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Berry Poke Cake

Easy, kid-friendly, and perfect for any gathering, this colorful berry poke cake is also a great make-ahead dessert. Adding vanilla pudding mix to heavy cream is an easy hack to stabilize the whipped cream.

Serves 16
Ready in 285 mins
Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 30 mins
Chill time 240 mins
261 calories per serving


> Cooking spray
> 1 (15.2 oz) pkg white or yellow cake mix
> 1/4- 1/3 cup canola oil
> 3 large eggs
> 1 (3 oz) pkg strawberry gelatin
> 1 cup boiling water
> 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
> 2 tbsp sugar
> 1 1/2 tbsp boxed vanilla pudding mix
> 2 tsp vanilla extract
> 2 cups berries, sliced if needed


Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9x13-inch metal baking pan with the cooking spray. Prepare the cake mix with the oil and eggs according to package directions. Add batter to prepared baking pan. Bake according to package directions. Let cake cool 20 min.
In a small bowl, combine the gelatin mix and boiling water and stir until dissolved. Using a chopstick or straw, poke holes all over the cake, pressing halfway through. Pour gelatin mixture all over cake, especially into the holes. Let cool completely.
Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, in a large bowl, beat the cream, sugar, pudding mix, and vanilla on high 2–3 min., until stiff peaks form. Spread whipped cream over top of cake. Cover cake and refrigerate 4 hours. Just before serving, top cake with the berries.


Switch it up by using your favorite fruit-flavored gelatin and fruit for this versatile cake.

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