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This patriotic poke cake will be the hit of your barbeque or party. Poke cakes are super easy to make and are a fun way to combine colors and flavors.

Patriotic Poke Cake Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Poke cakes are super easy to make. They’re a fun way to combine colors and flavors. This patriotic poke cake will be the hit of your barbeque or party. The cake itself is simple to make. It takes a little bit of effort to frost the cake, but the effort will be worth it when you see the finished cake. Here’s instructions for how to make it.

Patriotic Poke Cake

Makes 24 cupcakes

Equipment Needed

  • cake pan
  • stand mixer OR hand mixer and large mixing bowl
  • 2 squeeze bottles
  • 3 bowls
  • medium star tip and pastry bag
  • large cup
  • wooden spoon

Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Classic Stand Mixer, Stainless SteelHamilton Beach 6-Speed Classic Stand Mixer, Stainless SteelHamilton Beach Hand Mixer with Snap-On CaseHamilton Beach Hand Mixer with Snap-On CasePyrex Smart Essentials 4-Quart Glass Mixing BowlPyrex Smart Essentials 4-Quart Glass Mixing BowlWilton Recipe Right 8 Inch Square PanWilton Recipe Right 8 Inch Square PanHouseables 8 ounce Squirt Bottle, 6 packHouseables 8 ounce Squirt Bottle, 6 packAnchor Hocking Set of 4 Custard Cups with Lids, 6 ouncesAnchor Hocking Set of 4 Custard Cups with Lids, 6 ounces18-Inch Wooden Cooking Spoon, Set of 218-Inch Wooden Cooking Spoon, Set of 2Wilton 12-Piece Cupcake Decorating SetWilton 12-Piece Cupcake Decorating SetWilton Icing Bag Ties, 12 count bagWilton Icing Bag Ties, 12 count bag

Ingredients

Poke Cake Ingredients

  • 1 box of french vanilla cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of softened unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla bean paste
  • 1x 8 oz package cherry jello
  • 1x 8 oz package blueberry or blue raspberry jello

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-5 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • blue and red food coloring

Patriotic Poke Cake Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Poke Cake Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 f. and spray your cake pan with

Spray the cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Using a stand or hand mixer on medium speed to combine the mix, eggs, butter, milk and vanilla bean paste until fully mixed.

Once mixed, pour the batter into the pan .

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

Once the cake is finished, make the jello mixes.

In one bowl, mix the cherry jello with 3/4 cup of boiling water. Mix until dissolved and then add 1/2 cup cold water. Set aside for 2 minutes and then mix

Repeat the jello steps for the blue jello.

Pour each jello into their own squeeze bottle.

Use the bottom of a wooden spoon to poke holes into the cake.

Take the blueberry jello squeeze bottle and squeeze some of the jello into the top row.

Take the Cherry jello and repeat the process in the next row

Continue, alternating the jello colors until all the rows are filled.

Place the cake into the fridge for anywhere from 4 hours to over night.

Frosting instructions

Use a mixer on medium speed to combine all of the frosting ingredients except the food coloring.

If your frosting starts looking like powdery rocks, add another tablespoon of heavy whipping cream.

Mix until you see creamy stiff peaks.

Separate the frosting into three bowls.

Add the red food dye into one bowl.

Add the blue food dye into the second bowl.

Leave the third bowl white.

Fit the star tip onto the piping bag and place the bag inside the cup, pulling the bag over the cups edge.

Use a spoon to scoop some of the red icing and put it on 1/3 part of the piping bag.

Repeat with the blue and white frosting.

Twist the top of the piping bag and squeeze the frosting down.

Using the piping bag, pipe stars over the top of the cake.

Place the cake into the fridge for 30 minutes to get a clean slice or serve right away.

Patriotic Poke Cake Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Patriotic Poke Cake

Patriotic Poke Cake Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Ingredients

  • Poke Cake Ingredients
  • 1 box of french vanilla cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of softened unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla bean paste
  • 1x 8 oz package cherry jello
  • 1x 8 oz package blueberry or blue raspberry jello
  • Frosting Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-5 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • blue and red food coloring

Instructions

Poke Cake Instructions - Preheat oven to 350 f. and spray your cake pan with Spray the cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Using a stand or hand mixer on medium speed to combine the mix, eggs, butter, milk and vanilla bean paste until fully mixed. Once mixed, pour the batter into the pan . Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean. Once the cake is finished, make the jello mixes. In one bowl, mix the cherry jello with 3/4 cup of boiling water. Mix until dissolved and then add 1/2 cup cold water. Set aside for 2 minutes and then mix Repeat the jello steps for the blue jello. Pour each jello into their own squeeze bottle. Use the bottom of a wooden spoon to poke holes into the cake. Take the blueberry jello squeeze bottle and squeeze some of the jello into the top row. Take the Cherry jello and repeat the process in the next row Continue, alternating the jello colors until all the rows are filled. Place the cake into the fridge for anywhere from 4 hours to over night.

