Stripe-It-Rich cake recipe: How to make a Jell-O pudding poke cake, 80s-style

1980s Stripe-it-Rich cake recipes

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This vintage Stripe-It-Rich cake recipe — made easy with boxed cake mix and your favorite flavor of pudding — can make an ordinary cake extraordinary. (One bonus: You don’t even need a separate frosting, because you can use the pudding mixture to frost the cake.)

So combine a chocolate cake with vanilla pudding, a white cake with butterscotch pudding, a lemon cake with lemon pudding… or any other deliciously creative combination you can imagine. Here’s how to do it, with the retro-how-to from the 1980s!

Introducing Stripe-it-Rich cake with pudding (1981)

Retro recipe for Jell-O pudding Stripe-It-Rich poke cakes: Ordinary to extraordinary

Stripe-it-Rich pudding poke cakes make ordinary cakes extraordinary. It’s easy! Use the Jell-O instant pudding mixture to frost, fill and stripe. Here’s how. (Get a rainbow poke cake recipe, too!)

Jell-o Pudding Stripe-It-Rich poke cakes recipe

Vintage 80s stripe-it-rich poke cake - vanilla pudding on chocolate cake (1981)

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How to make a jello pudding Stripe-it-Rich cake – step by step photos

How to make a jello pudding Stripe-it-Rich cake - step by step

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Jell-O pudding Stripe-It-Rich poke cakes

Stripe-It-Rich cake (Pudding poke cake)

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours

This Stripe-It-Rich cake recipe - made with your favorite flavor of pudding - can make an ordinary cake extraordinary. It's easy! Here's how to do it, with the retro-how-to from the 1980s.


  • 1 package cake mix, any flavor
  • 2 packages (3-1/2 oz each) Jello instant pudding, any flavor
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 cups cold milk


  1. Prepare cake mix as directed on package, baking in a 9 x 13 pan. Remove from oven.
  2. Poke holes quickly down through cake with round handle of a wooden spoon at 1-inch intervals.
  3. Only after poking holes, combine instant pudding mix with powdered sugar in large bowl.
  4. Gradually stir in milk. Then beat at low speed of electric mixer for not more than 1 minute (do not over beat).
  5. Quickly, before pudding thickens, pour about 1/2 of the thin pudding evenly over the warm cake and into the holes to make the stripes.
  6. Allow remaining pudding to thicken slightly; then spoon over the top, swirling it to "frost" the cake.
  7. Chill at least 1 hour.
  8. Store in refrigerator. Cover with plastic wrap if desired.


This is also known as a Jell-O pudding poke cake

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 424mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 5g

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  1. Actually the jello and pudding poke cake goes back farther than you think! When I was a child in the 60s my mom used to make these two cakes for us all of the time! In fact I still have her handwritten recipe that she wrote down in the mid sixties! I also remember Shake-A-Pudding; does anyone remember that?

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