Strawberry Poke Cake

  Strawberry Poke Cake an easy and delicious cake that people will think you slaved for hours over.

strawberry poke cake

I love Strawberries, don’t you? I’m always on the search for a fantastic strawberry dessert and this one fits the bill.

This year while planning our family Easter dinner I decided I needed to include a strawberry dessert (last year I made this.) Strawberries + Easter = a happy family. Both my husband and brother-in-law are huge strawberry lovers. I knew this would be a hit.

You can’t go wrong with this cake for family gatherings. Everyone will think you slaved over this dessert when in reality you just spent a few minutes whipping it together.

Boxed cake mixes and I have a love affair. They never let me down. I tried a from-scratch yellow cake one time and it was super dry. I haven’t tried it again. I really need to, but for special occasions I always turn to the trusty old boxed cake mix.

The strawberry gelatin helps to take this cake to another flavor level. It’s so tasty and moist. I can’t wait to try this with other gelatin flavors. To make the frosting, I take a thawed 8 oz container of Cool Whip and add 2 teaspoons of vanilla bean paste and mix. Perfect every time!



Strawberry Poke Cake
  • 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 2 tsp. vanilla bean pasted
  • 1 container of Strawberries, washed and thinly sliced
  1. Preheat oven to the temperature specified on the box.
  2. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  3. Prepare cake batter per box instructions. Pour into pan and bake according to the box.
  4. Cool cake for 15 minutes.
  5. Pierce the cake with a skewer or with a large fork. I poked a bunch of holes in ½-inch intervals.
  6. Prepare your gelatin by bring a cup of water to boil. Add the gelatin and mix for 2 minutes. The gelatin should be completely dissolved.
  7. Add the ½ cup cold water and stir.
  8. Pour the gelatin mixture over the cake.
  9. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
  10. Frost the cake, add sliced strawberries and chill until serving.
  11. Frosting -
  12. Take the 8 oz container of Cool Whip and add the 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste. Mix well.



Adapted from Kraft






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  1. Hi Julie – I’ve always loved these poke cakes. They are not only yummy but they are so pretty! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty. So glad to have the opportunity to connect with other bloggers who share a passion for home and family. See you next week at the party! Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

  2. I had only come to learn about Poke Cake about two years ago when a client was talking about how much she loves it. I had no idea of the popularity.

  3. I wish I could have a piece of your cake right now. It looks so delicious! I have never made a poke cake, I pinned your recipe to give a try. #HomeMattersParty

  4. I used to make poke cakes all the time! I recently found a naturally colored jello and since my kids are allergic to artificial food coloring, I can finally make these again! #HomeMattersParty

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