Frosting Instructions - Use a mixer on medium speed to combine all of the frosting ingredients except the food coloring. If your frosting starts looking like powdery rocks, add another tablespoon of heavy whipping cream. Mix until you see creamy stiff peaks. Separate the frosting into three bowls. Add the red food dye into one bowl. Add the blue food dye into the second bowl. Leave the third bowl white. Fit the star tip onto the piping bag and place the bag inside the cup, pulling the bag over the cups edge. Use a spoon to scoop some of the red icing and put it on 1/3 part of the piping bag. Repeat with the blue and white frosting. Twist the top of the piping bag and squeeze the frosting down. Using the piping bag, pipe stars over the top of the cake. Place the cake into the fridge for 30 minutes to get a clean slice or serve right away.

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    20 comments

    Robin Rue June 27, 2017 - 7:45 am

    That cake sounds delicious. I needed a great dessert for my 4th of July cookout, so this is perfect.

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    Jeanette June 27, 2017 - 8:39 am

    That is so cool! I would love to do that kind of coloring in the top of my cake. It looks delicious and with Fourth of July coming up I think I might attempt this.

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    Sarah Bailey June 27, 2017 - 11:53 am

    OK now that is one cool looking cake, I thought the icing was amazing then I saw the inside of the cake WOW!

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    Franc Ramon June 27, 2017 - 12:47 pm

    This would be a perfect fourth of July cake coming in a few days. It really takes the red, white and blue to such a patriotic and delicious level.

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    Kimberly June 27, 2017 - 2:30 pm

    That looks so delicious and not too sweet. That would make a great Canada 150th birthday cake!

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    Kim June 27, 2017 - 5:23 pm

    Looks so yummy and colorful. I just love the red, white and blue themed desserts around 4th of July.

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    Pam June 27, 2017 - 8:15 pm

    I love poke cake. It’s so easy to make, tastes good, and looks way cooler than a plain sheet cake, too.

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    Marysa June 27, 2017 - 10:21 pm

    What a neat creation! This would be fun to make, although I am a little intimidated by all the frosting colors! This would be so fun to serve on the 4th.

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    Maurene Cab June 28, 2017 - 12:31 am

    Such a wonderul design for the fourth of July. I just can imagine its delicious taste. Thanks for the recipe.

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    SHANNON June 28, 2017 - 3:59 am

    This looks delicious! I’ve been searching for a dessert to serve at my 4th of July picnic. This is perfect, thank you!

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    Anosa June 28, 2017 - 6:31 am

    I love this cake, I have tried to make or even eaten a poke cake before but this looks absolutely delicious

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    pat. June 28, 2017 - 6:56 am

    What a great ending the perfect BBQ on the holiday!

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    Tim B June 28, 2017 - 7:05 am

    Jello Cake — which is what I grew up calling this recipe as my mom made it all the time when we were kids — is one of my favorite deserts. It has been awhile since I’ve had it though. I want a slice now!

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    Betty Boiron June 28, 2017 - 9:04 am

    I’d never heard of a poke cake until now. How patriotic!

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    Eileen | yesmissy.com June 28, 2017 - 9:28 am

    Beautiful cake! I love how it turned out and it didn’t seem too difficult at all!

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    Neha Saini June 28, 2017 - 10:14 am

    I am loving this cake. It looks so yummmm and also colorful. The icing is really attractive. This is definitely a very nice creation and I am definitely going to try this out soon.

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    Dogvills June 28, 2017 - 5:54 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. The cake looks delicious! I love how you used patriotic colors for the icing! I may have to make this for our 4th of July cookout/get together with my family. I am sure the kids (and adults) would want to have a slice. 🙂

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    Maureen June 28, 2017 - 9:43 pm

    This looks so delicious and you made it sounds like it is so easy to make that even a rookie like me might be able to pull this one off 😀

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    Kiwi June 30, 2017 - 1:51 am

    Wow these are amazing. Definitely a standout cake for the 4th.

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    Deborah Cruz July 4, 2017 - 9:00 am

    It looks super easy to make and I love that the icing almost looks tie-dye red, white and blue . Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

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