Strawberry Poke Cake

Berry season is upon us, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a Strawberry Poke Cake. Desserts are, in my opinion, the best way to celebrate a new season! I mean, truth be told, I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t love a good cake.

Strawberry Poke Cake has been a warm weather staple for my family for a long time. Especially since all of us really enjoyed fruit, putting fruit in a cake was even better. As you can probably imagine, it didn’t last long with 5 people!

When my mom was 13, this was the first cake she ever made and took to a family gathering. Everybody liked it so much and she was so proud of herself for it! Ever since then, we’ve been making and enjoying it since.

This recipe will absolutely be a crowd and tastebud pleaser. Get ready for warmer weather and berry season with this delicious Strawberry Poke Cake. If you make it, just be warned that it might become a family favorite.

The last year, we’ve had a ton of rain here in Tennessee and other places. So, I am totally looking forward to all the warmer days and sunshine that’s to come. One of my favorite things to do on warmer days, is to have a gathering with family and friends. And usually, there is never any shortage of fabulous desserts!

Every time I host a party or attend one, I end up saving room for more dessert than any other food item because I am so indecisive and want to try #allthethings when it comes to dessert. Strawberry Poke Cake, when made, is always a huge it at our house. I truly look forward to the warmer months and making this sweet staple.

So, let’s get cookin’ shall we? This recipe is stress free and super easy. Let me know if you make it and what your people thought!

Strawberry Poke Cake

A sweet warm weather staple for dessert!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 people
Author Hannah Hay


  • 1 Butter Cake Mix of choice
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup Butter, softened
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Box Strawberry flavored Jello
  • 1 Carton Fresh Strawberries, halved
  • 1 Carton Cool Whip


For the Cake

  1. Heat oven to 350 if using a metal or glass pan, 325 if using a dark nonstick pan. 

  2. Grease the bottom of a 9×13 pan, or bottom and sides of other pans if not using a 9×13. 

  3. Mix cake mix, water, butter and eggs in a large bowl for 2 minutes by hand or mixer on medium speed. 

  4. Bake as directed for the time listed on the box. 

For the Filling + Topping

  1. In a medium bowl, pour boiling water on Jello and stir until the Jello is dissolved.

  2. Poke holes into the top of the cake with a fork or the end of a wooden spoon halfway into the cake.

  3. Carefully pour strawberry Jello evenly over the top of cake. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

  4. Once cooled, slice strawberries in halves and cover the top of the cake with them.

  5. Spread Cool Whip over top of cake, then garnish with more strawberry slices.

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