Coming up with clever recipes for the holiday season can sometimes be a pretty challenging endeavor. Why not make something simple but looks intricate and amazing with this Christmas-themed Jello Poke Cake?
Jello Poke Cake
This recipe is more of a technique demonstration than a real recipe, as it only requires a simple box cake and some Jello mix.
The benefit of this technique is that it creates a really interesting visual cake, with dotted holes of Jello poured down the middle.
Alongside looking just like a Christmas tree, with its alternating green and red Jello bits, it also has the benefit of a really interesting texture.
While most of the cake is a pure white cake, you will get these mouthfuls that have bits of Jello in them, with each bite being a totally different flavor!
Jello Poke Cake Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts, as there are a few fiddly ingredients here.
• White cake box mix
• Cherry Jello mix
• Lime Jello mix
• Boiling water
• Whipped topping
• Christmas sprinkles as you prefer
How To Make Jello Poke Cake
• Prepare the white cake box as instructed
• Poke the cake with the handle of a small wooden spoon, or some chopsticks if you have them until there are holes all over the top
• Place the two different Jello mixes as you prefer in different bowls
• Pour 1 cup of boiling water into each, stirring until dissolved
• Stir in some ice cubes until melted to cool completely down
• Carefully pour some of the cherry gelatin in one straight line over the poked holes from one end of the cake pan to the other
• Alternate the layering with the green gelatin, being careful not to pour over the top of the red
• Repeat in lines until the gelatin is completely used up
• Chill for 4 hours, or overnight, refrigerating until ready to serve
• Top with whipped cream and Christmas sprinkles when ready to serve
What Other Flavors Could You Make This With?
This recipe uses some of the most common flavors of Jello; cherry red and lime green. However, there is nothing stopping you from making your own variations with totally different Jello types!
Why not swap the cherry for strawberry Jello instead? To help clue in your dinner guests to what flavor they can expect, try topping your cake with some whipped cream and some quartered strawberries!
You could also totally move away from the Christmas tree look and go for a sweet dessert instead, with some butterscotch and vanilla Jello flavors instead! For toppings, why not melt some chocolate over the top of your cake? Or just keep it simple with a small dusting of some confectioners’ sugar?
Should You Make Your Own White Cake For This?
To make this fancy-looking Jello poke cake, I recommend that you use a regular white cake box mix. Some people take exception to the idea of using a box cake, claiming that it is somehow “cheating” to use a pre-prepared mix and insist on making their own.
Well, before you spend all day trying to get the texture of your white cake to absolute perfection, really consider using the box cake.
It is simpler, easier, and in many cases, way cheaper than making it yourself.
Plus, the people who make those box mixes know exactly what they are doing – they spend a lot of money coming up with the absolute best cake mix imaginable.
Enjoy a little cheater recipe now and then!
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Jello Poke Cake
- Prep Time
- 15 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1 box white cake mix PLUS any ingredients listed on box
- 1 box cherry Jello
- 1 box lime Jello
- 2 cups boiling water divided
- one 8 ounce tub whipped topping
- Christmas sprinkles of choice
- Prepare the white cake mix according to the box directions for a 9×13 cake.
- Once the cake has been baked according to the box instructions, let it cool slightly.
- Poke the cake with the handle of a small wooden spoon or a chopstick, until there are holes all over the top.
- Place the gelatin flavors in two separate bowls. Pour 1 cup boiling water into each gelatin; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Stir in two normal sized ice cubes until melted to cool down.
- Carefully pour some of the cherry gelatin in one straight line over the poked holes from one end of the cake pan to the other. Alternate next with the green gelatin, trying not to pour over top of the red gelatin, Repeat in lines until the gelatin is used up.
- Chill 3 to 4 hours or overnight. Refrigerate until ready to serve
- Top with whipped cream and Christmas sprinkles when ready to serve.
- mix and match the Jellos as you see fit for color and flavor!
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.