Looking for a fantastic, summery dessert to make?! I’ve got just the thing for you…
Strawberry Jello Poke Cake
words in italics and red are the things you’ll need to make this dessert
Step 1: Bake a plain white cake as directed, using 2 round cake pans.
Step 2: After the cake has cooled for about 15 minutes, dip the bottom of the pan into warm water to help loosen the cake for an easy removal. Remove both cakes, and wash out the cake pans so they are clean and free of crumbs/baking spray. Put the cakes back into the clean cake pans and poke holes in the cake using a fork….about a half inch apart, and about an inch deep.
Step 3: Make a box of strawberry Jello (one recipe told me to use the big box, but I had way too much….so you could probably stick with the smaller box). With a small box of strawberry Jello mix 1 cup of boiling water and 1/2 cup of cold water until Jello powder is dissolved.
Step 4: Pour mixed Jello (liquid) over the top of the two cakes, equally. The cakes should be colored red now and look like this…
Step 5: Refrigerate both round cakes for 3 hours.
Step 6: Remove cakes from refrigerator and cake pans. Place one round cake on a plate or cake stand. Frost the cake with Cool Whip. Place second round cake on top and frost the top and sides.
Step 7: Once the whole cake is frosted with Cool Whip, I put back in the fridge for a half hour to let it firm up. In the meantime, cut a carton of strawberries into halves or fourths. Take the cake back out, and decorate the top of the cake with the freshly cut strawberries. Return to fridge until you are ready to serve.
And you have something that looks something like this….
If you are wondering about the Jello and if it’s “that important” of a step….trust me, it is! The Jello makes the cake super moist and adds a bit of flavor…here’s what it looks like on the inside after we had devoured half of it with our guests…
I’m tellin’ you…..it’s such a great summery treat….you should definitely give it a try!!