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Better Than… Lemons Poke Cake

Better than… Lemons Poke Cake is a fabulous cool and creamy spring time and summer time treat! It’s the perfect dessert to take to a potluck, BBQ, or to eat right out of the pan in your own kitchen. It’s that good.

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This cake is SO good. On the day of 18 desserts (as I have now named that in-freaking-sane day during which I baked 18 different desserts so I’d have content to blog while we moved into our new home), this was my second favorite. My favorite was this skinny frozen hot chocolate… but that might just be because I could drink it without feeling guilty.

But if calories came free, this might very well have been my favorite treat from that day.

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It’s cool, and creamy, and decadent, and full to the brim with a decadent lemon curd.

A decadent, easy, microwave lemon curd. Which I am in looooooooove with. Because I really, really like quick and easy. And from start to finish (and chilled!), this lemon curd takes about 20 minutes to make.

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You’re going to love this one! Happy spring time, everyone!

Lemon Poke Cake


  • 1 Lemon Cake, baked and cooled in a 9x13 pan (I used a Duncan Hines cake mix)
  • 1 Lemon Curd Recipe, reserve 1/4 cup for drizzling
  • 1 - 8 oz cool whip
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Use the bottom of a wooden spoon to evenly poke holes throughout the baked cake (approximately 20-25 holes).
  2. Pour the lemon curd over the cake, aiming to fill the holes. Use a rubber spatula to spread the curd evenly over the cake.
  3. Spread the cool whip over top. Sprinkle the white chips and pecans over top. Drizzle with remaining lemon curd.
  4. Let chill for at least 4 hours. Overnight is best.
  5. Serves 12


Note: the lemon curd can make this a bit tart-- which I like. But if you are at all concerned about the cake being TOO "lemon-y," ease up when pouring the lemon curd and don't use the whole batch.

Easy Lemon Curd


  • 1 cup lemon juice (fresh is always best!)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs


  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl (contents WILL bubble up when stirred, so make sure you have plenty of extra room to avoid a spill-over).
  2. Microwave ingredients for up to 10 minutes. REMOVE AND STIR after every minute. Once mixture begins to thicken, you can discontinue heating. It generally takes mine 6-8 minutes to look just right.
  3. Line a smaller bowl with a zip top bag (use a high quality brand so it doesn't melt). Pour the lemon curd into the zip top bag and seal it up.
  4. Fill the bowl with ice water and place the bag of lemon curd in the ice bath. Place the bowl in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Curd will be thickened and chilled once removed and ready to serve.

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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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40 Responses to “Better Than… Lemons Poke Cake”

  1. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on April 22, 2013 at 7:29 am (#)

    Oh this looks lovely Ashton. I’m in love with homemade lemon curd!!!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on April 22, 2013 at 9:15 am (#)

    Seriously Oh mer gerd. WANT!

  3. Liz posted on April 22, 2013 at 9:37 am (#)

    You had me at lemon! Awesome recipe :)

  4. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on April 22, 2013 at 10:17 am (#)

    Looks Fab-U-Lous Ashton! You know I’m a sucker for lemons (pun intended)!

  5. Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry posted on April 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm (#)

    18 different desserts in one day?! Girl, you are crazy. This cake looks creamy and refreshing after a long day of moving though.

  6. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on April 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm (#)

    You have the most creative Poke cakes! I love it!

  7. Anne @The Cooking Campaign posted on April 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm (#)

    This look soo interesting! I can’t wait to try this!

  8. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on April 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm (#)

    lemons are my soulmate. wait, let me correct myself. Lemon desserts are my soulmate. And this BTS cake? Even BETTER!!! You nailed it Ashton. Love all your poke cake recipes my friend. This is the winner.

  9. Jenn posted on April 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm (#)

    This looks sooooooooo good!

  10. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen posted on April 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm (#)

    Yum, this looks so good! I love anything lemony and homemade lemon curd is the best!

  11. Courtney @Neighborfood posted on April 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm (#)

    I was going to attempt a lemon curd last week but it was after a long day of work. I took one look at the recipe and ditched it for the night…way too time consuming! This microwave version just made my life a thousand times easier (and lemon-ier….yum!)

  12. Judi posted on April 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm (#)

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. Can you please clarify the amount of butter in the lemon curd? Is is 1/2 cup? Thanks so much!

