Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Halloween Poke Cake {Jell-O Poke Cake}


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween Poke Cake {Jell-O Poke Cake}

I'm sure everyone is familiar with those good old fashioned Jell- O Poke Cakes. If you're not then you sure are missing out. Over Memorial Day weekend I baked a Patriotic Poke Cake if you click on that link you can see what a Jell-O Poke Cake is all about.

I was going to make this fun little Halloween Poke Cake on Halloween, but if I did that than y'all couldn't enjoy it in time for the holiday. When I initially saw this recipe honestly I wondered how it would taste. A chocolate marble cake with orange jell-o. Hm now that was a strange combination to me.

The photo of the cake looked so festive that I had to give it a try.I can say in the end that I'm glad I made it because everyone loved it! Carson said the orange tasted like sherbet, so I think the jell-0 complimented the chocolate cake really well.

We only have a couple slices left so that's always a good sign. I used candy corns and Halloween sprinkles to decorate our cake, but you can use whatever you like. The autumn mix that has candy corns and pumpkins is also a good choice. It's really up to you.The kids can do the decorating part, but mom will need to bake the cake and pour the jell-O.

I decided that since we already made a Halloween cake that we will be enjoying some festive cookies and bars on Halloween night. Hopefully I can get those posted the week of Halloween. Dinner is usually pretty easy for us on Halloween.Last year we had Mummy Dogs and french fries, so that's what the kids requested again.

All in all it should be a fun and yummy evening. 
I have included some step by step photos of how easy this festive cake is to make. I hope you will give it a try before or for Halloween.

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in cold water.

With a meat fork or wooden skewer, poke holes in cake about 2 in. apart. Slowly pour gelatin over cake. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

For frosting, in a small bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, cocoa, milk and vanilla until smooth. Spread over cake; top with candy pumpkins or candy corn. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

I love all the candy corns scattered around.

Enjoy!



Halloween Poke Cake

Ingredients:
1 - 18 oz pkg fudge marble cake mix (prepared according to package directions adding the eggs, oil and water)
1- 3 oz packages orange gelatin
1 - cup boiling water
1/2 - cup cold water
1/2 - cup butter, softened
3-1/2 - cups confectioners' sugar
1/3 - cup baking cocoa
1/4- cup milk
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
12 to 15 pieces of pumpkin mix, indian or candy corn
Halloween Sprinkles

Directions:
Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. 

In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in cold water.

With a meat fork or wooden skewer, poke holes in cake about 2 in. apart. 


Slowly pour gelatin over cake. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

For frosting, in a small bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, cocoa, milk and vanilla until smooth.


Spread over cake; top with candy pumpkins, candy corns and sprinkles. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Yield: 12-15 servings.
Adapted from: Quick Cooking Magazine


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13 comments:

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said... #

Tina, that is so cute. I love Poke cakes and I'd love this type of icing on it too :)

Becky (So Very Blessed) said... #

This is such a cute idea! I love holiday-specific food!

The Better Baker said... #

Thank you very much for sharing this one. It's good to know those flavor combos blend nicely. Looks adorable. So festive.

Jackie @Syrup and Biscuits said... #

Tina,

How cute! I love the chocolate and orange combination for Halloween. Poke cakes are just wonderful and can't be adapted for every celebration in the world. Thanks, Tina!

TidyMom said... #

Oh great idea Tina! We love poke cake!!

Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/halloween-party-foods/ Have a great weekend!

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Anonymous said... #

This sounds similar to the cake I made a few weeks ago. I did a dump cake using a fudge marble cake mix since that is all I had in the pantry. I mixed it up instead of just pouring it over the pineapple and cherry pie filling. It turned out really nice and my boyfriend liked it alot. The recipe called for a yellow or white cake mix, but who says you can't try another flavor? If I have time I will try this out!!! Work has me busy most nights.

Lisa said... #

I love your blog and love the great ideas you give. I am currently making the Halloween Jello Poke Cake for goodie day.
Thanks

Sook said... #

That cake looks so good!

Chaos Cottage said... #

Now, I don't find the mixture of orange and chocolate a bit strange. One of my hubby's favorite treats is those chocolate covered oranges that you often find around Christmas time. It looks like orange wedges covered in chocolate and it is wrapped up in foil to look like an orange. He loves them and he would probably like this cake too.

Hunter's Mama said... #

I have a halloween funfetti cake mix in the oven now. I going to use this recipe and see how it turns out!!

tijuana smith @po' man meals said... #

this cake looks absolutely delicious! it has been pinned and posted on my facebook fan page! thanks tina!

Pam said... #

Great Halloween cake recipe! One my Granddaughter's favorite cakes is my Christmas Jell-o Poke Cake!
Pam
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