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Cherry Almond Poke Cake

This simple cake recipe is nothing to "poke" fun at. You're going to love the taste of this Cherry Almond Poke Cake. It's flavorful, moist, and packed full of deliciousness. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword desserts, poke cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes


  • 1 white cake mix
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 3.4 oz box cherry gelatin (any flavor will work)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  • 1 8 oz.  tub whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. almond extract


  • Additional whipped topping
  • Fresh Cherries
  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • Sliced Almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 13x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray

  2. Combine cake mix, eggs, water, oil and almond extract until smooth

  3. Spread evenly into baking dish, bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean

  4. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes

  5. Combine gelatin and boiling water and stir about 2 minutes until dissolved,add cold water

  6. Using a wooden skewer or large fork, poke holes into cake about every 1/2inch

  7. Carefully pour gelatin over the cake

  8.  Place in refrigerator at least 3 hours or overnight


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, starting with 1⁄4 cup powdered sugar and mix until fluffy. You may need to add more powdered sugar depending on how thick you want the frosting.

  2. Spread over cake

  3. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve

  4. Store leftovers in refrigerator covered with plastic wrap

  5. Serve with fresh cherries, canned cherries or sliced almonds