Delicious and creamy Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake is an easy poke cake to make. Topped with a crunchy cookie topping to give it so much flavor.

Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake on a white plate
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Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake Recipe:

Light and fluffy Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake is a family favorite cake. This easy cake starts with a box cake mix and filled with strawberry creamy sauce. Then topped with a creamy whipped topping and crunchy cookie crumble.

This is one of those desserts that you can toss together in minutes and takes very little effort. My kids love to help poke the holes in the cake and pour the strawberry sauce over the top of the cake.

This beautiful strawberry poke cake is a show stopper to bring for the holidays or celebrate someone special. This is the perfect cake to make ahead of time. Impress your family with this easy Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake. For more strawberry flavor, try Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies,Strawberry Crunch Cake or Strawberry Cake Pops.

Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake on a white plate

What is Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake?

A poke cake is a type of cake you poke holes in after baking. This Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake is filled delicious creamy strawberry mixture that is poured over the white cake and fills all the holes with the creamy sauce.

This strawberry crunch poke is different than most poke cake. After the creamy sauce fills the holes, it is then topped with a crunchy cookie topping for added flavor.

Poke cake Recipes vary but the filling can be a pudding mixture, fruit, sweetened condensed milk and more. This is a very easy recipe.

Ingredients needed - white cake mix, strawberry gelatin powder, evaporated milk, condensed milk, cool whip, golden oreos, strawberries, butter

Ingredients: 

For the Cake:

  • White Cake Mix 
  • Ingredients to prepare the cake based on the package instructions 
  • Strawberry Gelatin Powder (3.4 oz box), divided 
  • Evaporated Milk (12 oz can) 
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 oz can) 
  • Cool Whip (8 oz) 

For the Crunch Topping:

  • Golden Oreos 
  • Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • Unsalted Butter melted

How to Make Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake: 

  • Step 1 – Prepare the cake based on the package, in a medium bowl, instructions in a 9X13 baking pan. 
  • Step 2 – While the cake is cooling, heat the evaporated milk in a small saucepan over medium high heat. 
  • Step 3 – Then whisk in half of the strawberry gelatin powder.  Heat and whisk until the gelatin powder is dissolved.
  • Step 4 – Set aside and allow the mixture to cool slightly. z
  • Step 5 – Then whisk in the sweetened condensed milk. 
  • Step 6 – Poke the cake with a fork or a wooden skewer at ½ inch intervals throughout the top of the cake. 
  • Step 7 – Then pour the strawberry mixture over the cake evenly.  Then cover the cake and refrigerate for 1 hour to allow the cake to soak up the strawberry mixture. 
  • Step 8 – Then spread the cool whip on top of the cake. 
  • Step 9 – Prepare the crunch topping.  Place the freeze dried strawberries, golden Oreos and the remaining strawberry gelatin mixture in a food processor.
  • Step 10 – Pulse on high until the mixture is in fine crumbs.  Then add in the melted butter and pulse until well combined.
  • Step 11 – Sprinkle the crunch topping over the cool whip and gently press it down into the cake. 
  • Step 12 – Then the cake is ready to cut, serve and enjoy.
Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake in a baking dish with a serving on a spatula

What is the Best Way to Poke Holes in a Poke Cake?

You can use a fork to poke the cake or really anything you have. The end of a wooden spoon also works as well. Another idea is to use a toothpick or a wooden skewer.

We recommend poking holes about ½ apart from each other. This is such an easy recipe so just use what you have and make this amazing cake.

Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake in a baking dish

How Many Holes Should you Poke in a Poke Cake:

There really isn’t a set amount of holes that need to be placed in a poke cake. Just make sure they are all about the same size and about ½ inches apart. I try to keep the holes in even rows just so that it look beautiful when you cut the cake.

Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake in a baking dish with a serving on a spatula

Do you let Cake Cool before Poking?

We recommend allowing the cake to cool to slightly warm before poking holes in it. I like to prepare the cake and bake it. After it is finishing baking and cooling, I like to prepare the strawberry cream sauce.

Once that cream sauce is finish, then it is usually the perfect time to start poking holes so you can pour the sauce over the top.

How to Store Strawberry Poke Crunch Cake:

Refrigerate the leftover cake covered for up to 5 days.  

Recipe Tips for Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake Recipe:

  • Combine Mixture – Make sure the gelatin completes combines with the other ingredients.
  • Make Ahead – Pokes cake are the perfect cakes to make ahead of time. You can prepare the cake and add the creamy strawberry sauce and refrigerate. Then when you are ready to serve add your topping.
  • Crumbing Cookies – We like to use a food processor to combine the cookies, freeze dried strawberries and jello. This allows for the ingredients to dice in the perfect size.
  • Serving – You can easily serve this cake with vanilla ice cream for the perfect dessert.
Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake on a white plate

Variations and Substitutions for Strawberry Crunch Cake:

  • Change the Cake – We used a white cake mix but you can easily use a vanilla cake mix or yellow cake mix. Use what your have or prefer.
  • Homemade Whipped Topping – If you have just a few extra minutes, you can easily make whipped cream from scratch. It does not take long at all and is practically effortless. You can also use a cream cheese topping.
  • Jello – Feel free to change the strawberry jello to a different flavor. A cheesecake flavor jello would be delicious with the strawberry crunch topping.
  • Topping – You can use different types of cookies to crumble for the topping.
  • Fresh Strawberries – We like to add fresh fruit to the top but you can leave off or use different fruit. Blueberries would be a fun topping.

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Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake

4.64 from 11 votes
Delicious and creamy Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake is an easy poke cake to make. Topped with a crunchy cookie topping to give it so much flavor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cover and Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 648

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE:

  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • *Ingredients to prepare the cake based on the package instructions
  • Strawberry Gelatin Powder 3.4 oz box, divided
  • 12 oz Evaporated Milk
  • 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 8 oz Cool Whip

FOR THE CRUNCH TOPPING:

  • 20 Golden Oreos
  • 2 cups Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • ¼ cup Unsalted Butter melted

Instructions

  • Prepare the cake based on the package instructions in a 9X13 baking pan. 
  • While the cake is cooling, heat the evaporated milk in a small saucepan over medium high heat.  Then whisk in half of the strawberry gelatin powder.  Heat and whisk until the gelatin powder is dissolved. Set aside and allow the mixture to cool slightly. 
  • Then whisk in the sweetened condensed milk. Poke the cake with a fork or a wooden skewer at ½ inch intervals throughout the top of the cake. Then pour the strawberry mixture over the cake evenly. 
  • Then cover the cake and refrigerate for 1 hour to allow the cake to soak up the strawberry mixture. 
  • Then spread the cool whip on top of the cake. 
  • Prepare the crunch topping.  Place the freeze dried strawberries, golden Oreos and the remaining strawberry gelatin mixture in a food processor. Pulse on high until the mixture is in fine crumbs. 
  • Then add in the melted butter and pulse until well combined.
  • Sprinkle the crunch topping over the cool whip and gently press it down into the cake. 
  • Then the cake is ready to cut, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftover cake covered for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 648kcal, Carbohydrates 117g, Protein 8g, Fat 15g, Saturated Fat 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 33mg, Sodium 500mg, Potassium 801mg, Fiber 5g, Sugar 83g, Vitamin A 307IU, Vitamin C 483mg, Calcium 298mg, Iron 10mg

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