Puddin’ Cake Time!

We were gifted with some fresh juicy strawberries earlier in the week. After eating a couple bowls of them the kids wanted to make something special. I knew just the recipe to pull out… Strawberry Pudding Poke Cake.

Here’s a few pictures of all the fun they had making it…

They had a ton of fun poking holes with the wooden spoon handle:

Then they had to pour on the jello:


Next comes the strawberries (I think a few didn’t make it into the bowl):

Now a layer of pudding and then cool whip:


Repeat the layers and make it pretty:


I tried to catch a few of them eating it but they gobbled it up way too fast!

I’m thinking the next time I might just give it a try without the vanilla pudding as I think that might taste more like a traditional shortcake… yummy!

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Strawberry Pudding Poke Cake

I haven’t made this in a while and although I was pretty sure of the ingredients I dug the recipe out of my old recipe box. Nothing says summer like this fresh cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream!

This is so much better than strawberry shortcake in my opinion. I would love to have this set of bowls to serve it in. This is always a hit when I take it to get togethers.

Strawberry Pudding Poke Cake


  • 2 round cake layers, baked (I like to use yellow but white cake would work as well.)
  • 3-4 c. strawberries, sliced
  • 2 packs strawberry jello, prepared according to directions
  • 2 packs vanilla pudding, prepared according to directions
  • 2 packs cool whip
  • 2-3 strawberries for garnish, optional


Place one baked cake layer in a large bowl.

Use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes in the cake.

Pour half of the jello over the cake.

Top with half of the strawberries.

Spread half of the pudding over top.

Top with one pack of cool whip.

Repeat layers.

Cover with plastic wrap.

Chill 1-2 hours.