat to medium high stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil
  • Allow to boil for 1 minute while stirring, until thickens, then remove from heat and add butter and stir to combine
    • Make sure to not allow the mixture to burn on the bottom of the pan, you may need to turn down your heat depending on your stove
    • If you do get burned bits or clumping, then strain the pudding before use
  • Pour warm chocolate pudding over warm cake
    • The pudding will still be rather thin, that is OK.  It thickens more with chilling
    • It may not all sink in right away, that is normal
  • Gently tap the pan on the counter to get the pudding to seep into the cake and prevent bubbles
  • Allow the cake to come to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight (can last up to 2 days in fridge)
  • Serve as is, dusted with confectioner’s sugar, or top with one of the suggested low-FODMAP toppings above

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