Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake

I’m a huge fan of poke cakes because they’re incredibly moist and tender.

If you’re not familiar, poke cakes are cakes that have holes poked in them after baking and a sweet sauce is poured in which both flavors the cake and keeps it squishy soft. No chance of a dry cake.

Normally the sweet sauces that I’ve used in poke cakes are sweetened condensed milk, caramel sauce, and peanut butter. Strawberry is a first for me and it won’t be the last.

The cake is super moist yet light, airy, and not heavy in the least. It’s refreshing on a warm day because it’s stored in the fridge and served chilled. It’s the kind of cake you’ll want to take a fork right into the cake pan and keep straightening the rows.

The cake is incredibly easy and uses only 4 main ingredients: cake mix, strawberry Jell-O, Cool Whip, and strawberries. Yes, plenty of baking shortcuts which makes this a fast, easy, and foolproof cake that’s perfect for spring and summer parties or potlucks.

If you want to keep this cake more homemade than semi-homemade you can make a double batch of this scratch vanilla cake rather than cake mix. Although you could whip your own cream, it will likely deflate within a day and you’ll have a #cakefail on your hands. I prefer Cool Whip because it’s much more stable and doesn’t deflate.

I love the tie-dyed appearance of the white cake with red Jell-O streaks. I used regular (not sugar-free) Jell-O and can’t speak to the results if you use sugar-free. The strawberries and whipped cream (err…whipped topping) is such a classic and perfect combination.

Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake

This poke cake is tender, moist, and squishy soft. The cake is super moist yet light, airy, and refreshing on a warm day because it’s served chilled. The cake is incredibly easy and uses only 4 main ingredients: cake mix, strawberry Jell-O, Cool Whip, and strawberries. Baking shortcuts make this a fast, easy, and foolproof cake that’s perfect for parties or potlucks. I love the tie-dyed appearance of the white cake with red streaks.


  • one 15.25-ounce box white cake mix (I used Duncan Hines but you can use this scratch recipe), plus ingredients to make the cake (likely 3 egg whites, water, and oil)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • one 3-ounce package strawberry Jell-O
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • one 8-ounce container whipped topping, thawed (I used fat-free)
  • fresh strawberries sliced for garnishing, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×13-inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Make cake according to package directions (likely adding 3 egg whites, water, and oil) and bake as directed.
  3. Remove cake from the oven when it’s done (probably about 23 to 28 minutes) and use a fork to poke holes all over the cake. I didn’t count but I estimate I poked the cake in about 100 places, evenly spaced over the surface; set cake aside.
  4. To a large microwave-safe measuring cup, add 1 cup water and bring to a boil, about 90 seconds on high power.
  5. Add the Jell-O and whisk to combine until Jell-O has fully dissolved.
  6. Add 1/2 cold water and whisk to combine.
  7. Slowly and evenly pour the Jell-O water over the cake, taking your time to evenly distribute it. Cover and place cake in the fridge for about 3 hours.
  8. Remove cake from the fridge, evenly spread the whipped topping over the surface, cover cake, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is even better) before slicing, garnishing with strawberries, and serving. Tip – Don’t add the strawberries until immediately prior to serving because they can get a little mushy if they’re sitting in Cool Whip in the fridge. Cake will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Lightly adapted from Kraft

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