Labor day marks the return of the school year (though, I see a lot of kidlets back already) and the last big weekend for summer barbecues before fall and football take their place. If you are still scrambling for some recipes to throw on the grill or bring with you to this weekends festivities look no further.

Lip Smackin’ Labor Day Recipes: 

Lip Smackin' Labor Day Recipes:

If you are still looking for some recipes to throw on the grill, or bring with you to this weekends festivities, look no further!

strawberry poke cake

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Strawberry Poke Cake

from Cook’s Country Backyard Barbecue


For the Cake 

  • 12 tbs unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 2 1/4 cups flour, plus extra for dusting the pan
  • 4 teas baking powder
  • 1 teas salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teas vanilla
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar

For the syrup and topping

  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • 6 tbs sugar, divided
  • 2 tbs orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbs strawberry-flavored gelatin (that’s two packs of the average size box for those of you who are like me and had no idea what jello to buy)
  • 2 cups heavy cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking dish.

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together.

In a large mixing cup, whisk together milk, vanilla and egg whites.

In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. Add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately, in two batches, beating after each addition, until combined, about 30 seconds each time. Using a rubber spatula, give batter a final stir. Scrape into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes. Cool completely, at least one hour. Once cool, cake can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored for up to two days.

For the syrup and topping:

Heat 3 cups strawberries, 2 tbs sugar, juice, and water in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Cover and cook until strawberries are softened, about 10 minutes. Strain liquid into a bowl and reserve the rest. Whisk gelatin into liquid and let cool to room temperature, at least 20 minutes. (You may want to give it a stir from time to time to make sure no jello clumps are forming at the bottom, not that I’ve been there or anything.

Meanwhile, poke 50 (exactly 50, no more no less, or we end up with a dilemma like Speed all over again) holes all over top of the cake using a wooden skewer and twisting a bit to enlarge the holes a bit. Evenly poor cooled liquid over top of cake. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until gelatin is set, at least 3 hours, or up to 2 days.

Pulse reserved strawberries, 2 tbs sugar and remaining 1 cup strawberries in a food processor until mixture resembles strawberry jam. Spread mixture evenly over cake. With an electric mixer on medium high speed or in the bowl of your stand mixer, beat cream with remaining sugar to soft peaks. Spread cream over strawberries and serve. Cake will keep refrigerated up to two days.


Strawberry Poke Cake | Closeup of strawberries | Kita Roberts


  1. Where does the name Poke come…? Love this – great for the long weekend (well, really, any time)!

  2. My former coworker use to make poke cakes all of the time and everyone always raved. I guess I need to try it sometime huh? 🙂

  3. Sometimes I’m a little jealous of the kiddos heading back to school at this time of year. I always loved getting new school supplies… I also love sheet cakes, I really should bake more of them! This looks especially simple and delicious.

  4. I am making it now but am confused. How does 2 tbs of jello equal 2 regular boxes? It seems to be less than one small box. What am I doing wrong…! =)

    1. I could be wrong, but what I purchased was less then a tbs when I opened it and I had to run back to the market. However, I am not a fan of Jello normally, so my experience and the box size I purchased may be uncommon. The correct amount is 2 tbs.

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