    • Ashton posted on April 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm (#)

      fixed it! Thanks ;)

  13. heidi stetson posted on April 22, 2013 at 9:42 pm (#)

    1/2 what of butter, please?

    • Ashton posted on April 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm (#)

      Fixed! Thanks :)

    • Ashton posted on April 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm (#)

      recipe corrected! Thanks :)

  14. EmPea posted on April 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm (#)

    This looks amazing, and I can’t wait to try it! Can you please confirm the measurement for the butter in the lemon curd? The recipe reads “1/2 butter, melted” Is this 1/2 cup, 1/2 stick, or something else? Thanks!

    • Ashton posted on April 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm (#)

      Recipe corrected, thanks! :)

  15. Penny posted on April 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm (#)

    My husband loves lemons…I can’t wait to surprise him with this!!! Thanks.

  16. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on April 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm (#)

    Now that is one awesome spring dessert! I love all the fun poke cakes you come up with!!!

  17. Deborah posted on April 23, 2013 at 10:03 am (#)

    I made a poke cake with lemon curd last year and I seriously think about it all of the time. I want a piece oft his!

  18. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on April 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm (#)

    My love for lemons knows no bounds! Seriously in LOVE with lemon desserts. My favorite of all time, believe it or not! This cake is perfect for me :) and that easy microwave lemon curd? BRILLIANT.

  19. Diane posted on April 24, 2013 at 1:55 pm (#)

    This looks delicious I have some lemon curd I need to use up just wondering if you can tell me about how much lemon curd you used ( the recipe made )?
    By the recipe ingredients I’m going to guess 2-2- 1/2 cups maybe ??
    Thanks much !

    • Ashton posted on April 25, 2013 at 9:38 am (#)

      Yes– good judging :) Close to 2 cups. There really is no ‘right’ amount though. You can use as much or as little as you’d like! But 2 cups is a good general standard.

    • Diane posted on April 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm (#)

      Thank you so much !
      I love love love your blog !!

  20. Mary posted on April 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm (#)

    Ashton, your Lemon Poke Cake is a perfect dessert for spring & summer….pinning! Thanks for the yummy share!

  21. cupcakekiller702 posted on April 30, 2013 at 4:28 pm (#)

    Anyone feel that tingle on their tongue from looking at the picture of tart-y tangy yumminess? I think I need to make this right now. :)

  22. Paula posted on April 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm (#)

    I made this cake over the weekend for my daughter’s birthday. I made one minor adjustment since we have some non nut lovers in the family. Since Lemon and coconut are family favorites, we added coconut to the top rather than chips and nuts. Just had a piece this evening…it is great. THanks for the recipe

  23. Diane posted on April 30, 2013 at 7:44 pm (#)

    I made this for our weekend dessert and it was Amazing!!
    I made a couple adjustments ..I used some lemon curd I had that was waiting to be used and since we can’t eat nuts in our home I added Lemon Zest along with the white chocolate chips on top!
    I also added a tsp of lemon extract to the lemon cake batter for an extra lemony flavor!
    I shared this recipe with all my friends as well !
    Thansk for the delicious recipe!!

  24. Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books posted on June 20, 2013 at 10:07 pm (#)

    I love Lemon, this looks amazing!

  25. Betty Thornton posted on June 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm (#)

    Was Duncan Hines Cake Mix a Lemond

  26. Linda posted on July 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm (#)

    OMG. OMG. I think I will lick the screen………

  27. Rurh posted on July 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm (#)

    You mentioned using the bottom of a wooden spoon. Do you mean the handle or the spoon portion?

    • Ashton posted on July 21, 2013 at 12:12 am (#)

      The handle– as long as it’s round!

  28. Sheila posted on April 20, 2014 at 1:09 am (#)

    Hi! Thanks for this great recipe! I’ve made it for Easter dinner..but wondering, in the lemon curd recipe, you say the ingredients will bubble up and possibly over? This did not happen? Did I do something wrong? The lemon curd is very yummy!

  29. Emily posted on June 26, 2014 at 6:43 pm (#)

    Making this right now with my six year old daughter. Smells yummy, can’t wait to try it.

  30. ROSE COUCH posted on June 30, 2014 at 1:09 pm (#)


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  31. angelina posted on February 28, 2015 at 4:50 pm (#)

    can store bought lemon curd be used instead of freshly made?

    • Ashton posted on March 14, 2015 at 12:57 pm (#)

      Definitely :)