Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake

Cakes & Cupcakes · Desserts · Recipes · October 3, 2017

Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake - a delicious, cool treat topped with a cream cheese and cool whip frosting and fresh strawberries. { lilluna.com }

Who else is melting wherever they live?! I am!! Houston is pretty hot and humid, so we’re always trying to figure out ways to cool down. Besides playing in the sprinklers and visiting the splash pad, we also love to make and eat cool treats this time of year. We usually have popsicles on hand during these hot months, but whenever there are get togethers, I like to make a cool dessert. I have several favorites that include Kansas City Dirt Cake and Brownie Delight, but my all-time favorite summer dessert is Poke Cake! A close second would be Strawberry Short Cake, so when I saw this recipe from Betty Crocker, I was inspired to try and Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake recipe. Why not combine two of my favorite treats to make one delicious dessert?!

Let me tell you, the result was amazing!! It had a moist and cool cake layer filled with Jell-o. It was topped off with a delicious cream cheese cool whip frosting with fresh strawberries on top. YUP – perfect for summer time.

Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake - a delicious, cool treat topped with a cream cheese and cool whip frosting and fresh strawberries. { lilluna.com }

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While cake is still warm use a fork and poke holes all along the top.

Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake - a delicious, cool treat topped with a cream cheese and cool whip frosting and fresh strawberries. { lilluna.com }

Pour jell-o while it’s still a liquid over the cake and refrigerate it.

Strawberry Poke Cake Strawberry Shortcake Cake - a delicious, cool treat topped with a cream cheese and cool whip frosting and fresh strawberries. { lilluna.com }

Check out that delicious-ness!!! Yes, this is pretty similar to Poke Cake, but using strawberry jell-o and then having that cream cheesy and cool frosting with the strawberries make this treat irresistible!! 😀

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Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake
 
This Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake is a delicious, cool treat topped with a cream cheese and whipped cream frosting and all topped with fresh strawberries.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16-20
Ingredients
  • Yellow Cake mix (plus ingredients on back)
  • 1 small box instant strawberry jell-o
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 block (8 oz) cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups Cool Whip (or whipped cream)
  • 2 pints Strawberries (sliced or chopped)
Instructions
  1. Make Yellow Cake by following directions on box.
  2. Once the cake is out, take a fork and poke it all over.
  3. While cake is still warm, make jell-o by adding mix to 1 cup hot water and dissolving and then adding 1 cup cold water. Spoon this liquid over the top of the cake, making sure it goes through the holes made by the fork.
  4. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
  5. When ready to serve make frosting by mixing cream cheese, and powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Add vanilla. Mix to well combined. Fold in Cool Whip.
  6. Spread over cake.
  7. Spread sliced strawberries over the frosting or add individually to each cake square. ENJOY!
Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake - a delicious, cool treat topped with a cream cheese and cool whip frosting and fresh strawberries. { lilluna.com }

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    Natasha

    What size pan did you use for the cake?

    Casie

    Can I make this recipe the day before serving, including frosting it, if I keep it refrigerated?

      Jennifer

      Can you let me know the answer as well? I have a great friend I would love to make this for.

        Lil' Luna

        I usually make it the morning of, but I’m sure it will be ok, as long as it’s in the fridge. Or, you could save frosting it, at the end.

      Lil' Luna

      I haven’t made it the day before, just the morning of, but it should be ok in the fridge. You could always make both, but not frost it, until you’re ready, just keep both refrigerated.

        Laurie M

        I made the cake, cooled it slightly then poured the jello over it, put it in the fridge OVER NIGHT with a only loose cover and didn’t put frosting on until next day, mid morning….it was fine!!! Give your frosting time to absorb all the vanilla and powdered sugar flavor before putting it out to eat so its good & sweet!!! Also, I hand mixer beat the vanilla and powered sugar with the softened cream cheese first, then gently hand mixed in the cool whip otherwise it might get a little runny… Enjoy!!!!!!!😍

    plasterers bristol

    Oo this looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Simon

      Lil' Luna

      It is!! It is so refreshing! Hope you try it. Thanks for stopping by!!

    Naa

    I do not have a cake mix. How do I do this from scratch?

      Lil' Luna

      Do you have a favorite yellow cake that you make? I don’t have a recipe for the cake, but maybe you can google a recipe for yellow cake? It doesn’t have to be the one from a box. Sorry!

    Liz

    Sounds really good – thank you and have a great weekend.

    Courtney

    Pretty sure I know the answer, but you see anything wrong with using a lemon cake mix? Love that lemon strawberry combo and thinking lemon cake and maybe lil lemon juice zest in cream would give me that….

      Lil' Luna

      You could definitely try!! I haven’t tried it myself, but sounds delish! I’d love to know what you try and how you like it!

    Kifa

    Hi
    I can’t wait to try your recipe. It looks so good! 😄
    I was wondering where and when do we add the vanilla.
    Thanks!

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks for pointing that out. You’ll add it in step 5, with the frosting ingredients. Thank you!!

    Myranda

    Can I make the frosting in the morning? Will it be ok by night as long as it stays refrigerated? Making it for my mom for her birthday!!! 😊

      Lil' Luna

      It should be ok. I haven’t made it separately & had it in the fridge all day, but it should be fine. Great cake for a birthday!! Let me know how it comes out!

    Tish

    I made this for Father’s Day and it was great

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks so much for letting me know 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

    Terry

    Its so nice to finally find a recipe that can easily be made. Its a struggle here in South Africa to find a lot of ingredients here.

    Terry

    Fantastic to find a easy recipe with all the ingredients readily available here in South Africa.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I am so happy to hear that! Hope you like it!

        Terry

        Thank you so much, hoping to make it this weekend. We in winter at the moment but luckily the days are bit warm

    Juju

    I’ve made poke cakes forever and used all flavors of Jello, even Watermelon with a few chocolate chips thrown in for seeds!
    Oh honey, I feel for you living in Houston! I live in Central Texas and it’s hot here too, but, Houston is a whole nother animal! I was there one time in August. Never again!! 😕☠☠😵

      Kristyn Merkley

      That watermelon version sounds delish!! Thanks for sharing..I will have to try it!

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