Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake
Ready for a poke cake recipe that’s insanely delicious, moist and topped with whipped cream? Yeah? Me too! Add some orange juice, orange jello and vanilla pudding to the mix takes this Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake over the top.
A creamsicle flavored dessert is something you really can’t go wrong with, especially when it comes in the form of a cake. What is it about the combination of orange, vanilla, and cool whip? It’s an amazing medley of flavors.
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Dessert is by far one of my all-time favorite foods. And when the sweet tooth starts calling, I tend to respond, (Insert face palm). But, that’s how this light and fluffy goodness came about.
Before I get too far along in the post, I’d love to make a quick introduction. My name is Kelly and I blog over at Live Laugh Rowe. It’s a creative lifestyle blog that is a celebration of life, creativity and food. I’m based out of Springfield, Missouri and I couldn’t be more excited to be here.
Let’s get better acquainted, ok? Since I’ve already started introductions and shared my love for dessert, tell me something about you in the comments!
Insanely Delicious Poke Cake
We probably should get back to the Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake recipe. If I was completely honest, it didn’t last long in my home. It’s super delicious and incredibly easy to make.
The hardest part is the waiting. After baking the cake, it has to completely cool for about an hour. When you add the jello mixture, it has to chill in the refrigerator for another two to three hours. And after you spread on the cool whip, there is another 30 minutes to an hour wait. It’s a terrible waiting game. Nevertheless, it’s totally worth it.
Something to keep in mind about all of the creamsicle desserts is that it tends to fall into the category of a seasonal treat too — the colors are festive for Halloween and fall. Right? Add some chocolate sprinkles to this and Happy Halloween.
What is a poke cake?
A poke cake is a baked cake that you poke holes into using a skewer (some people use a fork) so that you can pour something delicious over it. Usually you’re pouring a jello, pudding, milk, pureed fruit, caramel sauce, etc.
That filling then seeps into all the holes and adds some incredible extra flavor. It also makes the cake incredibly moist.
How do you poke holes into poke cake?
Ironically, I was just watching the Kids Bake Off Challenge on the Food Network this past week and the featured recipe was a poke cake. None of the five contestants (they’re younger kids, probably around 10 or 11 years old) even knew what a poke cake was. Bless their hearts.
They were challenged with the following flavors: mocha, peanut butter, vanilla bean, carrot cake and chocolate. Some had more success with their fillings than others, but I truly enjoyed watching them try something new.
Poking holes is easy to accomplish using a skewer. Some folks like to use a fork, but those make pretty small holes. I used a skewer and spun it around a time or two to make sure the poke was significant enough to have the effect I wanted it to have.
The filling can get tricky, because if it’s too thick it may not properly distribute into the holes. The contestants on the baking show used forks to poke their holes and a couple of them weren’t classified as poke cakes because the filling was too thick to seep into the holes.
It was a shame, but a great learning experience. Practice makes perfect, right?
Well, the good news is that using jello is an easy (and practically infallible) choice. The cake absorbs the liquid jello right up. It’s kind of magical in its own kind of way.
Do poke cakes need to be refrigerated?
Since most poke cakes use jello, pudding or whipped cream toppings, refrigeration is necessary. It’s always good to err on the side of caution too.
Can you freeze a poke cake?
One of the best parts about cake is that it can be frozen, and that includes the poke cake. Just be sure to allow a couple of hours for defrosting before serving. Frozen dessert is a gift that keeps on giving (wink).
Just make sure to wrap it well and don’t pile other items on top in case they slip into the cake and damage it.
- Vanilla Cake Mix
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup boiling water
- One box (4-serving size) orange JELL-O
- 1 cup cold water
- One box (4-serving) vanilla pudding
- 1 cup milk
- 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip
- 1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
- Orange Sprinkles
- Candy Orange Slices
- Orange Zest
- Heat oven to 350ºF (325ºF for dark or nonstick pans).
- Spray 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
- In a large bowl, beat cake mix, eggs, orange juice, and oil with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally. Pour batter into pan.
- Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a cooling rack for about 1 hour.
- Use a skewer to poke holes all over cake.
- In a medium bowl, pour boiling water over orange JELL-O; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Pour gelatin mixture carefully and slowly over the cake. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
- Beat together pudding mix, milk and vanilla in a large bowl until blended. Fold in container of whipped topping. Spread over cooled cake.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 188Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g