Trick or Treat Cake Two Ways! (Poke Cake!)

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Poke Cake

 

I loved making this pretty cake!  It was so fun to create and even more fun to cut into to see the spectacular designs!  Kind of like a snow flake, each cut had a different pretty pattern!  You can change up the stripes and colors by adding more or less to each layer you pour!

I have actually made this cake TWO WAYS!!  You can make it with just the cake and frosting… OR you can create a lovely chocolate orange poke cake!  Both were delicious and I really couldn’t decide which to post so I thought I’d post BOTH!  :)

Keep in mind, if you make the poke cake, the orange jello will turn some of the white orange so you will loose some of the marbling.

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Trick or Treat Cake (Two Ways!)

I loved making this pretty cake!  It was so fun to create and even more fun to cut into to see the spectacular designs!  Kind of like a snow flake, each cut had a different pretty pattern!

Did you make this recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of white cake mix plus ingredients required to prepare it
  • 2 small (3oz) boxes orange jello (optional, this is for the poke cake)
  • orange food coloring , (Gel color works best).
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

Frosting

  • 6 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup milk (room temp)
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla

Directions:

  1. Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Grease & flour a 9×13 pan.
  2. Divide the batter into 3 bowls, 1/2 of the batter in one bowl and 1/4 in the other two bowls.
  3. Add orange food coloring to 1/4 of the batter to reach desired color. (Gel color works best). Add the cocoa powder to the second bowl with 1/4 of the batter. Mix well.
  4. Pour about 1/4 cup white batter into your pan. Alternate pouring the different colors of batter 1/4 cup at a time, one on top of the other. (I did: white, orange, white, brown). Bake according to package directions.
  5. You can cool and frost with frosting below or make a poke cake:

To make Orange Poke Cake:

  1. Poke holes all over the top of the cooled cake using a skewer or chopstick (or similar).
  2. Dissolve Jell-O in 1 cup of boiling water. Once completely dissolved, stir in cold water. Gently pour over cake and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

Chocolate Frosting

  1. Mix together icing sugar and cocoa. Set aside.
  2. Combine shortening and butter in a bowl.
  3. Combine milk and vanilla.
  4. Beat shortening and butter until creamed.
  5. Slowly alternate adding cocoa mixture and milk mixture
  6. Beat until combined and fluffy (approx 3 minutes).

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Holly

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!

7 comments on “Trick or Treat Cake Two Ways! (Poke Cake!)”

  1. I have to make this cake, maybe tomorrow or Thursday

  2. This will be a Great Treat for the Harvest Festival planned for the children of our Church. Thank you . Keep the treats coming.

  3. Love the look will try soon

  4. Very Pretty cake. I love “Poke cakes”. Thanks bunches! Pam

  5. This looks great , I have made this at Christmas time with red , green , and white. It was a big hit.

  6. Got pretty excited about trying this ladies , but thanks so much for sharing.

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