Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Patriotic Poke Cake {Better Late than Never}


Friday, September 9, 2011

Patriotic Poke Cake {Better Late than Never}

I know this recipe for my Patriotic Poke Cake is a little late, but in my opinion it's too good not to be shared. We enjoyed a relaxing Labor Day weekend together and pretty much did nothing at all. I had planned on grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for the family, but our plans were quickly changed.

Our neighbor invited us over for pizza, so that's what we did instead of grilling out. I was kind of excited because I started on this yummy patriotic poke cake and I couldn't wait to share it.

By the looks of this cake it seems like it would be really complicated to bake, but trust me it's so simple. All you need is a white cake mix, two flavors of jell-o (red & blue) and cool whip. That's it, well plus the water, oil and eggs required for the cake part. You have two choices on frosting for this beautiful cake. Plain cool whip or a cream cheese frosting {recipe below}.

It's all depends on what you're in the mood for. I chose to keep it light and stick with plain cool whip. This cake is perfect for any patriotic holiday and the results are so pretty and of course yummy! I think I liked the strawberry layer the best, but the kids preferred the blue flavor.This cake really got me thinking about other holidays. I could change the colors up and come up with a great holiday dessert.

Orange for Halloween, green and red for Christmas, all green for Saint Patrick's Day or plain strawberry for any occasion or for Valentines Day. I think the possibilities are endless. I have shared a few photos below to show you how easy this cake it to make.


Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for a 2 layer cake. If you use one flavor of jell-o this cake can be baked in a 9x13 inch pan. Place cakes, top-sides up, in clean 9-inch round pans; pierce with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.


Add 1 cup boiling water to each flavor dry gelatin mix in separate small bowls; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Pour red gelatin over 1 cake and blue gelatin over second cake layer. Don't be alarmed when you see that the cake is all one color. I thought I ruined the whole recipe after I poured on the jell-o.

No worries though because the inside does not look the same as the outside. Refrigerate cake layers for 3 hours. Remove from fridge and dip bottoms of cake pans in warm water for 10 sec.; un mold. Fill and frost cake layers with Cool Whip or cream cheese frosting.

Add some fun patriotic sprinkles and refrigerate for one hour before serving. Slice and enjoy.







Patriotic Jell-O Poke Cake

Ingredients:
1 - box (18 oz) white cake mix prepared (two 9-inch round), cooled
2 - cups boiling water, divided
1 - pkg. (3 oz.) strawberry or raspberry Jell-O
1 - pkg. (3 oz.) berry blue Jell-O
1 - tub 16 oz.) whipped topping (cool whip), thawed

Directions:
Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for a 2 layer cake. Place cakes, top-sides up, in clean 9-inch round pans; pierce with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.

Add 1 cup boiling water to each flavor dry gelatin mix in separate small bowls; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Pour red gelatin over 1 cake and blue gelatin over second cake layer. Refrigerate 3 hours.

Remove from refrigerator and dip bottoms of cake pans in warm water for 10 sec.; unmold. Fill and frost cake layers with Cool Whip or cream cheese frosting. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Frosting Variation {Cream Cheese Frosting}
Beat 1 - 8 oz packages cream cheese (softened) and 2 cups powdered sugar in large bowl with mixer or wire whisk until well blended. Gently stir in one 8 - oz cool whip until well blended. Frost cake layers with cream cheese frosting.
 
Recipe Source: Kraft Website



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7 comments:

Natalie said... #

Hey, it's PERFECT timing! It's USA colors, and with 9/11 just around the corner, you're right on time. GO USA! :) And GO YOU!!! This looks incredible...I can almost taste it. *DROOL*

Tina @ Mommy's Kitchen said... #

I was thinking the same thing Natalie! It's perfect for this weekend. The cake really is yummy and oldie but still a goodie.

Holly said... #

I agree with Natalie! Perfect patriotic cake for 9/11! Can you believe its been 10 yrs!! Wow. This cake sounds amazing Tina!! Love it! Another amazing recipe of yours bookmarked for sure!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said... #

Tina -- I haven't made or even thought of a poke cake in forever. Yours is wonderful and they are so moist and flavorful -- I need to make one :)

Blessings!
Gail

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said... #

Great fun and delicious too - lovely cake
Mary

Mary said... #

I use to make a cake very similar to yours. This is my first visit to your blog, so I've taken some time to browse through your earlier posts. I am so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Lynn Huntley said... #

Perfect Cake for this Memorial Day Weekend! I'm going to the store to buy what I need to make this cake:) Stopping by from Weekend Potluck~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines