Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake

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4.89 from 26 votes
This Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake is light, refreshing and bursting with fresh strawberry flavor.  It's always a crowd favorite.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total: 45 minutes
Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake

This Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake is light, refreshing and bursting with fresh strawberry flavor.  It’s an easy dessert that’s always a crowd favorite.

Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake with a fresh strawberry on top.

This easy Strawberry Poke Cake makes you dream of warm summer breezes and fun family get togethers. The strawberry flavor of this poke cake is a perfect dessert for any picnic or outing.


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What We Love About This Fresh Strawberry Cake Recipe

  • Easy Cake: It takes on a little time to make this strawberry jello poke cake recipe.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or the fridge.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone will love this moist strawberry cake.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb or lower calorie.
A side view of a slice of cake.

Ingredient Notes for Poke Cake Strawberry

  • Box Cake Mix: Strawberry cake mix or even a white cake mix can be used.
  • Strawberries: Frozen slice strawberries and fresh strawberries.
  • Instant Pudding: A package of vanilla pudding mix.
  • Milk: Low fat milk can be used here.
  • Whipped Topping: the frozen non dairy kind.
Cake mix, strawberries and cake mixes.

Equipment Needed for Fresh Strawberry Cake

How to Make Strawberry Poke Cake Recipe

These are the basic steps for making Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

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Mixing the cake mix.

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat oven to 350 ºF. Then grease and flour a 13×9-inch pan. Next, prepare the cake following the package instructions. Then, place the Cake batter in the pan and bake following the package directions.

STEP 2: POKE

Once the cake has completely cooled. Then poke holes in the cake roughly one inch apart with the end of a wooden spoon or drinking straw.

STEP 3: PUREE FRESH STRAWBERRY SAUCE

Meanwhile, in a food processor, place the thawed strawberries and then puree strawberries until they are smooth. Spoon the pureed strawberry mixture over the make, allowing it to soak into the holes.

Poking holes in the cake.

STEP 4: TOP

Finally, for top of the cake, prepare pudding mix according to package directions using 1 cup milk. Place the cool whip into pudding mixture. Next, fold whipped topping into pudding mixture and spread over cake. Lastly, garnish with fresh strawberries. Refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Baking, icing and decorating the cake.

Prep and Storage Tips for Jello Poke Cakes

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Bake the cake ahead of time and wrap well and keep in the fridge or freeze until ready to assemble.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

This cake should be stored in the fridge. This easy dessert recipes should last up to five days in the refrigerator. Store in an airtight container or covered tightly with plastic wrap use toothpick to hold up the wrap or aluminum foil.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Of course, you can freeze the cake in the baking dish without the fresh strawberries and thaw overnight and then decorate with the fresh fruit.

Frequently Asked Questions about Strawberry Poke Cake Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Try using a sugar free cake mix, fat free or sugar free whipped topping.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE RASPBERRY FOR STRAWBERRIES?

Of course, you can use blueberries, blackberries or a mix of berries,

WHAT IS A POKE CAKE?

A poke cake is a regular cake that you poke holes into after baking and then pour a liquid onto it and into the holes. It can be anything from puree, pudding, jello, syrup or even alcohol. Not only does it visually look appealing, but it also infuses extra flavor and moisture into each bite!

A fork of the Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake.

Expert Tips for Making This Jello Poke Cake Recipe

  • Add Chocolate: Chocolate chips or chocolate drizzle are great for this recipe.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to a use a premade vanilla pudding from the grocery store.
  • Variation tip: Cheese Cake Instant pudding mix can be used in place of the vanilla.
  • Alternate ingredient: Try a yellow cake mix or chocolate cake mix.

What to Serve with Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake

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Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake
4.89 from 26 votes

Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total: 45 minutes
This Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake is light, refreshing and bursting with fresh strawberry flavor.  It’s always a crowd favorite.
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Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 box Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 10 ounces frozen sliced strawberries , thawed

Topping

  • 1 3.4 oz package instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups frozen non-dairy whipped topping
  • Fresh strawberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Grease and flour 13×9-inch pan.
  • For cake, prepare, bake and cool according to package directions.
  • Poke holes 1 inch apart in top of cake using handle from wooden spoon (or a drinking straw).
  • Puree thawed strawberries in blender.
  • Spoon evenly over top of cake allowing mixture to soak into holes.
  • For topping, prepare pudding mix according to package directions using 1 cup milk.
  • Fold whipped topping into pudding mixture.
  • Spread over cake.
  • Garnish with fresh strawberries.
  • Refrigerate at least 4 hours.

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Expert Tips

 
  • Add Chocolate: Chocolate chips or chocolate drizzle are great for this recipe.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to a use a premade vanilla pudding from the grocery store.
  • Variation tip: Cheese Cake Instant pudding mix can be used in place of the vanilla.
  • Alternate ingredient: Try a yellow cake mix or chocolate cake mix.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 81mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, poke cake, strawberry

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20 thoughts on “Fresh Strawberry Poke Cake”

  1. 5 stars
    Love all the step-by-step photos you’re sharing to help someone, like ME, who has never made a poke cake! This looks easy and delicious. Thanks!

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  2. Looks yummy! Can’t wait until strawberry season. I’m always on the lookout for quick potluck ideas
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Reply
  3. Recipe? Recipe??
    This is not making a dessert, this is combining prefabricated items!
    Of 6 ingredients, 4 are readymade products.

    Looked great until I read it’s artifical flavoring and coloring all trough.

    FAIL!

    Reply
  4. Looks like a total piece of crap. I would never make anything that involves ‘whipped topping’ or has as its base two pre-packaged mixes.

    FAIL

    Reply

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