Strawberries and cream poke cake starts with a cake mix, filled with a fresh and sweet homemade strawberry sauce and topped with whipped cream. Its perfect for an easy, yet elegant, and delicious dessert that everyone will love!
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I’ve fallen in love poke cakes recently, and I’m wondering why I didn’t make more of them sooner. They are so good because they are so easy, moist throughout, often topped with whipped cream, and did I mention delicious?
This strawberries and cream poke cake fits all of these descriptions. It starts with your favorite white cake mix. I used a french vanilla cake mix, but any white cake mix should do just great. You’ll stuff the cake full of fresh homemade strawberry sauce and top it with whipped cream (cool whip or homemade works great). Serve the cake up topped with fresh strawberry slices to make it extra pretty.
I didn’t want this to be a traditional jello poke cake so I made a homemade strawberry sauce using fresh strawberries. So you’ll need fresh strawberries (I’ve made it before with frozen and they work great too – they’ll just need to be thawed so you can blend them up), sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract.
Today is national strawberries and cream day and this cake is the perfect way to celebrate! The smooth and soft and moist cake pairs perfectly with the sweet juicy strawberry sauce. Top it all with creamy cool whip and this is a cake you won’t forget. Its perfect for today, or all summer long! Easy enough for any occasion, but fancy enough for a party. I promise you’ll love it!
Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake
- 1 white cake mix
- eggs oil/butter, and water as called for on cake mix box
- 8 oz cool whip
For the Strawberry Sauce:
- 2 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- Prepare cake mix and bake according to package directions in a 9x13 pan.
- Blend strawberries in a blender or food processor until smooth.
- Add pureed strawberries, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice to a small sauce pan over medium high heat.
- Heat until sugar is dissolved and strawberry sauce is thickened a bit, for about 5 minutes. Set aside.
- When cake is done cooking, allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
- Poke cake all over with a wooden spoon or fork.
- Pour strawberry sauce over the top of the cake and spread evenly to fill all the holes.
- Cover cake and allow to cool in fridge for about an hour.
- Top cake with cool whip and spread evenly.
- Place cake back in the fridge for another 4 hours, up to overnight.
- Slice and serve.
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We made this for my dad’s birthday in march. Mine wasn’t as pretty, but it was so good! I had never had a poke cake before but it is one of our new favorites.
Omg! I love you! I made 4lbs of strawberry sauce for a potluck at work. Most of the people did not come to work. I needed something to do with all this sauce. Our friends daughters birthday is tomorrow. I will be bringing this. You are a life saver. Love strawberry sauce but 4lbs is excessive.
I hope it turned out for you! The perfect way to use up some extra strawberry sauce!
Hi! This looks so good, do you think I could use heated up strawberry jam instead?
If you think you can get it thin enough? Another option if you don’t want to make the strawberry sauce would be to buy the strawberry ice cream topping.
how much frozen strawberries would I use to make the sauce??
I would guess the same amount. Maybe add an extra half cup or so
kathleen s ziegler says
what size pan please –
Aimee Berrett says
Can you use canned strawberries?
I’ve never worked with canned strawberries, so I’m not sure how they would do, but they might be okay pureed. You want it a sauce like texture.
Kathy Gill Marsh says
The hit of a family birthday party – yummy!
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
What a delicious looking poke cake! A perfect summer dessert!
Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven says
Oh my gosh, this is SUCH a pretty poke cake, Aimee! It looks so ultra-moist and packed with juicy berry goodness. My Monday needs this!!
you are a genius. seriously.This is a BEAUTIFUL CAKE and I want to face plant it..