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square slice of yellow cake with red dye mixed in with white frosting and a strawberry on top.
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Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Jello Poke cake is a classic cake recipe that uses a cake mix and strawberry jell-o, but you can use any flavor! Top it off with your favorite frosting.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Chill Time2 hours
Total Time3 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $5


  • 1 approx 15 ounce box cake mix plus ingredients to make the cake
  • 1 (4 serving size) box strawberry Jello , or any flavor
  • 1 ¼ cups boiling water
  • Whipped Cream Frosting see note


  • Make the cake as directed on the box using the eggs, water and oil called for. Bake cake in a 9x13-inch pan as directed.
  • Cool cake at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Stir the Jello powder into the boiling water until gelatin is dissolved.
  • Using the back of a wooden spoon, poke about 20 holes in the cake, evenly spaced.
  • Carefully pour the liquid Jell-O mixture over the top of the cake.
  • Allow to cool for at least one hour before frosting. Frost as desired, garnishing with fresh berries if you want.
  • Store cake loosely covered in refrigerator for up to 3 days.



For frosting you can use ANY kind you like:
  • Whipped Cream Frosting
  • Buttercream Frosting
  • Cool Whip
  • Fresh whipped cream (won’t last as long; frost right before serving)
  • Canned frosting
Storing and Make Ahead:
  • The cake is best after sitting for several hours, so you can make it the day before.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator for several days.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg