How to make a classic Christmas Rainbow Poke Cake with red & green gelatin (1980s)

How to make a classic Christmas Rainbow Poke cake (1980s)

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Christmas Rainbow Poke cake recipe

How to make a classic Christmas Rainbow Poke cake (1980s)

Christmas Rainbow Poke Cake recipe

Yield: 16 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 1 (3 oz.) package raspberry Jell-o gelatin
  • 1 (3 oz.) package lime Jell-o gelatin
  • 2 c. boiling water
  • 1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip, thawed
  • Gumdrops (red and green)


  1. Prepare cake as directed on package. Pour batter into 2 round pans (8- or 9-inch).
  2. Bake as directed. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely.
  3. Place cake layers, top side up, back in the 2 pans (clean). Prick each layer with utility fork at 1/2 inch intervals.
  4. Pour 1 cup of the boiling water over the raspberry Jello in bowl. Stir until Jello is dissolved. Spoon over 1 layer of cake.
  5. Repeat with lime Jello and other layer of cake.
  6. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours.
  7. Dip 1 layer in pan of warm water 10 seconds; invert on plate, gently shaking to loosen.
  8. Remove pan; spread layer with 1 cup of Cool Whip. Remove other layer from pan in same manner; invert onto first layer.
  9. Decorate your Christmas Rainbow Poke Cake: Frost with remaining Cool Whip. Refrigerate; garnish with flattened gumdrops. Cut to resemble holly.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

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  1. Although never very fond of Jell-O, the Christmas season I saw this ad for Jell-O cake I thought it looked so “cool” that I absolutely HAD to make it. I was in middle school and old enough to bake on my own without supervision, but my mother always insisted on helping with “new” recipes. Even with her assistance, the Jell-O didn’t marble as intended: if I recall correctly, even though we’d poked deep holes, the Jell-O didn’t sink down into the cake far enough and soaked the top of each layer. Years later, someone in my office hung a “Dessert-of-the-Month” calendar in our breakroom, with one month featuring a 21st-century, more gourmet version of Jell-O cake, which I hadn’t thought about in years.

    Did anyone ever bake a Jell-O cake that worked?

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