Lemonberry Poke Cake

Since I was bringing this cake to a Memorial Day Picnic, I figured I’d do a red, white and blue version! I think there was only one piece left! Read on to find out how I made this refreshing, simple, summer treat!


  • 13×9 cake pan – sprayed with baking spray
  •  1 box of vanilla cake mix – and ingredients on the box
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 small box lemon pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 small box raspberry gelatin
  • 1 tub whipped topping
  • blue food coloring (optional)


To start, prepare your cake mix in a bowl, according to the directions on the box.

Add about a tablespoon of vanilla – nice extra flavor!

A lemon cake mix would be great too if you’re looking for more lemon flavor!

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After your cake is done baking, take it out and cool completely.

While it is cooling, you will prepare the other ingredients for this cake!

Prepare your lemon pudding according to the box and let it set.

Next, prepare your raspberry gelatin according the directions on the box.

No need to transfer the gelatin to another bowl. It can stay right in the pan it was prepared in!

Take a large straw – like I used – or the back of a wooden spoon to poke holes throughout your cooled cake.

Slowly pour the gelatin alllllll over the cake, making sure each hole is covered and the entire cake has now turned red!

Take your whipped topping and dump it into a medium-sized mixing bowl.

Add about 1/4 cup measure of your prepared lemon pudding.

If you decided to add blue food coloring to this mixture don’t worry – the frosting will not turn green! I was worried it would with the yellow pudding! I kept adding blue until it became the hue I wanted it to be – about 15 drops of food coloring. Use more if you want a deeper color πŸ™‚

Mix well and set aside.

Take the rest of our lemon pudding and smooth it out over your poke cake.

The cake will act like a sponge and kind of suck the pudding up as you go – that’s okay!

Take your (blue) whipped, lemon topping and spread it out all over the pudding.

You’re Finished!