Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake


Strawberry season is here!!!
During the bleak winter months, I feel like I live on apples, oranges, and bananas because there just aren’t many other fruits in season (or I can’t afford them because they are so expensive!), so when strawberries start to come on each spring and are on sale for a great price, I usually buy them in bulk.
We have a ton of strawberry recipes on this blog, but this one definitely in my top three! It’s fresh and perfect for any potluck or dinner party you have this summer!

Serves: 15

Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake

3 hr, 45 Prep Time

30 minCook Time

4 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 1 (15.25 oz) boxed white cake mix
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 (3 oz) box strawberry flavored Jell-o
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool-Whip non-dairy whipped topping
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Topping:
  • 1 pound strawberries, diced


  1. Make cake as directed on the back of the box for a 9x13" pan.
  2. Let the cake cool for 20 minutes and "poke" the cake with a large fork (I space my pokes about 1/2" apart and do it until the entire surface of the cake is covered).
  3. Mix together the boiling water and Jell-o until the Jell-o is completely dissolved. Pour in the cold water and mix well then pour over the cake.
  4. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for three hours.
  5. Combine the Cool-Whip, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla and beat until smooth (I have found that it's easiest to use an electric mixer, but you don't have to). Spread on top of cake.
  6. Top with strawberries and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
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34 Responses to “Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake”

  1. Claire @ A Little Claireification
    Thanks so much for linking this up at my "Best Of The Weekend" party! Featuring this tomorrow on my blog (will link it back to the MyRecipeMagic entry). :) xoxo, Claire
  2. Ellen Parlee
    If you love strawberries there's nothing like early summer. Strawberry picking is a great activity for family or friends of all ages. There are too many great strawberry recipes out there and fresh fruit is always the best!
  3. Quilt Lover
    This was a delicious cake and the only change that I made was that instead of cold water, I used the juice from a package of frozen strawberries, which gave it more of a strawberry taste. I like the addition of the cream cheese to the frosting, as other recipes just use Cool Whip, and this frosting really adds another dimension of flavor to the cake. I will make this again, and thank you for the recipe.
    • I know your question is a couple years old, but I just made this recipe last night and noticed your post afterward. I made a dairy free version by using So Delicious CocoWhip in place of the Cool Whip and also Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese. Turned out delicious!
  4. Catherine Seifritz
    I look forward to trying this recipe. Also wanted to say, what an awesome idea to create a blog for all of you sisters to keep in touch. That is so cool. I am the youngest of 5 and I try to stay in touch with my siblings. Every year its a new years resolutions to call my siblings once a week...I try. :P Not always good at it but I try :P Anyway just thought it was cool that you guys are trying to stay close. :) Thank you for the inspiration. :)
  5. P Beaty
    Made this for my 4th of July party. Light and refreshing is how my husband described it. He never eats cake.........guess what?? He ate the last piece tonight.! I added blueberries so my cake was red, white and blue. This is a keeper...........will make again before summer's end.

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