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Luscious Lemon Poke Cake Recipe
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Luscious Lemon Poke Cake

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"Lemon lovers will swoon when they realize there's a double dose of their favorite yellow fruit in this layered cake."

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  • PREP

    30 mins

    4 hrs 30 mins


  1. Place cake layers, top-sides up, in 2 clean 9-inch round cake pans. Pierce cakes with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.
  2. Add boiling water to gelatin mix; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Carefully pour over cake layers. Refrigerate 3 hours.
  3. Beat milk and pudding mix with whisk 2 min. Gently stir in COOL WHIP; set aside. Dip 1 cake pan in warm water 10 sec.; unmold onto serving plate. Spread with about 1 cup pudding mixture. Unmold second cake layer; carefully place on first cake layer. Frost top and side of cake with remaining pudding mixture. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 07, 2010

Easy to make. Even easier to eat! I followed the recipe exactly. It will seem like the cake is drowning after you add the lemon jell-o the but the cake soaks it up while resting in the fridge and becomes very moist. A great summer dessert recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 06, 2010

I was not happy with this recipe. The only thing I changed about it was making it as a 9x13 cake. It was a little soggy and the topping was too runny. I took it to a picnic with a lot of people and only half the cake was eaten. I will not make this one again.


7 Ratings

Nov 12, 2010

this is a keeper i dont know how can you mess it up its that simple. its my husbands and my favorite. you can also change up the flavors of the gelatin and pudding if you are bored with lemon. i found it couple years ago on

Jun 05, 2013

GREAT! I have made this 7 times and everyone wants the recipe. My wife can eat one alone. The only change I made is I used the Moist Lemon cake mix. It's easy and great. Vick

Mar 31, 2013

Very good and moist. Lots of flavor. My only problem was getting the one cake to release from the pan after sitting with the Jello. It stuck and cracked due to the stickiness. However, I managed to cover it with the "icing" and all was well again. I'm trying to figure out what other flavors I could make with this idea now.

Nov 26, 2013

I love lemon anything usually but I bet this woudl be wonderful if you used ( home made) lemon curd instead of the pudding mix…it has more of a tangyness to it than the lemon pudding does. I may have to try that this coming summer..


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  • Calories
  • 300 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 50 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 9.2 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 4.5 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 321 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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