Strawberry JELL-O Poke Cake

A light and refreshing Strawberry JELL-O Poke cake. Sweet funfetti cake topped with strawberry gelatin and Cool whip for a delicious treat.

Strawberry Jello poke cake slice on a white plate with sprinkles.

Did you know there is a new trend sweeping across the blogosphere? It’s called Poke Cakes.

You may have been making these cakes for years. I know I grew up eating poke cakes without every really knowing what they were called. In our house we called them JELL-O cakes.

Two Types of Poke Cakes

PUDDING. The first kind of poke cake is made from a cooked and cooled cake topped with sweetened condensed milk and all other sorts of glorious toppings. This creates a dense, very sweet (albeit delicious) cake.

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GELATIN. The second type is you take a cooked and cooled cake and top it with JELL-O gelatin. It’s lighter than the other variety and perfect when you are looking to cut calories, but still wanting to to enjoy something sweet.

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Slice of funfetti cake with gelatin baked inside on a white plate with a fork.

Today’s recipe is for a classic gelatin based poke cake.

I started with a Funfetti Cake Mix, because my kids love all things with sprinkles. But a white cake mix would be a more traditional choice.

I topped my cake with Strawberry Gelatin, it’s our favorite and we usually have about 925 boxes falling out of the pantry!

Any flavor though is delicious. I love the spongy texture from the cake combined with the gelatin!

I spread some Cool Whip on top of my cake and added a handful of sprinkles (more the merrier)!

Some people add fresh fruit (fresh sliced strawberries), graham cracker crumbs and other toppings. Today, I’m going simple.

You could also use Homemade whipped cream if you prefer, instead of Cool Whip!

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Tips and Tricks

Cake. Choose a flavor and bake it as directed in a 13×9 baking dish. A glass dish is a great choice so you can see the colors!

I like to use a white cake mix, that way the gelatin has a chance to really shine through in color!

For today’s strawberry poke cake, I actually used a funfetti cake mix, but you could use white and add your own sprinkles!

JELL-O. Choose your favorite flavor! Use one box. Use two boxes. Completely your choice!

After your cake has cooked and cooled, use a fork or the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes. The bigger the hole, the more defined color spots.

Refrigerate until the gelatin sets up and forms a spongy texture!

Cool Whip. Top it with some light cool whip for the final touch!

Fork of cake.

More Poke Cakes

Yield: serves 16

Strawberry JELL-O Poke Cake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes

A light and refreshing Strawberry JELL-O cake. Add a twist of fun by baking up a Funfetti Cake!


  • 1 box (18.25 oz ) Funfetti Cake Mix, prepared with ingredients.
  • 1 box (3oz) JELL-O Strawberry gelatin mix
  • 1 cup water, boiling
  • 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
  • sprinkles


  1. Bake cake in a 13x9 baking dish, as directed on box. Cool completely.
  2. Poke holes over cooled cake using a fork.
  3. In a small bowl, mix gelatin with boiling water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour gelatin over cake slowly, allowing it to fill the holes in the cake. Top with Cool Whip and sprinkles. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight. ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

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Today’s recipe for Strawberry JELLO Poke Cake was originally published on Shugary Sweets on July 4, 2013 and has been republished in June 2018.

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Posted on June 22, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. Do you leave the cake in the pan that you bake the cake in. I flip my cake onto a cake board to take to different functions but notice that the bottom (top before flipping) gets all mushy with the Jello. Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do so that it won’t be a mess when it’s served.

    1. I do leave mine in a pan. The bottom is soft from the JELL-O. You could purchase some 13×9 sized disposable pans and use those when taking the cake somewhere. Then you don’t have to worry about leaving the pan behind!

  2. you used 1 cup of boiling water for the gelatine? It sounds like a lot of water! Won’t the cake get very soggy? And do you poke the holes all the way down to the bottom of the cake, or just nearly to the bottom?

    1. Once you refrigerate the cake, the gelatin behaves as normal and creates a spongy, moist cake. Doesn’t matter about the holes, just poke lots of them!! ENJOY

  3. I made this cake yesterday and it’s nearly gone! I wanted to make it low cal, but when you send your daughter to the store for the items you need, you get what she brings back! No complaints, though – it was delicious! I blogged it and linked back you to Aimee!

  4. Could I use a yellow cake mix or would that mess with the flavor to much? I have all the ingredients, except I only have yellow cake mix. Id like to make it tonight though.

  5. This cake brings back memories of making poke cakes for my girls when they were young, moons ago. I think i may just make it again since both of them are home for the summer. It’ll be a nice treat.

  6. I made this for our BBQ dessert tonight and it was so good and was a huge hit! I must live under a rock because I’ve never heard of or tried poke cake. I know..crazy..:-) It’s now my new favorite especially with the funfetti cake mix and cool whip topping. Loved it!

    1. I’m so glad you made the cake and loved it! Thanks for coming back and letting me know!

  7. I’ve never heard of adding gelatin to poke cakes, but it sounds like a wonderful way of adding other flavors easily to cakes!

  8. I have tried the sweetier version of poke cakes but I have feeling I will like the Jello version more. Lighter equals bikini friendly in my book.

    1. Yes! You can use a white cake mix, with egg white, applesauce and water. Then use a sugar free JELL-O and light Cool Whip and you have a guilt free dessert! ENJOY

      1. Aimee, does the cake lose it’s sweetness with the applesauce and water vs preparing it the normal way? I haven’t tried cakes with the applesauce but do it all the time with brownies and they are just a little less sweet but I prefer them that way.

  9. What a sweet cake! I love the pink colors, so festive and summery and a cinch to make. That’s always the best dessert.

    1. I love an easy dessert that tastes awesome. This cake fits the bill! Thanks for stopping by Cathy!

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