Strawberry Margarita Cake

5 from 10 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Strawberry Margarita Cake is fun, festive, fruity and boozy. It is the perfect cake for parties. It is a simple poke cake recipe that will wow your crowd.

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This Strawberry Margarita Cake is perfect for Cinco de Mayo, summer, or anytime you want some tropical goodness with a kick, that makes every bite a celebration. It starts with a box cake mix that makes it fast and so very easy.


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What We Love About This Vanilla Cake Pudding Recipe

This cake makes a huge hit as a birthday cake. There are many ways to make a successful poke cake, here are some tips and tricks.

  • 1 Hour: It takes no time at all to make this festive jello poke cake.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or the refrigerator for this cocktail cake.
  • Popular: Fun, fruity and a true crowd pleaser will get rave reviews.
  • Adaptable: Can make with different fruits and jellos to make amazing cakes.

Ingredient Notes for Vanilla Cake with Pudding and Delicious Margarita Flavor

  • Strawberry Cake: Use prepared cake mixes of your choosing for the best cake
  • Vanilla Pudding: 3.5 ounce package, prepared
  • Almond Milk: Or whatever variety of milk that you like for this delicious cake
  •  Strawberry Lime Margarita divided, Ready made Jose Cuervo Drink, its got the cups tequila, triple sec etc.
  • Whipped Topping: thawed, Cool Whip is used for this recipe
  • Strawberries: chopped
  • Lime: Fresh Lime for zest and lime slices for decorating
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Equipment Needed for Margarita Cake

How to Make Strawberry Margarita Cake

These are the basic steps for making jello poke cake. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutritional information.

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STEP 1: BAKE

First, bake cake in a preheated oven in a prepared pan according to package instructions. Allow cake to partially cool on a wire cooling rack. Then poke holes with the handle of a wooden spoon in entire cake.

STEP 2: FILLING

Next, pour 1/2 cup Jose Cuervo Drink Strawberry Lime Margarita over the holes in the cake, allowing it to soak up. Meanwhile, make the pudding filling in a small bowl with vanilla pudding mix with almond milk and ½ Jose Cuervo Strawberry Lime Margarita. Fold in whipped topping with strawberries and lime zest. Spread this on top of the cake.

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STEP 3: DECORATE

Finally, garnish with the lemon slices and strawberries, refrigerate for at least an hour.

Prep and Storage Tips for this Strawberry Margarita Cake

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

You can make this recipe ahead, however it is recommended to eat as soon as possible to enjoy this delicious Margarita flavored cake. It will last a day or two in the fridge but will get soggy as it sits.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store in the refrigerator well wrapped with plastic wrap or foil or in an airtight container.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Indeed this cake can be frozen, without the whip topping. It can last up to 3 months in an airtight container.

Frequently Asked Questions for Strawberry Margarita Cake

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Try using a gluten free cake mix, a low calorie cake mix and/or a sugar free pudding mix.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT CAKE MIX?

Of course, try a Duncan Hines Lemon or lime cake mix.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE MADE DIFFERENTLY?

Pudding poke cake can be made as a round staked cake or as cupcakes.

WHY IS THIS POKE CAKE SOGGY?

Make sure the holes aren’t too close together. The small holes should be about an inch apart over the entire cake. Too many holes will make this cake soggy.

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Expert Tips for Making This Strawberry Margarita Cake Recipe

  • Add Coconut: Finish the top of the cake with a little coconut.
  • Variation tip: If you want the gelatin layer to be alcohol-free, replace with a non alcoholic margarita mix. 
  • Room Temp: Make sure all the ingredients are room temperature for best results.
  • Lime Curd: The curd adds a great deal of flavor and a creamy layer to this Strawberry Margarita Cake.
  • Enhance the Cake: Extra eggs, vanilla extract, plain yogurt or sour cream and other good stuff will enhance this box cake mix.
  • Bundt Cake: Cupcakes or other ways to make this Margarita cake.
  • Decorate: Melted chocolate, white candy melts, fresh lime zest or lemon zest can add great lemon-lime flavor to this beautiful cake.

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a slice of strawberry margarita cake on two plates with another slice in the background

Strawberry Margarita Cake

5 from 10 votes
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 16 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cake mix strawberry , prepared as directed on package instructions
  • 3.5 ounces vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup Strawberry Lime Margarita divided, Ready to Jose Cuervo Drink
  • 8 ounces whipped topping thawed
  • 16 ounces strawberries chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • Lime slices and strawberry slices to garnish

Instructions

  • Bake cake according to package instructions. Allow to partially cool on a wire rack.
  • Poke holes with back of a wooden spoon or straw.
  • Pour 1/2 cup Jose Cuervo Drink Strawberry Lime Margarita over the holes in the cake, allowing it to soak up.
  • Mix together vanilla pudding mix with almond milk and ½ Jose Cuervo Strawberry Lime Margarita. Fold in whipped topping with strawberries and lime zest. Spread this on top of the cake.
  • Garnish with limes and strawberry slices.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour prior to serving.

Expert Tips

  • Add Coconut: Finish the top of the cake with a little coconut.
  • Variation tip: If you want the gelatin layer to be alcohol-free, replace with a non alcoholic margarita mix. 
  • Room Temp: Make sure all the ingredients are room temperature for best results.
  • Lime Curd: The curd adds a great deal of flavor and a creamy layer to this Strawberry Margarita Cake.
  • Enhance the Cake: Extra eggs, vanilla extract, plain yogurt or sour cream and other good stuff will enhance this box cake mix.
  • Bundt Cake: Cupcakes or other ways to make this Margarita cake.
  • Decorate: Melted chocolate, white candy melts, fresh lime zest or lemon zest can add great lemon-lime flavor to this beautiful cake.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0.3mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 1mg

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