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Cheerwine Poke Cake

Cheerwine Poke Cake


This delicious southern poke cake is flavored with cherry gelatin and Cheerwine and covered in a cloud of whipped cream. Cheerwine is produced in Salisbury, NC and can be found throughout the southeast. I also love to make this Cheerwine Bundt Cake with it.

Poke Cakes are perfect for summer picnics and potlucks since they feed a crowd, are served chilled, and can be made in advance.

Cheerwine Poke Cake has lots of cherry flavor and is great for summer potlucks.

If you haven’t had Cheerwine before, it kind of tastes like cherry Dr. Pepper. And no, there is no wine or alcohol of any kind in it. It is ultra-sweet and syrupy with a fabulous cherry flavor.

Check out Cheerwinefinder.com to see if it can be  found in your neck of the woods or order Cheerwine online.

This Cheerwine Poke Cake has tons of cherry flavor, not only from Cheerwine, but cherry gelatin and chopped maraschino cherries.

It is a cherry-i-fic summer dessert!

Cheerwine Poke Cake has lots of cherry flavor and makes a great summer potluck dessert.

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Cheerwine Poke Cake

Cheerwine Poke Cake

SERVINGS: 16 servings


  • 1 box white cake mix, I used Duncan Hines, plus ingredients needed on back of box
  • 1 cup Cheerwine
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheerwine
  • 1 (3-ounce) box cherry-flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons liquid from Maraschino cherry jar
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish


  • Grease a 9X13-inch pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using the 1 cup of Cheerwine instead of water and stirring in chopped cherries.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for recommended time on cake box. Cool 15 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups Cheerwine to a boil. Remove pan from heat and stir in gelatin until dissolved.
  • Use a straw or handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes in cake about every 2 inches.
  • Pour gelatin mixture evenly over cake.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat heavy cream, confectioners' sugar and cherry juice until stiff peaks form. Spread whipped cream on top of cake and garnish with cherries. Keep leftovers refrigerated.

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10 thoughts on “Cheerwine Poke Cake”

  1. Alana Cummings

    Recently move to NC and fell in love with Cheerwine. This is the best tasting cake I’ve had in a long time, my family is in love.

  2. Poke cakes are my weakness, and this one is taking full advantage! This looks so summery and so delicious- cannot wait to try it!

  3. How am I supposed to get anything done in life when this exists and it’s not in my house!?! Love this idea.

  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    What a pretty poke cake, Christin! I’ve never had a flavor quite like this before, so I’m loving this!

  5. Mary // chattavore

    Oh MY, Christin. This sounds absolutely amazing. I❤️Cheerwine. We had some friends over recently and I had made some Cheerwine BBQ sauce. They had never heard of Cheerwine!!! Granted, they are from Florida, which is the south geographically but definitely not culturally…so I forgave them. Until they tasted it and didn’t like it!

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