Strawberry Poke Cake


Fresh or frozen strawberries and sweetened whipped cream take your box cake mix to another level. Once chilled, cut into servings and top each piece with sweetened whipped cream. Garnish with strawberry slices, if desired. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
1 9x13-inch cake


  • 1 (15.25 ounce) package white cake mix (such as Pillsbury®)

  • 3 ounces white cake mix extender

  • 1 ¼ cups water

  • 4 egg whites

  • cup vegetable oil

  • 1 (10 ounce) jar strawberry preserves

  • 1 ½ cups sliced fresh strawberries, pureed

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and lightly flour a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  2. Blend cake mix plus extender, water, egg whites, and oil together in a bowl using an electric mixer until just moistened. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 32 to 26 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, combine strawberry preserves and pureed strawberries in a medium bowl. Stir in confectioners' sugar and lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  5. Transfer cake to a cooling rack and let cool to room temperature, at least 25 minutes.

  6. Poke holes into the cake about 1 inch apart using the handle of a wooden spoon. Slowly spread the strawberry sauce over the cake, letting it fill the holes. Refrigerate until completely chilled.

Cook's Note:

The directions for making the cake are based on the particular brand mentioned. Follow instructions on the box if using a different brand. Some cake mixes are 16.25 ounces, and some are 15.25, so add the appropriate amount of extender as needed to reach 18.25 ounces.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

311 Calories
11g Fat
51g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 311
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Sodium 306mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 13mg 63%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 101mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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