Strawberry Milkshake Poke Cake

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Strawberry Milkshake Poke Cake

A moist and delicious Strawberry Milkshake Poke Cake made with a strawberry cake and melted ice cream. Melted ice cream is the liquid used in the cake batter.  When the cake is done, holes are poked into the cake and pudding is poured into the holes. Giving this cake it’s name poke cake, then topped with cool whip. 

Strawberry milkshake poke cake
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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.

poke cake


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.

cool whip

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.


Strawberry Milkshake Poke Cake

Strawberry Milkshake Poke Cake

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A moist and delicious Strawberry Milkshake Poke Cake made with a strawberry cake and melted ice cream. Melted ice cream is the liquid used in the cake batter.  When the cake is done, holes are poked into the cake and pudding is poured into the holes. Giving this cake it's name poke cake, then topped with cool whip. 


  • 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 additional liquid)
  • Pudding Mix:
  • 1 Small box vanilla instant pudding
  • 2 Cups melted Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Topping:
  • 1 container of 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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g

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  1. Leftovers: keep in freezer or fridge?
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  3. What size pan did you use? It looks like an 8 x 8, which is what I used, AND the whole amount of batter! I’m worried about it baking through! It’s baking now.
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  9. Cathy Bishop
    This cake looks delicious! How much ice cream will I need for 3 cups of melted ice cream? Will a half gallon be enough?
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  12. 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! :)
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  15. 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!
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  17. 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
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  22. I've just seen this cake and it's soooooooooo delicious looking!! I love it :)
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  28. Looks amazing! Definitely pinning this for later :)
  29. I love strawberry cake and this looks absolutely delicious. Totally pinned to try and thank you for linking up with us at the PinCentive Blog Hop.
  30. 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
  31. Your Strawberry Milkshake Poke Cake looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend! Come Back Soon, Miz Helen
  32. What a fun poke cake! I love that you use ice cream--I bet it adds just the right amount of creamy goodness :)
  33. Love the pink, I am pinning pretty pink poke cake, Doesn't get much better. I recently made a poke cake and it was a hit.............. Nice! andi
  34. This looks so yummy! Found your blog on the block party. If you like to link up come over to Craft Frenzy Friday at! I hope to see you there!
  35. Congratulations…this post was featured on Create It Thursday #19! Thanks so much for sharing a fabulous idea with us last week!
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  37. If the cake tastes anywhere near as good as it looks in the photo, count me in! Strawberry Milkshake in a cake... yummy!
  38. Love the pink and it looks so yummy!!
  39. Saw this @ Freedom Fridays. Normally I'm a chocolate-all-the-way girl, but this just looks too good to pass up!
  40. 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 @
  41. Oh my...what a creative and delicious take on a poke cake! Yum! This would be great to link-up to Create It Thursday for this week…it's live now! Hope you'll join us!
  42. 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
  43. This looks delicious! Im a huge fan of strawberry milkshakes so this is on my "to make" list! Would love to have you share this and anything else at my link party going on!
  44. That looks really yummy! I wanna try it! pinning!
  45. I'm loving all the summer time poke cakes - strawberry is my daughter's favorite!
  46. oh my this looks so good!!! THanks for linking up>XO kristin
  47. 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!
  48. 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!!!
  49. 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! :)
  50. 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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