Strawberry Poke Cake recipes are easy summer desserts to make. Not only are the ingredients simple and probably in your pantry, but making strawberry desserts while strawberries are in season means that it is also an inexpensive dessert to make.
When are Strawberries in Season?Strawberry season is dependent on where you live, but in the United States, peak strawberry season runs from April to June. Of course, depending on varieties of strawberries and growing methods used in the commercial strawberry industry, the growing season is extended throughout most of the year, with most of the crops being raised in California and Florida, for those berries that aren't imported from countries further south.
What Ingredients are in Strawberry Poke Cake?
Strawberry Poke cakes have a variety of ingredients. It's all dependent on the recipe that you use, or if you use a recipe at all.
One of the things I really like about making poke cake recipes is that it is easy to come up with new twists and flavors on a dessert idea that is really difficult to mess up. If you don't have all the ingredients on hand for a specific recipe and you are comfortable winging it, making a new poke cake recipe can be a lot of fun.
Just make sure you write down the ingredients you used and the steps you took in case you come up with the best poke cake recipe ever and want to make it over and over again. You never know...your poke cake invention could be a winner.
Some of the basic ingredients used in strawberry poke cakes are: cake mix, pudding mix, strawberry jello, strawberries, cream cheese, whipped topping.
Keep in mind, not all of those ingredients are used in every Strawberry Poke Cake recipe. If desired, make a poke cake from scratch. Make a cake from scratch, and then use the other ingredients listed. Or, if you want to go with a more whole foods baking approach, you could also make pudding and whipped topping from scratch if using those ingredients.
Some of our other favorite poke cake recipes are:
Cake Mix Recipes
Cake mix recipes can be SUCH a huge time-saver, especially when whipping up a delicious poke cake like our Jolly Rancher Watermelon Poke Cake, which is another summer flavored poke cake recipe you'll want to try.
A quick internet search gives you a lot of different ideas on cake mix recipes... beyond the simple and basic cake recipes.
Whether you want to make cake mix cookies or cake mix ice cream... you can find a recipe online for it. This article from Cosmopolitan gives several suggestions including a whoopie pie recipe that will leave you salivating.
When you see all these inventive ways to use a cake mix, it really isn't surprising to learn that a lot of poke cake recipes use cake mixes as a base and then dress up the cake with delicious fillings to make a fun and tasty dessert.
How to Make a Strawberry Poke Cake
Strawberry Poke Cake is an easy dessert recipe to make. Cake mix recipes allow for an easy baking shortcut and mean you can have this tasty poke cake dessert on the table tonight. The strawberry cake filling is amazing and uses fresh strawberries.
After the cake has baked, poke holes into the cake. It is best to use a small wooden spoon to get a wider hole, which will allow more filling into it. This poke cake has a thicker strawberry pudding filling than many poke cakes that use a colorful gelatin-based 'filling'.
Next, mix together the ingredients for the filling. The strawberry poke cake filling used in this recipe is a tasty combination of pureed fresh strawberries and pudding.
Add the cake filling and spread it around to fill in all the holes. Then top the cake is with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and lemon zest.
Yum! Whip up this Strawberry Poke Cake recipe with so many refreshing flavors.
Strawberry Poke Cake Recipe
- Strawberry cake mix
- 3 eggs
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups strawberries
- 3.4 ounce vanilla pudding mix
- 1 cup milk
- 8 ounces whipped topping
- Additional sliced strawberries and lemon zest for top of cake
- Mix together and bake cake according to package instructions.
- In a food processor, pulse strawberries until pureed. Add in pudding mix and milk and blend.
- Poke holes in cake and then pour the strawberry/pudding mixture over the cake. Using a spatula, spread the pudding mixture over the cake and into the holes.
- Top the cake with whipped topping and sliced strawberries and lemon zest.
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