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Strawberry Poke Cake

Bringing back a classic! This yummy strawberry poke cake is easy to make and will remind you of your childhood.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cupcakes, christmas dessert, poke cake, Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies, strawberry poke cake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 28 slices


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 package strawberry Jell-O mix
  • 8 oz Cool Whip whipped topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9x13 inch baking pan with a light coating of cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, water, vegetable oil and eggs. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool, then using the handle of a wooden spoon poke holes over each inch of the cake. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the boiling water and jello. Whisk together until fully combined, then pour the jello mixture evenly over the top of the cake.
  • Place the cake into the refrigerator and let it cool for 2 hours.
  • Spread the whipped topping over the cooled cake and top with fresh strawberries as desired before serving.


Be sure your cake is still warm when pouring over the Jell-O mixture.
Allow cake to cool completely, at least 2 hours, before adding Cool Whip.
Can be made up to 24 hours in advance. 
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