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Poke Cake Mix with Strawberries

Cake mix with strawberries is a great dessert to make in the summertime or for a birthday party. Fresh berries in the batter of our boxed cake mix poke cake and on top too.

How to Make Strawberry Box Cake Better

This is sorta’ like a strawberries and cream poke cake! Instead of homemade you can use our cake mix hack to turn an ordinary box of ingredients into something that guests will rave over. Use sweetened condensed milk into the holes or our strawberry puree using fresh berries. (affiliate links present)

Strawberry Poke Cake Recipe

Ok so if you have never made one of these fun treats with holes in the top, this is how to make a poke cake to begin with. The whole idea is to bake it, puncture the surface so that you can pour a sauce of some kind into it so the middle will ooze with extra goodness. You can use warmed jam, chocolate or any sauce of your choosing really.

This go around we had a lot of fresh fruit so we pureed that with a bit of sugar to create more of a berry flavor inside and out. We have done a lot of things with this Duncan Hines mix. First we made a 2 ingredient strawberry cake with just a can of soda, surprisingly delicious really.

Strawberry Cake Mix Recipe with Fresh Strawberries

Strawberry Cake Mix Poke Cake

Traditionally this type of treat is made in a 9×13″ cake pan. If you wanted to do two 8″ pans we share how long does it take to bake a cake in all sizes here for you. This time we are going to use the ingredients as is listed to make the initial batter. Then we will gently fold in some fresh strawberries for texture and an added pop of flavors.

  • 1 box cake mix, strawberry used but white cake mix would work
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • Water
  • 1/2 c strawberries chopped, fresh was used but could dice frozen strawberries if need be
  • Sauce
  • 1 c strawberries chopped
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Topping you need;
  • 1 tub Cool Whip
  • 6 strawberries sliced for the top of the cake too

To make the holes on top there are a few ways to do it. If you have a boba straw handy that is the best idea ever. Then you just poke and the cake will get trapped inside so the hole will be empty, ready for you to fill with your goodies.

Like I said, what you use is up to you. Instead of our puree you could warm some homemade Instant Pot jam. Chocolate to me wouldn’t work for what we are going for which is a light summer like sweetness. Warmed marshmallow fluff would be okay but it doesn’t flow as well as something like sweetened condensed milk.

Strawberry Cake Mix Poke Cake

How to Make Strawberry Box Cake Better

We have a lot of cake mix hacks on our site because it serves as a great base, but can be made better. One way to make it more bakery style is to add 1 more yolk into the batter, which will make it moister overall.

The supreme varieties like this box do tend to be more tender than cheaper versions, but still an option. Here are some popular and scrumptious fillings to consider for your poke cake:

  1. Fruit purees add a burst of natural sweetness and flavor to the cake. Some popular choices include strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, mango, or mixed berry purees.
  2. Sweetened Condensed Milk is a rich and creamy filling adds a luscious texture and a touch of sweetness to the cake. We added this to our coconut poke cake.
  3. Warm and pour fruit jams or preserves over the cake to infuse it with fruity goodness. Strawberry, raspberry, apricot, or peach jams work particularly well.
  4. A decadent choice is chocolate ganache to provide a velvety, chocolatey layer to the cake. You can use dark, milk, or white chocolate ganache depending on your preference. We’ve done this with our smores poke cake.
  5. Drizzle warm caramel sauce over the cake to add a heavenly caramel flavor and gooeyness to each bite.
  6. Prepare fruit-flavored jello mixture and pour it into the cake holes for a refreshing and jiggly filling. Match the gelatin flavor with your favorite fruit, such as strawberry, orange, or lime.
  7. Fill the holes with fruit-flavored pudding for a creamy and delightful surprise. Vanilla, chocolate, or banana pudding can also be used.
  8. Use flavored syrups, such as raspberry, almond, coconut, or strawberry flavor to infuse the cake with delicious and aromatic notes.
  9. Mix softened cream cheese with powdered sugar and a splash of vanilla extract to create a creamy and tangy filling.
  10. Fill the holes with homemade whipped cream for a light and airy texture that complements any cake flavor.

