strawberry milkshake poke cake

Strawberry Milkshake Poke Cake

A moist and delicious Strawberry Milkshake Poke Cake made with melted ice cream topped with a layer of ice cream pudding and whip cream, make this a delicious combination of cake and ice cream all in one. 

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If you have not heard of a poke cake,  it’s simply a baked cake with holes poked in the top using the end of a wooden spoon, so that you can pour pudding in the holes.

For this recipe you will use melted ice cream in the cake batter instead of milk.

For the pudding, you will also use melted ice cream instead of milk.

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I used a boxed strawberry cake mix,  strawberry ice cream (be sure to use a high quality brand ice cream) and a box of instant vanilla pudding mix.

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Once the cake is done, you will poke holes in the top of the cake using the end of a wooden spoon.

Then pour your pudding mixture on top of the cake making sure the pudding gets down into the holes.

Use the flat part of a spoon to press the pudding into the holes.

Top with Cool Whip.  There’s 1/4 cup of melted strawberry ice cream in the Cool Whip for additional Strawberry flavor.

You can freeze the cake for about 30 minutes before serving if you wish.

Yields 12 slices

Strawberry Milkshake Poke Cake

A delicious combination of strawberry cake with melted ice cream in the cake batter. Topped with pudding and Cool Whip.

20 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

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  • Strawberry cake mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup melted Strawberry Ice Cream - Use a high quality name brand!
  • (If more liquid is needed, add a little water until it is the consistency of cake batter. Each cake mix is different so you may or may not need to add any more liquid)
  • Pudding Mix:
  • 1 Small box vanilla instant pudding
  • 2 Cups melted Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Topping:
  • Cool Whip
  • 1/4 c. Melted Strawberry Ice Cream


  1. Prepare cake batter by adding in eggs, vegetable oil, and melted ice cream. To melt the ice cream put a heaping scoop in a bowl and microwave it for about 5 seconds, then in 5 second intervals until it is melted without scorching it.
  2. Bake cake a little less time according to cooking time on box, depending on the size of your pan. If the box says to bake your cake 30 minutes, start checking your cake 10 minutes before. If you bake it too long it will be too dry.
  3. Let cake cool when done, then poke holes in the cake with the end of a wooden spoon.
  4. To make the pudding, put one box of vanilla instant pudding in a blender. Add 2 cups of melted Strawberry ice cream. Blend about 5 minutes until thick and well blended.
  5. Pour over cooled cake pushing pudding into the holes with the flat part of a spoon. Make sure you get the pudding in all of the holes.
  6. Layer Cool Whip over pudding mixture. Set in refrigerator for 2 hours or freeze before serving. Serve cold.


Serve cold or freeze before serving.

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  1. This cake looks delicious! How much ice cream will I need for 3 cups of melted ice cream? Will a half gallon be enough?
  2. I just made the cake for Easter Sunday! I still have to add the cool whip layer however, I was unable to press all of the pudding layer into the cake. Maybe not enough holes? Is it ok for there to be a layer of pudding on top of the cake and then put the cool whip on top?
    • Absolutely! :) That's what I did with the rest of the pudding so it would be extra sweet! :) I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful Easter Sunday! :)
  3. Instead of going through the trouble of melting strawberry ice cream you could just use one or two(not sure how many ounces they are) of those bottled strawberry milkshakes they sell in the dairy section. Also if you use chocolate pudding in the holes step you could have Chocolate covered Strawberries cake!!! Yum!
  4. Hi Marti, I just found your blog via Sew Many Ways' link party. That cake looks decadently delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe! Val
  5. I wanted to invite you to the Friday Flash Blog Party, the best linky in town! I hope you'll join us and link up. Who knows. You may just get highlighted! The party goes on ALL weekend. Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution
  6. OH MYYY GOODNESS! This strawberry milkshake poke cake looks amazing! Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. Have a wonderful day! Katie @
  7. Okay wow! I just found your blog and love it! I'll be back for sure...and hope you'll come share this post at our From the Farm Blog Hop this week. We're trying to hit 300 linkups, so stop by and link up! Lisa Fresh Eggs Daily
  8. This looks delicious! I'm pinning this now & hoping to try it out soon. I would love it if you'd link this up to my the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. Our readers love to see delicious and easy recipes like this!
  9. Oh my goodness, this sounds so good! Strawberry milkshakes are my favorite, and what a great idea to add that flavor to a CAKE!!! Sounds absolutely delicious!!!!! YUM!!!
  10. I love poke cakes, and this one looks SO YUMMY! My birthday is coming up in a couple weeks....I might have to make this for my birthday cake! I am glad I found you on the Monday Funday LInk Party...thanks for sharing! :)
  11. Hi Marti! Saw this pic on Marvelous Mondays and had to stop by and check it out. I love poke cakes, and I especially love strawberry milkshakes. I'm so anxious to try this recipe. Looks so good! I'm new to food blogging. Hope you'll stop by and Hi! Kathy @ Melding Magic

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