Recipe: Strawberry Poke Cake with Lemon Whipped Topping

Long name for a recipe huh? I didn’t want to call it a lemon frosting because I feel like frosting makes it sound so sweet when it was my goal to make a not so sweet topping. So here is what I came up with! It was my brother’s birthday and I wanted to make him a cake – it was a success! His brothers enjoyed the cake more than him but eh…as long as it was being eaten, it’s fine! Let me share some pictures and the recipe!


I was running out of icing to write the words so excuse the messy handwriting. Admire the fresh fruit. 🙂


My recipe makes a lot of whipped topping! So I think you could make a layered cake but it’s hard to do that with this cake…since there’s jello in it. I guess you could do it after the jello sets!

Strawberry Poke Cake with Lemon Whipped Topping


1 pkg.  (2-layer size) white cake mix (I used this one)

1 cup  boiling water

1 pkg.  (3 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin

1/2 cup  cold water

Lemon Whipped Topping:

1 tub (12 oz) Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed

3 lemons worth of squeezed juice

2/3 can of condensed milk (7 oz. can)


1 6 oz. container of blueberries

1 16 oz. container of strawberries

Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 13×9-inch pan. Cool cake in pan 15 min. Pierce cake with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.

Add boiling water to gelatin mix in small bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water; pour over cake. Refrigerate 3 hours.

Gently combine lemon whipped topping ingredients in a bowl and frost cake in the pan. Decorate cake with sliced strawberries and blueberries as desired. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.

– The frosting has the perfect amount of lemon juice, the condensed milk adds a sweet touch. I really like the frosting because it complements the cake, doesn’t overpower it. 
– The fruits should definitely be used, makes a big difference in the taste of the cake! Delicious.
– Strawberry Poke Cake recipe courtesy of Kraft Recipes, frosting by me! 🙂

4 responses to “Recipe: Strawberry Poke Cake with Lemon Whipped Topping

  1. jalna

    Great job! You’re right . . . “whipped topping” is more enticing to me than “frosting”.

  2. N.

    Came over from Jalna’s blog. When I saw the title I thought it meant POKE Fish cake. LOL At’s why I had to take a look at the receipe, thinking cake and poke together? Some kinda new fusion stuff again?

    BTW I made your baked spaghetti recipe and oh man it was about the best baked spgah. I ever had. LOVE it. I never made baked spagh. but this better than the regular spagh. I’ll make this instead. And yes, it’s a good pot luck food too.

    I’m usually lurking but don’t comment. Mahalo -N

    • Hi N!

      Thanks so much for coming over and commenting. So funny you said that, I think I would have had the same reaction. Poke cake…you giving me an idea…creative juices are flowing!

      So glad to hear you made the baked spaghetti and that you loved it! Thanks for posting and hope you enjoy reading…I lurk a lot around blogs too. 🙂

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