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Cherry Poke Cake Recipe

Cherry Poke Cake Recipe - fluffy vanilla cake with dark cherry jello, topped with whipped cream topping and fresh sweet cherries. This is the one summer dessert you have to try!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 424 kcal
Author Anna


for the cake:

  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract OR 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 3.5 oz package cherry jello (I used dark)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  • 8 oz tub of whipped topping ( like Cool Whip) or 2 cups whipped cream
  • 12 to 14 fresh cherries with stems , for decoration


to make the cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a 9" x 13" baking pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and coconut). In another mixing bowl or large measuring cup, mix together buttermilk, oil, eggs and coconut extract.
  4. The batter should be smooth and thick.
  5. Place the batter into prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake 28 - 32 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes.
  8. In the meantime, in a medium mixing bowl, stir together jello powder and boiling water. Stir until dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add cold water and stir.
  9. Poke holes in cake using a fork or a wooden skewer. Pour jello over the cake.
  10. Chill in fridge for 3 hours. (see note)
  11. Spread whipped topping over cooled cake. Chill in fridge for 1 hour.
  12. Slice cake into pieces. Garnish with fresh cherries just before serving.

Recipe Notes

If you are baking the cake in a glass pan, do not place in the fridge while it's still hot or it may crack. After pouring jello over cake, let the cake sit on the counter for another 15 to 20 minutes (preferably on a cooling rack). Then chill in fridge. 


Nutrition Facts
Cherry Poke Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 240mg10%
Potassium 254mg7%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 99mg10%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.