Orange Poke Cake (Halloween-themed)

Fluffy orange poke cake with Jello pockets all the way through, topped with a bit of whipped cream! This light and scrumptious orange Jello poke cake recipe is a party pleaser.

orange striped poke cake with a fork and spoon and black sprinkles
The perfect Halloween party cake

Believe it or not, poke cakes have been around since the 70’s. Poke cake is one of my favorite desserts to make and I have one for every time of the year, all topped off with light and fluffy whipped cream.

If it’s fall, you’ll find me making pumpkin cheesecake bars, honey bun bread pudding or this awesome Halloween-inspired cake.

orange poke cake with black and white napkin and Halloween sprinkles
customize with your favorite sprinkles

This orange, Halloween poke cake is the perfect fruity dessert with minimum stress.

Imagine the creamy cool whip combining with the vibrant orange flavors for sheer perfection. It’s like you’re in creamsicle heaven with this cake! 

ingredients for orange poke cake
ingredients for cake mix + Jello

Ingredients

  • White Cake Mix, plus ingredients listed on the box (eggs, oil, water)
  • orange Jello
  • boiling water
  • room temperature water
  • Cool Whip, thawed
  • orange gel food coloring
  • Halloween sprinkles

How to make poke cake

This Halloween-inspired cake is easy to make. 

1. Preheat and prep pan.

2. Combine cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs. Mix thoroughly in a bowl.

3. Bake according to cake instructions and let cool for at least 10 minutes or until room temperature.

4. Poke holes all over the cake. 

5. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in cold water and pour over the cake. 

6. Chill cake in fridge, then later top with Cool Whip frosting (tinted with food coloring).

cutting into a piece of orange striped cake

Substitutions 

Can I use other flavors of Jello for this recipe? Absolutely, mix/match or use your own fun colors! 

Instead of black sprinkles try purple, green and silver!

Instead of whipped topping, serve with frosting of your choice.

Tips for a quick poke cake

Instead of refrigerating to set the Jello, you may freeze for 30-50 minutes.

inside of a baked poke cake with layers of orange

FAQ

Storing poke cake leftovers

Store your cake leftovers in the refrigerator (since the Jello must stay chilled).

Freezing leftover poke cake

Wrap your cake with foil or store in an air-tight bag and then wrap in aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving. 

How to make it perfectly every time

Give the Jello time to set up in the refrigerator. This may take 3-4 hours on average. This gives the cake time to soak up all the Jello goodness!

orange poke cake with black sprinkles

Orange Poke Cake

This moist and delicious Halloween Poke Cake is made with cake mix, orange jello, and whipped topping. It’s almost scary how easy this poke cake recipe is! 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 215 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box white cake mix with ingredients listed
  • 1 box orange Jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup room temperature water
  • 8 oz Cool Whip thawed
  • orange gel food coloring
  • Halloween sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9×13 inch baking pan with a light coating of cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes at room temperature.
  • Poke holes all over the cake using a straw.
  • Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in cold water and pour over the cake. Let the cake chill in the fridge for two hours until completely cooled.
  • Tint Cool Whip with food coloring. Frost the cake and refrigerate for 1 hour. Top with sprinkles before serving.

Notes

Storing poke cake leftovers
Store your cake leftovers in the refrigerator (since the Jello must stay chilled).
Freezing leftover poke cake
Wrap your cake with foil or store in an air-tight bag and then wrap in aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 345mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 33IUCalcium: 115mgIron: 1mg
Keyword gel food coloring cake, Halloween cake, Halloween dessert, Jello cake, orange poke cake
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