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Red, White & Blue Festive Poke Cake Recipe!

4th of July is right around the corner, and if you haven’t planned yours already,  festive patriotic menus are being planned. With the summer heat in full-swing, something light and cool is the best way to go with any Independence Day treats. How about twist on an American classic – A red, white and blue poke cake!

Growing up, this was a cake my mom always made for us for any occasion. Since it’s served chilled, it’s the perfect dessert for a hot day. What you’ll need for this 4th of July treat is:

  • White cake (from the box is just fine, we won’t tell!)
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • 3 oz package of your choice of red Jell-O
  • 3 oz package of your choice of blue Jell-O
  • Cool Whip

1. Follow the directions to make the cake. I use two 9×9 circle pans to get the effect I’m looking for, but sheet cakes would work, too. *Note: if using yellow cake, the blue Jell-O will look green. It might be a good science/art lesson, but not so patriotic.

2. Once the cake is done and cooled a bit, poke holes into the top. I used skewers this time around, but a fork would work as well. Make sure to cover your cake in enough holes or else the jello will not spread enough.

3. Mix up the Jell-O.

4. Pour the red Jell-O over one cake and the blue over the other. Use about 3/4 of the Jell-O on each cake; you don’t want to drown it. Make sure to cover the entire top of each cake.

5. Now comes the waiting process. Let the cakes chill for 3 hours. *This is also a cook reminder to do this well in advance of any party!

6. After the Jell-O has set, carefully remove the cakes from the pan and start icing. Thankfully Cool Whip is a bit easier to spread than actual frosting. If you want to get even more patriotic, feel free to decorate your cake in red and blue icing or sprinkles.

Keep this cake chilled, and when cutting into it, listen for the oh’s and ah’s!

Posted June 26, 2013

by Kelly

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  1. [...] to add to your 4th of July celebrations! If you have skewers (maybe in preparation for making a red, white and blue poke cake) then you and your kids are all set to make these easy 4th of July [...]

  2. Kelly says:

    Love this idea…might have to make it for the 4th.

  3. Laura Jacobson says:

    Oh what a GREAT idea for the 4th coming up! The kids and family would love it! Cant wait to make it!

  4. meredith says:

    What a cute Idea to get festive for the 4th

  5. Rebecca Ivey says:

    I saw this recipe or technique before but couldn’t remember the directions. Thank you for posting. I just had surgery and needed something easy for the fourth to make.

  6. Kelly says:

    Thank you all for your comments! We’d love to hear what everyone at your 4th of July celebrations thinks of it; let us know how it turned out on our Facebook or Twitter page!

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