Friday, December 21, 2012


IF you are reading this I am
assuming that the world did
NOT go spinning out of control
as was predicted by many
If it DID and TOOK ME
you will have this recipe
to remember me by!

That's Right!
Poke the Cake.
Better than a cake in the pokey*,
Or at least I think so...
Can't say as
I have never BEEN in the pokey*,
have you?
Never mind- some things are
best kept to oneself.
*Pokey= jail 

This is an OLD OLD recipe.
I have been making it 
since my kids were little.
I am a creature of habit
so I am
STILL MAKING this cake.
It presents so sweetly!
If you click on the photo above
it will take you right to the recipe.

You start with this:
Bake the cake as normal
in 8" or 9"round pans.
While it is still hot
poke holes into it.
Like this...
Wondering what the green is there,
are you?
Well, it's NOT mold.
No, is 
And guess what?
You do the same thing with the
other layer with RED JELLO.
Then stick them in the fridge so 
the Jello sets up.
In a couple of hours, set the pan
in a bit of hot water for a minute
and then pop them out of the pan.
Frost them with one of 
God's not-really-cream
Like this!
Layer them and then 
"frost" all over with 
Cool Whip.
Then, put a few little berries
on top of that baby to dress it up.
Watch your grandkids eyes
light up when you cut into it.
If you did it right~
At some point it will look 
like THIS!
Every family needs a 
As Martha Stewart would say.
That's a good thing.
your photo name


Musings from Kim K. said...

How fantastic is that cake!! If my weekend obligations didn't include loads of traveling, I'd love to try that recipe. Christmas hugs!

Unknown said...

What a pretty cake!!! I'll have to try this out - but I have to make two chocolate cream pies and 2 lemon meringue pies for Christmas dessert - tradition and all that sort of thing lol.
I need a tester like sweet cheeks!

Shirley said...

Diana, Your sweetcheeks makes a very good tester to see if it is good. I have never made it with a green and red layers, but I have made it with all red layers. It is yummy and makes me hungry. I get to go out in the cold today to work. Then be off for four days. Enjoy your day. Hugs and Prayers Your Missouri Friend.

Anonymous said...

teehee...Nope, world not spinning out of control here, but my mind is after seeing your yummo cake. I must try this asap.'s a good thing. ;) LOVE that taster's face. :)
Merry Christmas to you and yours, Diana.

Susie said...

Diana, That cake is very pretty. Everyone would like a slice. Today would be a good baking day, it's blowing all the snow around here. Stay warm, I know you got plenty of snow. xoxo,Susie

Jettie said...

Serve my slice with a cup of coffee, please.
I'll even leave a tip. Send us all to the kitchen to clean the pans, that's my tip.

Anonymous said...

I just made this cake a while a while back and it flopped.My jello just dissolved into the cake and did not make jelly channels like this one, wonder what I did wrong?Love that sweet cheeks, she could test my cakes anytime,

Ron said...

How festive and yummy looking, Diana. xo

Cristina Garay said...

That's a very pretty cake, Diana! I'm going to show it to my young baker, she would love to make it!
Have a wonderful Christmas day!

Anonymous said...

The first time I saw/tasted this cake was in 1979. My college boyfriend's mom made it for their Christmas dinner. It was delicious! Love that taste tester; she takes her job very seriously!

Beth said...

I have made jello poked cake dozens of times through the years but I have never seen a lovelier presentation!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

How great for Christmas. I have always made my jello cakes in 9x13 pans and just leave them in the pan (ok, I'm lazy). This is a much prettier way to serve!

Dixie Delights said...

oohhh, that's a super fun cake!!!

Debbiedoos said...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM... yummy! Thanks for sharing Diana!

Julie Marie said...

That looks soo pretty Diana, and I love that you carry on your tradition of making it every year, xoxo Julie Marie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Mmmm, that looks good, Diana! What a great dessert to bring to a holiday party, too.

Lucille said...

Thanks once again for the giggle, Diana! That is a beautiful cake and it looks like it would melt in one's mouth. Little SweetCheeks certainly seems to be enjoying it! She looks adorable!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Yum, yum...Never seen this before. Just the poke cakes with pudding. That Sweet Cheeks gets all the goodies!!

I see the ovens are working, thank goodness!

Maria Elena said...

Yummy! Diana, how could you do this? I need a piece of that cake right now to go with my coffee! :) My sweet tooth always gets me in trouble. SweetCheeks was sure in the right place at the right time. LOL Great recipe! Thank you for sharing it!

Nellie said...

Great cake for this season, and you have it looking very festive! What better taste tester than SweetCheeks!

xo Nellie

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Yum Yum!
Yes we are still here! I had no doubt about it.

Ruth Kelly said...

A jello cake, how very unusual. I've never tasted one but give it a good poke for me.

shannon i olson said...

I haven't had one of those in years! I do remember them, perhaps it is time to try one again.

