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This Strawberry Jello Poke Cake is made with light and airy angel food cake, white chocolate pudding frosting, and plenty of fresh berries!

I remember when Angel Food Cakes become the staple at all our family functions. It was around the time my grandfathers started having heart surgery, and from then on out, it was angel food cake with strawberries or bust.

Whether an angel food cake is actually healthier for you, I have no idea. But, in my mind, angel food cakes and strawberries will forever go hand in hand.

A slice of strawberry jello poke cake topped with strawberries.

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What is a Poke Cake?

In case you aren’t familiar with poke cakes, a Poke Cake is a baked cake with holes poked in it. That much is obviously. Then, you pour something delicious into the holes (jello, pudding, sweet condensed milk, vodka, whatever). Frost it and you’re set! It’s awesome.

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake in a white dish.

I started with a boxed Angel Food Cake mix because anyone who wants to pour Jello on a cake is probably fine with cake mixes. Right?

My only lingering question was, could I bake an Angel Food Cake mix in a 9-inch x 13-inch pan? I gave it a shot, checking it early and often, and it was done in 30 minutes flat (as opposed to baking it in a tube pan which the package indicated would take a minimum of 43 minutes).

I poured the jello on top and stuck it in the fridge. My Strawberry Jello angel food poke cake was well on its way.

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake in a white dish.

I suggest baking the cake, letting it cool, and dousing it in Jello the day before you need it. It needs to sit for at least 3 hours, so you may as well get a jump start on things. Then, you can mix the white chocolate pudding frosting with whipped topping right before you frost it.

I recommend starting with a pound of fresh strawberries for decorating. You won’t need that many, but if you have a Type-A personality you will want to select slices that are similar in size. It’s better to have more berries to choose from.

You’ll also want EXACTLY 50 blueberries for the corner, but I’m not counting if you aren’t.

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake decorated like an American Flag.

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake

This Strawberry Jello Poke Cake is made with light and airy angel food cake, white chocolate pudding frosting, and plenty of fresh berries!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs 50 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 55 mins
Servings 16 servings
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 135


  • 1 (16 ounce) box angel food cake mix
  • 1 (3 ounce) box strawberry Jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 (3.3 ounce) box white chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 1 pint blueberries


  • Preheat oven to 350ΒΊF. Do not grease 9-inch by 13-inch pan.
  • Mix angel food cake mix according to package instructions (the one I used only required water). Pour into ungreased pan and bake until firm to the touch, about 30 minutes. If the center still jiggles, bake it 5 minutes longer.
  • Cool completely, at least 1 hour. Using a fork, pierce cake in rows about 1/2-inch apart. When the fork becomes sticky, dip tines in water to clean (typically at the end of each row).
  • Pour Jello into a medium bowl and whisk in boiling water. When Jello is dissolved, stir in cold water. Drizzle over the entire surface of cake. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • In a large bowl, or in a standing mixer fit with the whisk attachment, combine pudding and milk until well blended. Gently fold in whipped topping.
  • Spread frosting on cake and arrange berries on top to resemble an American flag. Store in refrigerator.


Adapted from Pillsbury Easy Meals magazine, July 2005 edition.


Calories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 246mgPotassium: 73mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 28IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
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  1. I made this yesterday for a party of 10, I used the angel food cake, sugar free jello & pudding and fat free cool whip.
    The whole cake went, It was excellent and guilt free. I wish I was able to post a picture but I don’t see that option. Thanks for ousting this recipe.

    1. I’ve been making poke cakes with jello for years. It’s one of kid’s’ favorite summertime treat. We always frosted the cake with Coolwhip. I never thought of using an angel food cake before.5 stars

    1. Hi Mary, did it sink significantly in the middle vs. the outside? In general the middle is a little lower, I think, because the jello mixture tends to congregate there and possibly drags it down. The cake (not counting the frosting) is not very tall either because of the jello. So, your cake sounds like it’s probably fine. Once it’s frosted, it should look level. I am predicting this answer will disappoint you, though, so I’m wondering if a better cake than Angel Food might be better. You’ll have to see how it tastes and whether you like it. Thanks for the question!

  2. I’ve heard of a poke cake, but have just realised while reading this that I had no idea what it actually was! But what a fabulous idea! I suppose you could drizzle over all manner of things, as well as jello!Β 

    I love that you’ve made this into such a patriotic cake, Meggan. So perfect for 4th July!Β 5 stars

    1. Ha ha Helen, you mean I am not the very last person on Earth to make a poke cake? You haven’t either?! Whew, it’s a load off my mind! I think people normally drizzle pudding and/or some kind of sweetened condensed milk on poke cakes. Kind of like a trashy tres leches. :) This one is really good though, I was pretty excited to eat 3 pieces in a row. Take care my dear!