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Strawberry Jello Poke Cake

Retro Recipes



#SundaySupper, Jello Poke Cake, Retro Recipes

#SundaySupper Retro Recipes


This weekends #SundaySupper is all about Retro recipes, then and now. If you poke around on my site you will see how much I love old vintage recipes. I even have a Vintage Recipe Project where I remake old family recipes from my collection of recipe cards and cookbooks that my mother in-law has passed down to me.


Strawberry, Jello, Poke Cake

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake

If you’d like to check out the vintage recipes you can click on the Vintage Recipes category for a full list of all the vintage recipes I have updated or made in the past. 

We all have recipes that bring back fond childhood memories. 

Jello played a big part in my childhood.

I can remember how excited I would get when my mom made jello.  Sometimes it would be plain jello and whipped cream. Other times it might be a beautiful jello dessert with fruit cocktail mixed in and I would dig around in my bowl hoping I got a cherry half. What a disappointment it was when there was no cherry to be found in my bowl!

#Sunday Supper, Jello Poke Cake, Retro Recipes

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake #SundaySupper

For Sunday Supper this week I decided to try my hand at a Jello Poke Cake. Back in the day you would frost a Poke Cake with Cool Whip but Kraft has a new Cool Whip Frosting now that is to die for.  So I updated this vintage/retro recipe by using the new Cool Whip Frosting. 

I hope this #SundaySupper brings back some fun childhood memories for you also!

What fun Jello dessert did you eat as a child?

Scroll down past the recipe for the rest of the Sunday Supper Retro Recipes.



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Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Retro Recipes #SundaySupper
  • 1 box of white cake mix or your favorite homemade white cake recipe
  • ingredients to make cake
  • 2 - 3 oz boxes of Strawberry Jello
  • 2½ cups of water, divided
  • 1 tub Vanilla Kraft Cool Whip Frosting
  1. Make the cake mix as directed.
  2. Cool for 1 hour.
  3. Using a wooden spoon poke holes all around the top of the cake.
Jello Portion of recipe
  1. After the cake has cooled boil 2 cups of water.
  2. Stir in the two boxes of jello.
  3. Stir until Jello has disolved.
  4. Add the remaining ½ cup of cold water and stir.
  5. Pour the jello over the cooled cake.
  6. Chill at least 3 hours or overnight.
  1. Frost with Vanilla Cool Whip Frosting

This Week’s Sunday Supper is all about “Retro Recipes.”  Those food memories that immediately take us back in time.   Some of us enjoyed them so much that we will never change the mom or grandma’s recipe.  Other’s were ready to reinvent and update their favorite Retro Recipe.

Join us Around the Family Table this Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time and share your favorite Retro Food Memory with us!

Sunday Supper Retro Appetizers:


 Sunday Supper Retro Salads:

 Sunday Supper Retro Breads and Sandwiches: 

SundaySupper Main Dishes:

Sunday Supper Retro Sides and Veggies:

 Sunday Supper Retro Desserts and Cocktails:

  • Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here → Sunday Supper Movement.

Love Poke Cake recipes? Then check out this Rainbow Jello Poke Cake 


Rainbow Jello Poke Cake, Jello, Poke, Cake, Rainbow Themes

Rainbow Jello Poke Cake

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  1. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb says:

    Such a gorgeous looking cake, the pink/red shades are to die for. The recipe sounds easy when using cake mix. Unfortunately we don’t get cake mixes here. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I remember jello poke cakes. I had a friend and her Mom always made them. I could never get my Mom to try them though. When I had sleepovers at this friends home we would try and convince her Mom that this cake was necessary. Some times it worked and some times it did not. Thanks for reintroducing a childhood favorite back into my line up recipes to make this year.

  3. Nicole @ The Daily Dish says:

    Such a fun retro recipe. My kids and I still make this all the time, because well – I just don’t think it’s ever going to stop being a fun cake for kids (and adults… I will admit).
    Yours looks delicious!

  4. You brought back a flood of memories to me with you jello poke cake! Love your pictures too. Very retro looking1 Well done :)

  5. I don’t know if I should admit it, but I STILL love Jello Poke Cake! This totally takes me back…but it’s much taller and prettier than the 9×13’s of my childhood… ;)

  6. I STILL make this during the summer for 4th of July…every year! So classic and so good!

  7. I made this in the summer for the first time and it was a huge hit for Canada Day. Your cake looks divine!!

  8. Yum! Your cake is such a gorgeous pink color…it would be perfect for Valentine’s Day!!!

  9. The presentation is just to die for. Love the white frosting on the colorful interior!

  10. Oh, this just brought back so many memories of the Corn Roast our school used to hold. Good times! I always liked the lemon/cherry one

  11. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says:

    I have never made a poke cake before. Looks so pretty with the different colors!

