Jello Poke Cake

An easy way to make an elegant retro recipe dessert using white cake mix drizzled with Black Cherry and Lime Jello over each round of cake. The jello seeps down into the poke holes in the cake making the pretty design, the end result frosted with Cool Whip for a super easy and pretty dessert that impresses!

Want to learn how to make the perfect poke holes for your cake? Be sure to read on to find out my secret!

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Jello Poke Cake
Jello Poke Cake was a really popular recipe when I was a young girl in the 70’s. It seems Jello itself was a huge ingredient back in the day! My mom made this cake, my Nanny made it and Grumpy tells me his mom it also. I have a feeling that back in the “day” there weren’t too many homes that didn’t have this cake grace their table at one point in time.  It also happens to be one of Grumpy’s favorite recipes!
To get the desired effect, I suggest that you use the wider end of a chopstick to make your poke holes, and make a lot of them. I would also not “pour” the jello over the cake, I would use a tablespoon and gently spoon it over top, being sure to spoon right over those poke holes so the jello will seep down through them. Just look at those beautiful lines in that cake!
Jello Poke Cake
I have never been a big cake mix from a box fan, however, when it comes to making this recipe, I truly recommend it. There is something about the texture of the boxed mix that differs in the way the jello soaks through the cake compared to a homemade cake. Yes my friends, there is a time and place for everything, and the time and place for a cake mix, in my book, is definitely for this recipe.
Jello Poke Cake
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Jello Poke Cake
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
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Serves: 12 servings
Easy to make with a white cake mix! Baked into rounds, drizzled with jello and frosted with cool whip!
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 box black cherry jello
  • 1 box lime jello
  • 2 cups hot boiling water
  • 1-8 ounce container cool whip, thawed in refrigerator
  1. Make the white cake mix per box instructions, following directions for baking in round cake pans. Let cakes cool completely. Poke holes in cake using the wide end of a chop stick. Push the chop stick through the cake all the way to the bottom of the cake. Repeat several times on cake layer. Set cakes aside.
  2. Place black cherry jello powder and lime jello powder in two separate mixing bowls. Pour 1 cup hot boiling water over each bowl of jello powder, stirring until jello has dissolved. Let cool slightly (about 10 minutes).
  3. With a tablespoon, spoon the black cherry jello over 1 round of cake and then the lime jello over the second round. Cover cake with plastic wrap and store overnight in the refrigerator to allow jello to set.
  4. At least an hour before serving, layer and frost cake with cool whip. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve. Store any leftovers in refrigerator. The cake will store for several days in the refrigerator.

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