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Party-favorite Strawberry Margarita Poke Cake


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Looking for a way to amp up your parties? This strawberry margarita poke cake is the best way to go! Make every occasion extra special with this crowd’s favorite boozed-up cake.

This super fun strawberry margarita cake recipe with alcohol will surely be the star of the party. And if you love margaritas, make certain to check out this Classic Frozen Margarita as well!

a slice of Strawberry Lime Margarita Poke Cake on top of two stacked saucers with another slice in the background

Strawberry Margarita Cake Recipe

Strawberries are native to North America and are a staple ingredient in summer drinks and dishes. That’s why it’s no surprise that many of our summer recipes, like this strawberry margarita cake recipe, include strawberries as their main ingredient. Not only are strawberries great in beating the summer heat, but they’re also a great source of antioxidants that are great in detoxifying the body. 

Why We Love This Recipe

Two things can make every summer perfect: a nice sip of margarita or tequila and an easy-to-make cake. What more could you want when you combine these two and make the ultimate strawberry margarita cake? Everyone will go nuts!

This is a very easy cake to do that will surely make all your events extra special. Everyone will gladly indulge in this sweet-but-a-little-boozed-up cake. It’s just like eating a regular strawberry poke cake, but with the extra kick of alcohol for more fun! 

Ingredients

Here are a few ingredients to add to your grocery list. All of these are very easy to find:

  • 1 strawberry cake mix
  • 1 (3.5 ounces) box vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup Ready to Jose Cuervo Drink Strawberry Lime Margarita, divided
  • 8-ounce tub whipped topping, thawed
  • 16 ounces strawberries, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • Lime slices and strawberry slices to garnish

Substitutions

Almond milk: A lot of people prefer using whole milk because it is tastier. But because not everyone can consume dairy milk, they opt for healthier dairy-free milk. Another common substitution for this is soy milk.

Lime zest: People usually have lemons in their fridge more than they have lime. Lemon zest is an excellent substitute for lime zest also.

Vanilla pudding: If you run out of vanilla pudding, don’t rush to the grocery store just yet. To substitute vanilla pudding, all you need to do is mix 1 part cornstarch to 2 parts sugar and add a bit of vanilla flavoring/essence!

Equipment Needed/Helpful Tools

How To Make Strawberry Margarita Poke Cake

This recipe for margarita cake is a simple yet effective way to spice up your parties. Or just chill and relax at home!

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grab a mixing bowl and prepare the strawberry cake mix as directed on the package.

Get a 9×13 inch baking pan and spray the bottom of the pan with nonstick spray. Bake according to package instructions. When it’s done baking, take it out of the oven and allow it to partially cool on a wire rack.

Step  2

Once the cake has partially cooled, poke holes throughout the cake. Instead of using a wooden spoon handle, use a fork or wooden skewers instead. The holes should be visibly smaller in this recipe compared to other poke cakes. The holes you make are made just so the strawberry margarita mix can easily soak in between the cake. 

a hand using a skewer to poke holes in the strawberry margarita cake

Step  3

Divide the 1 cup of strawberry margarita drink into two separate glasses. For the first half of your Jose Cuervo Drink Strawberry Lime Margarita, pour it evenly all over the holes in the cake. Make sure every inch of the cake gets soaked with the drink. 

Step  4

Grab a different bowl and mix vanilla pudding mix with almond milk and the remaining half portion of your Jose Cuervo Strawberry Lime Margarita. Carefully fold this in the whipped topping with strawberries and lime zest. 

When everything is well combined, spread the frosting evenly on top of the cake.

a zester, lime, cut up strawberries and frosting in a white bowl, all on a wood table

Step  5

Wash your strawberries and limes thoroughly and cut them horizontally about ⅛ inch. For that extra flavor and design, finish by garnishing the cake with thin slices of limes and strawberries. Decorate the cake however you want. 

Step  6

Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to let everything set and cool.

strawberry margarita poke cake on plate

Variations

Variation 1: If you want to have a more strawberry flavor, you can drizzle some strawberry syrup on top of your cake. 

Variation 2: If you are not a big fan of pudding, you can use plain yogurt or sour cream and add a bit of vanilla flavoring instead. 

Variation 3: Another way to make this Strawberry margarita poke cake is by using a chocolate cake mix instead of a strawberry one to create a totally different yet equally delicious cake. 

FAQs

How to store leftover strawberry margarita poke cake?

For leftover cakes, it is always proper to store them in an airtight container to make sure that the cake won’t dry out. If you do not have an airtight container, wrap the cake with saran wrap and make sure all the sides are covered. Once covered, put the cake in the refrigerator.

How to make strawberry margarita poke cake ahead of time?

Every poke cake can be made ahead of time. Simply follow all the instructions and leave them inside the fridge. The great thing about this is, the longer you let it cool inside the refrigerator, the yummier it gets. So, you don’t have to worry about the flavors changing.

How to test for the doneness of the cake?

To test the cake for doneness, poke the middle of the cake with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, take the cake out of the oven and let it cool on a wire rack. 

strawberry margarita poke cake in a pan

More Strawberry Recipes

Strawberry Margarita Poke Cake

This boozy cake recipe is a lot of fun to make and even more fun to eat!
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Refrigerate 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 pieces
Calories 209 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 strawberry cake mix
  • 1 (3.5 ounces) box vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup Ready to Jose Cuervo Drink Strawberry Lime Margarita divided
  • 8 ounces tub whipped topping thawed
  • 16 ounces strawberries chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • Lime slices and strawberry slices to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grab a mixing bowl and prepare the strawberry cake mix as directed on the package.
  • Get a 9×13 inch baking pan and spray the bottom of the pan with nonstick spray. Bake according to package instructions. When it’s done baking, take it out of the oven and allow it to partially cool on a wire rack.
  • Once the cake has partially cooled, poke holes throughout the cake. Instead of using a wooden spoon handle, use a fork or wooden skewers instead. The holes should be visibly smaller in this recipe compared to other poke cakes. The holes you make are made just so the strawberry margarita mix can easily soak in between the cake. 
  • Divide the 1 cup of strawberry margarita drink into two separate glasses. For the first half of your Jose Cuervo Drink Strawberry Lime Margarita, pour it evenly all over the holes in the cake. Make sure every inch of the cake gets soaked with the drink. 
  • Grab a different bowl and mix vanilla pudding mix with almond milk and the remaining half portion of your Jose Cuervo Strawberry Lime Margarita. Carefully fold this in the whipped topping with strawberries and lime zest. 
  • When everything is well combined, spread the frosting evenly on top of the cake.
  • Wash your strawberries and limes thoroughly and cut them horizontally about ⅛ inch. For that extra flavor and design, finish by garnishing the cake with thin slices of limes and strawberries. Decorate the cake however you want. 
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to let everything set and cool.

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 284mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 19IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 112mgIron: 1mg
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a slice of Strawberry Lime Margarita Poke Cake on top of two stacked saucers with another slice in the background

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