Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Poke Cake

Sarah made this for our family Christmas in Baltimore last week. Nice light sweet and colorful, just what you want after a large meal i.e., not heavy rich and filling.

She used strawberry or raspberry JELL-O but I am using red (cherry) and green (lime) for more of a Christmas flair. In order to get both colors in the same cake layer I used the turkey baster to inject the jello into the cake instead of using the fork piercing method. We learned that the baster leaves large holes that don't fill with jello as the jello soaks into the cake.

There are a lot of Jell-O Poke Cake recipes out on the net, have fun and experiment. You might also be interested in the history of Jell0.



1. Bake the cake as directed on the box.

2. Pierce cake with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.

3. Stir 1 cup of the boiling water into a bowl with the red gelatin. Do the same with the green gelatin in separate bowl. Stir both for about 2 minutes until completely dissolved.

4. Carefully pour red gelatin over 1 cake layer and green gelatin over second cake layer. Refrigerate 3 hours.

5. Dip 1 cake pan in warm water 10 seconds; unmold onto serving plate. Spread with about 1 cup of the whipped topping. Frost sides of cake with more Cool-Whip. Optional: leave cake and pan and just dump the Cool-Whip onto the top, spread thickly.

6. Refrigerate until ready to serve, at least 1 hour.

7. Store leftover cake in refrigerator.

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