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Lemon Poke Cake (+Video)

The Ultimate Lemon Poke Cake is made with lemon cake mix, lemon jell-o and topped with a delicious whipped lemon cream frosting!

THE ULTIMATE LEMON DESSERT RECIPE

I have a serious soft spot for lemon desserts. My family isn’t as big a fan as me though. Every year for my birthday, I ask for a lemon cake. This Ultimate Lemon Poke Cake sure hits the spot. It’s not only simple to make but it is always a hit with fellow lemon lovers like me.

Ultimate Lemon Poke Cake, slice on a plate

CAN I USE OTHER FLAVORS FOR POKE CAKES?

Absolutely! The combinations are fun and endless. This recipe is similar to the one I use for my Strawberry Jell-O Poke Cupcakes. That recipe is just a white cake mix with strawberry jell-o. Or, in this recipe, you could substitute the lemon cake mix with a white or yellow cake mix and switch up the different jell-o flavors. A red, white and blue one would be perfect for your 4th of July celebrations!

a slice of lemon poke cake on a white plate.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • lemon cake mix
  • ingredients needed to make cake: eggs, oil and water
  • lemon Jell-O
  • water
  • lemon frosting
  • whipped topping (Cool Whip)
lemon cake mix, eggs, oil, lemon jell-o, hot water, cold water, lemon frosting, whipped topping

HOW TO MAKE LEMON POKE CAKE:

Bake cake according to package, remove from oven and let cool about 5 minutes, then poke holes all around the cake with fork, set aside.

lemon cake with fork holes

In bowl whisk together Jell-O and hot water until jello is dissolved.

lemon-jello mixed together with water

Whisk in the cold water then pour over the cake. Place in refrigerator to chill for 2-3 hours. To make frosting: In a large bowl add frosting and beat with hand mixer until fluffy.

lemon frosting mixed with whipped topping

Fold in the whipped topping then spread over chilled cake. Place back in refrigerator for about 2 hours to chill. Top with lemon slices if desired.

slices, Lemon Poke Cake with fresh lemon

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Lemon Poke Cake (+Video)

The Ultimate Lemon Poke Cake is made with lemon cake mix, lemon jell-o and topped with a delicious whipped lemon cream frosting!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 15.25 ounce box lemon cake mix
  • (ingredients needed to make cake; eggs, oil and water)
  • 3 ounce box lemon gelatin (Jell-O)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup cold water

For the frosting:

  • 1 tub lemon frosting
  • ½ tub (4 ounces) whipped topping (Cool Whip)

Instructions

  • Bake cake according to package. Remove from oven and let cool about 5 minutes.
  • Poke holes all around the cake with fork, set aside.
  • In bowl whisk together jello and hot water until jello is dissolved. Whisk in cold water then pour over the cake.
  • Place cake in refrigerator to chill for 2-3 hours.
  • To make frosting in bowl add your frosting and beat with hand mixer until fluffy.
  • Fold in the whipped topping then spread over chilled cake.
  • Place back in refrigerator for about 2 hours to chill.
  • Top with lemon slices if desired.

Video

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 413mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this for my son’s birthday 3 months ago, then shared The leftovers with my boyfriend the next day. Both my boyfriend and my daughter are still talking aboutit and requesting me to make it again to this day.

  2. Getting ready to make this cake. Sounds very good!! How many days ahead can I make this cake before serving it. Thanks

  3. 5 stars
    I made them as cupcakes and they are amazing! My dad loves lemon so I made them for Father’s Day and I know he’s going to devour them! Thanks for the awesome recipe! Definitely going to be making them again

    1. I too will be making this for my father for Father’s Day ! He loves lemons too! Can’t wait it looks so good! And not hard to do!

  4. 5 stars
    This cake was absolutely a hit, my husband and son just loved it. I made it again today for someone I work with when she found out it was lemon. Turned out perfect,
    I’m going to try it with Orange and Strawberry as well,
    Thanks so much for such a great recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    Oh, YUM! I love anything lemon and I WILL be making this very soon. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    Claudine in Fort Worth, TX