Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake

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Strawberry season is here!!!
During the bleak winter months, I feel like I live on apples, oranges, and bananas because there just aren’t many other fruits in season (or I can’t afford them because they are so expensive!), so when strawberries start to come on each spring and are on sale for a great price, I usually buy them in bulk.
We have a ton of strawberry recipes on this blog, but this one definitely in my top three! It’s fresh and perfect for any potluck or dinner party you have this summer!

Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake
1 (15.25 oz) boxed white cake mix
1 cup boiling water
1 (3 oz) box strawberry flavored Jell-o
1/2 cup cold water

1 (8 oz) tub Cool-Whip non-dairy whipped topping
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 pound strawberries, diced

Make cake as directed on the back of the box for a 9×13″ pan.
Let the cake cool for 20 minutes and “poke” the cake with a large fork (I space my pokes about 1/2″ apart and do it until the entire surface of the cake is covered).
Mix together the boiling water and Jell-o until the Jell-o is completely dissolved. Pour in the cold water and mix well then pour over the cake.
Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for three hours.
Combine the Cool-Whip, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla and beat until smooth (I have found that it’s easiest to use an electric mixer, but you don’t have to). Spread on top of cake.
Top with strawberries and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

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  1. Ellen Parlee says

    If you love strawberries there’s nothing like early summer. Strawberry picking is a great activity for family or friends of all ages. There are too many great strawberry recipes out there and fresh fruit is always the best!

  2. Quilt Lover says

    This was a delicious cake and the only change that I made was that instead of cold water, I used the juice from a package of frozen strawberries, which gave it more of a strawberry taste. I like the addition of the cream cheese to the frosting, as other recipes just use Cool Whip, and this frosting really adds another dimension of flavor to the cake. I will make this again, and thank you for the recipe.

    • Jodi says

      I know your question is a couple years old, but I just made this recipe last night and noticed your post afterward. I made a dairy free version by using So Delicious CocoWhip in place of the Cool Whip and also Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese. Turned out delicious!

  3. Natalie says

    I made this for my papa’s 78th birthday party yesterday..except I added pieces of Lindt chocolates strawberries & creme bar on top…let me just say it was a HIT! Thanks for the recipe.. This is now a family favorite. :)

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