Easy Strawberry Poke Cake Recipe With Jello

by Alli

If you’re looking for a delicious and simple dessert, Easy Strawberry Poke Cake with Jello is just what you need. This cake combines the simplicity of a classic white cake mix with refreshing strawberries. 

This dessert is perfect for summer gatherings, family dinners, and any occasion where you want to offer a delicious treat without spending hours in the kitchen.

Helpful Hint: The cake has to chill for 3 hours. It’s best to make this poke cake the day before. Or, make it first thing in the morning if you plan on serving the cake that night. 

What is a poke cake?

If you’ve never made a poke cake, you’re in for a treat! After baking a cake in a 13×9 baking pan, holes are poked all over the cake. 

The strawberry gelatin mixture is then poured over the cake. This allows the strawberry flavor to penetrate every bite and ensures a moist, delicious cake. 

Key Ingredients (Full Printable Recipe Card Down Below)

  • White Cake Mix
  • Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Water 
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil 
  • Strawberry Jell-O
  • Boiling Water

    Homemade Whipped Cream Frosting

  • Heavy whipping Cream 
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Fresh Strawberries, sliced into halves, to garnish

Ingredients needed to make a Strawberry Poke Cake

Steps For Making Strawberry Poke Cake

Mix the cake mix, pudding, Greek yogurt, water, eggs, and oil. Pour into a prepared 9×13 baking pan.

Bake according to the directions on the box. Allow to cool on a cooling rack for 20 minutes.

Poke holes in the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon.

holes poked in sheet cake with the handle of a wooden spoon

 In a small bowl, combine the Jell-O and boiling water. Pour the Jell-O mixture over the top of the cake. Cover and chill in the fridge. 

strawberry syrup being poured over sheet cake with holes.

Pour sugar and well-chilled cream into a large chilled mixing bowl. Beat on medium-high speed until thick and spreadable.  Spoon onto the cake and spread evenly with a spatula.

Homemade Whipped Cream spread over the top of Strawberry Poke Cake

Slice the cake into 12 squares. Cut strawberries in half and place one in the middle of each square. 

Strawberry Poke Cake garnished with sliced fresh strawberries

Store in the refrigerator. 

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Yield: 12 servings

Strawberry Poke Cake

Strawberry Poke Cake Square topped with a sliced strawberry

Easy Strawberry Poke Cake is tender, moist, and full of flavor. It's the perfect summertime dessert.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes



  • • 1 box white cake mix
  • • 3.4 oz box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • • 1 cup water (or amount on box directions)
  • • 3 large eggs (or amount on box directions)
  • • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or amount on box directions)

Jell-O Layer

  • • 3 oz box strawberry Jell-O
  • • 1 cup boiling water

Whipped Cream Frosting

  • • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (place in mixing bowl in freezer for 30 minutes to chill)
  • • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • • 6 strawberries, sliced into halves, to garnish


  1. For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350º F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. If you plan to remove the cake from the pan, line it with parchment paper.
  2. Add the cake mix, vanilla pudding mix, Greek yogurt, water, eggs, and oil to a large mixing bowl. Beat according to the cake box directions. Allow to cool on a rack for 20 minutes.
  3. Using the round handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes in the cake 1 inch apart. Poke 2/3 of the way down. Don't go all the way through to the bottom.
  4. At this point, place a mixing bowl with the heavy cream into the freezer to chill before going to step 4.
  5. Jello layer: Combine the strawberry jello and boiling water in a small bowl. Stir until the jello is dissolved. Pour the jello mixture over the cake, making sure the mixture gets into the holes. Chill for 3 hours.
  6. To make the whipped cream: Remove the chilled mixing bowl from the freezer and add sugar to the chilled cream in the bowl. Beat on medium-high speed for approximately two minutes, until thick and spreadable. (Do not overbeat or it will turn into butter.) Spoon the whipped cream onto the cake and spread evenly.
  7. Slice the strawberries and place them evenly onto the cake. Chill to set. When set, slice into 12 squares. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 312Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 92mgSodium 170mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 0gSugar 16gProtein 4g

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