An Ode to My Great-Grandmother: Poke Cake

Just a little photo journey through our day making one of my favorite classic desserts. The boys got excited about helping (although, as you can see, Nathan passed out while it was in the oven,) and I was happy to watch them ooh and ahh over it.
This is a great summer dessert, one that my little brother and I always enjoyed during our visits to our great-grandmother's home in Orlando, Florida when we were kids.

PS. We called it "Jell-O Cake" but for fear of some sort of copyright issue, I'll call it but it's more familiar name for the purposes of this blog entry.

1 (4 serving sized) package of your favorite flavored gelatin
1 package of your favorite white cake mix
Water, oil and eggs called for on cake mix box (I also added a little vanilla and almond extracts)
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
8oz tub of whipped topping

1. Prepare cake batter according to package directions, and pour into a lightly greased 13x9 and bake.

2. Cool cake approximately 1 hour. Poke holes all throughout the cake using a fork (or a kabob stick, like Jack did.) Stir boiling water and gelatin mix until completely dissolved, then add cold water. Pour over entire cake. Chill for at least 2 hours.

3. Top cake with whipped topping and chill another hour.


  1. That looks so yummy but the best part is the baby passing out in the middle. :) I have a Nathan too!

  2. we call it poke cake and LOVE it. my favorite is grape, but i'm the only one that likes it with that flavor. somewhat off topic, but my favorite jello dessert is just applesauce jello. replace the cold water with cold applesauce and chill until firm. soooo good.

  3. Yum, one of my favorite summer desserts!

  4. You just helped me figure out what to make for dessert for our cookout this weekend. I'd forgotten all about this easy yummy cake. Thanks!

  5. I've made that cake a bunch of times for 4th of July. Just use strawberries for stripes and blueberries for stars. Yum

  6. Such cute babies! When my husband and I were dating he made me one of these kinds of cakes; and I knew he was a keeper :)

  7. I am new to your blog and wanted to say HI.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. So, I make this always in memory of my mom - Lemon/Lime Poke Cake. The difference is that my mom used lime Jello and put lemon, instant pudding (the powder) in with the cool whip and spread on top of the cake - WOW! Ok, I am hungry and it's only 8:53am. Just my 2 cents (not even worth that) Cheri

  9. mmmmm!!! I've heard of these but never knew what to do! I can't wait to do this with my two little men :o)

  10. cute boys, they really help you in baking,, give them some Kids Aprons. the best part is tasting the cake.. yummy yummy

  11. My grandma made this too, you just jogged my memory, thanks! No idea how go to your blog but I am following. Love the design and I know I need inspiration in the kitchen.


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