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Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake Small Batch Recipe for Two

In this gorgeous and easy Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake, moist vanilla cake, sweet strawberry gelatin, and creamy cool whip come together to create a classic small batch dessert topped with fresh strawberries.

Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake

 

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Make this yummy chilled dessert for an impressive romantic date night dinner or a small spring or summer get-together with a couple friends.

 

What is a poke cake? It is a cake that you poke holes in after baking. The holes are then filled with a liquid or other filling. This one is filled with instant strawberry gelatin dissolved in boiling water to infuse extra flavor into every bite.

 

How to make Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).

 

Line a 6 inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Spray with non-stick spray and set aside. Click here for a 6 inch square cake pan.

 

In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and sugar.

 

With the paddle attachment on, beat until mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. I love the paddle attachment that scrapes the sides of the bowl for you. Click here to get one.

butter and sugar creamed together in kitchenaid mixing bowl with scraper paddle

 

Add the egg and beat well.

 

Stir in the vanilla extract and baking powder.

 

Mix in the all-purpose flour and milk until just combined.

strawberry poke cake batter mixed together in bowl

 

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.

strawberry poke cake batter in a cake pan

 

Remove from the oven and let the cake cool for 10 minutes.

strawberry poke cake baked in a pan

 

With the end of a wooden spoon, poke the cake several times. I did four rows with four holes each for this size pan.

strawberry poke cake with holes poked into it

 

Place the strawberry gelatin in a measuring cup.

 

Pour 1/4 cup of boiling water over it and stir until completely dissolved.

strawberry jello and hot water mixed in a measuring cup with a whisk

 

Stir in 1/4 cup cold water and slowly pour it over cake.

poke cake with strawberry jello poured over top

 

Refrigerate for 2 hours.

 

Spread the whipped cream over the cake in an even layer.

strawberry poke caked topped with cool whip

 

Cut the cake into 4 pieces, serve and enjoy!

 

 

Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake Small Batch Recipe

 

 

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Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake Small Batch Recipe
Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake Small Batch
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Chill
2 hrs
Total Time
1 hr
 
In this gorgeous and easy Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake, moist vanilla cake, sweet strawberry gelatin, and creamy cool whip come together to create a classic small batch dessert topped with fresh strawberries. Make this yummy chilled dessert for an impressive romantic date night dinner or small spring or summer get-together with a couple friends.
Course: Date Night, Dessert, Valentine's Day
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade strawberry poke cake, small batch strawberry poke cake
Servings: 4
Calories: 428 kcal
Author: Zona
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water very hot or boiling
  • 3 ounces strawberry gelatin
  • 1/8 cup cold water
  • 1 cup whipped cream Cool Whip Topping
  • Fresh strawberries for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
  2. Line a 6 inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Spray with non-stick spray and set aside. Click here for a 6 inch square cake pan.
  3. In a mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and sugar.
  4. With the paddle attachment on, beat until mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. I love the paddle attachment that scrapes the sides of the bowl for you. Click here to get one.
  5. Add the egg and beat well.
  6. Stir in the vanilla extract and baking powder.
  7. Mix in the all-purpose flour and milk until just combined.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and let the cake cool for 10 minutes.
  10. With the end of a wooden spoon, poke the cake several times. I did four rows with four holes each for this size pan.
  11. Place the strawberry gelatin in a measuring cup.
  12. Pour 1/4 cup of boiling water over it and stir until completely dissolved.
  13. Stir in 1/4 cup cold water and slowly pour it over cake.
  14. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  15. Spread the whipped cream over the cake in an even layer.
  16. Cut the cake into 4 pieces, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake Small Batch
Amount Per Serving
Calories 428 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 224mg 9%
Potassium 132mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 65g 22%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 45g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 10.7%
Calcium 6.7%
Iron 7.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Sharon K House
    May 30, 2018 at 11:26 am

    This recipe is a keeper! This will be one of our favorites during the heat of summer. It is light, cool and refreshing.

    • Reply
      Zona
      May 30, 2018 at 11:31 am

      Thank you Sharon! We love it too!

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