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Christmas Poke Cake

Quick and easy Christmas dessert recipe using a boxed cake mix, Jell-O and whipped topping that's festive and delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Cooling Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 270kcal
Author: Julie Evink


  • 15.25 oz white cake mix plus ingredients to prepare
  • 6 oz box raspberry Jell-O mix
  • 6 oz box lime Jell-O mix
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 8 ounce container frozen whipped topping thawed


  • Bake the cake per the package instructions on the cake mix box. Allow the cake to cool in the pan on a baking sheet for 10-20 minutes.
  • When the cake is cool, make each Jell-O mix. Using two bowls, place each of the Jell-O mixes into their respective bowls. Then add 1 cup of boiling water to each bowl and stir until the solution is well mixed.
  • Using a fork, poke holes every 1” in a grid pattern across the cake.
  • Then using a spoon, pour the Jell-O liquids into the holes alternating raspberry Jell-O and lime Jell-O by row, creating alternating rows of raspberry and lime over the cake. Be sure to use enough Jell-O liquid to penetrate into the holes poked by the fork. You will not use all of the Jell-O liquids.
  • Once you have completed filling the holes with jello, allow the cake to cool for an additional 10-20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Once the cake is cool when you touch the top, spread the whipped topping with a spatula over the top of the cake. Place your cake in the refrigerator.
  • Allow cake to chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Once chilled, add your favorite christmas sprinkles, crushed peppermints, or your favorite Christmas candies.
  • Serve chilled and enjoy! Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.


What other jello flavors can you use?
For the holidays, black cherry, cranberry, cherry, and strawberry work for the red. They all pair with lime jello for the perfect flavor and color for your holiday cake.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can use any combination of colors depending on the holiday! You don’t have to wait until Christmas to make it.
Can you use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip?
Prepared whipped topping is great because it’s stable and keeps well after you’ve frosted the cake. You can make sweetened whipped cream from scratch but sometimes it doesn’t hold up well after a day or so in the refrigerator. So just keep that in mind!
Can you freeze the cake?
I don’t recommend freezing it. 
How long does it keep?
Leftover cake should be kept in the refrigerator. It will keep well for three to four days.


Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 397mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1mg