Strawberry Jello Poke Cake


Incredibly light and delicious Strawberry Jello Poke Cake! This white cake is filled with strawberry jello and topped with fresh whipped cream and strawberries.

A soft, fluffy white cake filled with strawberry jello and topped with fresh whipped cream and strawberries. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comThis Strawberry Jello Poke Cake is a classic cake I’m sure you’ve either had or heard of before. Am I right? Jello Poke Cakes have been around forever because they are so dang delicious. Since Valentine’s Day is only a few days away I thought it would be perfect timing to share this purty cake. 😉 

I think it was my Mom that first introduced me to Jello Poke Cakes, and of course I fell in-love at first bite. It is moist and packed with so much flavor- the only problem is that you’ll have a hard time stopping at just one piece. This cake is not rich by any means so it is easy to devour and go for seconds! (If that’s a bad thing, I guess.) 😉

A soft, fluffy white cake filled with strawberry jello and topped with fresh whipped cream and strawberries. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comAnother thing I love about this cake is how simple it is to prepare. You can use any box cake mix (I prefer white so the color of the jello really shows) and I’ve made it with yellow. Both are amazing. You can always try a homemade cake and I’m sure it would be even better. The second part is the topping. I use cool whip and I am not ashamed in any way. Homemade whipped cream is even better (duh), so when I have time I will whip up the good stuff, but we are happy campers with cool whip too. Either way, this cake is a winner. 🙂 It is so simple, light and absolutely delicious. 


Yes! You can definitely swap the strawberry jello for any flavor you prefer. Some great options are lemon, peach, raspberry and cherry jello!


Not at all. Yellow cake mix and even chocolate cake mix are delicious alternatives. I think a chocolate cake with strawberry jello would be amazing!



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A soft, fluffy white cake filled with strawberry jello and topped with fresh whipped cream and strawberries.



Strawberry Jello Poke Cake
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Strawberry Jello Poke Cake

A simple and delicious cake filled with strawberry flavor!
Author Holly


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • eggs, oil and water called for on package
  • 1 3 oz. box Strawberry Jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 8 oz. container cool whip, thawed
  • sliced strawberries for garnish


  • Prepare and bake cake in a 9x13 inch baking pan, according to package directions. Remove cake from oven. Let cool 30 minutes.
  • Using the back of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the cake.
  • Mix together jello powder and boiling water until jello dissolves. Carefully pour mixture evenly over the top of cake. Cover and place in fridge to chill for a few hours.
  • When ready to serve, spread cool whip evenly over the top of cake. Cut in pieces and serve with sliced strawberries. Enjoy!


*This cake is wonderful using fresh whipped cream instead of cool whip.



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65 thoughts on “Strawberry Jello Poke Cake

    1. Fabulous with any cake mix
      Also just enough boiling water yo dissolve, then add cold sodas or fruit juice
      Be sure the combinations go well together. I love the chocolate cake mix with black cherry jello and Dr.Pepper the combination is out of this world

  1. I have found to make it fruitier I mix a small box of jello in a container of cool whip and ice the cake with that. It is a hit with the family.

  2. For the hello mix, do you just add the boiling water.. Or do you add the cool water as well as if you’re actually making jello

  3. I made the strawberry jello poke cake today, it was a HUGE hit with everyone, it didn’t take long for half of the cake to disappear. I think I found my new go to cake for all the birthdays, holidays, Sunday’s well I think you get the implication. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love this recipe and have made it twice in the past 2 months. The first time, I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great, but as any home cook will tell you, adding your own twist is what really makes it your own. So, for the second time, I did the following…I made the cake and jello portion to the exact measurements, but I added Chef John’s strawberry sauce to the poke holes and instead of topping it with whole strawberries, I chopped up mine and sprinkled them all over for more coverage and flavor. It turned out brilliantly. I ended up eating half the cake myself, lol.

    1. I would make two round cakes. Put half the jello in one and half in the other. Use the one for what you were going to and give the other away.

      Or make one round cake and use half the Jello. Then add water to the rest of the jello until you like the flavor and refrigerate and make Jello out of it.

  5. I made this using the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix.

    It turned out good. Topped with whipped cream and strawberries and it was a simple light dessert. Thank you.

  6. Hi am wondering, with the jello making the cake warm should I wait a while so the heat wont kill my fridge?

  7. I started making this jello poke cake in the late 70’s. It was always made by topping the cake first with vanilla jello then cool whip. I see they are making a frosting that combines the pudding and cool whip together. I still prefer the instant pudding made with milk layered on first then the cool whip. Try it!

  8. Thank you for this! My mom used to make this when i was a child and now she cant remember how to do it. I am so happy to have found this! Thank you!

  9. I like using the raspberry flavored gelatin and after frosting it I sprinkle with coconut flakes and it tastes like zingers.

  10. This looks awesome, Holly Lofthouse! My boys would swoon if I brought this to the table – and it sounds like even I could manage it:) Thanks so much for sharing – pinned of course. And thanks for being part of this hop, friend!

  11. I made this for Thanksgiving, but I was wanting to try it with a banana pudding twist. Was wondering if banana or vanilla pudding would work in the chocolate mixture? Thanks so much force sharing this awesome recipe!

  12. My son has Celiac disease so I’m always looking for fun recipes for him and something the entire family will enjoy. I use a Gluten Free white or yellow (white is my favorite) cake mix to make this cake. The jello is gluten free and it a favorite dessert at my house.

  13. 5 stars
    Yummy! I was drooling when I saw it
    Will never ignore this formula, I will do it for my family and friends, but I have a question, can I do it, then leave the refrigerator for days?

  14. 5 stars
    I make this cake with lemon cake mix and lime jello. I frost it whith coolwhip, 1 cup milk and 1 pkg instant lemon pudding combined.
    Love it. I’ve seen recipes with 1 cup water, 1 1/2 cups water and 2 cups water added to the jello. Any thoughts on whayt is best?

  15. Help! May seem silly but at what point do you remove the cake from the pan? Seems that when pouring the jello it would run? I’ve seen pictures where it is left in the pan and those of the cake removed.

  16. 5 stars
    Your strawberry cake is really delicious. I try to make it for my daughter and she loves to eat so much. Thank you so much for your experiences and sharing.

  17. Hi! I’d love to try this but I’m wondering if there’s a vegetarian option for the jello I can use instead? Thank you for all of your lovely recipes Holly.

  18. 4 stars
    I’ve been making this cake for years! My mom used to make it all the time and then I took over. I make my with a few different variations. For the jello, I use 3/4 cup boiling water and 1/2 cup cold water. I actually prefer to double the recipe for the jello and use 2 boxes (so double the water too). More jello mixture to pour into the holes makes it even more flavorful and moist. I use a funnel to get it all in each hole). For the topping I use the vanilla pudding and Dream Whip combination. I like to double that recipe too, 2 boxes of Jello Vanilla instant pudding and 2 envelopes dream whip along with 3 cups cold milk and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Beat for about 7 minutes. Top the cake with in and REFRIGERATE. It’s such a delicious cake and a hit with everyone

  19. 5 stars
    For my frosting i mix whipping cream , powered sugar and i use frozen strawberries that i blended in blender, its oh so yummy!

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