I always love to make Jell-O Poke & Pour cakes for holidays because they are so easy to do! Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day Jello Poke Cake that is perfectly designed, themed green, and filled with luck.
St. Patrick’s Day Jello Poke Cake – Lime Flavored
To make the green version of the classic poke cake recipe, all you have to do is purchase Lime flavored Jello. There are so many different variations you can do with this design in mind. Here are some that are available on my blog:
But for St. Patty’s, you want a bright green hue and a hint of citrus! That’s where the lime green Jello will come into play. Let’s break down the ingredients and how to get started with this light and fluffy dessert.
Lime Jello Poke Recipe Ingredients:
- White cake mix – The white cake mix will help make the lime POP. This is a recipe where you don’t want to use traditional yellow mix.
- Ingredients to make cake – oil, water, egg whites. Please check the back of the cake box for instructions.
- Lime jello and water – You will be pouring this into the cake and the color will show up in the sponge.
- Whipped topping – This must be thawed. So, be sure to set it aside with ample enough time to defrost.
- St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles – Be sure to plan ahead and order online or head to the store once these seasonal items hit the shelf.
Prepare and bake cake according to package directions and cool completely. Use a bamboo skewer or thick fork to poke holes in your cake about 1/’2 apart. Set aside.
Mix jello with boiling water and stir for about 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Add cold water and stir well. Gently pour over the cake, making sure you pour a little into each hole. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until ready to serve.
Add whipped topping and sprinkles. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve or slice immediately into 18 squares. Store any leftover cake covered and refrigerated.
This recipe makes 18 squares.
- What is a Jello Poke Cake?
- A Jello Poke Cake is a dessert made by poking holes in a cake and then pouring flavored gelatin (Jello) into the holes. The result is a moist and colorful cake with added flavor from the Jello.
- Can I use any flavor of Jello for St. Patrick’s Day Jello Poke Cake?
- Absolutely! For St. Patrick’s Day, green or lime-flavored Jello is commonly used to match the theme, but you can get creative and use other flavors if you prefer.
- Do I need a specific cake mix for this recipe?
- You can use a white or yellow cake mix as a base for your St. Patrick’s Day Jello Poke Cake. These flavors work well with the green Jello and allow the colors to stand out.
- How do I make the holes in the cake for the Jello?
- After baking the cake, use the end of a wooden spoon or another round object to poke holes evenly throughout the cake. Make sure the holes go all the way to the bottom.
- Do I pour the Jello on the cake while it’s hot or after it has cooled?
- It’s best to let the cake cool for a little bit (about 10-15 minutes) before pouring the prepared Jello over it. This helps the Jello set in the holes without melting the cake.
- Can I make this cake in advance?
- Yes, you can make the St. Patrick’s Day Jello Poke Cake a day in advance. In fact, the flavors often meld together better when the cake has had time to chill in the refrigerator.
- Can I use homemade whipped cream instead of store-bought for the topping?
- Absolutely! Homemade whipped cream can add a delicious touch to your St. Patrick’s Day Jello Poke Cake. Just make sure it’s stiff enough to hold its shape when you spread it on top.
- How long does it take for the Jello to set in the cake?
- The time it takes for the Jello to set can vary, but generally, it’s a good idea to let the cake chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight for the best results.
- Can I add other toppings besides whipped cream?
- Yes! Consider adding festive sprinkles, chopped nuts, or even mint leaves for extra flavor and decoration.
- Can I use sugar-free Jello or cake mix for a lighter version?
- Yes, you can use sugar-free Jello and cake mix if you’re looking for a lighter option. Just follow the instructions on the packaging for the sugar-free versions.
- 1 box white cake mix, 15.25 oz, and ingredients to make cake (oil, water, egg whites)
- 1 small package, 3 oz, lime jello
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 small tub, 8 oz, whipped topping, thawed
- St. Patrick's Day sprinkles
- Prepare and bake cake according to package directions and cool completely. Use a bamboo skewer or thick fork to poke holes in your cake about 1/'2 apart. Set aside.
- Mix jello with boiling water and stir for about 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Add cold water and stir well.
- Gently pour over the cake, making sure you pour a little into each hole.
- Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until ready to serve.
- Add whipped topping and sprinkles.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve or slice immediately into 18 squares.
- Store any leftover cake covered and refrigerated.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g
Common Issues People Face While Making St. Patrick’s Day Jello Poke Cake
Making a St. Patrick’s Day Jello Poke Cake is generally a straightforward process, but like any recipe, certain issues may arise. Here are some common problems people may face and tips to address them:
- Jello Not Setting:
- Problem: The Jello doesn’t set properly in the cake, and it remains liquid.
- Solution: Ensure that you’ve followed the Jello package instructions correctly, especially regarding water quantities and refrigeration time. If the cake is too warm when you pour the Jello, it might prevent proper setting.
- Dry Cake:
- Problem: The cake turns out dry.
- Solution: Be cautious not to overbake the cake. Follow the recommended baking time and check for doneness with a toothpick. Additionally, the Jello will add moisture to the cake during the soaking process.
- Uneven Jello Distribution:
- Problem: The Jello seems unevenly distributed in the cake.
- Solution: Make sure to poke holes evenly across the entire cake. Pour the Jello mixture slowly and distribute it as evenly as possible to ensure consistent flavor throughout.
- Jello Leaking Out:
- Problem: The Jello leaks out from the sides of the cake.
- Solution: Make sure the holes you poke in the cake go all the way to the bottom but not through to the serving plate. Additionally, let the cake cool slightly before pouring the Jello to allow it to set within the cake.
- Overly Sweet:
- Problem: The cake is too sweet due to the combination of cake mix and Jello.
- Solution: If you find the sweetness overwhelming, consider using a less sweet cake mix or reduce the sugar in the cake mix. You can also experiment with a smaller amount of Jello if desired.
- Whipped Cream Issues:
- Problem: The whipped cream doesn’t hold its shape or becomes runny.
- Solution: Whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Make sure both the bowl and beaters are well-chilled. Adding a stabilizer like cornstarch or gelatin to the whipped cream can help it maintain its shape.
- Color Fading:
- Problem: The green color of the Jello or the overall appearance fades.
- Solution: Use a vibrant green Jello flavor and consider adding a few drops of green food coloring to enhance the color. Keep in mind that colors may mellow as the cake sets and chills.
- Sticking to the Pan:
- Problem: The cake sticks to the pan, making it difficult to remove.
- Solution: Ensure that you’ve properly greased the baking pan before pouring in the batter. You can also line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper to make removal easier.
By addressing these common issues, you can enhance your chances of success when making a St. Patrick’s Day Jello Poke Cake.