Red White and Blue Poke Cake

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Red White & Blue Poke Cake slice

If you’ve never made a poke cake before, you have to try it!  They are easy to make and so good, the Jell-O keeps the cake extra moist!

To make it really quick, this recipe starts with a boxed cake mix but if you have a favorite white cake recipe, by all means use that!  Once the cake is done baking you’re going to poke it all over, the more holes the better!  I use the end of a chopstick but the end of any sort of spoon will work perfectly!  You’ll want your holes in somewhat of rows so you can alternate the red & blue Jell-O as you pour it over.  I found it worked best to put the Jell-O in a squeeze bottle (you can grab them on Amazon or even use a ketchup squeeze bottle from the dollar store).

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* White Cake Mix * Red & Blue Jell-O * 9×13 Pan *

Red White & Blue Poke Cake slice
5 from 15 votes
Review Recipe


Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 26 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
If you’ve never made a poke cake before, you have to try it! They are easy to make and so good, the Jell-O keeps the cake extra moist!


  • 1 box white cake mix plus ingredients called for on the box
  • your favorite homemade white cake recipe
  • 1 package red Jell-O 4 serving size
  • 1 package blue Jell-O 4 serving size
  • 1 tub dessert topping
  • 2 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

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  • Prepare and bake cake in a 9×13 pan according to package directions or recipe.
  • Let cake cool 15 minutes. Using a chopstick or similar tool, poke holes all over the cake (I did 15 rows of 12).
  • Mix red Jell-O with ¾ cup boiling water until dissolved. Add ½ cup cold water. Pour red Jell-O into every other row of holes.
  • Repeat with blue Jell-O. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  • If using, whip heavy cream & powdered sugar on medium until stiff peaks form. Spread over cake. Keep refrigerated until serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 155, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 146mg, Potassium: 29mg, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 335IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 58mg, Iron: 0.4mg

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

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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