Raspberry Lemon Jello Poke Cake is a cold, refreshing treat! You’ll love this moist, tangy lemon and raspberry flavor with light pudding frosting.
Raspberry Lemon Jello Poke Cake
Jell-O poke cakes are a fun and flavorful alternative to regular cake mix and frosting and I promise after you try this decadent raspberry lemon cake, you’ll want to try all the poke cake recipes! As a little girl, I could not get enough of the fresh raspberry and lemon flavor combination, and I would always stick around the kitchen when my mom was making it so I could be the first to get the bowl and spoon to lick the pudding. Now my kids do the same thing. This is a true family favorite!
Tips for Baking
- After baking a box cake mix, holes are poked in the top of the cake with a wooden spoon handle. This is where the “poke” in jello poke cake comes from.
- Drizzle raspberry gelatin over the top. The mixture will fill up the holes, creating a flavorful and colorful marble effect in the cake.
- Refrigerate the cake for at least two hours while you make the pudding topping.
- Top the whole cake with instant Jello pudding. We like lemon flavor for this cake.
- You will notice in the recipe, we use less milk than what is called for on the box directions. Using less milk makes the pudding thicker and it holds its consistency better when spread on the cake. It is also important to use 2% or whole milk. This also makes the pudding thicker and creamier.
- Once you frost the cake, keep it in the fridge for at least another hour to set up. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three days.
There are many variations on this Jello Poke Cake recipe that I have tried over the years. With all the combinations of cake, Jello gelatin and pudding flavors, the possibilities are endless! Try a few of these combos:
- Strawberry Banana Jello Poke Cake: use a vanilla cake mix with strawberry Jello and banana pudding mix. Top with fresh bananas and strawberries.
- Chocolate Cherry Jello Poke Cake: use a chocolate cake mix, cherry Jello and a thick chocolate pudding for the frosting. It tastes just like a chocolate-covered cherry.
- Blackberry Vanilla Jello Poke Cake: Jello recently came out with a blackberry fusion flavor. Start with a vanilla cake mix, then add Blackberry Fusion Jello, and top with vanilla pudding and fresh blackberries.
More Simple Cake Recipes
Using a cake mix for a dessert makes preparation quick and easy, but you don’t have to settle for a basic cake. There are so many fun and fancy desserts that start with a cake mix, just like this Jello Poke Cake. These are some of our favorites.
- Pina Colada Poke Cake
- Pumpkin Poke Cake
- Chocolate Chocolate Chip Nothing Bundt Cake
- Chocolate Pudding Cake
- Better Than You Know What Cake
- German Chocolate Cookie Bars
- Cake Mix Coffee Cake
How to make Raspberry Lemon Jello Poke Cake
- Mix cake mix, water, oil, and eggs well. Pour mix into a greased 9x13 pan and bake according to package directions. Let cake cool completely - about 1 hour. Level the top of the cake if desired. Using a fork, poke small holes all over the top of the cake.
- Boil 1 cup water in a small saucepan and pour into a small bowl. Add raspberry Jell-o mix and stir with a whisk until Jell-o is completely dissolved. Add cold water and stir.
- Pour raspberry Jell-o mixture over the cake. Run a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen it from the sides of the pan.
- Refrigerate cake for 2 hours.
- While cake is in the refrigerator, mix the lemon pudding mixes with 3 cups milk (2% or whole). Blend until pudding is completely dissolved. Refrigerate pudding for at least 1 hour.
- Frost the cake with the pudding and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
- Garnish the cake with fresh raspberries just before serving.
- 9x13 inch pan