Unknown said...

OMG this cake looks amazing!. Thank you for including the recipe.

Yes, the world should read the Word a little more and not silly predictions.

I love your little test taster too.

I hope you and your family have the best Christmas ever!


Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I had forgotten about this is so yummy and the kids love it! Thanks for reminding me..can't wait to make it for them! Hugs, Penny

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

the hockey pockey cake...looks really neat! what a nifty idea

Simply Debbie said...

Oh Diana,
Does Sweet Cheeks come with the recipe.
That cake is beautiful and I can only imagine how yummy it is. I wonder if you could use diet jello to decrease the calories...I hope my cake turns out that pretty.
hugs my friend

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Oh, YUM! I am a good taste tester too :)

Connie said...

We are a huge fan of jello cake, but I have never made it in a layer cake before. This is so festive and wonderfully Christmas.
Thanks for sharing :)
Merry Christmas.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Shopgirl said...

My daughter who is a Mom now was thrilled when I made this cake for her Birthday a few years back. She was raised on this cake, and here it is apart of your family. Merry Christmas dear friend, let them eat cake...Jello cake that is!!!! Mary

Anonymous said...

That looks good and yummier.
Love the jelly idea and look.

I must try that after Christmas.

I made too much already for Christmas and my cheeks already are bloating and it is not Christmas. I have been my taster. family is coming over in the New year.

This cake is a all around cake for all times.

Thanks for the pix cake and the tester. Only swallow it girl.

Unknown said...

OHhhh, I remember making that cake, the boys loved it!
Thanks for the good memory nudge.XO

Tete said...

My mother in law used to do this in a long cake pan. Mom tried it when I was a kid and I wasn't impressed, so my have to try this on my own.
Send SC over to verify the quality!
The world hasn't ended yet.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

I believe I made this for a Christmas party once! It looks so cool when it's cut! Love your official taste tester!
Have a Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

So pretty! Sweet Cheeks is the perfect tester! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe! Merry Christmas!

NanaNor's said...

This looks like such a fun cake! I bet your grands just adore coming over to see what their nana will be up too. Have a wonderful weekend friend and stay out of trouble.
Hugs, Noreen

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This looks like something everyone would like! It's pretty, too! Makes me wish I could eat sugar! lol Holiday hugs!

Bernideen said...

What a beautiful cake - I love this! Did you link this to my blog party today - I hope so as it is wonderful.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Diana, It looks like sweetcakes is enjoying the cake. I remember making this when my children were small now I need to make it for the grandkids. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. xx, Sherry

This N That said...

It's been a long time since I've seen that cake...It was always moist and yummy..

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

My mom used to make this and it was always such a treat! It's like a treasure chest opening, waiting to see how the Jello formed in the holes. Hey, I get easily excited LOL! Thanks for bringing back a great memory! I'm going to have to make one of these this weekend! Hugs, Leena

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said...

Yum...and I love the same recipes made year after year. My kids will love this. You need a dog like mine...your grandkids will go nuts!

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said...

PS...only two more hours until it's all over. OMG!

Rebecca Nelson said...

I've had that cake. It's fab.

It's 9:32. The world is still here. How silly it all is to me...this world/earth ending and all. UGG!

I'm having surgery on the 28th so I will be gone for weeks. I'll touch base with you when I return.

I hope your Christmas with your family, friends and loved ones is a beautiful one.

Love, Rebecca

Amber ~ The French Pressed Home said...

OH, Lady. Why must you do this to me? The boys saw the cake and now want it. I guess I shall jump at their every whim. :) Merry Christmas sweet friend. xo

Anne said...

I'm still here too so now I get to try this recipe....YUM!

DEBRA said...

I used to make what I just called Jello Cake quite often when my boys were little. This summer I made one for my grandson's birthday cake and covered it with whipped cream and fruit. It was just right since we had such a heat wave that month.

YOURS is lovely ....I have never done a double layer one and now I think I shall try! :)

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Hi Diana,
That cake looks so pretty and delicious! Thank you for sharing!

Maureen Wyatt said...

I'm pinning this one to make for the grands! I have to make pies for Christmas but this one will be fun for their next visit.

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Diana,
Love this post and I know this cake is awesome and so yummy as I make it too. It is beautiful for Christmas with the red and green. I have also made it for Halloween or Thanksgiving using orange jello.
Sweet Cheeks is a doll and looks like she is enjoying the cake.

So fun catching up with you this morning.
Hugs, CM

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Playing catch up on all your fun posts that I missed. Have not made this for years. Sure looks festive! Thanks for the reminder.

Annesphamily said...

Oh MY Goodness! AN old phamily favorite! We do the birthday cake for Jesus so I am going to do this for my Easter He Is Risen cake! Thanks for the sweet reminder. Your taste tester is precious! Hope you all had a great Christmas! Hugs Anne