Friday, July 1, 2011

Strawberry Jell-O Poke Cupcakes

I really like sharing fun and easy recipes like this next one. Raise your hand if you've heard of Poke Cakes. Chances are you have and you have eaten them in some form or other over the years.  If you haven't heard of them, then let me introduce you. Country Cook friend, please meet Poke Cake. Poke Cake, this here is my good friend who would like to eat you. It was nice knowin' ya. These cupcakes are a lot of fun to make. Your kids can help you (they love to poke the holes) and these are so much fun to take to a potluck or BBQ. Folks love them and I gotta tell ya, they are usually pretty surprised to find that you made this with a boxed cake mix and jello. My co-workers were. They had no idea. A few of them had never heard of this before so when some of the gals asked me for the recipe, they were shocked! Boxed cake mixes are good y'all! I used to be one of those folks who always thought making absolutely everything from scratch was best. And sometimes it is, but when you don't have the time (or maybe the energy) to go totally from scratch - these little helpers are a fantastic substitute.
Ingredients:
1 box white cake mix
(Ingredients required to make cake; usually egg whites, water and oil)
1 (3 oz.) box strawberry gelatin
1 cup boiled water
1 container of Whipped White Frosting

Directions:
Mix cupcakes as directed on the back of the box and bake as directed. Allow cupcakes to cool completely. Boil 1 cup water and add jello, stir until completely dissolved.
 Poke holes in cupcakes with fork or toothpick. Don't be afraid to pick right down in there several times. You want plenty of holes for the jell-o to seep into.
Using a spoon, pour strawberry gelatin mixture over cupcake.
They are still a little naked. Now they need to go into the fridge for about 2-3 hours to set.
Once set, frost cupcakes using whipped frosting. 
And if you like, top it off with fresh, sliced strawberries and enjoy!
Cook's Note: You can use any combination of cake mix or jello flavor you like with these. You can use a vanilla or yellow cake mix. Orange Jello works well with these. Or try lemon cake mix with lemon Jell-o (one of my personal faves). Also, for 4th of July celebrations, it might be fun to use a Berry Blue Jello as well.
Here is what the lemon looks like. This is boxed lemon cake mix, with lemon jell-o and lemon frosting. It is so moist!  We have nicknamed these Lemon Drops.

Enjoy!

50 comments :

  1. I haven't had one of these in years! Looks yummy.

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    1. I use yellow or lemon cake with Lime jello and then add a lemon pudding to the Dream Whipped topping together for a very light and fluffy cake. I Only use half the milk for the Dream Whip Topping and pudding combined. Makes it wonderfully thick % light
      Kathy Hayes

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  2. I haven't had poke cake in such a long time! I just love the combination of flavors you can do with it! Thanks for the reminder!

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  3. Sooo cute!! I love jello cake. Never thought to do it in cupcake form! These are perfect for the 4th!

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  4. I'm raising my hand! I've had a poke cake as my birthday cake as long back as I can remember ... and to this day (I'm 40), I still have my mom make me that cake each year. She uses a vanilla/chocolate marble cake mix with the strawberry Jello, so it's basically a Neopolitan. Yum!

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  5. Thank you everyone! Such a fun recipe and so many combinations! Tracey, that is a great idea!! Your Momma is so creative :o)

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  6. I have never heard of these before but want one now in the worst way. I love jello desserts and this looks delicious. Yummy!

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  7. Brandie, Thanks a bunch for the introduction. Until now, poke cakes have escaped me through the years. Not only are these fun, but they're festive. From my vantage point, convenience rocks - you know I've said it before, "Box mix takes the ache out of cake!" You-n-yours be sure to have a safe, fun-filled July 4 holiday!

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  8. What a great idea!! These looks so cute!! :)

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  9. Poke cake rocks! Super easy, and so awesome looking!

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  10. Sounds wonderful! Yummy! Great recipe!

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  11. Haven't had 'poke cake' in years. I think I have a recipe for a homemade cake for these. But your strawberries on top are the perfect adornment.

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  12. Oh, this reminds me of my mom! We loved this when I was growing up...and I bet my kids would, too.

    Brandie, can I blame you for my tightening waistband??? LOL.

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  13. i never made Poke cupcakes, only the cake. they are so much fun to make, and eat! thanks for the memories. i might just have t try the poke cupcakes.

    Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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  14. Happy 4th of July Weekend! I have made the cake version many times but for the life of me have no idea why i have never done a cute little cupcake.

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  15. They look so pretty. I do a version of this with chocolate pudding used in the poke holes. One of my childrens faves.

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  16. I love poke cake but haven't had it in ages. I like your idea of using red and blue jello- that would be really cute! :)

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  17. I've never met poke cake before, so thank you for the introduction! These are so darn stinkin cute!

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  18. I love poke cake and how fun to make cupcakes that way. Yum! Happy Independence Day!

