Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fun Jello Poke Cake

If you want a really easy cake to make for a potluck or you want something fun to make with your kids, take a look at Jello Poke Cake. The recipe here uses raspberry Jello, but you can use any flavor you like. You can even do two different layers in different Jello colors. When you cut into the double layered cake, it will look impressive. Just imagine making one with a red layer and a green layer for the holidays. It would look so festive and pretty!

This recipe would be considered hip and retro these days; it dates back to Jello recipe books from the mid-1970s. Many of you may remember eating this as a kid. No matter if you remember it or not, this is a tasty dessert that is easy to throw together. Your kids will have a great time poking the cake with a fork and watching the Jello seep into the cake. Go ahead and let them go a little crazy. They will be amazed when you cut them a slice and they see the colorful streaks of Jello running throughout the cake. Do not be surprised if they ask you to make this dessert over and over again.

If you want to make it true to its 1970s roots, top the cake off with Dream Whip. If you prefer Cool Whip today, use that. You could even use real whipped cream if you want, but it will separate faster than the other two choices. This is a great blast from the past recipe that actually tastes great. Let yourself indulge in a little nostalgia and give it a try sometime.

Because of its history, you may want to make this for a family reunion, or for a '70s theme party. Of course, you can make this recipe just because you want to. You really do not need any specific reason. It is just one of those fun desserts to indulge in once in awhile. We all need that sometimes. Go ahead and relax with a plate of Poke Cake.

Recipe for Gelatin Poke Cake

This is a colorful fun cake to make anytime.

What You Need

1 package white cake mix1 package (4 serving size) Jello Vanilla Instant Pudding4 eggs1 cup water1/4 cup oil1 package (3 ounces) Jello Raspberry Gelatin

How to Make It

Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water, and oil in a large bowl and mix well. Pour the mixture into a greased and floured 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes. Do not underbake the cake. Let the finished cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes.

Dissolve the gelatin according to the directions on the package. Poke holes in the cake with a fork. Pour the warm gelatin over the top of the cake. Let the cake chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours.

Top with frosting or whipped topping.

Jello has been around for generations, becoming a part of American family life. Try this Jello cake recipe and many others to see how Jello can still fit in your family menu. Desserts are colorful, fun, and delicious when made with this ingredient.

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