Creamsicle Orange Poke Cake

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This orange poke cake is a fluffy white cake infused with orange flavor and topped with a quick and easy vanilla frosting making it taste just like our favorite childhood frozen dessert. It’s a easy dessert that’s a total crowd pleaser and perfect for any summer potluck!

two plates of orange creamsicle poke cake

When I’m looking for a quick and easy dessert, I often turn to poke cakes. It’s a great way to turn a boxed cake mix into something a little more fancy and unexpected, and the flavor combinations are endless! With warm weather approaching, I’ve got summery flavors on my mind which is how I came up with this orange creamsicle poke cake. It’s got all the flavors of the classic popsicle, in the form of a cake that’s designed to serve a crowd.

overhead of orange creamsicle poke cake topped with mandarins in a baking dish

This orange poke cake starts with a box of cake mix. I typically use a white cake mix, but I have also made this cake with an orange flavored mix. The cake is baked according to package directions and then poked all over. I use a fork to make the holes in the cake. Then cake then gets doused in orange jello which adds a ton of flavor and beautiful color. The frosting is a combination of vanilla pudding and whipped topping. The finishing touch is mandarin oranges. You can also garnish with fresh mint sprigs if desired.

taking a forkful of orange creamsicle poke cake

This cake is best made in advance, as the longer it chills, the more the orange flavor infuses into the cake. The cake needs a minimum of 3 hours in the refrigerator before it’s served, but it can even be made a day or two in advance with great results.

This creamsicle orange poke cake is sure to be a hit with your family and friends, it’s always the first cake to disappear on the dessert table when I bring it to parties!

two plates of orange creamsicle poke cake
4.73 from 11 votes
Review Recipe

Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12
Author Sara Welch
This orange creamsicle poke cake is a fluffy white cake infused with orange flavor and topped with a quick and easy vanilla frosting. It’s an easy dessert that’s a total crowd pleaser and perfect for any summer potluck!


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • oil water and eggs as called for on cake mix box
  • cooking spray
  • 3 ounces orange jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 ounces whipped topping thawed
  • 11 ounces mandarin oranges drained
  • optional garnish: fresh mint sprigs

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  • Preheat the oven according to the cake package directions.
  • Coat a 9″x13″ pan with cooking spray.
  • Prepare cake according to package and bake for the time directed.
  • Let the cake cool for 15 minutes, then use a fork to poke holes all over the cake.
  • Place the boiling water in a medium bowl and add the jello; whisk until the jello has completely dissolved. Stir in the cold water.
  • Pour the jello over the top of the cake. Cover and chill for at least three hours or up to 2 days.
  • Place the milk in a large bowl; add the pudding mix and stir until smooth and thickened. Fold in the whipped topping.
  • Frost the cake with the whipped topping mixture. Decorate the cake with the mandarin oranges. Cut into squares and serve, garnished with mint sprigs if desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 306, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 434mg, Potassium: 124mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 43g, Vitamin A: 245IU, Vitamin C: 7.6mg, Calcium: 145mg, Iron: 0.9mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword orange poke cake
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Sara lives in California with her husband and three daughters. She spends a lot of time of time in the kitchen coming up with healthy meals that her whole family will actually eat and enjoy and she involves her girls in the cooking process as much as possible. Between meals she can be found hanging out with family and friends or with a camera in her hand begging her girls to pose for a picture.

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