Strawberry Jello Poke Cake

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Strawberry Jello Poke Cake is a white cake that is drizzled with strawberry jello, topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. The quintessential summer or potluck dessert. 

I am a sucker for a good dessert! If you have a sweet tooth I have a few more ideas that might be a tasty fit. Homemade blueberry cobbler, Slow cooker Dr. Pepper Cherry cake, or this chocolate mayonnaise cake


Strawberry Jello Cake

I love how moist and refreshing jello cakes are. The layer of whipped cream on top brings this cake together! 


How to Make

Step 1: Start by making your white cake as directed on the back of the box. And bake accordingly as well. 


Step 2: Once the cake is cooked, place on a cooling rack to cool. Use the back end of a wooden spoon to poke holes over the cake. This is where the jello will seep in. 


Step 3: Heat up the water on the stove and mix in your Jello packet and mix until dissolved. Then stir in cold water. 


You will then pour this mixture all over the cake to soak into the cake. Place cake in the fridge to fully cool. 


Step 4: When your cake is fully cooled you will remove from fridge and spread on your whipped cream and fresh strawberries. 


Slice and serve a delicious poke cake! The full directions are in the printable recipe card below. 


Does Poke Cake Need To Be Refrigerated 

Poke cake does need to be refrigerated. The reason being is the fruit and whipped topping will spoil if left out at room temperature. 


Make sure the cake is covered with a lid or aluminum foil or plastic wrap. 


This poke cake is served cold. The Jello mixture gives it a super moist texture that is bursting with flavor. 


When to Serve A Poke Cake

Serve a poke cake for any and every occasion. Summer cookouts, birthday party, or even a weeknight dessert! 

You will love how easy and delicious poke cakes are. 

Can I Change Out Flavor of Jello

Don’t want to use strawberry jello? Go ahead and swap it out for a different flavor. You can even swap the fresh fruit out if you want to match the flavor of jello. 

I have make a raspberry poke cake which I used raspberry jello and raspberries in replace of strawberries. 

Feel free to get creative and make a dessert that fits your liking! 


Do I Have to Use White Cake Mix

Feel free to use a different flavor of box cake mix. If you don’t have or want to use white, reach for yellow, chocolate or any other favor you think will be good. 


I love white but this recipe is versatile. You will just bake the cake according to the directions on the back of the box. 


Can I Make This Cake In Advance

Go right ahead and make this cake in advance if you need. The farthest I would go is overnight. You don’t want the whipped cream or fruit to break down too much. 


Or you can make the cake and pour jello mix over cake and cover and store in the fridge. Then right before serving frost with whipped cream and berries. 

strawberry poke cake

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake is a white cake that is drizzled with strawberry jello, topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. The quintessential summer or potluck dessert.


  • 1 Vanilla cake mix
  • 1 16 oz tub of cool whip
  • 1 pint sliced strawberries
  • 1 box strawberry Jello


  1. Prepare the cake according to the directions.
  2. In a small saucepan bring one cup of water to boil add packet of strawberry jello.
  3. Continue cooking until dissolved about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Stir in one cup of cold water.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Poke holes in your cake.
  7. Pour jello mixture over the cake.
  8. Place in the fridge and let cool completely about 1-2 hours.
  9. Remove and top with cool whip and sliced strawberries.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 336mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 2g

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  1. What happens to jello if I continue to boil the mixure after Jello has been dissolve in boiling water. Does it effect set up..

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