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Holiday Poke Cake

Holiday Poke CakeColorful, fun and nostalgic, the "poke cake" been served up for dessert since the 1970's. The classic cake takes on a festive, holiday look with streaks of red and green gelatin. You can also change the flavor/color of the gelatin to fit a specific holiday or special occasion.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (18.25-ounce) package white cake mix
2 cups boiling water - divided use
1 (3.25-ounce) package JELL-O Gelatin, any red flavor
1 (3.25-ounce) package JELL-O Gelatin, lime flavor
1 (8-ounce) tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cooking Directions:

  1. Follow the instructions on the box to cook each white cake layer in a 9-inch round pan. Set cake aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Place cakes, once cooled, top sides up in clean 9-inch round pans.
  3. Pierce cakes with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.
  4. Add 1 cup boiling water to each flavor dry gelatin (do separately) and mix each gelatin mixture until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  5. Pour red gelatin over 1 cake layer and the green gelatin over remaining cake layer. Refrigerate both cakes for 3 hours.
  6. Dip the bottom of "green" gelatin cake pan in warm water for 10 minutes to unmold, then dry bottom and flip "green" gelatin cake onto serving plate.
  7. Repeat process with "red" gelatin cake pan.
  8. Frost cake with COOL WHIP.
  9. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Makes 12 servings.

JELL-O® and COOL WHIP® are registered trademarks of Kraft Foods.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Kraft Foods.