Patriotic Poke Cake

Jello poke cake

It’s almost time for the 4th of July and if you’re anything like me you hardly need the holiday to make a dessert. I love making a jello poke cake for the 4th of July because I always associates poke cakes with summers and being a kid. Food seems to connect us back.

Jello poke cake

This is a simple enough recipe. You prepare a box of white cake mix (or your favorite recipe) into two round pans, bake, and cool. You can poke holes in the cakes with straws or toothpicks- I like to mix it up. Then you chill the whole thing before assembling with cool whip as your frosting.

Jello poke cake

Patriotic Poke Cake


  • 2 (9-inch) round white cake layers, baked and cooled
  • 2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Jello
  • 1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Berry Blue Jello
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed


  1. Prepare your cake if you haven't already. Bake and let cool according to box instructions.
  2. Pierce the top side of the cake with toothpicks or a straw, about 1/2 inch apart.
  3. Pour each Jello flavor into its own bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water to each bowl and stir for 2 minutes until the Jello is dissolved.
  4. Gently spoon the strawberry Jello over one cake and then spoon the berry blue Jello over the other cake. Chill cakes for 3 hours.
  5. Dip the bottom of the cake pans in warm water and gently remove the cakes from the pans. Place your blue cake on a serving plate and top with cool whip. Add the red cake and finish icing the cakes together with cool whip. Chill 1 additional hour before serving.

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I'm Julie and I live in St. Louis. I've gone from living in a 1940s house I renovated to living in an 1890s house that needs a lot of love. I tend to bounce between projects, whether it be decor, cooking, DIY, renovation, or enjoying STL. This blog is about doing it all and the attitude needed to get it all done. You can reach me at [email protected] if you have any questions or comments.
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One Response to Patriotic Poke Cake

  1. Emily says:

    Cute idea! (looks delicious too…)

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