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Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 4 hr 30 min
  • Servings 12
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Classic poke cake gets a delightful upgrade with a creamy strawberry cheesecake filling.
By Annalise Sandberg
Updated Dec 28, 2016
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  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Yellow Cake Mix
  • Water, oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 1 lb strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (from 3 whole crackers)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 12 whole fresh strawberries


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13 x 9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2
    Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour into baking dish. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until cake is golden and springs back when gently touched. Cool completely in baking dish, 30 to 45 minutes.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix sliced strawberries and sugar; mash with fork or vegetable masher. Let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes or until berries have released their juices and sugar is dissolved.
  • 4
    Add cream cheese to mashed strawberries; beat with whisk or electric mixer until smooth. Stir in milk.
  • 5
    Poke holes in cooled cake with wooden dowel or end of wooden spoon. Pour strawberry mixture over cake, using spatula to encourage it down into holes in cake. Refrigerate 3 hours.
  • 6
    Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Spread out onto cookie sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until golden. Cool.
  • 7
    Spread whipped topping over cake; top with graham cracker crumb mixture and whole strawberries. Cut and serve.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    You can use fresh or frozen strawberries for the cheesecake filling. If using frozen, thaw before using.
  • tip 2
    For the smoothest filling, make sure cream cheese has had a chance to soften at room temperature for at least 2 hours. If it’s too cold, it won’t take to the strawberry mixture.


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