Strawberry Poppyseed Cake

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A fruity chilled Strawberry Poppyseed Cake made from a box with cream cheese whipped topping, and strawberry sauce! 

Strawberry Poppyseed Cake | Creme de la Crumb

How was your Easter?? Filled with hammy-potato-y-deviled eggy things I hope. We spent half of the day with my family and half with my in laws so a lot of food was eaten and I may or may not be suffering from a food hangover today.

Strawberry Poppyseed Cake | Creme de la Crumb

But not so badly that I can resist talking about delicious strawberry poppyseed cakes.

A couple of weeks ago we had Sunday dinner over at my folks’ house. My mother made this strawberry poppyseed cake for dessert and everybody loved it. At least I assume they did – I didn’t exactly see their reactions because my face was buried in my own ginormous plate of the stuff and I was more than a little preoccupied with downing it as quickly as I could.

No but really. They did. And I did. Because it is SO yummy.

Strawberry Poppyseed Cake | Creme de la Crumb

So yummy that I knew the instant I took the first bite that you would love this dessert as much as I do. I planned on making it for the blog right away. Last week I made it but spaced the poppy seeds (I know, embarrassing) and it was delicious but I just couldn’t share the recipe with you without the poppy seeds. They’re important!

So the cake you’re seeing in these pictures is round 3 of this cake within 2 weeks. I’m not sorry about that – it’s SO delicious and crazy crazy EASY. I already have the entire recipe memorized. Make it! You’re gonna love it.

Strawberry Poppyseed Cake | Creme de la Crumb

Strawberry Poppyseed Cake | Creme de la Crumb

Strawberry Poppyseed Cake

A fruity chilled dessert with poppyseed cake, cream cheese whipped topping, and strawberry sauce!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces cool whip topping
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 box strawberry danish dessert (found near the jello and pudding items)
  • 1 3/4 cups cold water
  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and sliced


  • Follow instructions on the cake mix box to prepare the cake in a 9x13 inch pan. Discard 1/2 cup of the prepared batter (you could use this to make 3-4 small cupcakes) and stir poppy seeds into the remaining batter. Bake according to box directions (take it out a few minutes early because there is slightly less batter). Allow cake to cool.
  • Whisk together cold water and strawberry danish mix. In a medium sauce pan bring mixture to a boil. Boil, whisking constantly, for one minute. Remove from heat and stir strawberries into the mixture. Allow to cool.
  • While danish mixture and cake are cooling, prepare the whipped cream layer. In a larger bowl mix cream cheese, whipped topping, and powdered sugar together until smooth and fluffy.
  • Spread whipped topping over cake. Spread strawberry mixture over whipped cream layer. Chill at least 1-2 hours before serving.


*Recipe prep/cooking time does not include chilling time.
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This looks amazing! Our Easter was not traditional at all because we were out of town, so we ate Mexican food and pizza instead of ham and potatoes. Haha! I love strawberries and love that they are in season again and I wish I had a slice of this right now!

This looks AMAZING!! I am going to make it tomorrow, but do you think I would ruin it if I use a yellow cake mix instead of white?

My grocery store doesn’t carry anything called “Strawberry danish dessert.” Is this a specialty item? Do you happen to have an example of what the packaging looks like please?

    Hi Marnie – here’s a link so that you can see the packaging! —> Strawberry Danish Dessert

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