Patriotic Poke Cake

Patriotic Poke Cake is a fun and festive cake for your next holiday party.

Patriotic Poke Cake - confessions of a cooking diva

It’s almost the 4th of July and that usually means attending or  hosting some festive parties and what’s more fun than bringing a cute, patriotic cake?

I love taking themed desserts to parties, my only problem is that I’m not super creative in the baking department. Luckily, poke cakes make it super easy and are super cute.

Patriotic Poke Cake - confessions of a cooking diva

This cake requires only a few ingredients, a boxed cake (I have no shame in using a boxed cake), red Jell-O (I used cherry), blue Jell-O (I used blueberry), a container of Cool Whip, vanilla bean paste and some cute sprinkles.

To make the holes in the cake I used the thicker end of a chopstick and tried to make an even line of rows across the cake. Don’t worry it your lines are crooked, no one will notice. Mine were crooked by the end.

The trickiest part of this cake is making sure you don’t spill jello into the holes you don’t want them in. You could use a syringe to accomplish this or a spoon, which is what I used. I just carefully spooned a small amount of jello into the holes. You will want to alternate rows of color. I started with red, then the next row was blue and then red, etc.

Patriotic Poke Cake



Patriotic Poke Cake
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 4 oz. box red Jell-O
  • 1 4 oz. box blue Jell-O
  • 1 8 oz. container Cool Whip, thawed
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Bean Paste
  • Red and blue sprinkles
  1. Prepare cake mix according to the directions on the box. Bake in a well-greased 9x13 pan according to the directions on the box.
  2. Allow the cake to cool for 15-20 mins. Using a chopstick or similar tool, poke holes in even rows all over the cake.
  3. Mix the red Jell-O with ¾ cup of boiling water and stir for 2 minutes. Add the ½ cup cold water and mix well. Using a spoon or a similar tool pour the red Jell-O into every other row of holes.
  4. Do the same with the blue Jell-O.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4-5 hours.
  6. Mix the vanilla bean paste into the container of Cool Whip.
  7. Spread over cake. Sprinkle with cute red and blue sprinkles.
  8. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.



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  1. This looks really good. Where do you get Vanilla Bean Paste? Never heard of it.

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