MawMaw Light’s Strawberry Poke Cake

My MawMaw Light made the BEST Strawberry Poke Cake & it’s so easy. This is her recipe!

Strawberry Poke Cake

Ok, so I am perfectly aware that almost everyone has a Strawberry Poke Cake recipe – it’s probably the most popular out of all the poke cake recipes (and there’s a lot of them!) – but this one, my friends, is my grandma’s recipe… so that means it’s the best. 😉

Strawberry Poke Cake

MawMaw Light was a great cook – but she was an even better baker. If she offered you a piece of cake, well honey – you better be prepared to eat because she’d slice half that cake & plop it on your plate.

I have no problem eating half this cake. At all. It is SO good! If only my metabolism would keep up… Eating half a cake was so much simpler when I was 12 😉

Strawberry Poke Cake

Not only is this super yummy, but it’s also super easy. Like really, really easy. So easy you could do it with your hands tied behind back.

Ok, so maybe not that easy… this isn’t an episode of Cutthroat Kitchen & I don’t have liability insurance. But make it. You’ll see.

Strawberry Poke Cake

MawMaw Light's Strawberry Poke Cake


  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 1 package strawberry jello 3oz
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 large tub Cool Whip
  • fresh sliced strawberries to garnish optional


  • Prepare & bake cake mix as directed on the back of the package as directed for a 9x13 pan. Cool in pan for 15 minutes then prick with a fork at 1/2 inch intervals.
  • Dissolve the gelatin boiling water. Add cold water & spoon over the cake in pan. Chill for 3-4 hours. Frost with Cool Whip. Refrigerate. Serve pieces with fresh sliced strawberries if desired.
My MawMaw Light made the BEST Strawberry Poke Cake & it's so easy! This is her recipe :) | @thathousewife