Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake

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 }

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 }

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

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

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!

This is another summer treat we LOVE:

Cream Puff Cake

For more great summer treats, check out:

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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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 9 to 2) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.
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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 9 to 2) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.

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  1. 1

    What size pan did you use for the cake?

  2. 3

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

    • 4

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

    • 6

      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.

  3. 7

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

    Simon

  4. 9

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

    • 10

      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!

  5. 11

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

  6. 12

    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….

  7. 14

    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!

  8. 16

    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!!! 😊

  9. 18

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