Holiday Poke Cupcakes

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24 servings

Also Known As: POLAR POKE CAKES Dress your cupcakes in their festive best with the poke-cake treatment in red gelatin and a Christmas tree marshmallow topper.

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  • Prepare cake batter and bake as directed for cupcakes. Cool in pans 10 min. Pierce tops with fork.
  • Add boiling water to gelatin mix; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Spoon over cupcakes. Refrigerate 30 min. Remove from pans.
  • Tint COOL WHIP with food coloring; spread onto cupcakes. Decorate as desired.

How to Easily Poke Holes in Cupcakes

Use a meat fork to make the holes in the cupcakes to fill with the dissolved gelatin.


Omit food coloring.


  • 24 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 24 servings
Calories 150
% Daily Value
Total fat 4g
Saturated fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 170mg
Carbohydrate 28g
Dietary fiber 0g
Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 0 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 4 %DV
Iron 0 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • michelle.pchef | Tue, Dec 14 2010 4:46 PM

    I love the idea for these cakes, and the taste of them- I just much prefer the layer cake version!! The cupcake one took a lot more work & time. Also, I'm glad that I bought 2 boxes of Jell-O (one red, one green) because I ran out of Jell-O before I coated all the cupcakes. These are delicious, just go with the cake version if you can.

  • mrsfundy | Mon, Apr 26 2010 12:51 PM

  • fishygirl45 | Thu, Feb 11 2010 1:15 PM

    Absolutely amazing!!! I was worried that I poked to many holes and had soaked the cake, but it came out perfect. I used red food coloring on the cool whip and red sugar sprinkles. One of the easiest desserts you could ever make!