Lemon Poke Cake #Recipe

Lemon Poke Cake Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Poke cakes are great because they take a yummy cake and give it even more flavor by infusing something into it. How do you infuse that flavor? By poking holes in the cake with the end of a wooden spoon. It’s easy! There are a ton of variations for poke cake. This lemon poke cake is a light and sassy dessert that goes just as well with tea as it does with milk. Here’s instructions on how to make it.

Lemon Poke Cake

Equipment Needed

  • 9×13 cake pan
  • medium mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • silicone spatula
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • 1 large star tip and a piping bag

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Cake Ingredients

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 box of instant lemon pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • nonstick cooking spray

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened sweet cream butter
  • 2 1/2 cups powder sugar
  • 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2-4 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • lemon slices and mint for garnish

Lemon Poke Cake Recipe From Val's Kitchen


Cake Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees f.

Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box.

Spray the cake pan with the nonstick cooking spray and pour the lemon cake mix in.

Bake the cake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Once the cake is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes.

Place the pudding mix, lemon zest and milk into the mixing bowl and mix for 2 minutes until pudding is thick.

Use the wooden spoon to poke holes into the cake, both horizontally and vertically.

Pour the pudding over the cake and use the spatula to smooth the pudding over the cake.

Make sure you get pudding into every hole in the cake.

Place the cake into the fridge for 4 hours or overnight if possible.

Frosting Instructions

Place all ingredients into a stand mixer and mix on low to medium speed. (Or place them all into a mixing bowl and use a hand mixer.)

If the frosting looks like powdery pebbles then add in 1-2 more tbsp of heavy whipping cream.

Scrape the sides using a the rubber spatula.

Continue to mix until the frosting is smooth and creamy and has stiff peaks.

Scoop the frosting into the piping bag and pipe stars on the cake, covering every inch.

Top with lemon slices and mint.


Lemon Poke Cake Recipe From Val's Kitchen


  1. Lemon desserts are the best. I can’t wait to make this poke cake on Memorial Day weekend to serve at our family cookout.

  2. This brings back memories of family gatherings. Lemon poke cake was always showing up. Somebody always brought it or maybe someone was assigned to make and bring this cake.

  3. I love just about anything and everything that has to do with lemon. It’s just a refreshing flavor to me in the summer. I can’t wait to try this cake recipe.

  4. Beautiful cake. Lemons are such a nice flavor to use for cakes, pastries and desserts! I will have to try this recipe too. I can’t wait to see my family’s smiles.

  5. I’m a big fan of lemon anything – it’s one of my favorite flavors in desserts. I had a lemon dessert over the weekend that was kind of like a cheesecake, but it was lemon. It’s hard to explain haha

  6. This lemon poke cake I have never made before. The recipe I will have to try making for our family gathering in couple weeks. My dad loves anything lemon. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. I have to try this! I never made a poke cake and this one looks so delicious and inviting. Lemon cakes are my favorite and I know I will love this recipe.

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