This red, white, and blue poke cake is easy to make, moist and delicious, and incredibly pretty! Perfect for patriotic potlucks or family gatherings on Memorial Day or 4th of July.
What Is A Poke Cake?
Poke cakes are easy, have endless opportunity for different flavors, and the best part - they are sooo yummy! A poke cake starts with a sheet cake, either homemade or from a boxed cake mix. When the cake comes out of the oven it gets poked with holes using a cake dowel or the handle of a wooden spoon.
Then the fun starts! The holes can be filled with all different kinds of yummy things: pudding, chocolate or caramel, sweetened condensed milk, Jello, fruit syrups or jams... mmm! The fillings easily soak into the cake via the holes and create a moist and delicious dessert.
Any kind of frosting can be used on top of the cake, though fresh whipped cream or whipped topping are the favorites as they are lighter options and keep the dessert from becoming too rich or heavy.
Ingredients For Red White and Blue Poke Cake
You only need a few simple ingredients to create this cake:
- White Cake Mix: Use your favorite brand. I tested this recipe using Duncan Hines and found it to be a good choice. You'll also need the ingredients to prepare the cake in a 9x13 pan. These usually include egg whites (to keep the cake white), oil, and water.
- Red & Blue Jello: You will only need 3 TBS each of red and blue Jello powder. This is about half of a small 3-ounce box. The Jello will be mixed with only ½ cup of boiling water per color, making a very concentrated and pigmented liquid.
- Whipped Topping: You can use Cool Whip, TruWhip (my favorite) or fresh whipped cream to frost the cake.
- Sprinkles: Use these patriotic star sprinkles or any red, white, and blue sprinkles that you want to make the top of the cake look festive!
Is The Jello A Weird Texture?
If you're imagining that this cake would have a weird, jiggly Jello texture - I promise it does not! The Jello gets soaked into the baked cake and imparts flavor and color but it does not make the cake jiggly or strange.
Does Poke Cake Have To Be Refrigerated?
What About The Freezer?
I do not recommend freezing red white and blue poke cake, as the filled texture and frosting will not do well with freezing and thawing.
Tips For Success
When Poking The Holes: I like to use something about ½" in diameter - the handle of a large wooden spoon will do great! Poke the holes when the cake is still warm, and wipe off the cake crumbles after each hole to keep each poke cleaner.
Don't Fill The Holes: You won't have enough liquid to fill up all of the holes. You just want the color to kind of run down along the side of the holes so that it seeps into the cake. The whipped topping will cover the holes (and fill them in somewhat) so don't worry!
Sprinkles Will Bleed: Some types of sprinkles like to bleed their color onto whipped cream or whipped topping after spending some time in the fridge . If you're taking this cake to an event and want it to be as pretty as possible, save the sprinkles until closer to serving time!
It's so pretty! Just look at all of the patriotic colors when you slice into this cake. I'm all about techniques that yield a visually pleasing cake without being a star baker on The Food Network.
Make this red, white, and blue poke cake for potlucks, picnics, and parties! It's as delicious as it is adorable. Enjoy!Print
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