Red white and blue poke cake

Claire Gallam

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Want a more exciting dessert this 4th of july? Forget the cupcakes and the sugar cookies and serve up this decadent red, white and blue poke cake! Made with sweet strawberry Jell-O and your favorite vanilla cake, this is bursting with flavor (and patriotic flair)!

Red, white and blue poke cake

The addition of the strawberry Jell-O makes this cake even more flavorful, moist and decadent than normal. Topped with whipped topping and red, white and blue sprinkles, this cake will have everyone talking (and eating!) at your 4th of July celebration.

Red, white and blue poke cake

Serves about 12

Red, white and blue poke cake


  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 (4 ounce) box strawberry Jell-O
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Frozen whipped topping
  • Red, white and blue sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 x 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Mix the cake mix according to the package and pour into the pan. Bake until fully cooked, about 35–40 minutes. Let cool in pan until completely cooled.
  2. Once cooled, poke holes all over the cake with a fork.
  3. Mix the boiling water, cold water and Jell-O mix together. Pour over cake (it'll absorb into the holes). Chill for 2 hours.
  4. Once chilled, top with whipped topping and sprinkles. Serve immediately!

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.