Strawberry Jello Poke Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Vintage Strawberry Jello Poke cake is infused with strawberry gelatin and topped with a real whipped cream cheese frosting and fresh sliced strawberries.
My favorite recipes have always been retro recipes, because they remind me so much of my childhood. Refrigerator cakes date back as far as our grandmothers and are still a favorite in many households including mine. Jello Poke Cakes are the one dessert that have been popular for quite some time and they're so moist and delicious. Poke cakes can look a bit intimidating, but, they're really easy to make.  

I've made my share of Jello poke cakes, but this Strawberry or even Raspberry Poke Cake is my absolute favorite, and I especially love it topped with a fresh cream cheese frosting. This recipe uses a boxed vanilla cake mix , but if cake mixes are not your thing, you can certainly bake up a scratch vanilla cake.   

The best thing about a Jello poke is you can swap out any other flavor of Jello and make this cake all your own. A few of my favorite flavors are strawberry, raspberry, cherry, lemon,  orange and pineapple. Just pair with a corresponding fruit and you will have so many delicious flavor varieties. 

For a low sugar version just substitute with a sugar free cake mix or angel food cake, sugar free Jello and fat free whipped topping. This poke cake is the perfect dessert for a potluck, picnic or get together, your guests will love this colorful and delicious poke cake. Let's get started. 

Prepare  and bake cake according to the directions on the back of the box for a 9"×13″ pan. Remove cake from oven and let the cool for 20 minutes and poke the cake with holes using a large fork until the entire surface of the cake is covered.

In a large measuring cup, mix together the boiling water and Jello until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour in the 1/2 cup cold water and mix well. Pour the Jello mixture over the entire cake. 

It will look like the whole cake is saturated with Jello, but trust me it isn't on the inside. Spray a piece of plastic wrap with not stick spray and cover the cake and refrigerate for 2 - 3 hours.

In a large mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Slowly add the cold, heavy whipping cream and continue beating. Beat the whipped cream topping until it thickens and forms soft peaks. Frost the cake. 

Slice the strawberries.

Garnish cake with sliced strawberries in whatever design you like. Chill cake until ready to serve.

Everyone will be impressed when you slice into this colorful striped cake. Enjoy! 

1 comment

Lee said…
I made this a couple of times and it's SO good...yesterday I added 3 tbsp of strawberry jam to the frosting to make it a little more strawberry and that just made it even better!