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JELL-O Poke Cake

JELL-O Poke Cake recipe
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This cake has seen its share of birthdays, holidays, and company parties, and it's always greeted with a "wow!" Surprise 'em at your next gathering with this classic.
30 min
4 hr 30 min
16 servings
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I did make this with an angel food cake, sugar free jello and fat free cool whip. Everyone loved it , ask for seconds, and for the recipe!
I made this cake for St. Pat's Day with sugar-free jello and surgar-free Cool Whip and everyone loved it. I also made the cake a week later with a different flavor and have had requests for it again. Easy and good and with surgar-free jello and Cool Whip it also saves on the calories.
This cake is very good, but with so many of us watching our weight and trying to cut back, would this be a wonderful cake if you substituted angel food and used all sugar-free products for the rest. It would count as very few points on the Weight Watchers Diet.
I like to mix in a coordinating pudding with the Cool Whip (make box of instant pudding and fold in whipped topping). My favorite is lemon cake with lemon gelatin frosted with lemon pudding and Cool Whip. If there aren't matching pudding flavors, just use vanilla and you can always use food coloring for the pudding if you're using an outlandish gelatin color.
I make this cake in a 13x9 pan. For the topping I make a small box of instant pudding in with the Cool Whip. Once it's chilled the topping is a little firmer that way and tastes good. (I also sometimes will make a lemon cake and use lime jello)
I make this cake every year for my son on his birthday. (he's now 26!!) It's his all time favorite. I make mine in a 9 x 13 pan (one large layer, instead of two rounds), and I use Cool Whip for the topping. I use either fresh strawberries (when in season) or frozen, strain the juice, add the juice to the jello mix and use that for the cake layer, then take the strawberries and mix them with the Cool Whip, spread it on the top and decorate with more strawberries. My kids love it -- it's light and delicious.
I have made this cake many times. To dress it up a bit I put a thin coat of a straberry jam on top or the first layer put on the plate. Top that with sliced straberries and then the whipped topping. Top with remaining layer and cover with whipped topping. Top the cake with 6 strawberries, sliced in half, cut sides down in topping. Place a whole strawberry, in the center of the cake. Everyone loves this cake and it is requested over and over again.
I love making this cake! Had it the first time in home ec class in 1981, and have taken it soooo many places. I am glad to 'find' the recipe again so to speak, cause is a great one for Easter!
It was very flavorful and a big hit with my guests. I made black cherry and tinted the frosting with some juice out of the cherry jar. It made it very pretty with the addition of a few cherries on top. When I cut slices for everyone, I put a stemmed cherry with each slice.
Very easy to make and was a big hit with my family.
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