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  19. These are too cute! Perfect for the 4th of July...!

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  20. Great minds think alike! I made an creamsicle cake for Dudette's birthday using the poke cake with orange jello and vanilla icing. It was way delish. I love the cut strawberry on the top of yours. Turns it into instant elegance.

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  21. I just made a poke cake for a woman's group the other day. And then I wondered if I could do cupcakes. I couldn't think of how to get the jello on the cupcakes directly without making a mess. A SPOON! Duh! Thank you so much. I can't wait to try it.

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  22. These look so fun - love the white cake & strawberry combo! Stopped by from TT&J to invite you to share this post (and any other cupcake related post - old or new!) at our Month Long Cupcake Party!

    http://shakentogether.blogspot.com/2011/07/were-declaring-july-cupcake-month-and.html

    Hope to see you there and happy weekend!
    keri

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  23. I love poke cake. You made them into cupcakes. What a great idea.

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  24. Brandie - you're brilliant: poke cakes. Haven't heard of them before but now you've enlightened me. Love how you've transformed them like this. Each time I'm on Facebook and "poke" will be thinking of you!

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  25. Brandie, thanks for linking this fun recipe up with Cookbook Sundays!

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  26. Your recipe looks so good. I would love it if you came over to my party "Cast Party Wednesday" today and shared some of your recipes with us.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

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  27. These cupcakes look and sound so moist and delicious! Please link your recipe up at Muffin and Cupcake Monday! Thanks!

    http://www.talkingdollarsandcents.net/muffin-monday-cheddar-cheese-muffins

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  28. Look at you!! Those look so cute! Very unique and definitely love the colors. There is always room for Jell-O right?

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  29. these look delicious we make poke cakes a lot and love these as well they look awesome come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  30. All your recipes always make me drool and this one is no exception! I am bookmarking this to make later! Thank you for sharing such a fun idea. I would love to have you come over and link this up to our Link Party going on this weekend- and every link counts as an entry in our giveaway!
    http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/07/strut-your-stuff-saturday-week-1.html
    Camille @
    SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

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  31. Those look yummy! I am going to try them.

    P.S. I am having a giveaway on my blog. There are great organizational tools and charts for moms and kids. I hope you will enter.

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  32. YUM! I've seen the poke cake but never thought about turning them into cupcakes. SO cute!!

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  33. Just found you on pinterest and I can't wait to try this tomorrow!

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  34. Hi Kelli! Glad you found me :o)
    Hope you like this recipe!!

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  35. Hi there I love making these and the cake form, Have you ever tried using Whip Topping for the icing?
    Sooo good! Glad I found your blog!

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  36. I swear I grew up eating poke cakes. In highschool it was a favorite dessert of us kids in the lunchroom. Thanks for posting. I haven't made it in years!! Love your site.

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  37. I just came across your blog today, and I am drooling! Everything looks amazing! But I think that this needs to be the first thing I try! Now I'm your newest follower, and I'm thinking my husband is going to thank you! :)

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  38. Hi Melissa! Welcome! I'm glad to have you here. I hope you love everything you try! :)

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  39. Thanks for posting this! I remember making a "rainbow poke cake" when I was a little girl. A 9x11 pan, several color jellos and cool whip topping. I tried looking this recipe up several years ago, and could not find it. This is awesome....it is as easy as I remember!

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  40. They look delicious, I must try them thanks for sharing.

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  41. I am in the process of making these. :) I am bummed though because I bought the larger sized jello since I couldn't see the picture clearly to see that it was only the 4oz size. Might want to add that to the ingredient list since there are varying sizes. Excited to dive into these later after dinner.

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  42. Have been making strawberry Jello "poke" cake since back in the day that they had "1,2,3 Jello" - anyone remember that? Anyway, I learned to make it with a can of strawberry pie filling spread over the top of the Jello and cake (once it is set up) and then top it with Cool Whip frosting. Yum!

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  43. Could you try this with pudding? I know they have poke cakes with pudding, but do you think it would work with pudding and cupcakes? Thanks

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  44. I've done this but I use strawberry frosting mixed with some thawed out cool whip for the frosting!! so awesome strait out of the fridge!

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  45. I love ur recipes and they way u present them, I used to love to cook, but for the past few years i have dreaded it, U are making it enjoyable for me again. Thank You!!!

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  46. We make these in the summer but instead of frosting we used Cool Whip and then top with slice of fruit. Get it ice cold in the fridge and serve on hot day....yummy and lite...not too heavy on the tummy.

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  47. i use the watermelon jello, also good.

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  48. I love jello cakes, my favorite is chocolate cake and orange jello. Also I use a pudding and dreamwhip icing so good!!!!

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  49. I love the jello kind...I use white cake mux..raspberry jello..and cool whip instead of frosting...a wonderful cool dessert in the summet!!!

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