Samoas Poke Cake & FOOD FIGHT: Cake vs. Cheesecake

It’s the 1st of the month and you know what that means! FOOD FIGHT!!

Today, the fight is between Cakes and Cheesecakes!

I am also bringing something to the fight…Samoas Poke Cake! Oh yes, you heard me right. I made it today and it is To Die For!!

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We have such a wonderful food fight today. Who doesn’t live cakes and cheesecakes? Of course everyone does!

Before we move on to the fight, I want to share this AMAZING Samoa Poke Cake. Every year, when girl scouts start selling their cookies, I have to get a few boxes of Samoas for hubby. He likes them a little too much. If left unattended, he will eat an entire box. We will be lucky if he will stop at one box.

While I was baking this cake, he was hovering over me asking if it was ready yet. Seriously, it was not cool because I have a teeny tiny kitchen. I had to lock both of them out while taking the pictures and when I opened the door they were standing there with plates! It was worth the wait though, the cake is unbelievable!

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Samoas Poke Cake


  • 1 box of Yellow Cake mix (Plus ingredients required)
  • 13.4 oz of Dulche De Leche
  • 4 tbs heavy cream
  • 7-8 oz of coconut flakes
  • 3-4 tbs hot fudge


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease an 11x9 cake pan
  2. Mix and bake the cake according to directions.
  3. Once the cake is cooked, cool it for about 10 minutes and poke holes all over the cake.
  4. In a small sauce pot, combine Dulche De Leche and heavy cream. Set the temperature on medium, cook whisking constantly until heated through. Take off heat. Separate in two portions.
  5. Mix the first half of the Dulche De Leche mixture with coconut.
  6. Pour the other half over the cake. Spread it slowly and evenly, pressing gently.
  7. Spread the coconut mixture over the cake. Cool completely.
  8. Drizzle with a hot fudge.
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Ok, ok….On To The Food Fight!!

In  the LEFT corner, we have CAKES…

In the RIGHT corner, we have CHEESECAKES…

There were so many delicious recipes linked to the submission party, it was very hard to choose. I barely managed to narrow it down to 50. They will battle and then, you will VOTE! Leave a comment and tell me who do you think is the winner here. The winning team will be shared everywhere I can, for weeks (it will take that long to feature them all)!

The FOOD FIGHT happens right here, every month! I will post the schedule for the upcoming battles (in the side bar) and you can SUBMIT a recipe that you think will help the future team WIN at the party!  June’s battle will be … wait for it…

Fruit Pops vs Ice Cream!


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Avia Cakes 28323-1           Rolocheesecake-7660

Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Mousse Heart         |         Rolo Brownie Cheescake

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Watermelon Flavored Cake                   |                Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

Oreo Cookies & Cream Cake 3 final          Peanut_Butter_Cheesecake

Oreo Cookies and Cream Cake         |           Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Peanut-Butter-Explosion-Cake-1            Halloween-Candy-Bar-Cheesecake-1-1024x685

Peanut Butter Explosion Cake         |          Halloween Candy Cheesecake

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Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Frosting                 |             To Die For Cheesecake

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Zebra Cake with Salted Meringue               |                      Pumpkin Cheesecake

Chocolate Raisins Cake        Almond-Joy-Cheesecake-dessert-3ed

Chocolate Raising Cake                                                       |    Almond Joy Cheesecake

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Almond Orange Cake                                |             Cheesecake With Chocolate Mousse

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                          Blackberry Daiquiri Cake                      |            Peanut Butter Cheesecake

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                        No Bake Snickers Cake           |   Vegan Pistachio Chocolate Cheesecake

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            Chocolate Chip Banana Cake      |     Creme Brulee Layered Cheesecake

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                 Rainbow Heart Cake              |        White Chocolate Cheesecake

Samoas-Poke-Cake 2            Banana Split Cheesecake 1

     Samoas Cake (recipe above)        |      Banana Split Cheesecake

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                        Carrot Cake                               |    Nutella Oreo Cheesecake Deep Dish Cookie Pie

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Strawberries and Cream Cake      |       No Bake Individual Cheesecake

DSCN3161     Lime-Mousse-Cheesecake-BarnsandNoodles-4

Chocolate Mud Cake                          |           Lemon Mousse Cheesecake

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Strawberry Crumble Cake           |        Strawberry Cheesecake

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Zebra Cake           |         Mocha Oreo Cheesecake

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Jell-O Poke Cake                          |         Cake Batter Cheesecake

kitkat cake2        Chocolate Cheesecake Triple

Triple Chocolate KitKat Cake          |      Triple Treat Chocolate Cheesecake

IMG_0887          brownie cheesecake

Chocolate Root Beer Bunt Cake     |     Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

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Chocolate Beet Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting     |    Nutella Oreo Cheesecake Cookie Pie

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Glazed Blueberry Lemon Cake         |    Carrot Cake Swirl Cheesecake 

DSC03162      oreo cheesecake 2

   Banana Chocolate Chip Cake        |     Oreo Cheesecake

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Fresh Strawberry Cream Torte         |      Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake


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  1. Those are my fav Girl Scout cookies also…so I know I would love this new cake. Looks so good. Great photos.

