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A slice of Strawberry Jello Poke Cake

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Retro Recipes

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
Strawberry JELLO Poke cake is a retro recipe that has been enjoyed by millions for many years. The cake is poked with holes and filled with strawberry jello. Frost the poke cake with a homemade Cool Whipped frosting for an authentic flavor.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Chill 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 36 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 68 kcal


Ingredients to make boxed white cake

  • 4 whole egg whites
  • 1 box Pillsbury Cake Mix Moist Supreme Classic White cake mix (or your favorite homemade white cake recipe)
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ¼ cups water

Ingredients needed to make JELLO Poke Cake

  • 2 3 oz. boxes of Strawberry Jello
  • 2 ½ cups water (divided)

Ingredients to make Cool Whip Frosting

  • 1 cup Cool Whip
  • 16 oz. can Vanilla frosting
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Make the Cake

  • Make the cake mix as directed on the box.
  • Bake in two 8 inch round cake pans following the directions on the box.
  • Cool for 1 hour.
  • Using the handle of a wooden spoon poke holes all around the top of the cake.

Jello Portion of recipe

  • After the cake has cooled boil 2 cups of water.
  • Stir in the two boxes of jello.
  • Stir until Jello has disolved.
  • Add the remaining ½ cup of cold water and stir.
  • Pour the jello over the cooled cake.
  • Chill at least 3 hours or overnight.

Cool Whip Frosting

  • Scoop the can of frosting into a bowl.
  • Add the Cool Whip to the bowl and whisk or mix together until combined.

Frosting the cake

  • Unmold one cake layer and place it on a plate or cake stand.
  • Spread a thick layer of frosting over the top of the cake.
  • Unmold the second cake layer and place it on top of the bottom cake layer on the plate.
  • Spread a thick layer of frosting over the top of the cake and on the sides of the cake.
  • Chill the cake until ready to serve.
  • Cut the cake and serve.
  • 10 to 12 servings.

Recipe Expert Tips

  • Nutritional values do not include the boxed cake mix.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 12mgPotassium: 8mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 11IUCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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