Thursday, June 3, 2010

Poke Cake

My daughter in law recently made a poke cake similar to this one. I hadn't had one in quite a while and forgot just how great they are. I think the first time I made this cake was over 25 years ago! I had made this a few times since but really not in quite a long while. When I tasted my daughter in laws cake I realized that I missed having it and would just HAVE to make one again myself! Her cake was not frosted on top but was covered with different fruits. You can really do lots of things with these cakes and also change up the flavors. This is another easy and delicious recipe. I love the frosting also. Just so simple with pudding mix and Cool Whip. You can also subsitute the Cool Whip with fresh whipped cream. I think this is also a great fourth of July cake....just use either red or blue jello or both!!!

1 package (18.25 oz) white or yellow cake mix (you can also use your favorite scratch cake)
4 eggs
1 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 (3 oz) package fruit flavored gelatin mix (I used lime)
1 cup boiling water
1 cup ice water
1 (3.5 oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup of milk
1 tub of Cook Whip

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 2 9" round cake pans by lining bottoms with parchment paper. Spray parchment paper so it adheres to bottom of pan. This will prevent the cake from sticking to the bottom of the pan once the jello has settled into the cake. Do not skip this step.

Combine cake mix, eggs, water and vegetable oil and blend well. Beat at medium speed 4 minutes with electric mixer.

Pour batter into the prepared pans and bake approximately 30 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean. Let cake cool in pan for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, boil 1 cup of water and add gelatin. Stir this until all gelatin is dissolved (about 2 minutes) and then add 1 cup of ice water. Mix well. With a fork, poke holes along entire top of each cake, making sure cake is still warm. Pour gelatin over cake. I didn't use the full cup, just slightly under. Chill cakes for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove cake from pans right before frosting.
To frost cake: Beat on medium high speed, 1 cup of milk and pudding mix. Beat until thickened (about 2 minutes), then fold in Cool Whip. Frost cake as desired. This makes quite a bit of frosting. Keep cake refrigerated.


Mags said...

I forgot how much I love poke cake! Thanks for reminding me... it brings back some fond memories for me.

Joanne said...

I've heard of poke cake but have never made it myself! Obviously that needs to change!

Bridgett said...

Poke cake is new to me but I love how pretty you have it decorated. I would love to give this a try as it looks so moist. I love all of that cream too!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

this sound new to me, it look so good.

Ingrid said...

I've never had a poke cake. I've seen them around...gonna have to check it out.

Happy Friday!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I definitely need to make this! Haven't had one in years either. It looks scrumptious Debbie!

Cheryl said...

I have heard of a poke cake but I truly had no idea what it was! Thanks for the recipe!

teresa said...

i've never tried poke cake before, that needs to change soon! this looks so good, a perfect summer treat!

Katy ~ said...

Don't you just LOVE these? My mother used to make the yellow cake with chocolate pudding poked in, and then slathered with more chocolate pudding for the "frosting." Gads, that was good. Now that I see yours, I am inspired to make one. They are fun and delicious. Thanks for the great memory and for bringing back a delightful and delicious dessert!

Holly said...

Looks yummy and easy!! Can't go wrong there;)

Julie said...

We love poke cake, my husband made one for me when we first me :)

Sophie said...

Hello Debbie!!

I have never heard from this poke cake before!! It sure looks so tasty & apart!

Many greetings from hot Brussels!

Chef Aimee said...

I have been wanting to make Poke Cake for a long time now, and Cook's Country has a recipe for it, but I would so use this one instead! I love that you used summery!

Monica H said...

I've never eaten or made poke cake but I'm gonna have to change that. It looks like a fun dessert and it would be perfect for the 4th.