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A piece of lemon poke cake garnished with lemon slices on a white plate
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Luscious Lemon Poke Cake

This Lemon Poke Cake is super easy to make and has a nice balance of sweetness and bright citrus flavor. This Poke Cake recipe is made with tender moist cake, luscious lemon curd pudding and it's topped with sweet whipped topping.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Poke Cake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chilling 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 55 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 244kcal


Cake Layer

  • 1 White Cake - plus the ingredients needed to make the cake according to package directions.
  • 3 teaspoons lemon zest, divided

Lemon Pudding Layer

  • 1 1/3 cup Lemon curd
  • 1 box instant lemon pudding
  • 1 cup cold milk

Whipped Topping

  • 3 cups thawed cool whip topping

To Garnish

  • Thin lemon slices (optional)


Cake Layer

  • Prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Stir in 2 teaspoons of lemon zest and bake in a 9 x 13 baking pan until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • When the cake has finished baking, remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Poke holes down through the cake using the handle of a large wooden spoon. Holes should be at about 1- inch intervals.

Lemon Curd & Lemon Pudding Layer

  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the pudding mix and milk until well combined. Stir the lemon curd into the pudding and mix until smooth.
  • Pour the pudding mixture over the top of the cake, making sure it sinks into all of the holes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until the pudding has set.

Whipped Topping Layer

  • Stir the cool whip and then spread over the cool cake. Sprinkle with the remaining lemon zest. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Garnish with lemon slices (optional).


  • Instead of a sheet cake, you can also make cupcakes. Just follow the cake mix directions for baking cupcakes.
  • This cake can be stored in the refrigerator tightly covered for up to 3 days.
  • This cake freezes well.


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 1mg