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Strawberry Poke Cake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling

Makes

12 servings

That classic spring treat—strawberry shortcake—takes on a wonderful new twist with this strawberry poke cake 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
Strawberry Poke Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. 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 2 greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25-35 minutes. 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 2 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 1 pan into warm water for 10 seconds. Invert cake onto a serving platter. Top with chilled 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.

Strawberry Poke Cake Tips

Can you use other kinds of cake mix to make strawberry poke cake?

We used Pillsbury white cake mix for this recipe, but you can also use other white cake mixes if you'd like. (Here are some of our favorite white cake mix brands.)

How do you store strawberry poke cake?

Store this strawberry dessert in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 to 3 days.

How can you make strawberry poke cake your own?

Instead of whipped topping, try topping this poke cake recipe with cream cheese frosting, strawberry sauce or crushed pretzels for some bite.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

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

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