Jell-O Rainbow poke cake recipe (1982)

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Rainbow poke cake: What will you find at the end of the rainbow?

More smiles than ever. Introducing moister, fruitier Rainbow Cake.

Retro Jell-O Rainbow Poke Cake recipe (1982)

Jell-O Rainbow Poke Cake recipe (1982)

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Jell-O Gelatin Rainbow Cake (Poke Cake) recipe

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 30 minutes

More smiles than ever. Introducing moister, fruitier Rainbow Cake.


  • 2 baked 8 or 9-inch white cake layers, cooled
  • 2 packages Jell-O brand gelatin, any 2 flavors (3 ounces packages)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 8 oz. container Birds Eye Cool Whip non-dairy whipped topping, thawed


  1. Place cake layers, top sides up, in 2 clean layer pans; prick each cake with utility fork at 1/2 inch intervals.
  2. Dissolve each flavor gelatin separately in 1 cup of the boiling water and carefully spoon each over one of the cake layers. Chill 3 to 4 hours.
  3. Dip one cake pan in warm water for 10 seconds; turn out onto serving plate. Top with 1 cup of the whipped topping. 
  4. Unmold second cake layer; place carefully on first layer. Frost top and sides with remaining whipped topping. 
  5. Chill. Garnish as desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 236mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 0gSugar: 34gProtein: 5g

Click Americana offers approximate nutrition information as a general reference only, and we make no warranties regarding its accuracy. Please make any necessary calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have dietary concerns.

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