I’m so excited to share with you today an easy and delicious Lemon Poke Cake Recipe. I made a Christmas Poke cake for the holidays and everyone loved it so I knew immediately that I had to create a lemon one for the Spring and Summer.
I can’t resist Lemon Desserts!
I love lemon desserts. They are probably one of my favorite sweet treats to enjoy. These desserts are so light and packed with tons of lemon flavor. I can’t resist any of them.
Since I love them so much, my kids have learned to love them too since I always have them around.
Here are a few of my all time favorite lemon desserts and this poke cake is now on this list as well!
If you love lemon flavor desserts as much as I do, I hope you try these dessert recipes as well. They are all so delicious and irresistible.
What supplies do you need to make this Lemon Poke Cake Recipe:
You will need a 9X13 baking pan to cook the cake portion of this recipe in. This is the one that I currently have and I love it. I love the lid so that I can easily travel with it to my family or friends’ homes.
A glass pan will work great as well. There are some great options available on amazon here.
That’s all you’ll need to create this easy and delicious lemon cake recipe.
What ingredients are needed for this lemon cake recipe?
So to make the cake portion of this recipe, you only need a few ingredients.
- Lemon Cake Mix
- Ingredients needed to make the cake based on the package instructions (eggs, oil, water, etc.)
- Lemon Jello Mix
- Water (Does this even count as an ingredient!)
You also need a few ingredients for the topping. This is probably my favorite type of this recipe so don’t skip this part!
- Container of Lemon Frosting – I used Lemon buttercream frosting but I think lemon cream cheese frosting would work great as well.
- Container of Whipped Topping (aka Cool Whip)
Ok, now that you see how simple the ingredients are, I hope you’re no longer scared to try this delicious and easy lemon poke cake recipe.
How to make lemon poke cake:
This cake recipe really is pretty simple to make but tastes like it took forever to create which I love!
First bake the cake according to boxed cake mix instructions for a 9X13 sheet cake. Remove the baked cake from the oven and let it cool for about 5 minutes.
Then poke holes all around the cake with a fork and set aside. I used the opposite end of the fork to make the holes. You want medium size holes for the jello to seep in. A wooden spoon would work great for this as well.
Then in a small bowl whisk together the jello mix and hot water until the jello mix is completely dissolved. Then whisk in the cold water. Gently pour the jello mixture over the cake.
Next place the cake in the refrigerator to chill for 2-3 hours to allow the jello to solidify.
Now it’s time to make the frosting! Yummy!
In a separate mixing bowl, add the lemon frosting and beat with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
Then fold in the whipped topping into the frosting. I used a spatula to fold it in and it worked perfectly. Once they are both well combined, spread the frosting over the chilled cake.
After the frosting is on, place the cake back in refrigerator for about 2 hours to chill. Now the cake is ready to serve and enjoy!
When not serving, I store this cake in the refrigerator.
What to serve on top of lemon jello poke cake:
I love serving this recipe as in immediately from the refrigerator as it’s good still cold.
You can top the cake with fresh lemon slices or lemon zest to add more color to the top. The yellow makes it look beautiful and perfect to serve at your Spring and Summer parties.
Also, it’s delicious served with ice cream or fresh berries on top. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this cake recipe.
What variations can you make to this lemon poke cake recipe:
Here are a few ideas to change up this cake recipe to make it your own and to ensure that you’ll family will love it.
Create a lemon pudding poke cake by using a pudding mix instead of the jello mix. You’ll want to mix the pudding based on the package instruction and pour it evenly over the baked cake. If you are using the pudding mix, I would create larger holes in the cake to make sure it’s able to pour into the cake easily.
Along those same lines, you can also make lemon poke cake with lemon pie filling by using canned lemon pie filling instead of the jello mix. For this variation, I recommend stirring the pie filling in with the cake mix batter prior to baking it instead of pouring it over the top.
Also, I made a lemon jello poke cake with glaze once because I forgot to buy the frosting ingredients- Oops! I created a glaze by mixing lemon juice with powdered sugar and topped the cake with this instead of the frosting. It was still delicious.
In addition, you can easily use whipped cream instead of the cool whip in this recipe. I love making my own. It’s easily and delicious. You can find that recipe here.
There are tons of ideas to change up this recipe easily to make this cake one of your all time favorites!
Print this Triple Lemon Poke Cake Recipe below:
This lemon poke cake recipe is an easy and delicious lemon dessert that is simple to make. Triple lemon poke cake is perfect for your next party.
- For the cake:
- 1 box lemon cake mix
- ingredients needed to make cake; eggs, oil and water
- 1 3 oz package lemon jell-o
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 cup cold water
- For the frosting:
- 1 tub lemon frosting
- 1/2 tub 4 oz whipped topping (COOL WHIP)
- Bake cake according to package. Remove from oven and let cool about 5 minutes.
- Poke holes all around the cake with fork, set aside.
- In bowl whisk together jello and hot water until jello is dissolved. Whisk in cold water then pour over the cake.
- Place cake in refrigerator to chill for 2-3 hours.
- To make frosting in bowl add your frosting and beat with hand mixer until fluffy.
- Fold in the whipped topping then spread over chilled cake.
- Place back in refrigerator for about 2 hours to chill.
- Top with lemon slices if you would like.
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- Chocolate Dump Cake Recipe
- Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe
- Chocolate Cherry Cake Recipe
- Texas Sheet Cake Recipe
- Easy Pound Cake Recipe
- Peach Dump Cake Recipe
- Oreo Dirt Cake Recipe
- Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake Recipe
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