Strawberry Poke Cake
From Cook's Country
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.
The top of the cake will look slightly overbaked—this keeps the crumb from becoming too soggy after the gelatin is poured on top.
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