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Culinary Tales/ Sweet Things

Easy Strawberry Poke Cake

Today I’m making this Easy Strawberry Poke Cake. Not only is this cake super easy to make, it’s delicious and very appropriate for Valentine’s Day!

The idea behind the poke cakes is that after the cake comes out of the oven and is cooled, you pour a liquid over top – most of the time Jello! To make this cake I’m sticking true to form and using strawberry jello! I’m using a box cake mix. Could you make the cake from scratch? Sure. Do you need to? Absolutely not. This is going to taste homemade and it’s going to cut the time in half.

I’m also decorating the cake with strawberries and raspberries to keep with the flavors and red theme of Valentine’s Day!

Easy Strawberry Poke Cake

Start off by following the directions on your cake box. Mix the egg whites, vegetable oil, and cake mix in a large bowl.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees . Spray your cake pans with non-stick cooking spray and pat with a little flour . Pour your batter into the pans. Place the pans in the oven to bake . They should take about 24 minutes to bake. You can test them with a toothpick , stick it in the middle and if it comes out clean it’s ready!

After removing your cakes from the oven let them cool in the pan on a rack for about 15 minutes. Next transfer them to a plate to cool for and additional 15 minutes. After they are completely cool you’re going to replace them in the pan so that you can pour the jello over top.

Take a fork and poke wholes all around the cake. Boil 1 cup of water on the stove top and then add the jello packet to the water stirring. Pour the jello mix over top of the cake slowly and evenly!

Place the cakes in the fridge for at least 3 hours. After they’ve chilled for long enough, remove them from the cake pans and get ready to frost them!

Mix 3/4 of a tub of cool whip with one can of frosting. Separate the frosting in to two bowls and place a little red food coloring in to one bowl. After mixing it frost the top of the bottom cake with it.

Next, place the other cake on top.

Begin frosting the edges of the cake. The easiest way is to sort of spin the cake slowly as you apply the frosting with a spatula. Finally, apply frosting on top evenly.

Once your done frosting it sprinkle some white crystal sprinkles all over the middle and place strawberries around it in two separate layers of a circle. Lastly, place the raspberries right in the middle on top of the crystal sprinkles!

Easy Strawberry Poke Cake

Print Recipe
Serves: 8-10 Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes white cake mix
  • 1 box strawberry jello mix
  • 1 can of vanilla frosting
  • 1 Cup of Strawberries
  • 1 Cup of Raspberries
  • 2 Tbsp of Sprinkles

Instructions

1

Bake cakes according to box directions!

2

Let cakes cool for 15 minutes. Remove from pans and cool for an additional 15 minutes.

3

Place them back in the pan so that you can pour the jello over the top.

4

Take a fork and poke wholes all around the cake.

5

Boil 1 cup of water on the stove top and then add the jello packet to the water stirring.

6

Pour the jello mix over top of the cake slowly and evenly!

7

Place the cakes in the fridge for at least 3 hours.

8

After they've chilled for long enough, remove them from the cake pans.

9

Mix 3/4 of a tub of cool whip with one can of frosting.

10

Separate the frosting in to two bowls and place a little red food coloring in to one bowl.

11

After mixing it frost the top of the bottom cake with it.

12

Place the other cake on top and begin frosting the sides.

13

Sprinkle some white crystal sprinkles all over the middle and place strawberries around it in two separate layers of a circle. Lastly, place the raspberries right in the middle on top of the crystal sprinkles.

Cocktails/ Culinary Tales

Blood Orange Crush

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’m sharing the recipe for this Blood Orange Crush. I knew I wanted to make a cocktail using Blood Oranges. I love everything about them. First off, they are gorgeous!

Secondly, they taste amazing! Depending on where you live they can be difficult to find, but they are definitely worth the search.

They’re also super healthy, the red flavonoid pigments that give the oranges their bold crimson color are filled with antioxidants that can help to prevent a whole range of free radicals and diseases. Taste wise, they are so much smoother than regular oranges, and a little sweeter too. They are good in salads, cakes, donuts, & scones amongst other foods. They are fantastic paired with any liquor. So, I’m pairing them with vodka in this Blood Orange Crush.

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