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Poke Cake


Choose a red/blue combination for patriotic holidays and the red/green combination for Christmas.

You can pick your favorite the flavor/color combinations for this cake.

Photo © 2007 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Poke Cake is made by adding gelatin to holes made in the cake.

Prep Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours


  • 2 completely baked and cooled cake layers, round or square
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2- 3 ounce packages of gelatin, your choice of flavors and/or colors
  • 8 or 12 ounce container whipped topping, thawed


Place cake layers, top sides up, in 2 clean cake pans. Pierce cake layers with fork every 1/2-inch. Prepare each gelatin separately. Completely dissolve gelatin powder with 1 cup boiling water. Stir for 2 minutes. Carefully pour one gelatin over one cake layer and the other over the second layer. Refrigerate for 3 hours. Dip 1 cake pan in warm water 10 seconds; unmold onto serving plate. Spread with 1 cup of whipped topping. Unmold second cake; carefully place on first layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining whipped topping. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Decorate, if desired.
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