Cherry Poke Cake

By April 19, 2019April 19th, 2020Baking, Cake, Dessert, Home Easy Baking, Reader's Favorites, Recipes

Poke Cake is one of the easiest cakes you will ever bake, with the endless option of flavor combinations, you will never grow tired of them. This Cherry Poke Cake is light and refreshing, and is perfect for your Spring celebration!

A cherry topped cake on a whte plate with cherries and a fork

It’s been quite a while that I’ve made a cake, typically I bake Cupcakes or single desserts like Mini Cheesecakes, but with so many celebrations coming up soon – Mother’s Day, Graduations, Potlucks, Spring Parties and more – I just knew you would love the recipe for a delicious Cherry Poke Cake. Okay, well, yes let me be honest, I wanted it too. But can you blame me? I mean what could be better than Cherry and gelatin together?

Cherry topped cakes on white plates.

This luscious Cherry Poke Cake starts with a white cake mix, in addition to the normal ingredients you add to a cake mix – eggs, water or milk, and oil. I added some Almond Extract for flavoring. Almonds have a light, fresh flavor that just screams Spring to me. While the cake is wonderful, it’s really the frosting that is heavenly, a mixture of Marshmallow Fluff, Cool Whip whipped topping and a little more Almond Extract adds to the lightness of the cake.

Then to make the cake even more special, I added a sprinkle of sliced almonds. The light, sophisticated taste is the perfect complement to this Cherry Poke Cake, bringing out the almond flavor even more. Indeed this cake will turn heads when you present it on the table.

Ingredients for a cherry poke cake laid out over a table top.

Poke Cake 

Ingredients

  • White Cake Mix
  • Almond Extract – you can also use Vanilla Extract if you like, however we like the freshness of almond extract for this recipe
  • Cherry Gelatin
  • Water

Frosting

  • Whipped Topping – you can also use heavy whipping cream if you like
  • Marshmallow Cream 
  • Almond Extract

Kitchen Essentials Needed

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Wooden Skewer
  • 13×9 Cake Pan

A step by step photo collage of cherry poke cake being made.

How to Make Cherry Poke Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray
  2. Combine cake mix, eggs, water, oil and almond extract until smooth
  3. Spread evenly into baking dish, bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  4. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes
  5. Combine Jell-O and boiling water and stir about 2 minutes until dissolved, add cold water
  6. Using a wooden skewer or large fork, poke holes into cake about every 1/2 inch
  7. Carefully pour gelatin over the cake
  8. Place in refrigerator at least 3 hours or overnight

Frosting

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until fluffy
  2. Spread over cake
  3. Store in fridge until ready to serve
  4. Store leftovers in fridge covered with plastic wrap

Cherry Poke Cake-Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make my cake more moist?

If you want to to make your cake more moist, then just add an extra egg to the cake mix. The yolks add more fat, which helps make the cake more dense and hold moisture.

What are the cake holes for?

The holes allow us to add in liquid, in this case gelatin, to make every bite pop with more flavor.

How long do these cherry almond poke cakes last?

If you put the cake in an airtight container, it will last about five days. If you refrigerate it, it will last twice that long.

Cherry topped cake on a white plate.

 

 

 

Cherry Poke Cake

Cherry Poke Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Refreshing and light Spring dessert. Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

Ingredients

  • 1 white cake mix
  • Ingredients on box
  • 1 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 small box Cherry Jell-O
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Frosting

  • 1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1 teaspoon Almond Extract

Topping

  • 1/2 cup Sliced Almonds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray
  2. Combine cake mix, eggs, water, oil and almond extract until smooth
  3. Spread evenly into baking dish, bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  4. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes
  5. Combine Jell-O and boiling water and stir about 2 minutes until dissolved, add cold water
  6. Using a wooden skewer or large fork, poke holes into cake about every 1/2 inch
  7. Carefully pour Jell-O over the cake
  8. Place in refrigerator at least 3 hours or overnight

Frosting

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until fluffy
  2. Spread over cake and sprinkle with almonds
  3. Store in fridge until ready to serve
  4. Store leftovers in fridge covered with plastic wrap

Notes

Cake can be made a few days ahead, keep covered or in airtight container

 

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