Super easy to make, and patriotic! Make this Patriotic Poke Cake to serve for Canada Day or the 4th of July!

I’m not much of a baker. I can only bake one kind of cookies. And I once set the oven on fire (as a teenager) because I put too much butter on an apple pie crust. I guess there’s just too much science involved. But even I can make a box cake mix and some Jell-o to create this Patriotic Poke Cake that can work for Canada Day or the 4th of July! Make it gluten free simply by using a gluten free cake mix! And skip the cream cheese and use regular icing if you don’t want dairy!

patriotic poke cake pin

Yield: 8 servings

Patriotic Poke Cake

Patriotic Poke Cake Recipe for Canada Day 4th of July

Super easy to make, and very patriotic! Make this Patriotic Poke Cake to serve for Canada Day or the 4th of July!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes


  • 1 18.25 ounce package white cake mix, prepared to package instructions
  • 1 package 3 ounce package strawberry gelatin
  • 1 package 3 ounce package berry blue gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water, for gelatin
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese
  • ½ cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 quart strawberries, chopped
  • 2 cups blueberries


  1. Bake cake in 13x9 pan according to package instructions. Allow to cool.
  2. Using a fork, poke holes in the top of the cake. poke holes in cake with a fork
  3. Mix together the blue and red gelatin each with 1 cup of boiling water until dissolved, and then spoon each color gelatin over the cake, making sure to pour over the holes. spoon gelatin over cake in alternating rows
  4. The best way to do this if you're using more than one color is a row of blue, then a row of red and alternate so you get a colorful mix of red and blue in the cake. It's good to spoon over each row 2-3 times for good coverage. poke cake in progress
  5. Next, mix together cream cheese and powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix in the whipped topping.
  6. Spread out cream cheese mixture over the cake.
  7. Top with rows of strawberries and blueberries for the 4th of July. Or just do strawberries for Canada Day. sliced strawberries for poke cake topping
  8. Chill for 4 hours before serving.


Make it gluten free simply by using a gluten free cake mix! And skip the cream cheese and use regular icing if you don't want dairy! 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 622Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 419mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 3gSugar: 48gProtein: 11g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily via Nutrifox.

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patriotic poke cake whole

After preparing it, you can cut the patriotic poke cake into pieces and serve on pretty white dishes with red napkins.

Patriotic Poke Cake Recipe for Canada Day 4th of July

You can even add whipped cream and a cherry on top for more colorful patriotic fun!

patriotic poke cake piece with whipped cream and cherry on top

Want another patriotic themed treat? Check out our patriotic rice cereal treats recipe!

Have you ever tried to make a poke cake? How’d it turn out?

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  1. Mmm Shannon… This looks soooo yummy! I love how you incorporated both the red and the blue for our American friends too! I have never made a poke cake before, but this is definitely the perfect inspiration!! 😀

  2. That cake looks perfect and yummy for the holiday! I am so glad to find your post at the TFT Party and I will save this post to pinterest!

  3. Your 4th of July sweet treat looks amazing! I will be featuring it in my 4th of July Red, White, Blue Sweet Treats this sunday at Merry Monday 6 pm pst. Hope to see you at the party!

  4. I haven’t made a poke cake in so long and this looks delicious with the added fresh fruit. Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday. Pinned and will be featuring your recipe in this week’s party.

  5. This looks so good, especially with the fresh berries on top – perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday; I’ll be featuring your poke cake at this week’s party!

  6. Your Patriotic Poke Cake will be a perfect addition to our upcoming celebration! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  7. Oh my goodness Shannon! I’m totally craving this now, and it’s right before bed, LOL. Happy early Canada Day!

  8. Such a festive cake! Thank you for mentioning the allergy friendly options as well. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things! I would like to invite you to link up this post and any other patriotic themed posts at the Patriotic Party on Saturday-July 4 on my blog. Hope you can join us!