Holiday Poke Cake – make your holidays festive.

A holiday poke cake is a fun way to celebrate any holiday. Using white cake mix and different colors of Jello, you can create a cake in any color combination that you desire!

White cake made with different colors of jello, and cool whip for frosting; also known as holiday poke cake

I love this holiday poke cake. While you should use a white cake mix you can use any color of Jello you want. This way your cake can be themed any way you like. Before you make one of these cakes, check out this article on 11 Crazy Discontinued Jell-O flavors!

Make a fun and festive cake!

This cake is always in season, want to have fun with upcoming holidays: use can use lime and cherry for Christmas, You could use a double layer of cherry jello for Valentine’s day. Now, you don’t have to limit yourself to just the holidays if you have a favorite sports team, school, or perhaps you just want to try out different color combinations, this is the cake for you!

Jello flavors and their colors

Not all flavors of Jell-O are available all year long. Amazon has a good year-around selection, but prices are generally less in your local grocery store.

Jell-O Flavor Color Created
Apricot Warm Orange
Berry Blue Blue
Black Cherry Jell-O Dark Red
Blackberry Fusion Jell-O Maroon Red
Cherry Jell-O Red
Cranberry Jell-O</td>

Warm Red
Fruit Punch Jell-O Red
Grape Jell-O Purple
Lemon Jell-O Yellow
Lime Jell-O Light Green
Melon Fusion Bright green
Peach Jell-O Orange Peach
Island Pineapple Jell-O Bright yellow
Raspberry Jell-O Dark warm red
Strawberry Jell-O Cooler red
Strawberry Banana Jell-O Red
Watermelon Jell-O Dark pin


Frequent questions about Holiday Poke Cakes

Should Poke Cakes be refrigerated? Yes, they should be refrigerated the Jello will dissolve when left at room temperature for too long.

Why do they call it a Poke Cake? When you make this cake, you will poke holes in it after you bake it to allow the Jello to have enough room to go into the cake.

Can I use sugar-free Jell-O? Yes.

Could I make this with pudding instead? You can, BUT, the Jell-O stays put, pudding slices around more.

Have fun with your own holiday poke cake or special occasion cake! If you have made one, let me know the colors you used!

A white cake with different colors of layers of jello, also known as Holiday Poke Cake

White cake made with different colors of jello, and cool whip for frosting

Holiday Poke Cake

Make your special occasion fun and festive with your own Jell-O Poke cake.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Holiday Poke Cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 220kcal


  • 2 baked 9-inch white cake layers
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package Jell-O (red)
  • 1 package Jell-O (Blue)
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip


  • Place layers top sides in 2 (9 inch round cake pans. Pierce cake with large fork at 1/2 inch increments. Stir 1 cup boiling water into each flavor of the gelatin in separate bowls 2 minutes or until dissolved. Carefully pour red gelatin over 1 cake layer and lime gelatin over the second cake layer. Refrigerate 3 hours. Dip 1 pan in warm water for 10 seconds; unmold onto serving plate. Spread with 1 cup of whipped topping. Unmold second layer, carefully place on first layer. Frost with remaining whipped topping. Garnish as desired. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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