Christmas Poke Cake

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This Christmas Poke Cake is a winter delight with a white fluffy cake flavored with cherry and lime Jello with a whipped topping, Christmas Peeps, and sprinkles.

Christmas Poke Cake on a white plate.

Poke Cake For Christmas

This cake recipe is a delicious and festive recipe to have for this Holiday season. The lime and cherry flavors are made with jello which adds vibrant red and green colors for Christmas. This is an eye-popping dessert made perfectly just in time for Christmas.

Key Ingredients You’ll Need

White Cake Mix: You can use a boxed or a homemade recipe. The additional ingredients will depend on the recipe or box of cake mix that you use. Most commonly, water, vegetable oil, and eggs are the additional ingredients. My recipe called for 3 egg whites, 1/2 cup of oil, and 1 cup of water.

Christmas Add-ins: You will need Christmas-themed sprinkles and peeps. The sprinkles will be added to the cake as well as on top for decoration along with the peeps.

Gelatin: You will need two types of gelatin, Cherry and Lime flavors, or Red and Green colored. Each will use boiling and cold water to dissolve the gelatin.

Whipped Topping: I like to use my own homemade whipped topping for this recipe.

How To Make Christmas Poke Cake

Step 1. Set the oven to 350 degrees and follow the instructions on the cake box to prepare the cake. Combine the batter with 1 tablespoon of Christmas sprinkles. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and add the batter into the pan before baking in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for 20 minutes while you make the jello.

Step 2. Add 1 cup of hot water into a medium mixing bowl and combine with the cherry jello until dissolved. Add in 1/2 cup of cold water and whisk to combine before setting the jello aside. Prepare the green jello the same way in another bowl and set it aside. Poke holes into the baked cake using the end of a wooden spoon or large straw. Add the prepared jellos into the holes. I like to alternate the colors by adding the red jello first and the green jello the rest of the way. Place the covered pan in the fridge to chill for 3-4 hours until set.

Step 3. Use the whipped topping to frost the cake and begin to decorate to your liking using the sprinkles and Christmas peeps. Serve and Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks:

Here are some of my favorite hacks to make the best results for this recipe!

  • You will want to store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Instead of cherry jello, you can use strawberry!
  • To add the jello to the cake, I prefer to use a spoon or food syringe to get the jello into the holes evenly.
  • I love making a homemade whipped topping for this recipe or top it with vanilla frosting.

What Is The Best Way To Decorate A Christmas Poke Cake?

You have a ton of different options for decorating a Christmas cake. Use Christmas-themed decorations like sprinkles, peeps, candies, and more. You can dye the whipped topping to add even more red or green colors.

Christmas Poke Cake on a red cloth.

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Christmas Poke Cake

This Christmas Poke Cake is a winter delight with a white fluffy cake flavored with cherry and lime with a whipped topping, Christmas Peeps, and sprinkles.
Servings: 16 slices
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Chill Time: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 55 minutes


  • 1 box 15.25 oz white cake mix Water, vegetable oil, and eggs were called for on the cake mix box, mine called for 3 egg whites, ½ cup of oil, and 1 cup of water.
  • 1 Tbsp Christmas sprinkles
  • 1 3 oz box cherry gelatin
  • 1 3 oz box lime gelatin
  • 2 cups water boiling
  • 1 cup water cold
  • 1 container 8 oz whipped topping thawed
  • Christmas peeps
  • Christmas Sprinkles for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare the cake mix according to the box directions and stir in the 1 tablespoon of Christmas sprinkles.
  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Pour in the cake mix and bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the jello.
  • In a medium mixing bowl combine 1 cup boiling water with cherry jello and stir until dissolved.
  • Whisk in ½ cup cold water to the cherry gelatin and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl repeat the above with the lime jello and set aside.
  • Using the end of a wooden spoon or a large straw poke holes all over the cake.
  • Spoon the jello in the holes, I like to alternate red in one hole, and green in another until they are all filled.
  • Refrigerate the cake covered for 3-4 hours to set.
  • Frost the cake with the whipped topping.
  • Decorate the cake with more sprinkles and Christmas peeps.
  • Serve!!

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