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!)
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- 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
- 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
Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Grease & flour a 9x13 pan.
Divide the batter into 3 bowls, 1/2 of the batter in one bowl and 1/4 in the other two bowls.
Add 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.
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.
You can cool and frost with frosting below or make a poke cake:
To make Orange Poke Cake:
Poke holes all over the top of the cooled cake using a skewer or chopstick (or similar).
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.
Mix together icing sugar and cocoa. Set aside.
Combine shortening and butter in a bowl.
Combine milk and vanilla.
Beat shortening and butter until creamed.
Slowly alternate adding cocoa mixture and milk mixture
Beat until combined and fluffy (approx 3 minutes).
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)