Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake Recipe

Celebrate summer with this delicious Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake. Made by poking holes in the cake and then covering the cake with a sweet gelatin mixture, this cake is light and refreshing, and looks beautiful when cut open! An easy treat to make for the 4th of July or a summer birthday celebration, this cake is bursting with sweet strawberry and lemon flavor.
Makes: About 12-16 servings
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 9 in. x 13 in. pan with vegetable pan spray.

Step 2

In large bowl, beat cake mix, milk, vegetable oil, eggs and lemon zest with electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pan.

Step 3

Bake 27-29 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on cooling grid.

Step 4

In large saucepan, heat strawberries, water and 2 tablespoons lemon juice on medium-low heat until strawberries are softened, about 10 minutes. Pour mixture into food processor and pulse until all strawberries are pureed. Add gelatin; pulse until thoroughly combined.

Step 5

Using a lollipop stick or fork, poke holes in cake approximately 1 inch apart. Slowly pour strawberry liquid evenly over cake; wrap with plastic and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

Step 6

In large bowl, beat cream and confectioners’ sugar to soft peaks. Add remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Cover cake with whipped cream. Serve immediately.

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Favorite White Cake Recipe or Mix

1 package Favorite White Cake Recipe or Mix (15.25 oz.)


1 cup milk

vegetable oil

1/2 cup vegetable oil


3 Eggs

lemon zest

1 tablespoon lemon zest (from 1 large lemon)

Fresh strawberries

8 ounces Fresh strawberries (about 2 cups)


1/2 cup water

lemon juice

1/4 cup lemon juice (divided)

strawberry gelatin

1 package strawberry gelatin (3 oz. of mix)

heavy whipping cream

1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

confectioners' sugar

2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

How to make a Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake
Watch: How to make a Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake

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