Double Layered Strawberry Poke Cake

Caroline asked to bake a cake a few weekends ago. Her request was that it needed to be a pink cake with delicious icing and maybe even some strawberries. And so, together we baked a double layered strawberry poke cake…A recipe note on this cake, or I guess you can call it a learning experience — I originally added a cup of milk to my cool whip frosting but would not recommend it. The icing consistency made it difficult to frost the cake and had more of a pudding consistency instead of a lighter whipped frosting.

Double Layered Strawberry Poke Cake

The perfect summer cake for your next BBQ...

Ingredients

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 box Pillsbury Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 10 oz container sliced frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed

Cool Whip Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz container of Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 4 oz box of Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • fresh strawberries for garnish

Instructions

Make the Cake

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees (we're reducing the heat so our cakes don't rise too fast and tall).
  • Make the boxed cake mix according to the directions on the back.
  • Pour the cake batter into two 8" round pans.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, or until toothpick cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cakes.
  • Allow cakes to cool completely.
  • While cakes are cooling, add thawed strawberries with syrup into a food processor or blender and pulse until pureed.
  • Once cakes are completely cooled, poke rows of holes into the cakes (can use a wooden spoon handle, straw, chopstick, etc.) about 1-inch apart.
  • Carefully pour the syrup into the holes without leaving excess syrup on the surface of the cake. Note: you will NOT use the entire container of syrup.
  • Wrap cake pans with saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or even overnight) to allow syrup to soak in. The longer you can refrigerate, the better.
  • Remove cake from pan and set on plate or cake stand. Add a layer of thinly sliced fresh strawberries on top of base cake. Layer second cake on top of the base cake.

Make the Frosting

  • In a large bowl, mix Cool Whip and dry pudding powder together until well combined.
  • Frost the cake and garnish with fresh strawberries.

Video

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6 Comments

  1. Geri Addamo
    July 2, 2019 / 8:57 am

    Have Caroline make that cake again but with one layer strawberry and the other blueberry for Fourth of July!

  2. Jess M
    July 2, 2019 / 12:48 pm

    Add an extra egg yolk or 2 to the box directions and it will come out more like a bakery cake – moisture and density! Adds some extra umpphh to the cake

  3. KATIE
    July 2, 2019 / 3:38 pm

    I am impressed with Caroline’s baking skills!! She rocked that video like a pro. Nice work girl!! I am not a baker (ok I hate being in the kitchen all together) but she made it look so fun!

    P.S. You are an awesome mom for letting her help you in the kitchen as much as you do. We always fear the extra messes and time that it takes with little helpers but look at that smile & confidence! 🙂

  4. Lizzie
    July 2, 2019 / 7:36 pm

    The cutest little baker! Such a precious and impressive video! Go Caroline!

  5. Alexis
    July 3, 2019 / 7:20 pm

    Can we talk about Caroline’s leg pop in that picture..so cute! And I’m so glad I’m not the only one still using Christmas press and seal! 🤣

  6. Simone
    August 23, 2019 / 10:09 am

    Caroline is too cute!! She rocked this cooking video. The class and I enjoyed watching her, can’t wait to see more.

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