Lemon Poke Cake
Deliciously, easy Lemon Poke Cake made with a cake mix, lemon gelatin, homemade lemon curd, Cool Whip and some Nilla wafers! YOU WANT THIS. Today!
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Making a poke cake is seriously one of the easiest things to bake for dessert. And they are perfect for bringing to potlucks, bbq’s, and summer picnics! Everyone loves them!
If you’re asking yourself, “what is a poke cake” let me tell you this, there are many answers to that question. Depending on who you ask!
Poke cakes are typically made using a boxed cake mix and a 13×9 baking dish. While the cake is warm out of the oven, you can do SEVERAL things:
- add sweetened condensed milk (Banana Caramel Poke Cake)
- add pudding (Coconut Poke Cake)
- add gelatin (Strawberry Poke Cake)
Growing up, my family always chose the last option. Adding gelatin. It’s a perfect spring/summer treat! Growing up with a summer birthday, this was one of my favorite cakes. I LOVE frosting, but in the summer, this light and moist gelatin cake topped with Cool Whip is just PERFECT.
Lemon desserts are quite possibly my favorite type. I would choose a lemon treat over a chocolate treat. Is that odd? Anyone else with me on this?
By adding the lemon gelatin to the cake it makes it so flavorful and moist. Light and fluffy with a lemon twist!
But I took it a step further. I made a batch of homemade Lemon curd. Have you made this before? It’s really very easy. You can make this in advance so it’s ready to use when you’re ready to eat!
This poke cake needs to be refrigerated for about 4 hours after adding the gelatin. This gives the cake time to cool, and allows the gelatin to firm up. You can make it the night before and refrigerate overnight too! When you are ready to serve (or the day of) spread your homemade lemon curd over the top of the cake and then top it with Cool Whip. I added some crushed (and whole) Nilla Wafer cookies for a final touch to this cake!
Now, if any of you are a little worried (or hurried) to make this and want to skip the lemon curd part, I get it. Instead, you can substitute Lemon pudding. I’ve done this too. So after your cake has been poked, and your poured your gelatin on it, make up a quick batch of instant lemon pudding. Spread that over the top. Refrigerate the whole cake for 4 hours, or overnight. The gelatin will set nicely, and the top will have a delicious layer of lemon pudding. Some of which may have seeped into the cake, and that’s totally COOL. Trust me. Top this with your Cool Whip and Nilla Wafers and you’ve still got a great Poke Cake recipe to share with family and friends! ENJOY.
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Lemon Poke Cake
Yield: 20 slices
Prep Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
- 1 yellow cake mix, with ingredients to prepare according to package
- 1 box (3oz) lemon JELL-O gelatin
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 pint [lemon curd|https://www.shugarysweets.com/2013/02/easy-homemade-lemon-curd]
- 16oz Cool Whip
- 1/2 cup crushed Nilla Wafer cookies
- Prepare yellow cake mix according to package in a 13x9 baking dish. Remove from oven and poke holes all over cake. I actually use a meat thermometer for this (skewer or wooden spoon handle would work too!).
- Combine gelatin with boiling water. Pour over warm cake, into poked holes.
- Refrigerate cake with plastic wrap for 4 hours, or overnight.
- Before serving, spread lemon curd over top of cake. Top with Cool Whip and crushed cookies.
- Store in refrigerator for up to 4 days. ENJOY.
- Use homemade or store bought lemon curd (found in baking aisle).
- If you'd like, you can substitute lemon pudding for the curd. After pouring your gelatin on the cake, whisk 1 box (3.4oz) instant lemon pudding mix with 2 cup milk. Pour over cake. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Top with Cool whip and cookies.
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