Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Everyone loves this Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake! It’s a delicious, cool treat with jello poked through out and is topped with a cream cheese and whipped cream frosting along with fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake

Who else is melting wherever they live?! I am!! 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 a Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake recipe. Why not combine two of my favorite treats to make one delicious dessert?!

You can’t really go wrong with strawberry ANYTHING, in my opinion. 😉

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Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake

While cake is still warm use a fork and poke holes all along the top. Then, pour jell-o while it’s still a liquid over the cake and refrigerate it.

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake Cake:

This cake does take a little time but is still very simple. The most time is actually just letting the JELL-O set up which requires refrigerating for 3-4 hours. Here is what you’ll need to do to make this delicious cake. 😉

  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. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
  4. 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. Spread over cake.
  5. Spread sliced strawberries over the frosting or add individually to each cake square. ENJOY!

Strawberry Shortcake Cake Recipe

We love this combo of our favorite desserts!! It had a moist and cool cake layer filled with Jell-o. It was topped off with a delicious cream cheese whipped cream frosting with fresh strawberries on top and is perfect for summer time.

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Strawberry Shortcake Cake Recipe

5 from 3 votes

Everyone loves this Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake! It's a delicious, cool treat with jello poked through out and is topped with a cream cheese and whipped cream frosting along with fresh strawberries.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 2683 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 1 Yellow Cake Mix (plus ingredients on back)
  • 1 small box instant strawberry JELL-O Raspberry or cherry work too!
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 8 oz. block cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups Cool Whip or Whipped Cream
  • 2 pints strawberries sliced

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. Refrigerate for 4 hours.

  4. 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. Spread over cake.

  5. Spread sliced strawberries over the frosting or add individually to each cake square. ENJOY!

 

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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    1. 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.

      1. 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!!!!!!!????

    1. 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!

  1. 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….

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!! ????

  4. 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.

  5. 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!! ????☠☠????

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