Poke Cake — A Summer Dessert Must!

Poke Cake Headline Image

My aunt introduced me to Poke Cake a few years ago at a summer family get-together. I couldn’t get enough! The cake was sweet but not too sweet, refreshing and light, even with the pockets of yummy flavor dispersed throughout.

Poke Cake Combined

Even better, Poke Cake is an extremely easy dessert to make, a fun twist on a classic box white cake, and one easily affordable if you’re on a budget. You can make this dessert for less than $10, which includes the eggs and oil required to make the cake.

I don’t know about you, but Cool Whip always reminds me of summer, and I love it so much I’d eat large dollops of it off a spoon, dip fruit in it, top ice cream … it’s a summer staple. Adding a generous spread of Cool Whip over this cake is encouraged! Jazz up the top a bit with some fruit in a decorative design or simply to hint at the flavor inside.

Poke Cake Fruit Placement

Look how pretty it is!

Poke Cake Plate

Don’t be surprised if this tasty treat is a hit at your next picnic, summer pot luck, graduation open house, family reunion or house party.

You can find the recipe online at Kraft‘s website, but here it is for a quick reference guide:


  • 1 box of white cake mix, any brand; along with the water, eggs and oil to prepare the mix
  • 1 box (3 oz.) package of JELL-O in the favor of your choice
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) of Cool Whip


  1. For the cake, select the mix you’d like (I chose Pillsbury’s Moist Supreme Classic White) and prepare it as normal, using water, vegetable oil and three eggs. I typically make boxed cake mixes with 1/3 cup of oil instead of the half cup it recommends. Bake in a 13×9 inch pan.
  2. Allow the cake to cool, then use a fork to poke holes in the top at intervals of a half inch.
  3. Prepare the JELL-O mix. Add 1 cup of boiling water to the mix and stir until the powder is dissolved. Then stir in the 1 cup of cold water.
  4. Pour the JELL-O mixture over the cake evenly.
  5. Refrigerate the cake for at least three hours, then top with Cool Whip.
  6. Serve and enjoy! Keep the remaining cake refrigerated.

If you decide to give this summer dessert a try, let me know how you like it! Happy summer!

– K

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About Karin

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