Strawberry fans will love this homemade strawberry poke cake! The white cake is made from scratch, then strawberry gelatin is combined with bits of strawberries throughout the cake. Top it off with a thin layer of whipped cream and extra sliced berries-this dessert surely is a sweet delight!
Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought it would be fun to share such a pretty cake that is perfect for the holiday. But it is also great really any time of the year, especially when fresh strawberries are in season! Strawberries are my favorite fresh fruit in the summer! It is a great summer dessert!
This delicious white cake is the perfect dessert for that fresh and sweet taste in a cake! It looks beautiful when you cut into it. If you need a fun, festive and tasty dessert for any holiday or get-together, this is a perfect and simple treat to make.
I like to bake desserts from scratch, and that is what I share here in the recipe, but you can easily use a white boxed cake mix instead.
Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake
- 2 C. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 C. shortening
- 1 3/4 C. granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 egg whites
- 1 1/2 c. buttermilk
- 1/2 C. boiling water
- 2 C. strawberries – cut into small pieces
- 1 box strawberry gelatin mix
- 1 container whipped cream
In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix together and set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine the shortening, sugar and vanilla and beat together with hand mixer until well mixed. Add egg whites to the sugar/shortening mixture and beat well. Then add the flour mixture and buttermilk a slowly and continue beating together until it is all mixed together well.
Pour the batter into a well greased 9×13-inch baking pan and bake at 350° F. for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
While the cake is baking and cooling, prepare the strawberry topping. Boil the water in a small saucepan.Cut the strawberries into small pieces and crush them slightly. Add the crushed strawberries and strawberry gelatin mix to the saucepan and bring back to a boil, then let cool.
Once the cake is cool use the end of a wooden spoon to poke holes into the cake. Pour the cooled strawberry gelatin mixture over top of the cake and into the holes. Some of the strawberries can be spread out on top of the cake as well to give a little strawberry layer on top of the white cake. Top off the cake by spreading the whipped cream all over the cake and add sliced strawberries on top. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.