Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Jello Poke Cake is perfect to serve for special events. If you're hosting a crowd with kids, this dessert will be a hit. Between my two boys, it is usually gone within a few days.

Jello Poke Cake is versatile; depending on the event you are hosting, you can switch out the jello flavors. For the 4th of July, we like to do red and blue, for bright birthday parties, we mix up several colors. Top off the jello cake with fruit on top for extra flavor and garnish.

What is the Jello Poke Cake

The Poke Cake is a sponge cake. Once baked, the cake is poked with holes all over the top and poured with jello liquid over the holes. The top is then decorated with Cool Whip or whipping cream.

Slice of Strawberry Jello Poke Cake

Tips for Making the Jello Poke Cake

  • Make homemade whipped cream or just use the store bought Cool Whip to simplify the process.
  • To simplify the process you can use the boxed cake mix, although I like to use my old time favorite homemade sponge cake recipe.
  • Adjust the jello color and flavor for each event. Add different fruits on top to color coordinate.
  • For best results, let the cake rest overnight in the refrigerator.

Other Jello Cake Recipes to Try

Serving size:
25 min
35 min
Ready in
1 hr


Combine eggs together with sugar; whisk mixture until it's light and airy.
Using a spatula, in small portions fold in flour to the egg mixture. Use the folding motion to keep the mixture airy. Grease the 9x13 baking sheet and pour the cake batter into the baking sheet.
Bake the sponge cake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Once the cake is ready, the toothpick should come out clean from the cake. Let the sponge cake cool to a room temperature and poke holes in it. Prepare the jello according to the package instructions.
Once the jello fully cools to the room temperature, pour the jello mixture over the sponge cake. Cover the top of the cake with Cool Whip.
Let the cake rest for at least a few hours before serving.
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