Lemonade Poke Cake Is The Perfect Dessert

by Alli

Lemons – how I love every single thing about your citrusy goodness. You are full of vitamin C and vitamin C is my best friend – hello, collagen – because we need vitamin C to produce collagen. From lemonade to Lemonade Poke Cake, I’m all about lemons.

According to Medical News Today, lemons have so many health benefits. And, because I follow the 80/20 rule (eat healthy foods 80% of the time and indulgent foods 20% of the time) I enjoy Lemonade Poke Cake from time to time. I mean, lemons, right?

I’m crazy for easy recipes, especially cake recipes that are made in 9×13 baking pans and have lots of glaze on top, like this Honey Bun Cake.

Lemonade Poke Cake is another easy cake that is always a hit at parties. Poke cakes have been around for a long time and you can find any flavor you like – from chocolate to strawberry and of course, lemonade – my personal fave.

Lemonade Poke Cake Topped with Whipped Cream

Lemonade Poke Cake

For this recipe, you’ll need a lemon cake mix. Don’t worry. We’re going to transform this cake mix by adding a small box of instant lemon pudding and 4 eggs. Of course, we’ll add oil and water too. (Check out the recipe below).

Combine the lemon cake mix, lemon pudding, eggs, oil, and water together in a mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed for two minutes. Pour batter into a 9×13 baking pan.

Lemonade Cake Batter

Bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean.

While the cake is cooling (10-15 minutes), make the glaze by mixing thawed lemonade concentrate and 3 cups of powdered sugar.

Poke holes in the cake while it’s still warm. You can use the end of a wooden spoon, a skewer or even a large plastic straw to poke the holes in the cake.

After the Lemonade Cake is done, poke holes in the cake.

Slowly pour the glaze over the cake and let cool completely. (I store this cake in the fridge.)

Lemonade Poke Cake Glaze

Cut into squares and serve with a dollop of whipped topping.

Yield: 24 Servings

Lemonade Poke Cake

Lemonade Poke Cake Topped with Whipped Cream

Lemonade Poke Cake is topped with a delicious lemon glaze and is so easy to make. Add a dollop of whipped cream before serving.


  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 small box (3.4 oz.) instant lemon pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup water


  • 6 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • whipped topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the lemon cake mix, lemon pudding, eggs, oil and water. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter into a 9x13 pan and bake for 30 minutes at 350º or until a toothpick inserted near the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  3. Let cake cool on a rack for about 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the thawed lemonade concentrate with the powdered sugar.
  4. Poke holes in the warm cake with the end of a wooden spoon. Slowly pour glaze over cake. Let cool completely before serving. Store in the refrigerator. Cut into squares to serve. Top each square with a dollop of whipped topping.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 197Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 32mgSodium 188mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 0gSugar 26gProtein 2g

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I could only find a 12 oz. can of lemonade concentrate at my local grocery store. I used 6 ounces for the glaze and made lemonade with the remaining concentrate.

A bite of Lemonade Poke Cake

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Karen March 11, 2019 - 7:50 am

I think this is an excellent year round dessert. It looks pretty easy to make. I look forward to making this!

candy March 11, 2019 - 7:52 am

Poke cake and dump cakes seem to be coming back from the old recipe boxes. We love how easy and great tasting this cake is to make and enjoy.

MELANIE EDJOURIAN March 11, 2019 - 9:13 am

I’ve never had a poke cake before. This sounds yummy. I must give it a go. I made one with cinnamon this weekend. Will have to try that when the other is finished. Yum!!!

Melissa Chapman March 11, 2019 - 10:07 am

That looks like an amazing cake and dessert. I always liked lemons so I am glad it has health benefits as well as a great taste.

cait March 11, 2019 - 10:30 am

oh my you had me at cake but a lemon poke cake! SIGN ME UP! ill def be making this for a few friends who really enjoy lemon flavored dessert!

Amber Myers March 11, 2019 - 1:32 pm

This does look like an amazing dessert. I’m pretty sure I’d love it. I’m all about lemonade. And cake!

Sarah Bailey March 11, 2019 - 4:05 pm

OK my goodness this sounds absolutely delicious! I could most definitely do with a slice or two with a cup of tea right now. Yum.

Denay DeGuzman March 11, 2019 - 5:43 pm

Your lemonade poke cake looks so yummy and delightful! A fabulous recipe that says “welcome spring!” Thank you so much for sharing your special recipe.

Heather March 11, 2019 - 8:03 pm

I just recently learned of poke cakes. I can’t believe I had never tried one before. I love the idea of lemonade cake. I bet it’s refreshing!

Jona Shares March 11, 2019 - 8:05 pm

I am actually drinking a hot lemonade now and glad I came to this post. Why not try making this desert too, right? Let’s see how will it be. Hopefully it will taste good.

Pam March 11, 2019 - 9:13 pm

I love poke cake! This lemonade poke cake looks absolutely delicious. Perfect for spring because lemon cake makes me think of spring.

Beth March 11, 2019 - 9:16 pm

It has been so long since I’ve had a poke cake, I completely forgot about them. This looks delicious!

Chubskulit Rose March 12, 2019 - 5:59 am

I can almost smell the freshness of it. It looks and sound delicious, perfect for dessert indeed!

Catalina March 12, 2019 - 6:42 am

I love lemon flavor so I am sure i will love this cake! It look divine!

Ruth I March 12, 2019 - 8:56 am

Oh lemon, this is so delicious! I think this will be a hit here.

Lynndee March 12, 2019 - 9:04 am

I don’t think I’ve ever had lemonade poke cake before. But I do have a sweet tooth so I can’t wait to try that. Looks super easy to make with little ingredients. Thanks for the recipe!

swathi March 12, 2019 - 12:32 pm

This poke cake looks delicious I can eat every day. I like that you made with cake mix. which is so easy too.

Jenn Mitchell March 12, 2019 - 8:18 pm

I love everything lemon! This looks like it would be absolutely amazing.

CL King March 13, 2019 - 3:54 am

Yummy… Whatever flavor you use it’s sure to be a hit.

Louisa March 13, 2019 - 6:10 am

I have never had Lemonade Poke Cake but it looks good.


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