Strawberry Poke Cake Recipe
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Strawberry Poke Cake Recipe

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That classic spring treat—strawberry shortcake—takes on a wonderful new twist with this recipe. Strawberry gelatin and strawberries liven up each pretty slice of this lovely layered cake that's made from a convenient boxed mix. —Mary Jo Griggs, West Bend, Wisconsin
Featured In: 21 Easter Cake Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • Fresh strawberries, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 376 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 301mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, eggs and oil; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Using a serrated knife, level tops of cakes if necessary. Return layers, top side up, to two clean 9-in. round baking pans. Pierce cakes with a meat fork or wooden skewer at 1/2-in. intervals.
  4. Drain juice from strawberries into a 2-cup measuring cup; refrigerate berries. Add water to juice to measure 2 cups; pour into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Chill for 30 minutes. Gently spoon over each cake layer. Chill for 2-3 hours.
  5. Dip bottom of one pan in warm water for 10 seconds. Invert cake onto a serving platter. Top with reserved strawberries and 1 cup whipped topping. Place second cake layer over topping.
  6. Frost cake with remaining whipped topping. Chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with fresh berries if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: This cake was tested with Pillsbury white cake mix.
Originally published as Strawberry Poke Cake in Taste of Home April/May 2002, p27

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Kdorfman User ID: 7269420 261256
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2017

"not my favorite. too much work involved."

dig1 User ID: 6907234 260932
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2017

"I love this recipe."

cindiak User ID: 221828 249226
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2016

"I love making poke cakes. This version is one of my favorites, tastes just like strawberry shortcake. I also make a version using lemon cake mix and raspberry jello."

Bristoltn63 User ID: 8825408 246940
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"Absolutely the most interesting recipe I've found in a long time! This recipe it not only going to be one I keep, adding it too my favorites list"

DavidG615 User ID: 8210981 246835
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2016

"Made so many times. I used it in the restaurant so many times and it's the first thing to go so good!!!"

maebaby User ID: 2195390 246387
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2016

"This was so surprising, it was light and not too sweet. I used fresh strawberries, after blending and crushing the strawberries, I added stevia to sweeten and refrigerated them over night, I also used sugar free jello and cool whip. It worked beautiful! Great recipe!"

Mdickins User ID: 8819077 246137
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"Made this cake today for Easter dessert and it was a big hit. A delicious, moist, professional looking cake. Would def make again. The only changes: mistakenly bought whole unsweetened frozen strawberries but added my own sugar and water to make juice and made fresh whipped cream for the icing. This cake is a keeper!"

papa2evan User ID: 6413638 235712
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"I take a cup of milk, & a pkg. of cheese cake flavored pudding mix, beat for a couple of minutes & fold into cool whip. Gives it a strawberry cheesecake flavor."

millsmagaw User ID: 8417887 228852
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2015

"I have made this recipe for years. It's one of my most requested cakes. I add 1 package of vanilla pudding with 1 cup of milk to the cool whip. Gently fold together. I'm always coming home with an empty plate."

grannysue4 User ID: 7455994 222690
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"I have made this cake several times for our family Easter dinner and for serving at church and everyone loved it. It is so light and flavorful that it just melts in your mouth. I have always used a 9x13 pan and cut the cake in half and slid a foil lined piece of cardboard under the top half to continue with the poke process. Before sliding the top half back into place I take a flat spatula and run it under the cake to make sure it is loose from the foil. It has always worked out great doing it that way."

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