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Lemon poke cake on a plate with a fork.

BEST Lemon Poke Cake Recipe (With Jello Pudding)

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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings


Lemon lovers will be thrilled with this Lemon Poke Cake recipe. It’s super-moist with a creamy lemon pudding layer and creamy whipped topping, garnished with a slice of lemon. 

This easy dessert recipe is made with a boxed cake mix and it just doesn’t get any easier than this! Perfect for family gatherings and potlucks. 


1 box (15.25 oz.) lemon cake mix

3 large eggs, room temperature

1 cup water, room temperature

1/2 cup (118ml) vegetable oil

Zest from 1/2 lemon

Lemon Pudding
2 (3.4ounce each) instant lemon pudding mix

3 cups cold milk

1 (8 ounce) tub cool whip topping

Optional sliced lemons for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray or a light coat of butter.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, water and lemon cake mix until well combined.
  3. Stir in the lemon zest until combined.
  4. Transfer cake batter to prepared baking dish. Bake in 350°F oven for 23 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  5. Cool cake for one hour.
  6. Use the end of a wooden spoon or skewer to poke holes in the cake.
  7. Make the lemon pudding: Whisk both boxes of lemon pudding mix with milk unti smooth and well combined and thickened.
  8. Spread some of the lemon pudding across the top of the cake. Use a spatula to spread out the pudding in a thin coat, first ensuring that some of the pudding goes into each of the poke holes. Top the cake with the remaining pudding.
  9. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour (up to overnight).
  10. After chill time, spread the whipped topping over the chilled lemon poke cake.
  11. Serve and top with lemon slices if using and enjoy!


Store leftover poke cake in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Chil Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 186
  • Sugar: 7.2 g
  • Sodium: 183.2 mg
  • Fat: 11.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.2 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 4.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 47.9 mg