Lemon-orange rainbow poke cake (1980)

Lemon-orange rainbow poke cake retro recipe

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Lemon-orange rainbow poke cake (1980)

You’ll find a smile at the end of the rainbow. A Jell-O gelatin Rainbow Cake is incredibly moist and fruity tasting.

This retro lemon-orange rainbow poke cake recipe gets an extra boost of flavor from swapping out the half cup of cold water for orange juice — plus some citrus flavor from the cake mix itself.

To make this delicious poke cake the way it looks here, you can frost with sweetened whipped cream or some version of a simple white frosting, then decorate each slice with a canned mandarin orange segment.

Lemon-orange rainbow poke cake classic recipe from 1980

Lemon-orange rainbow poke cake retro recipe

Lemon-orange rainbow poke cake

Yield: 1 cake/12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 package (2-layer size) lemon cake mix or pudding-included cake mix
  • 3 ounces (1 package) Jell-O orange flavor gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice or cold water


  1. Prepare cake mix as directed on the package, baking in a greased and floured 13- by 9-inch pan at 350 (F) for 35 to 40 minutes.
  2. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes; then prick with a utility fork at 1/2-inch intervals.
  3. Meanwhile, dissolve gelatin in boiling water.
  4. Add orange juice and pour carefully over the warm cake.
  5. Chill for at least 2 hours. Garnish as desired.


In high-altitude areas, follow high-altitude package directions for the cake batter.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 652mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 2gSugar: 43gProtein: 4g

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