How to Make a Jello Poke Cake

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Jell-O poke cakes are delicious desserts combining the light, fluffy flavor of sponge cake with the sweet goodness of good, old-fashioned Jell-O. The trick to making your treat is to provide the cake with a way to fully absorb the Jell-O. Add fresh pieces of sliced fresh fruit -- bananas and strawberries, for example -- to boost the flavor. Jell-O poke cakes are easy to prepare and require about an hour of kitchen time, from start to finish.

Things You'll Need

  • 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan
  • Grease
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large, medium and small bowl
  • Whisk
  • 1 pkg. Jell-O
  • Tea kettle
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Fork
  • 8 oz. Cool-Whip
  • Spatula
  • Knife
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Oven mitts
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lubricate the pan with grease. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Place the bowl nearby for use in later steps.

  • Combine the sugar and shortening in a large bowl. Mix until the combination is thin and fluffy. Add one egg to the mixture and whisk. Continue in this manner for the remaining two eggs.

  • Mix in the flour, milk and vanilla. Empty the mixture into the pan. Place the pan into the oven for 42 minutes.

  • Remove the cake from the oven and turn off the stove at the end of 42 minutes. Stick the cake with a fork every 1/2-inch over the entire surface. Allow the cake 10 minutes to cool while you proceed to the next step.

  • Boil 1 cup water in a tea kettle. Mix the boiling water and one package of Jell-O powder into a medium size bowl.

  • Slowly pour the Jell-O mixture over the cake. Watch the Jell-O soak into the cake via the fork holes. Chill the cake in the refrigerator for 3 1/2 hours. Layer the top with Cool-Whip. Slice and layer fresh bananas and strawberries to top off the cake.

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