Sparkling Cider Strawberry Poke Cake

I wanted a special dessert for our family for New Years so I made a Sparkling Cider Strawberry Poke Cake. It is a quick and easy dessert you can make to ring in the New Year or anytime you want to wow your friends and family.

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Sparkling Cider Strawberry Poke Cake

Sparkling Cider Strawberry Poke Cake made with Vanilla Cake Mix, Strawberry Jello and Sparkling Cider for a dessert to wow your friends and family

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.

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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 poke 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 Year’s 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.

Sparkling Cider Strawberry Poke Cake in pan with strawberries on top

The only drawback 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 leftover for New Year’s 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.

Strawberry Poke Cake Recipe

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Sparkling Cider Strawberry Poke Cake

Make this Sparkling Cider Strawberry Poke Cake in under an hour. It's an Easy and Delicious dessert for your next special occasion.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple Cider, how to make a poke cake, strawberry poke cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 140kcal
Author Candi Elm


  • 1 box Vanilla Cake Mix
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Sparkling Cider
  • Cool Whip
  • 3 oz box of Strawberry Jello (1 cup boiling water, 1/2 cup of cold water)
  • Sparkles


  • 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 and sliced strawberries if desired.


You can use any flavor of jello you want here.


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

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Slice of Sparkling cider strawberry poke cake

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