How to Fill a Poke Cake

Once you’ve chosen your desired filling, follow these steps to fill the poke cake:

  1. After baking, let it cool slightly but not completely. It should still be warm.
  2. Use the handle of a wooden spoon or a chopstick to poke holes evenly across the surface of the cake.
  3. Pour or spoon the filling of your choice over the cake, making sure it goes into the holes.
  4. Spread the filling evenly across the cake’s surface, ensuring it’s absorbed into the holes.
  5. Refrigerate the cake to set the filling and enhance the flavors.

With these tempting filling options, you can create a dessert that will impress your friends and family with its moistness and delightful taste. Enjoy your filled cake as a sweet treat for any occasion!

Strawberry Poke Cake

Recipe with Strawberry Cake Mix

A few other ideas we have made with this same box would be strawberry cake in a mug which is a fun midnight snack and you only use a few Tbsp of mix each time. You can use this to make brownies and other baked goods too though, did you know that? It’s not just for cakes anymore!

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil and water. Fold in the chopped strawberries.
  • LIne pan with parchment paper or spray with non stick spray. Pour the batter into a prepared 9 x 13 pan. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes. 
  • While the cake is baking, blend 1 cup of strawberries in a blender until smooth. Put blended strawberries with sugar and vanilla extract in a pan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce thickens slightly. 
    • could just use a can of sweetened condensed milk instead
  • Remove from heat. Once the cake has finished baking, remove and let cool for 10 minutes.  Poke the cake all over with the back of a small spoon to make holes (I used a chopstick).
  • Pour the strawberry sauce all over the cake.

Refrigerate for 1 hour. Top with whipped topping (or a tub of cream cheese frosting) with sliced strawberries on top and place in your refrigerator to cool for 1 more hour covered with plastic wrap.  Serve your strawberry cake recipe and enjoy.

Cake Mix with Strawberries

Strawberry Cake Mix Recipe with Fresh Strawberries

Another favorite creation is our strawberry cake mix cookies you can make them into other forms. With added white chocolate chips baked inside most times people can’t even believe that they weren’t homemade when these are served up at a party.

How to add fresh fruit to a cake?

You want to make the pieces small, bite sized. Wait until the batter is ready and smooth to gently fold the pieces in with a spatula so they don’t break apart. Firmer varieties will hold up better. When done it is a nice touch to slice fruit and garnish the frosting with more pieces.

How to put fresh strawberries on a cake?

1. Wash the fresh strawberries gently under cold water and pat them dry with a paper towel or kitchen towel. Make sure they are completely dry before placing them on the cake.
2. Decide on the thickness of the slices based on your preference and the size of your fruit. You can slice them in halves, quarters, or thinner slices, depending on the design you want to create.
3. Carefully place the slices on the cake, starting from the outer edge and working your way toward the center. You can create a pattern with them, like concentric circles, overlapping or even lines.

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Cake Mix with Strawberries

Cake mix with strawberries is a great dessert to make in the summertime. Fresh berries in the batter of our cake mix poke cake and on top.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake mix, poke cake, strawberries, strawberry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 232kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 box cake mix strawberry
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 c water
  • 1/2 c strawberries chopped
  • Sauce
  • 1 c strawberries chopped
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Topping
  • 1 tub Cool Whip
  • 6 strawberries sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil and water. Fold in the chopped strawberries.
  • LIne pan with parchment paper or spray with non stick spray. Pour the batter into a prepared 9 x 13 pan. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes. 
  • While the cake is baking, blend 1 cup of strawberries in a blender until smooth. Put blended strawberries with sugar and vanilla extract in a pan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce thickens slightly. (could just use a can of sweetened condensed milk instead)
  • Remove from heat. Once the cake has finished baking, remove and let cool for 10 minutes.  Poke the cake all over with the back of a small spoon to make holes (I used a chopstick).
  • Pour the strawberry sauce all over the cake. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Top with whipped topping with sliced strawberries on top and place in your refrigerator to cool for 1 more hour.  Serve!

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Nutrition Facts
Cake Mix with Strawberries
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 345mg15%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe with Strawberry Cake Mix
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