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A slice of a strawberry poke cake with fresh sliced strawberries on top

Light Strawberry Poke Cake with Jell-O Recipe

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  • Author: Susan
  • Total Time: 38 Minutes
  • Yield: 12 Slices 1x
  • Diet: Low Fat


Welcome to my kitchen! Today, I’m thrilled to share an Easy & Light Strawberry Poke cake recipe that will quickly become a staple at your family gatherings. 

This delicious cake, bursting with strawberry flavor, is the perfect summer dessert to enjoy with your loved ones. 


  • 1 Box of Yellow Cake Mix (15.25 Ounces)
  • 1 Box of Sugar Free Strawberry Jell-O (.06 Ounces)
  • 1 Container of Reduced Fat Cool Whip


  1. Prepare Cake - Follow your Box Mix directions but if you are using the Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix you will preheat your oven to 350  Degrees F - Spray a 9x13 baking dish with PAM cooking spray to prevent sticking. Blend cake mix with 3 eggs and 3/4 Cup of Unsweetened Applesauce - Blend until smooth about 3 minutes. Pour batter into pan and bake 23-28 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Make Jell-O - If you use the Family Size Zero Sugar Jell-O you need to boil 2 cups of water, add Jell-O mix stir until dissolved than add 2 cups of cold water.
  3. Poke Holes in Cake - Poke holes in your cooled cake with the handle of a wooden spoon about one inch apart.  You could also use a straw or poke holes with the tines of a fork. Pour the liquid Jell-O over the cake and into the holes. Place in refrigerator for 3 hours.
  4. Top the cake with Cool Whip and Fresh sliced strawberries. Slice and Serve!! So Yummy!!


  • Use Fresh Strawberries: Opt for ripe, fresh strawberries to ensure the best flavor and texture in your poke cake.
  • Prep the Strawberries: Hull and slice the strawberries thinly for an even distribution of flavor.
  • Sweeten the Strawberries: Toss the sliced strawberries with a bit of sugar and lemon juice to enhance their natural sweetness.
  • Bake a Soft Cake: Use a cake recipe that yields a moist and soft cake base, such as a classic vanilla, yellow or a light sponge cake.
  • Cool Slightly: Let the cake cool for 5-10 minutes before poking holes to maintain its structure and prevent crumbling.
  • Poke Even Holes: Use the handle of a wooden spoon or a wide straw to poke evenly spaced holes across the cake.
  • Chill Completely: Refrigerate the cake for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld and the filling to set properly.
  • Homemade Frosting Option: For a more decadent touch, make a homemade frosting using heavy whipping cream and cream cheese, whipped until fluffy.
  • Decorate with Fresh Fruit: Garnish the top with more fresh strawberries and other fresh fruit like blueberries or raspberries for a colorful presentation.
  • Airtight Container Storage: Store the cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep it fresh and moist.
  • Balance Flavors with Lemon Juice: Add a splash of lemon juice to the whipped topping or frosting for a refreshing zing.
    • Experiment with Flavors: Try variations like a Baileys poke cake or an Oreo poke cake for different flavor profiles.
    • Incorporate Banana Pudding: Substitute the vanilla pudding with banana pudding for a delightful twist reminiscent of banana pudding poke cake.
    • Serve Chilled: Poke cakes taste best when served chilled, so keep the cake refrigerated until ready to serve.
    • Avoid Overloading: When adding fresh strawberries or other fillings, avoid overloading the cake to prevent it from becoming soggy.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 28 Minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 272
  • Sugar: 29.5 g
  • Sodium: 381 mg
  • Fat: 6.9 g
  • Trans Fat:
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Protein: 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.4 mg