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Firecracker Poke Cake

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Making a firecracker poke cake is fun and easy! This simple cake mix recipe uses Jello to create a fruity and fun red white and blue design.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 10 hours
Total: 10 hours 30 minutes
Finished firecracker poke cake ready to serve.

Making a firecracker poke cake is fun and easy! This simple cake mix recipe uses Jello to create a fruity and fun red white and blue design.

When the summer rolls around it’s time for easy dessert recipes that don’t require a whole lot of prep or planning. This simple cake mix recipe is a winner every year!

I love to make this firecracker poke cake for July 4th or Memorial Day! It’s great all summer long for a festive and patriotic party addition.

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pin showing the finished firecracker poke cake with title in the top corner.

What’s a poke cake?

Poke cake is a funny name, right?! It refers to the fact that we will poke holes in this cake and then fill them with stuff to keep the cake moist and flavorful.

In this case we are going to be filling the cake with Jello which gives the firecracker poke cake it’s fun colors as well as some fun fruity flavors. There’s nothing quite as fun as a tie dye cake for the summer holidays.

Poke cakes are easy to make because it’s just a regular cake mix that we sort of beef up with fun additions!

Finished firecracker poke cake ready to serve.

What do I need to make this firecracker poke cake?

You’ll need some really simple and easy to find ingredients. I swear, this is a really easy to make dessert that everyone will love.

For a firecracker poke cake you will need to grab a white cake mix, oil, eggs, and water to make the cake, blue Jello, red Jello, and water for making the Jello!

The icing and decorating will require you to have

cream cheese, powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and some red white and blue sprinkles. Feel free to use a canned frosting if you like and just add the sprinkles. It’s going to be delicious either way!

ingredients for making firecracker poke cake recipe.

How to make a patriotic firecracker poke cake:

Bake cake according to package directions in a 13×9 inch pan. Allow to cool completely. 

cake mix being whipped up.

With a drinking straw poke even rows of holes across the cake. I did 12 rows of 15. 

baked cake being poked.

Dissolve the blue Jello in ¾ cup of boiling water. Fill the holes in every other row with the dissolved blue Jello. You can carefully pour or spoon it in or use a dropper or syringe to be more precise. 

blue jello being squirted into the holes.

Repeat with the red Jello filling the empty rows of holes.

red jello being put into holes.

Cover the cake and place it in the fridge overnight or for at least 8-10 hours. 

cake filled and ready to be chilled.

Once the cake has cooled it is time to make the frosting. 

Frosting being made in the stand mixer.

This frosting is like a thick and sturdy whipped cream. It is light and creamy like whipped cream but will hold up on a frosted cake in the fridge for a few days. 

Like whipped cream it needs to be made with cold ingredients and works best if the bowl it is being made in is cold too. You can place the mixing bowl in the freezer for about 15-30 minutes before making the icing. 

In the chilled bowl cream together cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar until well mixed and light and fluffy. With the mixer on low/med slowly pour in the whipping cream and mix until well incorporated and smooth. 

Frosting and the cake ready to be topped.

Turn the mixer to high and whip until stiff peaks form. 

Full cake iced and topped with sprinkles.

Spread evenly across the top of the cake or pipe it on with an icing bag. Sprinkle red white and blue sprinkles. 

Cake cut so you can see the swirled design.

Keep covered and refrigerated until ready to serve. 

Sliced of the finished cake ready to be enjoyed.

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Finished cake sliced and ready to be enjoyed.

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If you are looking for more cake mix recipes you could not have landed in a better spot on the web. Here’s a few of our favorite recipes made with boxed cake mixes that I think you’ll love.

There’s something for everyone and each of these recipes is simple and straightforward, no muss, no fuss. Just simple desserts that the whole family will enjoy.

Try out Apple Pie Cookies, Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cupcakes, Twix cookies, brownie batter dip, key lime cookies, chocolate cherry cookies, vanilla cake with strawberry filling.

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There’s more! Don’t miss out on these lemon cake mix cookies, and even cream soda cake mix cupcakes!

 close up look at the finished cake ready to be enjoyed.

Printable Firecracker Poke Cake Recipe:

Finished firecracker poke cake ready to serve.

Firecracker Poke Cake

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Making a firecracker poke cake is fun and easy! This simple cake mix recipe uses Jello to create a fruity and fun red white and blue design.
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Servings: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Cake-
  • White Cake Mix
  • Oil Eggs & Water to bake cake according to directions
  • 3 oz. Box Blue Jello
  • 3 oz. Box Red Jello
  • ¾ Cup of Water for each color of Jello
  • For the Frosting
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese cold
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream cold
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • Red White & Blue Sprinkles

Instructions

  • Bake cake according to package directions in a 13x9 inch pan. Allow to cool completely.
  • With a drinking straw poke even rows of holes across the cake. I did 12 rows of 15.
  • Dissolve the blue Jello in ¾ cup of boiling water. Fill the holes in every other row with the dissolved blue Jello. You can carefully pour or spoon it in or use a dropper or syringe to be more precise.
  • Repeat with the red Jello filling the empty rows of holes.
  • Cover the cake and place it in the fridge overnight or for at least 8-10 hours.
  • Once the cake has cooled it is time to make the frosting.
  • This frosting is like a thick and sturdy whipped cream. It is light and creamy like whipped cream but will hold up on a frosted cake in the fridge for a few days.
  • Like whipped cream it needs to be made with cold ingredients and works best if the bowl it is being made in is cold too. You can place the mixing bowl in the freezer for about 15-30 minutes before making the icing.
  • In the chilled bowl cream together cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar until well mixed and light and fluffy. With the mixer on low/med slowly pour in the whipping cream and mix until well incorporated and smooth.
  • Turn the mixer to high and whip until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread evenly across the top of the cake or pipe it on with an icing bag. Sprinkle red white and blue sprinkles.
  • Keep covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.

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