Friday, May 31, 2013

Kids In The Kitchen – Poke Cake


I’m always looking for easy recipes my girls can do on their own with minimal supervision or assistance from me.  The Poke Cake is a perfect one to incorporate in their recipe collection. 

Poke Cake 

1 boxed yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 c. oil
1¼ c. water
1 3 oz. box gelatin (any flavor)
1 c. hot water
½ c. cold water 

1 tub frozen whipped topping, thawed 

Preheat oven to 350°. 

Prepare your cake by spraying a 9” X 13” oblong pan with non stick spray.  In a large bowl combine cake mix, eggs, oil and 1¼ cups of water and whisk until smooth.  Pour into cake pan and bake 30 to 35 minutes until center springs back to the touch.  Allow cake to cool completely. 

With a fork poke holes half way down all over the cake spaced about every half inch.  Do not poke all the way to the bottom of the cake.  In a small bowl thoroughly dissolve gelatin in 1 cup hot water.  Add ½ cup cold water and stir.  Spoon gelatin over surface of cake.  Place cake in refrigerator four hours to allow gelatin to set. 

“Frost” cake with whipped topping and serve. 

Strawberry cake poked with a fork.

After gelatin has set it is time for whipped topping.

Over Memorial Day Weekend we used a strawberry cake mix and strawberry gelatin.  Oh my goodness!  Another favorite is to use a lemon cake mix and lemon gelatin.  The orange cake with orange gelatin is equally delicious.  Topping it with fresh fruit is also nice.  You can definitely experiment and change it up. 

This is a family favorite and we make it often, especially as the dessert for family get-togethers.

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