Halloween Poke Cake Recipe

    Halloween Poke Cake
    Image/Media Source:kraftrecipes.com

    Cake tends to be a festive dessert by nature, but a poke cake is a great way to make it even more festive and holiday-themed. This Halloween poke cake recipe mimics the bright and vibrant colors of classic Halloween candy corn, appealing to both kids and adults alike.

    If you’ve never made a jello poke cake recipe before, then you’ve been missing out on the opportunity to douse your cake with extra flavor and color. Traditionally, a poke cake recipe is made with boxed cake mix and jello powder.

    The cake is pierced with a fork or a wooden skewer before the jello powder is liquefied and poured into the created holes. For this Halloween poke cake, you’ll use a white cake mix for the cake portion of the dessert and orange gelatin mix to pour into the holes.

    The poke cake is then topped with an orange-dyed whipped frosting and Halloween sprinkles for a celebratory touch. The best part about making a poke cake recipe like this is that you can make it in a pyrex dish (no greased and parchment paper-lined cake pans needed) and you can bake it ahead of time. Then, when you’re ready to serve it, simply smear the frosting on top and add the sprinkles.

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    Cook time: 30 minutes
    Prep time: 30 minutes
    Idle time: 4 hours


    1. Prepare the white cake mix as instructed on the package. Pour the batter into a 9" by 13" pyrex dish and bake according to package instructions. Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes before piercing the cake with a fork or skewer at 1/2 inch intervals.
    2. To a small bowl, add the gelatin mix and boiling water. Stir the mixture for 2 minutes until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir the cold water and then pour this liquid all over the cake. Place the cake in the fridge for 3 hours.
    3. Add the food coloring to the whipped topping and whisk to combine. Use a rubber spatula or offset spatula to spread the whipped topping all over the top of the cake. Refrigerate for 1 hour, then decorate with sprinkles right before serving.

    Additional information

    Recipe adapted from kraftrecipes.com

    Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.