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Close up of strawberry jello poke cake with a strawberry on top

Strawberry Jell-O Poke Cake

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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, jello
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 18 servings
Calories 106kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $5


  • 1 box cake mix plus ingredients to make the cake
  • 1 box 4 serving size strawberry Jello, or any flavor
  • 1 1/4 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
You can use any flavor Jell-O gelatin for this recipe.


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