4th Of July Poke Cake

It’s time to celebrate one of the most fun and festive summer holidays of the year! This red, white and blue poke cake is the perfect treat to serve to your family and friends to help get into the patriotic spirit.

Poke cakes became popular in the 1970’s and have been rising in popularity ever since then, especially down here in the South. It couldn’t be a more easy way to add a little flare to that typical box cake that we all know and love. With this recipe, I have not only used a box cake, but I also wanted to tie in some old family style in there as well which is why I decided to use my great aunts frosting for the topping instead of the typical Cool Whip topping you usually see with poke cakes. To go along with the holiday, we’ll be adding some fresh strawberries and blueberries on top to add some flare to our theme.

Here’s how to make it:

The Ingredients:

  • White cake mix (water, vegetable oil and eggs are required to make the cake box mix)
  • 1 box (3 oz) Jell-O strawberry flavored mix
  • 1 box (3 oz) Jell-O blueberry flavored mix
  • 1 Cup boiling water
  • 1/2 Cup cold water

For frosting:

  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup margarine
  • 1/2 Cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 Cup milk

For Topping:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh Raspberries
  • Fresh blueberries

The Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Make the boxed cake mix as directed for a 9×13 inch pan. Cool for at least 30 minutes after it’s taken out of the oven
  • Once slightly cooled, use a small rounded object to poke into the cake without hitting the bottom of the pan. Keep the distance of each poke about 1/2 an inch
  • In a small stove top pot, boil the cup of water and then add the strawberry Jell-O. Stir in cold water, then do the same for the blueberry Jell-O in a separate pot
  • Carefully pour the strawberry and blueberry Jell-O along each row of the poked holes. I used a turkey baster to keep it slow and clean so colors wouldn’t spread and mix together
  • When finished, keep in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before serving and adding frosting

The frosting:

  • In a cold sauce pan, combine milk and flour and bring to a boil. Stir this until it is thick
  • In a separate sauce pan, cream the sugar, margarine and butter. Add in the vanilla and then beat until it looks like cream
  • Add in the milk and flour mixture just a little at a time while mixing
  • If the frosting looks to runny, add more flour and sugar until correct texture is formed

When the cake is done cooling in the fridge, add an even layer of frosting to the top of the cake. This is when you can decorate exactly how you want it to help represent the holiday. I like to do an American flag, but get creative with it if you want!

Happy 4th of July!