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Patriotic Poke Cake Recipe
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Patriotic Poke Cake

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"Serve this red, white, and blue cake with colorful fresh berries, such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries."

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  • PREP

    30 mins

    3 hrs 30 mins


  1. Place cake layers, top sides up, in 2 clean 9-inch round cake pans. Pierce cake with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.
  2. Stir 1 cup of the boiling water into red and Berry Blue gelatin in separate bowls 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Carefully pour red gelatin over 1 cake layer and Berry Blue gelatin over second cake layer. Refrigerate 3 hours.
  3. Dip 1 cake pan 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 sides of cake with remaining whipped topping.
  4. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve. Garnish with fresh fruit, if desired. Store leftover cake in refrigerator.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 29, 2009

DJDEMARCO commented that the cool whip was an insubstantial frosting for this layer cake; I completely agree. has a awesome and simple and refreshing Cool Whip Frosting recipe: all you do is beat together 1 box instant vanilla pudding + 1 C. Milk + 1 tsp. Vanilla, and then fold in 1 tub of Cool Whip. Voila! It's that easy. And if you'd like, you could even add a tint of food coloring. :D

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 06, 2010

This was fun and festive and if everyone didn't comment on how well they liked it I'm not sure I would even give it 3 stars. When I assembled my cake layers they were wet. If you pressed on the top a whole layer of what appeared to be water would come to the top. I actually had to use a paper towel to soak some of it up from the cake. Very pretty though. I will probably try making one more time to see if I can get better results. I liked the simpleness of the Cool Whip as the frosting.


25 Ratings

Aug 23, 2010

I did change the frosting to give it more body. Mix 4-8 oz ( I settled on 6 oz) softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup confectioners sugar together and fold into the whipped topping. The cake is great as it is and my family asks for it all the time.

Jan 25, 2004

I made this for an office 'Patriotic Luncheon'. Nothing special about the flavor of the cake. It is a very moist cake. A little too sweet for me. I definitely would recommend using another type of icing (or a more substantial whipped cream icing) as the top layer slides very easily.

Jul 06, 2010

This cake was a wonderful and fun addition to my Fourth of July party. The kids loved it and the adults thought it moist and yummy. I made the frosting as follows: 1 pkg 3 oz instant vanilla pudding, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 cup milk and 1 8 oz tub of cool whip. Mix pudding, milk and vanilla according to pkg directions. Fold in cool whip. Frost cake. This will be my new Fourth of July go to recipe.

Jan 25, 2004

This is a perfect summer recipe. Not too heavy and refreshing. My family thought it was really good. They don't like frosting that is too sweet. The cool whip was perfect. I used sugar free jello and light cool whip.

Jul 03, 2011

I was really worried about the cake as the blue jello was awful by itself. But I didn't overdo it and left 1/3 of the jello off the cake. The frosting, I did as other indicated, used coolwhip and vanilla pudding and 2tsp vanilla. My husband who is very picky about desserts, loved it. Little tricky getting it out of the pans, but I'll certainly do this one again.

Jun 03, 2011

This cake was a hit at a Memorial Day BBQ. Here are some tips that I think really helped it look and taste wonderful. Be sure that the fork does not go all the way through the cake. Also, I didn't use all the Jello in each layer, I left about 1/4 cup for each cake out. It is a winner and I'll make it again.


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