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Lemon Burst Poke Cake Recipe

Lemon Burst Poke Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon-burst-poke-cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 pieces
Calories 428kcal
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 15.25 oz box Golden Vanilla cake mix, plus water oil eggs to prepare (i.e. Betty Crocker)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 3.4 oz box instant lemon pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoon lemon zest divided
  • 2 tablespoon grated white chocolate
  • Additional whipped cream and lemon slices for garnishing Optional


  • To make the cake: Prepare the cake mix per the package instructions using the amounts of water, oil and eggs called for. Add 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest. Bake in a greased 13 x 9 inch cake pan until a toothpick inserted into the center comes back clean.
  • Once baked, immediately poke holes all over the cake using the back of a wooden spoon or similar. Be generous.
  • To make the pudding: In a medium size mixing bowl using an electric mixer, whip together the pudding mix and milk until thickened but, still pourable.
  • Spread pudding over the cake gently pushing into the holes. Cool to room temperature. (This doesn't take long)
  • To make the frosting: In a medium size mixing bowl using an electric mixer, cream together cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon extract.
  • Add the cream continuing to beat on medium-high speed until fluffy and fully combined and soft peaks form. Mix in 2 tablespoon lemon zest by hand.
  • Frost the top of the cake, garnishing with the remaining lemon zest and grated white chocolate.
  • Chill for 4 hours or overnight before serving. (May use additional whipped cream and lemon slices to decorate as pictured, if desired.)
  • Store leftovers chilled.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 486IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg