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This patriotic poke cake is a simple & festive 4th of July dessert that is perfect for all your red, white, and blue celebrations.
EASY PATRIOTIC JELLO POKE CAKE
Have you ever had Jello Poke Cake? If not, you’re missing out!
And don’t you worry. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of Jello (like Rainbow Jello or Jello Eggs), you will still like this cake. Because the Jello just gives this patriotic dessert a burst of extra flavor.
It’s a perfect cake to add to your 4th of July menu.
Or if you’re like me and just can’t get enough of the red, white, and blue food, make this for American Flag Day on June 14th.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS POKE CAKE
- This jello cake is so moist and flavorful.
- The cake tastes best when it’s chilled. That means you can make this a few days in advance.
Step 1: Bake your favorite white or yellow cake.
It can be from scratch or a cake mix from the store. No judgement here. We personally like yellow cake mix better, so it’s more moist.
What kind of pan to use?
You definitely can make this recipe in a metal 9×13 pan which is what we use for the famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, however, I think it’s more festive when you make it in a clear, glass pan so that the colors of the gelatin will show through. Either option will work, so it’s your choice here!
Step 2: Poke holes.
Yes, your pretty baked cake is no longer going to look pretty. Use the back of a wooden spoon to poke holes throughout the cake. The more holes, the better! Be sure to leave at least a little space in between each hole.
Step 3: Pour Jello into the holes.
It will most likely seep throughout the cake and it’s okay! Repeat with blue jello if you want red and blue.
Step 4: Cover with whipped topping and make a flag.
You can use fresh whipped cream or Cool whip. Give it a good, even spread.
Make a flag design using blueberries and raspberries or strawberries. If you’re like me, no matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to get perfectly straight lines. But guess what? It’s still festive and no one will care. Or at least they shouldn’t.
CAN THIS 4TH OF JULY DESSERT BE MADE IN ADVANCE?
You bet! You can make this cake up to 2 days early. In fact, the longer it can chill the better it gets.
Just wait to add the berries until right before serving so that the berry juice doesn’t smear.
OTHER 4TH OF JULY RECIPES TO ADD TO YOUR RECIPE BOOK:
A patriotic and yummy cake that is full of flavor and fun!
- 1 yellow or white cake, baked in 9×13 pan
- 1 small box red jello
- 1 small box blue jello
- 2 cups boiling water
- whipped cream
- raspberries or strawberries
- Bake the cake and let cool for about 10 minutes.
- Poke holes into the cake using the back of a wooden spoon.
- Boil water and mix 1 cup with red jello and 1 cup with blue jello, in separate bowls. Stir until completely dissolved.
- Carefully pour over cake layers. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
- Top with cream and berries.
- Category: Desserts
Keywords: Jello Cake, Poke Cake, 4th of July dessert, cake