i should be mopping the floor: Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake

I used my mom's tried and true Jell-o Poke Cake recipe and gave it a fresh summery spin. All of the flavors of the perfect summer drink soaked right into a cake. 
Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake...oh, yes.

Strawberry Lemonade Jell-o Poke Cake: the perfect summer dessert. Uses an easy box mix as the base...with lots of yummy flavors incorporated.
I think the original Jell-o Poke Cake was invented in the seventies...about the time I was born. It was a potluck staple at every church gathering I can remember growing up. My mom made it at least once a month. I used the new Cool Whip frosting on this one and added some summery fun as well, with the strawberry lemonade flavor. It's perfection this time of the year.

Strawberry Lemonade Jell-o Poke Cake: the perfect summer dessert. Uses an easy box mix as the base...with lots of yummy flavors incorporated.
I just used a lemon box mix for this, but gave it my "faux made" spin by substituting the milk for the water, the butter for the oil {x2} and adding an additional egg. To make it even easier, just follow the actual directions on the box. I'm awesome at over-complicating things.

You'll need:
  • 1 box of lemon cake mix
  • ingredients to prepare the cake {as listed on the box or as I mentioned above}
  • 1 small box of strawberry flavored Jell-o
  • 1 cup of water {used to prepare the Jell-o}
  • 1 cup of lemonade {prepared}
  • 1 container of Cool Whip Frosting {vanilla flavored}
  • sliced strawberries for topping {optional}
Prepare your cake mix by the box directions {or do it my over-complicated way, as described above}. Bake in a 9x13 pan and allow to cool completely. 

Strawberry Lemonade Jell-o Poke Cake: the perfect summer dessert. Uses an easy box mix as the base...with lots of yummy flavors incorporated.
Using a wooden skewer, poke holes all over cake...making sure to reach the skewer all the way to the bottom of the pan.The more holes the merrier. 


Strawberry Lemonade Jell-o Poke Cake: the perfect summer dessert. Uses an easy box mix as the base...with lots of yummy flavors incorporated.
Prepare the Jell-o {use the cup of water to boil and then the one cup of lemonade, still cold}. Pour the Jell-o all over the cake, allowing it to seep into the cake through the holes.

Refrigerate overnight. Frost with Cool Whip frosting and top with sliced strawberries, if desired. 


Strawberry Lemonade Jell-o Poke Cake: the perfect summer dessert. Uses an easy box mix as the base...with lots of yummy flavors incorporated.
This is one moist cake. Woot, woot! 


Strawberry Lemonade Jell-o Poke Cake: the perfect summer dessert. Uses an easy box mix as the base...with lots of yummy flavors incorporated.
I pretty much put this photo in just to show you what a clean cut of cake I got out of the pan. Bragging rights, people. This *never* happens around here. It's usually dig in and pray for the best.


Strawberry Lemonade Jell-o Poke Cake: the perfect summer dessert. Uses an easy box mix as the base...with lots of yummy flavors incorporated.

To print out a copy of the recipe, click on the image below.
It prints both a 4x6 and 3x5 recipe card on the same page for your convenience. 

Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake








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18 comments:

  1. I haven't seen this for years! But isn't it gorgeous! Nice dessert to take to a potluck dinner.

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  2. I love love love that Cool Whip Frosting! It is so delicious, easy, and very good! Love the pictures and can't wait to try it out. I am your newest fan and reader! Can't wait to read through your blog.
    Carrie
    www.thirtyfiveninetyfive.blogspot.com

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  3. That printable recipe card is as cute as this cake is amazing! Love, love, love it!

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  4. Wow! Looks so easy and delicious!
    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. Hope you will join us!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

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  5. Oh, a poke cake! That sparks up memories for me too! This one is so pretty with the strawberry lemonade twist.

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  6. Pretty, can't wait to try it out. I liked getting the faux-made directions too. Your blog is a new found favorite!

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  7. Yum yum, and pretty too. Sharing on FB, after I pin it :)

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  8. This looks so fantastic! Perfect for summer too! Pinned!

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  9. OK. LOVE this recipe and love love your blog! I can't believe I didn't find you sooner, but of course a Strawberry Lemonade cake would get me here! I can't wait to do some more reading on your blog. :) So I am now a new follower and pinner of your wonderful work!

    You can find me at inkhappi... putting the {i} in happi

    Have a "happi" day! ~Jillene

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  10. This sounds so refreshing; perfect for Summer Kristi! Yum! Can't wait to try this!

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  11. Oh this looks delicious, Kristi! I even thought, what a perfectly cut piece of cake on that one photo haha. My family loves poke cakes. Can't wait to try your version!!

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  12. I can't wait to try this this summer!! Love your pictures :)

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  13. I really like the idea of putting sliced strawberries on top. It makes the be done poke cake look fancy, like you bought it from the store. :D And I think the lemon flavored base would help with the strong taste of the strawberries.

    I think I'm grabbing this idea for our 4th of July celebration. :D

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  14. Thanks for linking up to Whimsy Wednesday! Your project has been featured this week on my blog!

    http://www.ohmy-creative.com/kitchen/dessert/16-easy-to-make-summer-drinks-and-desserts/

    Also, you can add your project {or any project} to my website. I feature them on my main slider on the home page...follow this link to submit your project!
    http://www.ohmy-creative.com/submit-a-project/

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  15. Uhhhh. I think I need this snap crackle pop NOW lady!! WOW! Pinned and I want to make this asap! YUM!

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  16. Featured you yesterday! :) This cake looks so good!

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