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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an easy and delicious, green Jello Poke Cake that the whole family will love!

Complete your yummy St. Patrick’s Day meal with the perfect dessert–a green Jello poke cake!

Jell-O Poke Cake

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an easy and delicious, green Jello Poke Cake that the whole family will love!

It’s so fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with kids! My daughter and I love decorating and setting a leprechaun trap, made out of things we have around the house. That smart leprechaun always gets away, but usually leaves a mess of green glitter, footprints, and a prize or two!

Every year we search out a fun new dessert to try and make. This year it’s a yummy green Jello poke cake! It’s such a moist cake.

Easy Jell-O Poke Cake Recipe

It’s so easy to make this yummy Jello poke cake! Kids will especially love to be put in charge of poking the holes (chopsticks work nicely for this)!

So, grab your favorite kitchen helper, and let’s get started.

Jello Poke Cake Recipe:

  • Serves 12-15
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes plus chilling time
Jello Poke Cake
The ingredients for this poke cake recipe are basic pantry staples!

Ingredients To Make This Delicious Jello Poke Cake

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 small box (3.4 oz) lime gelatin (any flavor will work)
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup boiling water

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 (8 oz.) tub whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 small box (3.5 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix

Toppings

  • Additional whipped topping
  • Sprinkles
  • Fresh limes

How To Make This Yummy Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Jello Poke Cake
I love that you can switch the color of the Jello up so that this Jello poke cake recipe works for any holiday!

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 13×9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Jello Poke Cake
Make sure your cake batter is nice and smooth!

Step 2

Combine cake mix, eggs, water, buttermilk, and oil until smooth.

Jello Poke Cake
This is one of my favorite recipes to make with my daughter! Kids love poking the holes into the Jello poke cake!

Step 3

Spread evenly into baking dish, bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Jello Poke Cake
Let your cake cool briefly before you start poking holes into it!

Step 4

Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes.

Jello Poke Cake
This is the best part of prepping a Jello poke cake!

Step 5

Combine gelatin and boiling water and stir about 2 minutes until dissolved, add cold water.

Jello Poke Cake
How cool is this Jello poke cake?!

Step 6

Using a wooden skewer or large fork, poke holes into cake about every 1/2 inch. I honestly just used the handle of a wooden spoon, but anything will work as long as you can poke wholes for your jello cake.

Step 7

Carefully pour your jello mixture over the cake.

Step 8

Place in refrigerator at least 3 hours or overnight.

How To Make Frosting For Your Jell-O Poke Cake

Jello Poke Cake
Yum! Homemade frosting is the best!

Step 9

In a mixing bowl, mix Cool Whip with pudding mix until completely smooth.

Jello Poke Cake
The hardest part is not eating all the frosting before it gets on the cake!

Step 10

Spread over the top of the cake.

Step 11

Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Jello Poke Cake
For a fun St. Patrick’s Day dessert presentation idea, make shamrock shaped Jello Jigglers to plate each slice of cake with!

Step 12

Store leftovers in refrigerator covered with plastic wrap.

Step 13

Serve with sprinkles or fresh limes.

Jello Poke Cake
Enjoy a yummy Jello poke cake for St. Patrick’s Day, minus the gluten!

Notes:

This is one of my favorite poke cake recipes, but if you wanna add a little freshness you can always put fresh strawberries on top or kiwi, or whatever fruit or fresh berries you like.

You can also change the cake using any of your favorite flavor of jello.

Plan on eating it right away? Then you can always use homemade whipped cream on top. It’ll make a rich frosting for the top of your cake.

How To Make a Gluten Free Jello Poke Cake

Super easy! Just grab a gluten free vanilla cake mix, and gluten free lime gelatin (like Simple Mixes lime gelatin mix, on Amazon!).

Double check that all of our other processed ingredients are gluten free, and then you’re good to go!

Even gluten free this is a delicious cake and is such an easy dessert recipe.

Prep Time
10 minutes

Cook Time
25 minutes

Total Time
35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix

  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature

  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 small box (3.4 oz) lime gelatin (any flavor will work)

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 1/2 cup cold water

  • Frosting:

  • 1 (8 oz.) tub whipped topping, thawed

  • 1 small box (3.5 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix

  • Toppings:

  • Additional whipped topping

  • Sprinkles

  • Fresh limes

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 13×9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
    2. Combine cake mix, eggs, water, buttermilk, and oil until smooth.
    3. Spread evenly into baking dish, bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    4. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
    5. Combine gelatin and boiling water and stir about 2 minutes until dissolved, add cold water.
    6. Using a wooden skewer or large fork, poke holes into cake about every 1/2 inch.
    7. Carefully pour gelatin over the cake.
    8. Place in refrigerator at least 3 hours or overnight.

Frosting:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine whipped topping with pudding mix until completely smooth.
  2. Spread over cake.
  3. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. Store leftovers in refrigerator covered with plastic wrap.
  5. Serve with sprinkles or fresh limes.

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