Patriotic Poke Cake

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 30 mins Serves 16     adjust servings

Patriotic Poke Cake

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 1 box (18 oz.) white cake mix (also eggs, oil and water called for on the box)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 pkg. (3 oz. each) red jello (any flavor)

For the frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp. milk
  • blue food coloring, (I prefer the 1 oz. bottle made by Wilton)
  • Patriotic colored sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a 13x9-in. cake pan. Let cool. Using a meat fork or the handle of a wooden spoon, pokes holes in the cake every 1/2-in to 1-in.
  2. Empty the jello packages into a medium-sized bowl and add the boiling water. Stir briskly for 2 minutes or until the jello is dissolved. Evenly pour over the poked cake. Place in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours or until jello is set.
  3. Meanwhile, make the frosting. Cream butter and the vanilla with an electric mixer. Add the powdered sugar and 3 tbsp. milk. Beat with an electric mixer until well combined and fluffy. Add a small amount of blue food coloring, beat well. Add more food coloring if more color is desired. If necessary, add 1 tbsp. milk to the frosting if it needs thinned out.
  4. After jello is set, top cake with frosting. Top with sprinkles.
  5. Store in refrigerator.

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