Easy American Flag Poke Cake Recipe with Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries

Make a delicious American flag poke cake with fresh strawberries and blueberries. This fresh fruit dessert is perfect for patriotic celebrations or any other summer gathering.

angle view of american flag poke cake

You know I love easy (but delicious) recipes so I couldn’t wait to share this yummy American flag poke cake recipe.

The best part is, that you only need a few ingredients and it’s simple enough for even novice bakers. Topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries it’s the ultimate summer dessert!

Ingredients needed for American Flag Poke Cake

Heat the oven to 350°F for a shiny metal or glass pan or 325°F for a nonstick pan. Grease bottom only of 13”x9” pan.

  • White Cake Mix
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cool Whip
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 Eggs
ingredients for fresh fruit poke cake

How to Make Poke Cake with Strawberries and Blueberries

Show your patriotic side with this red, white and blue poke cake. Moist white cake is filled with a delicious sweetened condensed milk filling, then topped with cool whip and fresh blueberries and strawberries. It’s the perfect dessert to bring to a celebration with family and friends!

Step 1. Add the ingredients to a mixing bowl

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the cake mix, vegetable oil, water, and eggs.

mixing ingredients for American flag poke cake

Step 2. Blend well

Use a hand mixer or Kitchen Aid to mix well. Keep a baking spatula handy to help scrape the sides while blending.

using mixer to mix ingredients for poke cake

Pour the cake mixture into a greased glass baking dish and bake as directed on the box or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

pouring white cake batter

Step 3. Poke holes in the cake

Use the end of a mixing spoon to “poke” holes into the cake. This is what gives this fun cake it’s name!

poking holes in cake

You want to continue to poke holes all throughout the cake so the filling mixture will be blended well into the cake.

using straw to poke holes in cake

Step 4. Add sweetened condensed milk

Now for the extra touch of sweetness…pour a can of sweetened condensed milk all over the cake.

eagle brand sweetened condensed milk

Make sure you get it into the holes so you get the sweet flavor throughout the cake.

pouring condensed milk in poke cake

Step 5. Add cool whip

Use a spatula to cover the cake with cool whip. You can use a light cool whip for this recipe, but I don’t recommend it. The rich and creamy texture of the cool whip really blends well with the sweetness of the condensed milk.

cool whip topping spread

Step 6. Add blueberries

To create the “stars” part of your beautiful American flag poke cake place blueberries in the upper corner.

blueberries on american flag poke cake

Step 7. Cut the strawberries

Slice thin slices of strawberries and add them to the cake in four rows (leaving the upper corner empty) to represent an American flag.

slicing strawberries

You can stack your strawberry “stripes” closer together than I did to make a solid line. (I was running low on strawberries because ‘someone’ in my house ate them before I could make this cake–LOL)

close up of American flag poke cake

Slice and enjoy…

American flag poke cake on counter

If you use a clear glass baking dish, you’ll be able to see all of the yummy layers of this delicious and festive cake!

corner of american flag poke cake

Look at how moist and creamy this poke cake is.

sliced poke cake

The sweetened condensed milk in the middle of the cake really adds to the flavor and steps it up to the next level.

taking a bite out of poke cake

This poke cake is perfect for any patriotic occasion! It’s easy to make and always a crowd favorite. Bring this to your next family gathering and watch it disappear!

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Frequently asked questions

Can I make an American flag poke cake ahead of time?

Yes! You can make this patriotic poke cake up to 1 day in advance to save you time.

Can I use homemade whipped cream and a homemade cake mix?

Yes! If you prefer homemade you can definitely use your favorite recipe to make this patriotic poke cake.

How do I store a poke cake?

To store this poke cake, tightly cover it and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The strawberries will begin to liquify after 3 days so it is best to eat this cake within the first few days-if it even lasts that long!

adding blueberries to cake
sliced poke cake

Easy American Flag Poke Cake Recipe with Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries

This easy American flag poke cake recipe is the perfect dessert for Independence Day or any patriotic celebration! It's made with fresh strawberries and blueberries, and it's so delicious and patriotic-looking. You'll love this fun and festive fruit dessert!
Course Dessert

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • Electric Mixer
  • spatula
  • Glass Baking Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • 1 container Cool Whip
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Water

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the cake mix, vegetable oil, and eggs.
  • Use a hand mixer or Kitchen Aid to mix well. Keep a baking spatula handy to help scrape the sides while blending. 
  • Pour the cake mixture into a greased glass baking dish and bake at 350°F according to the instructions on the box. Let cool. 
  • Use the end of a mixing spoon to poke holes into the cake.
  • Pour a can of sweetened condensed milk all over the cake.
  • Use a spatula to cover the cake with cool whip. 
  • Slice thin slices of strawberries and add them to the cake in four rows to represent an American flag. 
  • Place blueberries in the upper corner.   
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