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! (Poke Cake!)
- 1 box white cake mix plus ingredients required to prepare it
- 2 boxes orange jello (3oz each) (optional, this is for the poke cake)
- orange food coloring gel color works best
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 6 tablespoons butter softened
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- 2 ⅔ cups powdered sugar
- ⅔ cup cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup milk room temperature
- 1 teaspoons vanilla
- Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Grease & flour a 9x13 pan.
- Divide the batter into 3 bowls, ½ of the batter in one bowl and ¼ in the other two bowls.
- Add add orange food coloring to ¼ of the batter to reach desired color. (Gel Color works best). Add the cocoa powder to the second bowl with ¼ of the batter. Mix well.
- Pour about ¼ cup white batter into your pan. Alternate pouring the different colors of batter ¼ cup at a time, one on top of the other. (I did: white, orange, white, brown). Bake according to package directions.
- Cool and frost with frosting below or make a poke cake. Poke cake can also be frosted!
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. Beat shortening and butter until creamed.
- Combine milk and vanilla.
- Slowly alternate adding cocoa mixture and milk mixture
- Beat until combined and fluffy (approximately 3 minutes). Frost cake and serve!
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)