Poke Cake

One of my favorite summer desserts is Poke Cake. If you're never heard of it, Googling those words will return over 28 million results. So what is it? True to its name, it's a cake that you poke holes in after baking. The holes are then filled with a liquid or filling like condensed milk, pureed fruit, chocolate cream, or pudding. Although there are almost an infinite number of combinations, the one I'm talking about today is probably the simplest version possible.

All you need for this refreshing dessert is white  cake mix, a packet of your favorite flavor of Jello, and a container of Cool Whip. Here's how easy it is to make:

 - Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 13x9-inch pan. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes. Pierce cake with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.
- Add boiling water to gelatin mix in small bowl; stir for two minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water; pour over cake. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
- Frost cake with Cool Whip and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Cut out a slice and enjoy.

What's great about the Jello and Cool Whip version of the Poke Cake is that it's cool, a little sweet, and flavored with your favorite fruit. You could go the extra mile and throw some fresh fruit since it's in season. It's not necessary but it makes it look and taste better. Plus you get a serving of fruit so it's healthy...that's how it works right?

Prefer other flavors? There are a lot of great recipes out there. Here are a few if you aren't into fruit or just want to make Poke Cake all year long:
Turtle Chocolate
Red Velvet
Caramel Almond

If you've never had Poke Cake, take the time to make it. I promise you won't be disappointed. Thanks for reading and happy eating.


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