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Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 339kcal
This strawberry lemonade poke cake is the perfect summer dessert. It's fun, it's flavorful, and it's easy to make ahead of time. Everyone will love this beautiful cake!
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For the Strawberry Jello Filling:

  • 3 cups frozen strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • Zest & juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry gelatin

For the Cake:

  • 15.25 ounces white cake mix 1 box Duncan Hines Classic White works well
  • ¼ cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • Zest of 1 medium lemon

For the Lemonade Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 12 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • Zest and juice of 1 medium lemon

For the Topping:

  • 1 tub Cool Whip or 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream whipped
  • Fresh strawberries sliced or chopped
  • Yellow sanding sugar optional


For the Strawberry Filling:

  • In a medium saucepan, set over medium-low heat, combine 3 cups strawberries, 3 tablespoons water, ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup frozen lemonade concentrate, zest and juice of 1 lemon. Stir well, cover and cook until strawberries are softened and liquid is deep red, about 10 minutes. Pour the liquid over a strainer and into a bowl and add 2 tablespoons strawberry gelatin into the liquid. Whisk well until gelatin dissolves and allow mixture to cool to room temperature, 30-40 minutes. (Discard the strawberry solids or use for another recipe.)

For the Lemonade Cream Cheese Layer:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, add cream cheese, ½ cup frozen lemonade concentrate, ¼ cup powdered sugar and the zest & juice of 1 lemon. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy.

For the Cake:

  • Spray a 9x13-inch cake pan with nonstick baking spray.
  • Set oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine cake mix, ¼ cup frozen lemonade concentrate, ¾ cup water, 1/3 cup sour cream, 3 eggs and zest of 1 lemon. Beat together, on medium speed, for 2 minutes and pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake according to cake package directions or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (about 25-30 minutes). Transfer cake to a wire rack to cool completely. When cooled, use a thin handle of a wooden spoon to poke about 35-40 holes all around the top of the cake.
  • When the strawberry gelatin mixture has cooled to room temperature, slowly pour (or spoon) it over and into the holes in the cooled cake.
  • Cover with plastic wrap (keep the plastic wrap from touching the cake, if possible) and refrigerate 30 minutes before adding the Lemonade Cream Cheese Layer.
  • When the cake is ready, spread the Lemonade Cream Cheese mixture on top and smooth it out.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 2 days.
  • When ready to serve, decorate the top with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and colored sanding sugar.
  • Enjoy!



**(Total lemons and frozen lemonade for this cake; 4 medium lemons and 1 (12 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate)


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 484IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 1mg