Daily Dose of Design: Patriotic 4th of July Frozen Strawberry Poke Cake

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Patriotic 4th of July Frozen Strawberry Poke Cake

The best parts about the 4th of July are the fireworks, warm weather, time with friends and family and the delicious, refreshing desserts! This year I'm making this festive poke cake that has the most delicious, unexpected layer of frozen strawberries. I'ts one of my favorite things to make AND eat and your guests will love it too - it's a no brainer!

Besides being incredibly delicious, it's also so easy to make and really, really pretty! You can customize it to what you like best also in terms of how you top it off.


Poke Cake:
•1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix, prepared to package instructions
•1 package (3 ounce) package strawberry gelatin
•1 package (3 ounce) package berry blue gelatin
•2 cups boiling water (for gelatin)

Frozen Strawberry Layer:
•1 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese
•1 package red velvet pudding mix
•1 cup milk
•4 cups frozen strawberries

•8 ounces whipped topping

Once the cake is baked (I used a 9 x 13 glass baking pan), use a fork to poke holes in the top. Then, mix the blue and red gelatin each with 1 cup of boiling water in a bowl and spoon each color over the holes in the cake. Make sure it begins to seep into the holes you made!

The best way I've found to mix the red and blue gelatin in is to do a row of blue and row of red alternating so that each piece of cake has a colorful mix of both red and blue! Do this about 2-3 times so the cake is filled with the gelatin.

Now, to make the frozen strawberry layer (my favorite part - sooo refreshing!), mix together the cream cheese, red velvet pudding mix and milk in a bowl. Mix well until smooth, and then add the mix into a blender and add in the frozen strawberries. You can use store bought frozen strawberries or just put a pack of strawberries into the freezer - either works! Blend until smooth, and then pour this layer over the top of the cake and freeze the whole thing for 4 hours or overnight. The longer, the better.

Once the frozen strawberry layer is frozen and you're ready to serve, top the cake with your favorite whipped cream/topping, cut into slices and add some festive sprinkles and fresh fruit - then serve and enjoy! It's so simple to make and will be a crowd favorite. I love making this cake and LOVE enjoying it even more! ;)

This sized cake will serve 12-15!

Let me know if you try this cake out for the 4th of July - nothing better than a festive, different dessert!


  1. Um that looks delish! I'm not much of a baker. Even when I follow the directions to the T things often don't work out, but this makes me want to try this!

  2. This sounds delicious and looks so cool!

  3. My mom would love this. She’s a fan of whipped cream frosting.

  4. Um- YUM!!! Totally pinning this recipe girl!

    xoxo A

  5. I think I might give this a try! It looks so good!

  6. What a pretty piece of cake! I've never made a poke cake, but after reading this, it seems like it is easy enough.

  7. This is so so cute!! I'm not sure what my 4th of July plans are yet but I'm saving this!

  8. This looks delicious! I love cake + festive desserts! This knocks both out :)

  9. Ah this is SO pretty!!! I totally have to try this! I never would've thought of using frozen strawberries for a cake!

  10. Yum! I always love making patriotic deserts for the Fourth and this one is too cute!


  11. wait that is so cute!!! maybe i should make this not jsut to eat it but how beautiful it is xD

  12. Love the colors! So festive and fun.

  13. Yum, yum this is so perfect for the 4th.

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  14. So fun and festive! It has been so long since I have made a poke cake, I will have to give this one a try

  15. this is so cute! i have to share on Pinterest!

  16. I'm hosting 4th of july and am looking for cute dessert ideas, so thanks for sharing gf! x, nicole // www.nicoleeigh.com

  17. Oh this would be a perfect dessert for the BBQ I'm going to on July 4th! I'm pinning this!

    xo Deborah
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  18. Wow this looks delish!! It's not Fourth of July without a BBQ and dessert to follow haha

  19. I love a good poke cake! This cake looks delicious and easy to make. I might have to make this tomorrow!

  20. This looks freaking incredible and so festive. Yum!!