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vanilla cake with strawberries and sweetened condensed cream

Strawberry Poke Cake

Fresh summer strawberries, sweetened condensed milk, and whipped cream transform a basic vanilla cake into a heavenly Strawberry Poke Cake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 16 servings
Calories 264


Cake (*see note below):

  • 16 ounces vanilla cake mix (sized for an 8x8 pan - I use Trader Joe's)
  • 2 large eggs (slightly beaten)
  • ½ cup butter (melted)
  • 1 cup whole milk (cold)

Strawberries and Cream Topping:

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries (stems removed)
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • whipped cream (for serving)


  • Mix cake ingredients according to instructions. Bake cake in 8x8 pan in preheated oven.
  • While cake is baking, mash strawberries in a bowl with a fork, masher, or pastry blender. The smaller you make the chunks, the more they will soak into the cake.
    vanilla poke cake with strawberries and cream
  • Mix mashed strawberries with entire can of sweetened condensed milk. Stir to combine.
  • When cake is done baking, remove from oven and use chop sticks or a thin spoon handle to poke holes all over the top. While the cake is still hot, pour the sweet strawberry mixture over the top and continue to poke holes as necessary to get as much of the liquid as possible into the cake.
  • Allow cake to cool completely in the refrigerator, at least 2 hours.
  • Top with fresh whipped cream and additional strawberries.


Cake: I use Trader Joe's Vanilla cake mix that is perfect for an 8x8 inch cake. If you use a different mix, you will need to alter the ingredients needed to bake the cake according to the instructions. If you cake mix makes a cake that is larger than 8x8 inch, you may consider increasing the amount of strawberries and sweetened condensed milk proportionately.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 306IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 1mg