  12. 7 days on South Beach with no sweets and I was fine until I saw this cake! Holy flashback batman! The thought of that gooey jell-o soaked bottom of the cake is making me twitch. lol Gorgeous photos!

  13. Very pretty! I like to use whipping cream and powdered sugar for ice cream cakes just like cool whip basically. I didn’t know they have the new product out.

  14. That´s such a pretty cake, and fun to make! It is a great recipe to make with kids. Great idea for a party!

  15. Your Jello Poke Cake recipe is a keeper! Thank you for sharing this gem.

  16. What a beautiful cake! A stunner. As a child, I loved jello squares.

  17. OMGoodness! I forgot about these. Oh now I want one! lol The pics are beautiful!

  18. I remember the very first time my mom made this. We were so impressed with the little waves of color in the cake. Such memories! :) I’m glad you made this one!

  19. This is one fun cake! And, it’s gorgeous.

  20. That is one decadent poke cake! Looks divine!

  21. This almost looks too good to eat. I did say almost. :)

  22. I used to LOVE when we had this cake when I was a kid. There’s a version made with Jello pudding that’s really good too!!

  23. Danyelle Franciosa says:

    That tastes really so good! I love strawberries especially a strawberry cake. By the way I love this one I love to try this at home.

  24. I’m not a big fan of Jello, but I have a nostalgic fondness for poke cake. I remember one that had both blue and red Jello in a white cake for Fourth of July that was pretty, with the red and blue stripes. Thanks for reminding me of this!

  25. Oooh, I have a tub of the Cool Whip Frosting in my freezer right now….would be a fun way to use it and I haven’t made a Jell-o poke cake in forever! yum!

  26. looks yummy and the recipe seems easy enough to try! thanks for sharing.

  27. So all I can think of is the possibilities of colors and flavors with the different Jellos. How fun! You can make one for any season…team colors…and more.

  28. Yum! This cake looks divine, as do your beautiful photos. That looks like retro summer on a plate.

  29. This could have so many variations – great easy dessert.

  30. How about the old recipe?? I have some that don’t like the whip icing. Thanks.

    • Hi Angie

      I will be posting a recipe with a cream cheese frosting this week that might make your family happy. Have you tried the cool whip frosting yet?

      • I haven’t made the cool whip frosting myself. I was just curious as to what the original recipe was.

        • Angie

          Sorry for the confusion. I never had an original cool whip frosting recipe. I came across that info while researching Jello recipes. I do believe Cool Whip did sell a boxed frosting mix many years ago. Maybe that was used but I am not sure of that is available any more.

  31. I came across your recipe while i was looking for a cake recipe to bake for my wife’s birthday. You just brought back great memories. I am definitely going to prepare this for my wife’s 37th birthday. thank you for sharing. i love your retro style blog and recipes.

  32. It looks so yummy. Can’t wait for this Sunday. My kids will be so surprised, as i don’t bake cakes that often but this recipe worth’s a try. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  33. I’m very curious about how you did the poke cake to get two layers. Did you do the poke & jello before removing the layers from the pans? If so, how did you get the layers out? We have always served a poke cake out of the baking pan.

  34. Your photographs are amazing!!! I just came across your blog while looking for recipes. I am newly married and to be honest I am not the best cook. I wanted to surprise my husband and I decided to go with your recipe. Well, Thank you so much!!! I cannot describe in words how happy he was. He gained confidence in me that i will be able to cook. I know it takes years but I will definitely wait for your new posts for new surprises:)

  35. Very nice recipe.. I will have a go at making it this weekend. Looks very tasty . Retro cooking at it’s finest!

  36. This is the second time I tired the recipe and to be honest it tastes delicious but it doesn’t look anything like your creative design. Hopefully, the next time its not only going to taste good but also will look good.

  37. My favorite!! I like to add Pop Rocks on top of the cool whip for “sprinkles”!!

  38. Mandy Jones says:

    Thanks soooooo much for posting the original frosting recipe! I used to make this cake with that frosting and cannot find my recipe or find it on the internet !! Thank you, thank you!! Nothing can compare to that original homemade frosting!! Thanks!!


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