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Easy Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Recipe

This Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Recipe is an easy and delicious dessert recipe!  Vanilla cake with strawberry jello poked throughout the cake, and topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.  This cake is always a favourite at parties!

Today I’ve joined an amazing group of blogger friends, and we are sharing some delicious summer recipes with you!  Thank you to Krista of Happy Housie for organizing.  Make sure to check out all the deliciousness in the links at the bottom of this post!  xo

Growing up my Mom used to make me Jello cake for my birthday…it was a 2 layer cake with each layer a different flavour, usually grape and lime.  I LOVED them so much.  And since I’ve had my own family, Jello cakes have become the most requested birthday cakes around here as well.  You just can’t beat a moist vanilla cake with Jello and whipped cream in every bite.  SO good.

Easy Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Recipe

As I mentioned, I usually make Jello cakes as 2 layer cakes, but they’re also really great made as sheet cakes.  In fact, I think they’re much easier to make and serve this way.  They’re especially great for serving a crowd.

Easy Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Recipe

This is the easiest cake ever!

What I love most about Jello cakes, aside from the fact that they’re SO delicious, is how easy they are to make.  I use a box cake mix, 1 box of Jello, whipped cream and fruit.  Easiest dessert ever.  Sometimes life just calls for a box mix…but honestly, box cake mixes are delicious.  First you bake a white cake, poke holes in it, then pour Jello all over it.  Refrigerate it for at least 3-4 hours then top it with whipped cream.  Simple right?

Easy Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Then I added fresh strawberries to go with the strawberry Jello.

Easy Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Delicious.  And it’s such a pretty cake too!

Easy Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Pick your favourite flavour!

One of the nice things about making a Jello cake is that you can use ANY flavour of Jello that you would like…the possibilities are endless!  This red and white strawberry version would be perfect for a Canada Day party!  It’s light, fresh and delicious…a perfect summer dessert.

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Easy Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Recipe

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 240 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 , 9x13 cake 1x


This Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Recipe is an easy and delicious dessert recipe!  Vanilla cake with strawberry jello poked throughout the cake, and topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.  This cake is always a favourite at parties!


  • 1 white cake mix (2 layer cake no pudding)
  • 1 package of strawberry Jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ~ 2 cups of whipping cream (you can use real whipping cream or cool whip)
  • fresh strawberries


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9 x 13 baking pan with a flour/oil spray (I like to use Pam flour spray).
  3. Make and bake the cake according to package directions.
  4. Once the cake has been baked, remove it from the oven, and let cool for about 10 minutes.
  5. While the cake is cooling make the Jello.  To do this stir the Jello into 1 cup of boiled water until it is dissolved.
  6. Once the cake has cooled for 10 minutes, use a fork and poke holes all over it (see picture). Make sure you poke your holes deep so the Jello can get down into the cake.
  7. Pour the strawberry Jello all over the top of the baked cake.
  8. Then refrigerate the cake for at least 4 hours. Leave it un-iced.
  9. When the cake is ready to serve, ‘ice’ the cake with the whipped cream.
  10. Top with fresh strawberries.
  11. Enjoy!

More Delicious Summer Recipes:

Italian Herb Lemonade at The Happy Housie // Chocolate Ganache at Sincerely, Marie Designs // Pink Lemonade Sorbet at Home.Made.Lovely // Chocolate Raspberry Pastries at Inspiration for Moms

How to Make a Naked Cake at Maison de Pax // Pineapple Fluff Icebox Cake at On Sutton Place // Peanut Butter Energy Balls at The DIY Mommy // Banana Cream Delight at Duke Manor Farm

Healthy Chicken Salad at TIDBITS // Caesar Salad no Anchovies at In My Own Style // Charcuterie Board at Two Twenty One // Keto Cocktails at Finding Silver Pennies

Lavender Blackberry Sparkling Lemonade at Satori Design for Living // Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes at Nina Hendrick Design Co. // Luscious Lemon Curd Parfaits at Summer Adams // Strawberry Jello Poke Cake at A Pretty Life

Blackberry Lemon Muffins at Town and Country Living // Easy Summer Side at Rooms FOR Rent Blog // Meringue Berry Trifle at Clean and Scentsible // Ice Cream Hack and Fail at Craftberry Bush

Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply
    June 6, 2018 at 7:49 AM

    This looks awesome, Jo-Anna! My boys would swoon if I brought this to the table – and it sounds like even I could manage it:) Thanks so much for sharing – pinned of course. And thanks for being part of this hop, friend!

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      June 7, 2018 at 1:41 PM

      Thank you so much Krista! I’m loving all the inspiration these hops are giving me! xo

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    June 6, 2018 at 11:44 AM

    What a great dessert idea for Canada Day. Looks delicious 🙂

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    June 6, 2018 at 8:52 PM

    This looks amazing!

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    laura janning
    June 10, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Jo-Anna- your cake ( and photos) look devine. Growing up we would always have a poke cake…love them!

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      June 12, 2018 at 10:28 AM

      Thank you Laura! Poke cakes are the best…and SO easy!!

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