  2. This poke cake looks amazing! I love for cakes to win vs. cheesecake, but honestly,I love them both!

  3. What a treat for the eyes! I am voting for the cheesecakes! :)

  4. Oh, gracious. How can I choose????? It’s almost too close to call … but I’m going with CHEESECAKE! {But that Samoas Poke Cake looks absolutely to-die-for, Lyuba}.
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

  5. Marysue says:

    Oh, my goodness gracious! That will be on my table befor the weekend is out!
    VOTE: Cakes, by a mile!!

  6. Oh my… I am in love with the samoa poke cake. On my weekend “to bake” list. :)


  7. OMG, Lyuba! I need to move next door to you!

  8. Oh good heavens that looks amazing!!! Printing it off now.

  9. Yum! I love Samoas…but there are so many choices!
    My vote is for cheesecake! I will almost always choose it over cake.

    Where should I send the links for next month’s battle? I have a yummy icecream that I’d love to send your way!

  10. Rattlebridge Farm -- Foodie Friday says:

    Well, that settles it. I’m stopping this horrid salad diet, and I’m going to have fun in the kitchen. Your poke cake looks like a 5th Avenue dessert. Yum!

    There are soooooooo many delicious cakes here, I feel like Alice in Wonderland :)

    The Samoas Poke Cake is really to die-for. I’m waiting for the recipe:)
    I’m keeping this post as I have to check several of these fantastic cakes

    Thanks(!!) for including a few of my cakes here :)

  12. I think I just added 15 lbs. to my hips just from reading the recipe. This sounds so freakin’ fabulous! Thanks so much for linking up to Shine on Friday!

  13. Wow….just…yowza. I pinned this for sure! My taste buds thank you while my thighs are cursing your name.

  14. Oh Wow! Awesome post!

    I would love for you to link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!


  15. Mmmmmm love samoas & this looks yummy! :) Followed you from the Live Laugh Rowe link party. Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here’s the link:

  16. a cake vs. cheesecake fight? please put me in the middle of the ring for this one. :)

  17. cake! cake! cake! Thanks for featuring mine, Lyuba!

  18. OH. MY. SAMOAS. This like looks DELICIOUS! Pin’n and makin asap! Thank you for sharing at the Should be Mopping the Floor party =)

  19. I am positively drooling over that Samoa cake!!!

  20. That look positively delicious!

  21. I LOVE YOU!! Oh my goodness – that Samoas Poke Cake is TO.DIE.FOR! Hands down – no doubt about it! What an amazing creation. Thanks SO much for sharing at Weekend Potluck, and for linking back too. MMMMM-Marvelous!

  22. Oh man!!! I felt better knowing that samos were only around during girl scout cookie season… this is not good! But… oh it does look so good. Temptation! :) Great post Lyuba!

  23. Oh wow! This looks incredible! Pinning now!

  24. Thank you so much for including me! I’m team cheesecake :)

  25. Delicious! Pinned it. Thanks!

  26. I’m gaining weight just looking at these! I’m hosting a new linky party at

    I would love to have you!

  27. Wow tough question bc I am crazy over cheesecake but samoas are also my favorite cookie in the world! This looks amazing! Just one question that may be silly but what is the Dulche De Leche and what aisle would I find it in? Is it a type of condensed milk?

    • Sorry it took me so long to reply, you can fing Dulche De Leche right next to condensed milk. It has a caramel color to it but it does not taste quite like caramel. All it is, is cooked condensed milk.

  28. cheese cake for sure but they all look amazing!!

  29. Hi Lyuba! Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring your cake today at Weekend Potluck. Thank you so much for linking this fantastic recipe with us last week! Hope you have a great weekend!

  30. This cake looks incredible Lyuba! Pinned and shared on Facebook :)

  31. This cake looks so delicious–I thought I’d gotten everything to make it, but now I read the pan size. I have 13×9 or 9×9, or Bundt, or angel food . . . any advice on which would go better in lieu of an 11×9 pan?


    • Hi, Kristen! Go ahead and use 13×9, it will just be a little thinner. Also remember to adjust your baking time!

  32. When I saw your first photo, I kept trying to reach out and take a bite. Beautiful photos and the cake looks amazingly delicious!

  33. Where can i get/find Dulce De Leche? Would love to make the Samoas Cake!

    • Ann, I get it in the baking isle, it should be around the same area as condensed milk and evaporated milk. (It’s in a small can)

  34. Betty819 says:

    March is usually the time the GS troops get out and sell their cookies but I haven’t seen any. Maybe at another location. Will look or call the GS headquarters tomorrow. Wonder if you can order them online? I was cookie chairperson when my daughter was in GS and I remember having $1600 worth of cash under my bed till I could get it to the bank the next day. I don’t remember sleeping much that night. Our neighborhood was safe but that was a lot of money back then to have in your house. She’s going on 45 years old now. Wonder if she remembers that time frame? She went as Jr Girl Scout and dropped out because the GS leader had 2 bratty daughters that had to be ADHD and disrupted every meeting, mostly arguing with their Mother. Not only did my daughter drop out because of the disruption to the meetings but so did several other girls. The GS leader was a divorcee and I have a feeling she and the Ex didn’t keep things calm in front of the daughters. The Mother was probably doing the best she could in her situation at that time.


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