Jello Poke Cake

Cakes & Cupcakes · Desserts · Holidays · March 7, 2018

Jello poke cake is one of our favorite summer treats. With Jello poked through out this cake and whipped cream on top, this cool and easy dessert is always a crowd favorite.

Raspberry or Strawberry Jello Cake

Raspberry, Cherry, or Stawberry Jello Poke Cake

For some reason, I always think of Jello Poke Cake, Corn and Watermelon around the Fourth of July. That being said, I thought it only fitting to share our family’s Gelatin Poke Cake recipe that we’ve used since I was a kid. We especially enjoy this treat when it’s warm outside and we are looking for a cool treat. With the jello poked through out and the whipped cream on top, it’s always a crowd favorite especially at BBQs and summer holidays, like the Fourth.

What’s also great is you can change out the flavoring of jello depending on what you are feeling like. Our favorites are strawberry, raspberry and cherry, but I’ve also done lime, blue raspberry and orange before. In fact, one of our favorite versions is a Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake that is AMAZING!!

How to make Jello Cake

This recipe is really so simple, which is probably why we make it ALL the time. You begin by making your white cake as directed on the box.


While the cake is slightly cooled, you poke holes with the end of a fork at 1/2 inch intervals.

From there you make your jello as you regularly would and then you carefully pour it over the cake, making sure it gets in the holes you previously made. Chill the cake for a few hours and top with whipped cream right before serving, and you’re set! So easy!

Jello Poke Cake

I know you’ll love this simple, cool and delicious summer treat! It’s definitely a family favorite, and one I actually crave all year long. It’s also pretty light and isn’t as decadent as some of the chocolate treats we make, which is another reason why I love it so much. 😉

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Jello Poke Cake recipe

I Love Jello Poke Cake! I Went With Raspberry Here, But You Can Easily Make A Cherry Or A Strawberry Poke Cake.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 150 kcal


  • 1 white cake mix box
  • 1 3.3 oz jello mix raspberry, cherry or strawberry
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tub Cool Whip or Homemade Whipped Topping


  1. Prepare cake mix as directed and bake in a 9x13 pan. Let cool for 15 minutes.

  2. Poke cake with fork at ½ inch intervals.

  3. Prepare jell-o as directed. Spoon over cake mix until jell-o liquid is all gone.

  4. Chill 3 to 4 hours and top with whipped cream. Refrigerate until ready to serve. ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts
Jello Poke Cake recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 251mg 10%
Potassium 37mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Sugars 16g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.5%
Calcium 9.2%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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    mang h.

    That pink looks perfect for Valentine’s Day! I’ve never had a cake like this. Does it make the cake soggy?

      Lil' Luna

      No, but it makes it super moist and so refreshing. Let me know if you ever try it out. 🙂


    What size box of jello big or small one?


    Love your Poke cake……..if you’d like to expand the recipe try taking a big spoon and pouring in hot pudding first into holes you make in the cake. Then pour the jello all over and refrigerate. Yummie and smooth. Perfect for summer time

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks for the tip, Deanna – I will try that next time!


    Do you let the jello set up at all before pouring it on the cake? Mine totally absorbed into the cake and never solidified in the holes- even after a few hours. My cake was cool. The flavors were awesome so I am determined to find out where I went wrong and try it again. Thanks!


    What size cake mix & box of jello is required. Also what is the serving size. I look forward to your response.
    Thank you,


    Thank you for making a recipe that is wonderful and so easy..!!!

      Lil' Luna

      You’re so very welcome!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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