Black Cherry JELL-O Poke Cake Recipe -
Black Cherry JELL-O Poke Cake Recipe
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Black Cherry JELL-O Poke Cake

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"Black cherry JELL-O creates jewel-like patterns in white cake layers for an easy, elegant dessert."

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  • PREP

    30 mins

    4 hrs 30 mins


  1. Place both cake layers, top-sides up, in clean 9-inch round cake pans. Pierce layers evenly with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.
  2. Stir boiling water into dry gelatin mix in medium bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Pour evenly over cake layers. Refrigerate 3 hours.
  3. Dip one of the cake pans in warm water 10 seconds; unmold onto serving plate. Spread with about 1 cup of the whipped topping. Unmold second cake layer; carefully place on first cake layer. Frost top and side of cake with remaining whipped topping. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until ready to serve. Decorate as desired. Store in refrigerator.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 27, 2008

This is a family favorite, and I use this recipe all the time. I like using a variety of jello flavors. Really good with strawberry jello and fresh strawberries mixed into the cool whip, also orange jello with mandarin oranges on top of the cool whip, raspberry with raspberries, etc. Have also done one cake layer with any red jello flavor and a cake layer of blue raspberry jello for July 4th picnics! Makes for very dramatic slices of a patriotic-looking dessert!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 24, 2009

I don't know what I did wrong, but I ended up with cake topped with Jello, nothing like the picture.


18 Ratings

May 01, 2009

I use Instant Vanilla Pudding as a topping on my jello poke cake. Might want to try this but, you can bake it in an oblong cake pan also. This is one of my favorite cakes.

May 25, 2009

This cake is SOOO good! I used strawberry Jello instead of the black cherry. I'm sure you could use any flavor and this cake would still be delicious! 5 stars!!!!

Jun 02, 2009

This is soooo, light and refreshing. Everytime I make this people rave; they can't believe how good it is and how easy to make! Love this cake, plus you can change it up by using different jello flavors/colors.

Jun 30, 2008

Easy, pretty AND delicious! What else could I ask for in a cake. I used regular jello instead of the sugar-free variety, and decorated with maraschino cherries on top.

May 16, 2008

This is a super easy recipe and very refreshing too!

Jul 20, 2009

When I was growing up, Jell-O Poke cakes were popular, and I enjoyed making them. However, as I hadn't made it in years, I couldn't remember how to do it and was thrilled to find it here! I made the following modifications: I used raspberry jello and baked it in a 9 X 13 pan (as I did as a teenager). I also used fresh raspberries on top of the whipping cream (I mixed up fresh whipping cream each night I served it to the family). Delicious! Thanks for helping me find a long sought recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 229 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.2 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 6.9 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 3.5 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 221 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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