Poke Cake Recipe

Want to know which dessert reminds me of summer every time I eat it? Poke Cake: white cake with stripes of Jell-O inside and clouds of Cool Whip on top. There’s something about seeing that old silver cake pan covered with foil inside the fridge that makes my mouth water.

Poke Cake


  • 1 pkg. white cake mix + the ingredients listed on the box
  • 1 c. boiling water
  • 1 pkg. (3 oz.) strawberry gelatin
  • 1/2 c. cold water
  • 1 tub thawed Cool Whip


Prepare and bake cake in a 13×9″ pan according to directions on the box.

Cool cake in pan 15 min. Pierce cake with large fork, toothpick, end of a wooden spoon, etc at 1/2″ intervals.

Add boiling water to gelatin in small bowl and stir 2 min. or until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water then pour over cake. Whenever I pour the gelatin on it looks like there is too much and I’m flooding the cake. Just go with all of it, trust me, lol.

Refrigerate 3 hrs then frost with Cool Whip.

Refrigerate 1 hour. Serve chilled.


Delicious icebox poke cake recipe - just box cake, Jell-O, and Cool Whip.

recipe adapted from Kraft

Note: I guess Cool Whip is not available in the U.K. or Australia. Bummer! I have NOT tried the following recipe (which is from somethingswanky.com) but it sounds like you can make homemade Cool Whip! If anyone tries this, please let me know how it turns out. 🙂

Homemade Cool Whip


1/4 c. cold water
1 tsp. unflavored gelatin
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 3/4 c. whipping cream
3 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla


Pour water into small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over water, and let it sit for 2-3 mins. Place pan over med-low heat and stir until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool.
Once gelatin mixture has cooled, place 1 Tbs of whipping cream and cream of tartar in a small ziplock bag. Seal bag and shake until cream of tartar has dissolved completely and there are no lumps.
Pour cream of tartar mixture into a large mixing bowl along with the rest of the whipping cream and the sugar.
Beat with a hand mixer or stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 mins. Once cream mixture begins to slightly thicken, slowly pour in gelatin-water while mixing. Add vanilla. Continue to mix until the cream is thick and smooth.