Strawberry Poke Cake

A wedge slice of strawberry poke cake with a fork having cut off the first bite, while the rest of the cake is in the background.

When camping there always seems to be that one cake that goes hard, now there’s a way to turn what may have been thrown away into a poke cake for dessert. This version is strawberry flavored but this can easily be changed by switching out which jello is used.

Any type of cake can be used to make a poke cake from box-made cakes to premade purchased cakes. The type of cake does impact the characteristics such as soft sponges are delicate and wet, pound cakes are firm and defined.

Eating the cake is similar to the texture which is found in trifles containing jello-infused cake. The drier the cake the more ‘normal’ the texture remains. The cake characteristics also change whether most of the jello passes to the base or distributes around the holes.

The frosting is a cross between buttercream and cream cheese frosting so it isn’t too sweet. If this seems too hard to do camping it can be swapped out for miracle whip, plain cream, or served without frosting.

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Liquid red jello being poured onto a hole covered cake in a plastic lined cake tin.
When the gelatin has cooled until slightly thick, pour over the cake and into the holes until they seem to momentarily fill.
A round strawberry poke cake with a large slice cut out exposing the red jello design within.
When slicing aim for the cuts to pass through the holes for the best visual presentation.
A plastic plate with a single square cut piece of strawberry poke cake topped with a white frosting.
Traditionally poke cakes are a tray cake cut into cubes to serve, however any cake may be used.
Close up of a wooden spoon poked into a baked, bare cake with a pattern of holes across the cake top.
Use a wooden spoon handle to poke holes in the cake at even intervals. Differnt size holes create different patterns.
A wedge slice of strawberry poke cake with a fork having cut off the first bite, while the rest of the cake is in the background.
The jello softens the texture of a poke cake meaning it may be a good idea to serve on a plate with a fork or spoon.

Strawberry Poke Cake Recipe

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A wedge slice of strawberry poke cake with a fork having cut off the first bite, while the rest of the cake is in the background.
Camping there always seems to be a cake that goes hard, now there’s a way to turn what may have been thrown away into a strawberry poke cake for dessert.
Preparation 30 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Ready in 1 hour
Servings 12 Servings
CourseDessert
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultySeasoned
MethodNo Cook
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Ingredients

Poke Cake

  • 1 plain cake
  • 1 packet strawberry jello (jelly)

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar (powdered sugar or icing sugar)

Equipment

  • wooden spoon
  • cake tin
  • plastic wrap

Directions

Poke Cake

  • Line the cake tin that the cake was cooked in with plastic wrap then return the cake.
  • Use the handle end of a wooden spoon handle to poke holes in the cake at even intervals.
  • Make the strawberry jello (jelly) and let it cool until starting to thicken.
  • Gently pour the red jello over the cake and into the holes until they seem to fill.
  • Chill until the gelatin is set.

Frosting

  • Whip together the cream cheese and butter until well combined and smooth. Stir in the vanilla.
  • Slowly add the confectioner's sugar in half cup intervals combining before adding the next until it is all absorbed into the creamy mixture.
  • Thinly spread the frosting over the top of the cake.
  • Slice and serve, aiming for the cuts to be through the holes for the best visual presentation.

To Serve

  • Remove the cake from the cake tin and plastic and place it on a serving plate.
  • Slice the cake aiming for the red jello-filled holes to create the decorative red lines down to the base. Serve while still cold.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 247mgCalcium: 29mgVitamin A: 402IUSugar: 29gFiber: 1gPotassium: 40mgCholesterol: 55mgCalories: 252kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 7gFat: 12gProtein: 2gCarbohydrates: 36gIron: 1mg

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