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Poke cakes are a great way to turn a boxed cake mix into something spectacular and can be topped with a variety of different frosting combinations. I used lime gelatin in my poke cake because I made it for St. Patrick’s Day but you can use your favorite gelatin flavor.
I’ll be the first to say that Poke Cakes aren’t my favorite because they use a boxed cake mix. The saving characteristic is the flavor of the gelatin and the frosting. You can make so many amazing combination with a vanilla or yellow cake base.
Poke Cakes are also great if you are short on time or a beginning baker because they taste great but are super simple to make. They are a good choice to take to a party or picnic because they travel easily as well.
For my lime poke cake I used a yellow cake base and made it according to the boxes directions. Once it had cooled a bit I mixed up some lime gelatin and poured it over top of the cake and refrigerated it until it was set.
For the frosting I used a combination of Cool Whip and powdered sugar. I’ve found that the powdered sugar thickens up the Cool Whip to the point where it looks and almost tastes like marshmallows and that works with this cake. I frosted the cake after it cooled and then put St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles on top.
I took the cake to school with me where it was a hit. The teachers liked the lime and vanilla combination and gobbled it up. I would definitely make this again for a holiday party!
Pro Tips & Substitutions:
- Place the cake in the freezer for 15 minutes before frosting to keep the frosting from sticking to the cake.
- Lemon flavored cake would be an awesome substitution for the yellow cake if you are looking to take this cake to a summer picnic.
- Change out the gelatin flavor and sprinkle colors to make this cake for any holiday or themed celebration.
More Poke Cake Recipes:
- 1 yellow boxed cake mix
- 1 c. water
- 1/2 c. oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 package (3 oz) lime gelatin
- 1 container (8 oz) Cool Whip
- 2 c. powdered sugar
- 2 t. vanilla
- green sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a bowl combine the cake mix, water, oil, and eggs. Mix well and pour into the prepared pan.
- Bake according to the packages directions. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
- In a medium sized bowl combine the lime gelatin with 1 cup of boiling water. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Add another 1/3 cup of cold water and mix well.
- Using the end of a wooden spoon or a skewer poke holes all over the semi-cooled cake.
- Pour the gelatin mixture slowly over the top of the cake until it is all absorbed.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours.
- To make the frosting mix the Cool Whip, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed. The consistency will be like marshmallow cream.
- Spread the frosting all over the cake. Top with sprinkles.
A Hezzi-D Original recipe
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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!
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- Nana’s Potato Pancakes by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Raisin Irish Soda Bread by Art of Natural Living
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