Jello Poke Cake

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  • A super moist jello poke cake topped with whipped cream and fresh berries. Takes only 5 ingredients to make and can be used with any flavor or gelatin!

    There’s something about chilled cakes in the summer time that can’t be beat. They’re refreshing, delicious and make the perfect treat. This jello poke cake recipe is a favorite, as well as strawberry icebox cake, better than anything cake, Oreo ice cream cake and tres leches cake.

    strawberry poke cake on a white plate

    Strawberry jello cake

    Jello cakes have been around for years! I remember my grandma making them when I was a little girl and I always loved poking the cake before she poured the jello in. It’s a super easy cake recipe and is perfect for when you need a last minute dessert.

    The best thing about this jello poke cake recipe is that it can be made using your favorite flavor of jello. My personal favorite to use is strawberry. It’s always a hit with my family, especially topped with fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream.

    How to make jello poke cake

    Bake the cake, then poke holes. To get started, mix the cake batter and bake the cake according to package directions. Remove from oven and let cool slightly, then poke holes all over the top with a meat fork or butter knife (photo 3).

    Mix jello together and pour over cake. Next mix together jello with hot water (photo 1). Stir until completely dissolved, about 2 minutes. Then add cold water and stir for 1 minute (photo 2). Pour jello mixture evenly over the cake (photo 4), then chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

    jello poke cake step by step

    Add whipped topping. Once the jello cake has cooled completely, spread the whipped cream on top with a spatula. I like to make my own homemade whipped cream, but cool whip works too.

    spreading whipped cream on strawberry jello cake with a spatula

    Chill, top and serve! Cover and store in the fridge until read to serve. Top with fresh berries or sprinkles just before serving.

    jello poke cake with whipped cream and strawberries

    Jello cake variations

    The beauty of this jello cake recipe is that it will work with any flavor of jello! My personal favorite to use is strawberry, but any flavor would taste amazing. Below are a few delicious variation ideas:

    • Strawberry jello cake: White cake mix, strawberry jello and whipped cream with fresh berries on top
    • Cherry jello cake: White cake mix, cherry jello and whipped cream with cherry pie filling on top
    • Lemon jello cake: Lemon cake mix, lemon jello and whipped cream with lemon zest on top
    • Lime jello cake: White cake mix, lime jello and whipped cream with lime zest on top
    • Raspberry jello cake: White cake mix, raspberry jello and whipped cream with fresh raspberries on top
    • Orange jello cake: White cake mix, orange jello and whipped cream with mandarin oranges and orange zest on top

    4th of July poke cake

    This poke cake can easily be decorated with fresh berries to look like an American flag cake. Here’s how to make it. It will definitely be a hit at your next 4th of July BBQ!

    1. Spread the whipped cream on top of the cooled cake.
    2. Place about 1/2 cup fresh blueberries in the top left corner of the cake.
    3. Remove the stems of 15 fresh strawberries. Then Slice vertically. Create 3-4 rows of strawberry slices, starting at the top and working your way down.

    jello poke cake topped with berries in the shape of an American flag

    Storage tips

    Does jello cake need to be refrigerated? Yes, this strawberry jello cake is served cold. It needs to be chilled for at least an hour before serving to allow the jello to soak into the cake. Make sure to cover and keep refrigerated until serving.

    Can you make jello poke cake recipe ahead of time? Absolutely. This jello cake recipe is the perfect make-ahead dessert. You could easily make it the day before and let it chill in the fridge overnight.

    Can you freeze jello poke cake? Sure. I’d recommend freezing the cake without the whipped topping. Simply wrap cake with plastic wrap, then place in a freezer bag or container. Store in freezer for up to 1 month. When ready to enjoy, thaw and top with whipped cream or cool whip.

    More easy cakes for a crowd:

    jello poke cake with whipped cream and strawberries

    Jello Poke Cake Recipe

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: jello poke cake, jello poke cake recipe, poke cake with jello, strawberry poke cake
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Chill time:: 1 hour
    Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
    Servings: 20
    Calories: 111
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    A super moist jello poke cake topped with whipped cream and fresh berries. Takes only 5 ingredients to make and can be used with any flavor or gelatin!

    Ingredients

    • 15 ounce box super moist french vanilla cake mix , plus ingredients on box
    • 3 ounce box jello , I used strawberry (any flavor will work)
    • 1 cup hot water
    • 3/4 cup cold water
    • 2-3 cups homemade whipped cream , or cool whip

    Fresh berries for topping

      Instructions

      • Mix the cake batter according to package directions. Bake the cake according to the package directions. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Then poke holes all over the top with a meat fork or butter knife.
      • Next mix together the jello with the hot water. Stir for 2 minutes, or until completely dissolved. Then stir in the cold water for 1 minute. Pour evenly over cake. Then refrigerate for at least one hour.
      • Once the cake is completely cooled, spread the whipped cream over top.
      • Store in the refrigerator, until serving. Top with fresh berries just before serving.

      Notes

      • You can use any flavor of jello for this recipe. Some of our favorites are strawberry, raspberry, blue raspberry and orange. 
      • This jello cake is the perfect make-ahead dessert. Feel free to make it the day before and let it chill in the fridge overnight.
      • To freeze: I'd recommend freezing the cake without the whipped topping. Simply wrap with plastic wrap then place in a freezer bag or container. Store in freezer for up to 1 month. Then when ready to enjoy, thaw and top with whipped cream or cool whip.
       
      To make 4th of July jello poke cake:
       
      1. Spread the whipped cream on top of the cooled cake.
      2. Place about 1/2 cup fresh blueberries in the top left corner of the cake.
      3. Remove the stems of 15 fresh strawberries. Then Slice vertically. Create 3-4 rows of strawberry slices, starting at the top and working your way down.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1slice | Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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