Jello Poke Cake Retro Recipes #SundaySupper

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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: 

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Sunday Supper Retro Sides and Veggies:

 Sunday Supper Retro Desserts and Cocktails:

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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. says

    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. says

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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.

      • angie says

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

        • says


          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.

  8. says

    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.

  9. Randy says

    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.

  10. says

    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:)

  11. 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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