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Lemon-Pineapple Poke Cake

Lemon-Pineapple Poke Cake is the perfect dessert for potlucks! and family gatherings.  A moist lemon cake with sweet pineapple and lots of whipped topping, you won’t be able to resist a slice or two!

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Lemon-Pineapple Poke Cake

I wish I could say that I was a patient person but I am not.  I am especially impatient in the kitchen. My husband teases me about not letting anyone in “my kitchen”.  I don’t really mean to be this way, but I know it’s true.


A few days ago Emmet wanted to make mini pizzas.  I helped him flatten out canned biscuit dough and he added the sauce, some pepperoni and the cheese.

When we put it in the oven I decided to bake a cake.  This idea for a Lemon Pineapple Poke Cake had been rolling around in my head for a while.

Lemon-Pineapple Poke Cake from missinthekitchen.com

Emmet asked if he could help with the cake and I reluctantly said yes.  I added the cake mix and the other ingredients to the mixer bowl.

Emmet was excited and tried to turn on the mixer, but instead he just locked the head.  I then realized that the mixer was not plugged in and as I reached to plug it in, Emmet turned the mixer on high.

Wham-mo! Cake batter went everywhere.  All over me, in my flip flops, all over everything on the counter, the wall, the cabinets, the floor.  Holy mess.

I told Emmet to go change clothes and cleaned up the mess.  I was so aggravated.  I should not be so impatient but I am.  Emmet was so sorry for ruining the cake.

I told him the cake didn’t matter but the mess, oh the mess.  This is the kind of thing that is funny after the mess is gone.

Lemon-Pineapple Poke Cake Recipe from Miss in the Kitchen

I was still determined to bake this cake.  I continued to bake, this time by myself.  The cake turned out fabulous and now we have a good story to tell!

There’s something about a chilled cake, it just tastes so good.  I totally loved the combination of lemon and pineapple.

This Lemon Pineapple Poke Cake is super simple and the perfect make ahead dessert for entertaining. It’s not overly rich but totally satisfying.

The whole family loved this one, it is a keeper!  Try it out for your next picnic, party or barbecue!

More Cake Recipes to Try:

My family can’t get enough of this Coconut Cream Cake and my mom’s Fresh Apple Cake is always a hit. For something really simple, this Pineapple Dump Cake is just the ticket.

Texas Sheet Cake is a favorite for feeding a crowd.  Moist Banana Cake from My Baking Addiction is super flavorful and so delicious! I’m also totally in love with this Banana Pudding Poke Cake from Tidy Mom, great for summer!


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Lemon Pineapple Poke Cake with Cool Whip and a Lemon Slice

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Lemon-Pineapple Poke Cake

Simple and delicious Lemon Pineapple Poke Cake. An easy dessert for celebrations and cookouts!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Additional Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon cake, pineapple cake, poke cake, summer dessert
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 532kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 1 box lemon supreme cake mix
  • 3 extra large eggs
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple do not drain
  • 16 oz whipped topping
  • lemon slices and fresh mint for garnish - optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add cake mix, eggs, melted butter and milk to a large mixer bowl and beat at low speed until combined. Raise speed to medium and beat 2 minutes or until smooth.
  • Pour into a greased 9 X 13 inch cake pan.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Remove cake from oven and poke holes about 1 inch apart all over cake.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and pineapple, Pour over warm cake.
  • Cover and refrigerate cake for 2 hour our until chilled. Top with whipped topping.
  • Cut into slices and garnish with lemon and mint if desired.



Store cake covered and refrigerated.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 532kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 453mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 59g








  1. omg, I really feel you there! I’m exactly the same.. great cake, btw!:) love to you and to your little helper.xx

  2. Absolutely LOVEEEE this cake !!!!! Instead of condensed milk I use a can of coconut cream!!!! N grate a little lemon on top when it’s completely done !!👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 AMAZING !!!!! Thanks for sharing !!!

  3. Hi Milisa, what do you use to poke the holes in the cake? It’s in the oven now, but I wasn’t sure how big the holes were supposed to be. TIA!

    1. Hi Kathleen,
      You can use the end of a wooden spoon or a chopstick – it doesn’t really make too much difference. Just try to space them evenly. I hope you enjoy it!

      1. Hi! This is the best.cake.ever! I can see by the dates of these comments that I am really late trying this yummy recipe, but it is excellent in 2020 as well!! When I frosted it, I added dollops of lemon curd, and “marbled” it in. I loved the extra lemon flavor (I can never have too much lemon)! Thanks for the great recipe! It looks and tastes like I slaved over it forever!!

    2. Hi Kathleen: I used a straw, and the holes weren’t too big. Just big enough to get the sweet milk and pineapple into the cake nicely. Not too much (I worried about that) but it was perfect for us.

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