I have fond memories of these “Jell-O Poke & Pour” cakes. Actually the title is up for debate, I know these cakes as Poke and Pour, other names are “Jell-O Cake”, “Swirl Cake” and I even saw a while back on Pinterest someone call it a “Vintage Jell-O Cake”! What, vintage? Items from my childhood are vintage? haha.
Back to the cake. My mom made several versions of this Jell-O cake when I was young. I would have to say my all time favorite is the strawberry version. However, that wouldn’t be very St. Patrick’s like, being March and all. So, the kiddos and I whipped up a green version of this “classic”…I’m calling it classic as opposed to vintage. (Makes me not feel so old).
This cake is easy to make (the hardest part is waiting for it to cool before you pour the Jell-O on). The kids enjoyed making this cake and also devouring it. The lime Jell-O gives it a crisp citrus flavor that blend nice with the cool-whip topping. Light, moist and refreshing!
- 1 box white cake mix
- (2) 3 oz lime Jell-O packages
- 1 cup boiling water
- ½ cup cold water
- 8 oz carton cool whip
- green sprinkles
- Prepare and bake white cake according to package directions in a greased 9x13 pan. Allow to cool.
- Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water, stir in cold water and set aside.
- Once cake cooled, with a large meat fork poke holes all over the cake around 1-2 inches apart. Slowly pour Jell-O over cake. Cover and refrigerate.
- Once cooled and set, spread cool-whip over cake and decorate as desired.