Jello Poke Cake is a recipe we had pretty often as a child because it was so inexpensive and easy to throw together and DELICIOUS. Imagine a moist cake oozing with pudding in the middle. It is heaven.
Between three kids, sewing, babysitting and doing crafts for extra money, and cooking the kind of meals my mother served, Mama was BUSY! She still insisted on a dessert every night though so this was a good and faithful standby, just like her chocolate cobbler. She always let us help with the cooking and we loved to get to poke the holes for this cake. When we were done, it looked more like the victim of a random woodpecker attack but it tasted awesome!
Now on to POKE CAKE!
- Cake mix and whatever it calls for
- A box of Jello for pudding and whatever it calls for.
- Also some confectioner’s sugar.
For more the more detail oriented: I am using a box of jiffy cake mix which requires an egg and some water. I am using a small box of Jello chocolate pudding (instant) and the milk that it calls for. If you are making a larger cake (mine is an 8×8), use the large box of pudding. I totally leave out the confectioner’s sugar because I prefer desserts that aren’t too sweet but I am picturing it here and including instructions for it in case y’all wanna include it.
Note: This will work with any cake mix or any cake recipe.
How To Make Poke Cake with Jello
Mix up your cake and bake it according to package directions.
I just put all of the rest of my ingredients for this Pudding Poke Cake Recipe in a Mason jar and give it a good shaking.
Confectioner’s Sugar is Optional
Now this is where most recipes call for confectioner’s sugar. If you are making an 8×8, you add 1/2 cup and if you are making a 9×13 you add a whole cup. Just stir it up with your pudding mix and then add it to the milk and give it a shake. I don’t add it though because I think this cake is just great without the added sweetness. Its totally up to you which way you wanna go!
When the cake comes out of the oven, while its still good and hot, poke holes all in the top of it. Mama says you need to use a wooden spoon handle to do this so the holes are nice and big. Cover the whole cake with holes
Perfect Part Where The Kids Can Help
I know I get on my soap boxes but if you have children, it really would thrill them to be able to help with this part. Kids get so much out of helping you cook. Confidence in themselves, praise from you for a job well done, pride in the finished dish and most importantly, wonderful memories of cooking with you. Don’t ever underestimate how much of an impact something as simple as cooking with your kids can have on their life. Confidence over making a Pudding Poke Cake today just could lead to having the confidence needed to get up in front of congress someday.
While it’s hot, pour half of the pudding over the cake.
Spread that over and let it sink in a bit. Once your cake cools, cover it with the rest of the pudding.
Put in the fridge and get good and cold before serving.
The options for this are limitless. Here are some I thought of and I hope you’ll chime in with your ideas, too!
- Chocolate cake with butterscotch pudding
- White or lemon cake with lemon pudding (mama’s fave)
- Strawberry cake with Cheesecake flavored pudding
- Here’s our Butterfinger Poe Cake too.
- 1 Box Cake mix of your choice
- 1 Box Instant pudding of your choice
- 1/2 Cup Confectioner's sugar (optional) or 1 cup for large cake
- Prepare cake according to package directions. While still hot, poke holes all over top with end of wooden spoon. Mix pudding mix and confectioners sugar in a mason jar, add milk and shake or beat with mixer until thickened. Pour half over hot cake. Allow cake to cool. Spread remaining pudding over top and refrigerate until ready to serve.
You may enjoy these pudding recipes as well:
Easy Homemade Banana Pudding with Meringue Topping
Vanilla Wafer Pudding Recipe With Pineapple
Chocolate Vanilla Wafer Pudding
Baked Rice Pudding Southern Style by Mama Reed
Organized people are just too lazy to look for things.
Thanks Christy! I have trying to think of something for dessert tonight and I don’t have a bunch of time today. Thanks it sounds wonderful.
Happy Birthday Bill!
Looks yummy and quick, my two favorite things! I will have to try this soon. Happy Birthday, Bill!
The cake looks so good. I used a jiffy cake mix myself last night and made Jiffy Gooey Bars. They were so good and so easy. Thanks for posting this.
Happy late Birthday Bill !!!!!
I remember back in the early 80’s when I was in 6th grade, my Mama and I made this a lot, and we had dessert for a few days. Thanks for bringing back all the good “old” recipes. This weekend at the beach we are forecast for rain on Sunday, so I plan to introduce my 12 year old daughter to this cake.
Oh goodness – I have to use that quote on my FB page – too funny!! And Happy Birthday Bill! That’s my daddy’s name so you have to be great!
Oh, I’ve got to stop reading your blog when I’m hungry! That cake looks so good and easy. I am going to do the frozen cranberry things tonight. I finally got all the ingredients. The pineapple even had Splenda-sweetened juice!
Love the quote! I could probably have extra hours if I were more organized, but what would I do with them? Watch more TV probably!
Happy late birthday to Bill! A fellow Taurean!
Looks like another great recipe Christy! I will have to make it with my 5 year old. He loves cooking with me and I love it too.
Happy Birthday Bill!! 🙂