Happy Birthday to My Hubby!

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My husband Bill’s birthday was Friday and I’m a little late getting this post up.  Bill claims the 5th of July is the best birthday because all the fireworks are just the beginning of a birthday celebration the next day.  Everyone is in a festive and happy mood and there’s lots of good food.  I never know what kind of cake Bill wants because it changes every year.  Sometimes it’s not even cake;  it could be a pie, cobbler, or some other kind of dessert.  This year, he went retro.  All he wanted was a simple jello poke cake.  I could make him anything, and he wants a 4-ingredient cake that starts with a mix.  Go figure.  But it’s his birthday and he gets to choose.  Hope you all had a happy 4th of July!

Strawberry Poke Cake

Strawberry Poke Cake

1 package classic white cake mix

1 large package strawberry jello

8 ounce container frozen whipped topping, thawed

10 ounce tub frozen sliced and sweetened strawberries, thawed

Prepare cake mix as directed on package for a 9-by-13-inch pan.  When cake is almost done, place jello in 2 cups boiling water and stir to dissolve.  Remove cake from oven and poke holes all over the cake using a fork or skewer, covering the entire surface.  Carefully spoon the hot jello evenly over the warm cake, letting it soak in thoroughly.  Let cake cool completely.  When cooled, place the whipped topping and strawberries (with juice) in a large bowl.  Fold gently until just combined and spread evenly over top of cake.  Refrigerate cake until ready to serve, tenting the top loosely with foil.  I find that the cake cuts much better when chilled at least 6 hours or overnight.  I also think that the regular whipped topping works better than the lite, and definitely don’t use the fat-free.  It’s too watery.


3 Responses to Happy Birthday to My Hubby!

  1. July 7, 2013 at 4:57 am #


    Just wondering if you have come across a good substitute for Cool Whip. We don’t have it in the Land Down Under:(


    • July 7, 2013 at 8:48 am #

      Hi Emma! I am so happy to hear from you! I can imagine Cool Whip is not something to be found in Australia. I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t use real whipped cream instead. I should try it sometime myself. That recipe is from 1970 when those jello poke cakes became popular, and now they seem to be making a comeback. There are lots of them posted on Pinterest boards lately. You could also use sliced fresh strawberries to fold into the cream instead of the frozen, and mash some of them up to get some juices. I’m sure that cake could be improved upon greatly! I love to hear about your cooking challenges in Australia. I’m sure my readers would love to know what American products you miss the most and how you substitute. By the way, my Sphere blogs will start up again in the next month or so. You are not the only one who has written me asking where they are. So many people still love their Sphere recipes!

  2. March 19, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    You could also do a strawberry glaze. Mash up some strawberries, add some powdered sugar to the liquid till thickened a little and frost.

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