Patriotic Poke Cake

Did everyone have a great Memorial Day?! I sure hope so!! There’s nothing better to me than having the Monday off to spend time with family and celebrate those who have sacrificed their lives for our country and freedom! :) To celebrate I decided to make a Patriotic Poke Cake {a red, white and blue version of one of my favorite desserts – Gelatin Poke Cake}. It’s perfect for Memorial Day but would also be a great Fourth of July Cake. It was  pretty simple to do, and I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out exactly how I had imagined {that doesn’t happen too often!!} LOL!

Patriotic Poke Cake - perfect for the Fourth of July!!

Here is the recipe so you can make it too:

Patriotic Poke Cake
  • 1 package White Cake Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 3 oz. package Cherry Jell-O
  • 1 3 oz. package Berry Blue Jell-O
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups water (cold)
  • 1 tub cool whip (large)
  1. Make cake as directed on box, and pour into two greased 9-inch pans. Bake for 27-30 minutes at 350. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  2. Poke cake with the end of fork all over. You can do it in ½ inch intervals.
  3. Dissolve cherry Jell-O in 1 cup boiling water until dissolved. Add 1 cup cold water and mix well. Spoon warm gelatin over one circle cake pan. Chill for 3-4 hours.
  4. Now you will do the same to the other cake with the berry blue Jell-O. Dissolve blue Jell_O in 1 cup boiling water until dissolved. Add 1 cup cold water and mix well. Spoon warm gelatin over cake. Chill for 3-4 hours.
  5. Once cake is chilled, you will turn pans over and get the cake out and put on a stand. I did the blue first so it would go (red, white, blue). Top with cool whip. Add top cherry layer and top with cool whip as well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 {The baked cake in the round pans, pierced with a fork. Jell-O is poured over the top.}


Add a sparkler on top and you have the perfect Fourth of July Dessert! And what’s so great about this dessert is it’s so light and cool and perfect for a summer setting. :) ENJOY! {UPDATE: SO… here I was thinking this was such an original idea, and then after I finished writing up this post I decided to google “Patriotic Poke Cake.” Guess what I found?!? Tons of cakes that looks just like man – bahahaha!! I guess I get an F on Originality, although I had never seen the idea before. Oh well!! It still was super yummy and easy to make – my FAVORITE kinds of desserts!} :)

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  1. 1

    Very Cute. Although it was not as original as you hoped, I haven’t seen it before and now you have introduced me to it.

  2. 2

    This seriously looks delish. I’m not always in the mood for rich icing. My mom makes a pudding cake that is covered with, well….pudding. Very light. This reminds me of that. Yumm! I will definitely be trying this soon! Thanks!
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  3. 3

    Haha…you’re so funny!! I totally know the feeling. But, hey, this is new to me,!! :)

    Looks delish and so festive!!
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  4. 4

    It’s GORGEOUS!!! I actually made Jello Poke cupcakes and they didn’t come out like I wanted. I came up with this BRILLIANT idea to take the cupcakes out of the wrapper they baked in and place them into a bright patriotic colored wrapper. Ya know how sometimes after they cook they wrappers just aren’t as bright and colorful? Well, with the jello and keeping the cupcakes cold in the fridge over night my brightly colored patriotic wrappers flopped! :( I love how your cake came out. I’m going to try this way for the 4th!
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  5. 5

    Love this cake! Totally making it for the Fourth!
    I used to make a similar cake as a kid around Christmas with red & green jello (not sure if recipe is same – it was from an old-school 1970s Jello Cookbook my Mom had that has probably disintegrated by now!). Never thought to do red, white and blue! Good thinking! Just pinned it!

  6. 6

    Love this cake! So so cute and I bet tasty too :)
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  7. 7

    It’s the first one like it that I’ve seen! :) So fun and yummy!!!
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  8. 8

    This is beautiful! I hope you will link up to my Patriotic Project Parade!
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  9. 9

    i was woundering if you make a single layer cake and you get red and green jello you can have 2 colors in the cake right so you would put both jellos maybe the same day but a few hours apart or you can make the cake and put one jello in the cake and then the other jello in the cake the next day and you will be able to see both colors in the cake right do you think that might be a good idea im going to try it so my party for my work

  10. 10

    Very cute and festive!
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