Strawberry Poke Cake

Published June 1, 2007.

Why this recipe works:

Most corporate recipes are quickly forgotten, but Strawberry Poke Cake, which was invented in 1969 as a way to increase Jell-O sales, became extremely popular thanks to its festive look and easy assembly. But when we prepared the recipe in our test kitchen, we encountered two problems: dull… read more

Most corporate recipes are quickly forgotten, but Strawberry Poke Cake, which was invented in 1969 as a way to increase Jell-O sales, became extremely popular thanks to its festive look and easy assembly. But when we prepared the recipe in our test kitchen, we encountered two problems: dull strawberry flavor and soggy boxed-mix cake. For a sturdier cake that would hold up to hot gelatin, we opted to make our own white cake from scratch. And to improve the strawberry flavor of the Jell-O, we combined it with the juice from cooked strawberries. Making a homemade “jam" from the berry solids and spreading the mixture on top of the cake gave our Strawberry Poke Cake recipe an extra layer of flavor.

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Serves 12

The top of the cake will look slightly overbaked—this keeps the crumb from becoming too soggy after the gelatin is poured on top.

Ingredients

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