I wanted a special dessert for our family for New Years so I made a Sparkling Cider Strawberry Poke Cake.
Sparkling Cider Strawberry Poke Cake
Poke cakes are the greatest thing ever. They are so simple to make and are so versatile. I think you can make them with any flavor and each one tastes different. While at the grocery store, I was getting some sparkling cider to ring in the new year, and thought oooohh, instead of a champagne poke cake, why don’t I make a sparkling cider cake. I bought several different bottles of Martinellis sparkling cider since it’s so inexpensive and the kids love to have a toast on New Years Eve, when I got home and decided to make a strawberry poke cake, I chose the regular apple cider bottle.
I love how the cake is so moist you only need cool whip for the frosting. Another cost savings over my traditional frosting.
The only draw back with this cake is waiting the 2 hours for it to cool before you can poke and pour the jello over. But we had time and it was a big hit in our home. If I would have had more time, I might have dipped the strawberries in chocolate or soaked them in the cider for a while.
We had plenty of left over for New Years day. This would be a great cake for a birthday or special occasion. I also added some shimmery cake sprinkles from Wilton. It gave it a great sparkle.
- 1 Vanilla Box Cake Mix
- Vegetable Oil
- Sparkling Cider
- Cool Whip
- 3oz box of Strawberry Jello (1 cup boiling water, ½ cup of cold water)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix your cake mix as directed on the box but substitute the Sparkling Cider for suggested Water.
- Make cake according to directions. Let cool for 2 hours
- Take a straw and poke holes in top of cake.
- Make the jello by boiling 1 cup of water and adding strawberry jello until dissolved. Add the cold water. Pour over holes in cake. Refrigerate. Add cool whip topping.