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a slice of jello poke cake on a plate with a fork
Jello Poke Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Cooling time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

A refreshing 1970s classic dessert that's perfect for spring or summertime family get-togethers. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 428 kcal
Author: Jen
  • 1 box White cake mix
  • 3 eggs (this was what my cake mix called for, but follow the instructions on your cake mix)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or whatever your cake mix calls for)
  • 1 cup water (or whatever amount your cake mix calls for)
  • 1 package Jell-O gelatin (I used Strawberry, but you can use any flavor you'd like)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 8 oz Cool Whip (I used Cool Whip Lite)
  1. Prepare the box of white cake mix following the instructions on the package, using a 9 x 13 inch cake pan. 

  2. Let the cake cool for about 30 minutes, and then poke holes in the top of the cake using a fork or a toothpick. 

  3. Pour the Jello mix into a medium bowl, and pour 1 cup of boiling water into the Jello. Stir until the Jello is dissolved. Pour the Jello over the cake, taking care to pour it into the holes you poked.  Cover the cake pan with foil and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. 

  4. Spread Cool Whip on top of the cake in an even layer. Slice and serve.