Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Jell-O Poke Cake

Mmmm! This has been a favorite of mine since elementary school! I like it because it's not a heavy cake with frosting.

Last night I brought this dessert to Bunco. It was a healthy-themed Bunco. There was guacamole and chips, chicken and pineapple pizza, yogurt with strawberries and granola, chocolate chip muffins with pumpkin puree, and a yummy dip with beans, corn, red onion and green pepper (I called it Cowboy Caviar because my friend Sue has a similar recipe with that name). I thought this cake could be considered "healthy" because it's a light cake and I made some substitutions. I served it with fat-free Redi-Whip instead of Cool-Whip and blueberries on the side. Mmmm!

Jell-O Poke Cake

1 boxed cake mix, baked as instructed on box
(I used white cake: substituted 1/2 of the oil with unsweetened applesauce, and added 1 whole egg and one egg white)
1 3oz package Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water

While cake is cooling, dissolve Jell-O in boiling water.
Add cold water and allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
Poke holes in cake (sometimes I use a fork and sometimes I use a knife for bigger holes) and pour Jell-O mixture over top.
Cool in fridge 3-4 hours.
Spread Cool-Whip like frosting before serving (or you can serve the Redi-Whip on the side and let guests put on their own topping).

There are a few ways I have made this cake:
* white cake, peach Jell-O, Cool-Whip, and peaches
* chocolate cake, cherry Jell-O, cherry pie filling as topping
* white cake, blue Jell-O, Cool-Whip, blueberries and strawberries

Or make up your own combo. Enjoy!!


ameybc said...

Hey Jessica, one way that I have made this cake is with white cake and lime jello. Refrigerate cake while you mix the topping.

1 envelope Dream Whip (find near Jello at store)
1 tsp vanilla
1 & 1/2 cups COLD milk
1 pkg vanilla pudding (4 serving size)

In a chilled bowl, blend and whip topping ingredients until stiff (3-8 min.) Immediately frost cake. Store in refrigerator and serve chilled.

This tastes really good in the summer! It would probably taste good with any flavor jello, but the lime is nice and refreshing and not strong at all.

Angela said...

Please tell an ignorant English girl - what is Bunco???

Jessica said...

I'm going to have to post about Bunco after our next "meeting" in a month. I'll take my camera along to get some pictures of what we do. Should be fun...and oh, so yummy!!

Angela said...

Thanks for the explanation Jessica! Buncos in the USA sound a bit like our Beetle Drives here in the UK