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Cherry Poke Cake

Cherry Poke Cake is a white cake that is poked full of holes and topped with a cherry gelatin. Once chilled it is topped with a cheesecake topping and cherry pie filling. A delicious poke cake recipe perfect for this weeks dessert or potluck dish.
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword  old fashioned jello cake, boxed cake recipe, cake with cherries on top, cherry cheesecake poke cake, cherry dream cake, cherry jello poke cake, cherry pie filling cake, cherry poke cake, jello poke cake, poke cake, what is a poke cake, white cake with cherry filling
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 55 minutes
Servings 9 x13
Calories 528kcal
Author Kelsey Apley


  • 1 box white cake mix 15.6 ounces
  • Ingredients on back of boxed cake mix
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 packet cherry Jello 3 ounces
  • 1 packet cream cheese softened 8 ounces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 container Cool Whip 8 ounces
  • 2 cans cherry pie filling 21 ounce cans
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs optional


  • Prepare the cake mix as directed on the back of the box, and bake as directed in a 9x13 pan.
  • Once the cake is done place on a cooling rack for 15 minutes to cool down a bit.
  • Then with a skewer, straw or other small round item poke holes all over the cake.
  • Bring your water to a boil and then stir in the cherry gelatin and stir until fully dissolved.
  • Pour the cherry gelatin evenly over the cake. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Once the cake is cooled you will begin working on the cheesecake topping.
  • In a stand mixer combine the softened cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Blend until fully mixed. Scrape down the sides.
  • Fold in the whipped cream, and then spread the mixture on top of the chilled cake.
  • Cover the poke cake, and refrigerate for at lease 1 hour.
  • Right before serving top with the two cans of pie filling and top with the graham cracker crumbs. Slice and serve up this cherry poke cake!


Cake - If you want to bake a homemade vanilla cake go right ahead and swap from the boxed cake.
Cooling Cake - Make sure you don't skip the chilling the cake in between Jello and cheesecake topping. If you put the topping on a hot cake it will melt into the cake.
Pie Filling - Feel free to use other flavors of pie filling if you want. Strawberry pie filling would be delicious as well or even lemon.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 527mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 48g