Lemon Orange JELL-O Poke Cake Recipe

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Change up that classic poke cake by making this Lemon Orange JELL-O poke cake! Such a light, refreshing dessert for any time of year!

This Lemon Orange JELL-O cake is a refreshing treat at the end of the day. Made with a lemon cake and orange gelatin, you'll love the texture!

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Who doesn’t love a delicious refreshing cake at the end of the day?

Growing up my grandma always made JELL-O poke cakes. If you’ve never had one, it’s hard to describe.

What is a JELL-O Poke Cake?

You have your cake…baked up as normal in a 13×9 baking dish.

When it comes out of the oven you poke holes all over it.

Mix up your gelatin with hot water (don’t add cold water) and pour it over the cake. Refrigerate your cake for  and when you’re ready to serve, cover it in Cool Whip.

The JELL-O gives the cake a spongy texture, packed with sweet flavor.

How to make a JELLO Poke Cake

This Lemon Orange JELL-O cake is a refreshing treat at the end of the day. Made with a lemon cake and orange gelatin, you'll love the texture!

Bake a Lemon Cake mix according to package directions, in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Cool completely.

Poke holes over cooled cake using a fork or wooden spoon handle. Be sure to get all the way to the edges!

In a small bowl, whisk the orange Jello gelatin with boiling water. Stir until sugar is dissolved (do not add cold water). Pour gelatin all over the cake, slowly, allowing it to fill the holes in the cake.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate cake for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

Top with Cool Whip whipped topping, or homemade whipped cream before serving. ENJOY chilled. You could even add some mandarin oranges to the top!

Jello Poke Cake flavors

With as many flavor cake mixes….and gelatins on the market…which would you choose?

Today’s recipe was made using a Lemon Cake mix and a box of orange gelatin. I LOVED the citrus flavor of this cake. You could even do TWO gelatins. I wish I had some lime JELL-O on hand, I totally would have added that to the cake too!

You may have seen my Jello Cheesecake trifle from years ago…that uses red/blue Jello for 4th of July! 

PRO TIP: Top your Jello Poke Cake with fresh fruit for a delicious addition.

Anyway, this is a great recipe to make as the weather warms up. It’s a light cake that is perfect after grilling out!

This Orange Poke Cake is packed with flavor and would make a lovely Mother’s Day dessert!

This Lemon Orange JELL-O cake is a refreshing treat at the end of the day. Made with a lemon cake and orange gelatin, you'll love the texture!

Tips for Poke Cakes

White Cakes work best for most Jello flavors. Today’s recipe used lemon cake which was perfect since I wanted a yellow tint to the cake. But if you’re making colors for a specific holiday, I would choose to use a white cake mix.

You can use boxed cake mixes or from scratch cakes. Just be sure to bake them in a 13×9 and cool completely.

Using pudding mix gives this poke cake a whole new flavor profile. For instance, this Coconut Pudding Cake started with a French Vanilla cake mix and is topped with creamy coconut pudding.

Add pie filling or lemon curd to the top of your poke cake for more flavor and texture! This Lemon Poke Cake has a combination of lemon Jello and lemon curd. SO tasty!

Wipe your knife after each cut to ensure a beautiful clean slice of cake!

Can I make Poke Cupcakes?

Yes!

For cupcakes, bake according to your cake mix package directions for 24 cupcakes. 

Immediately after baking, poke with a fork all over the top (going about 3/4 way deep). 

Carefully spoon gelatin over the tops of the cupcakes. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Top with Cool Whip and enjoy!

These White Chocolate Cranberry Poke Cupcakes are always a favorite when I bring them to holidays!

This Lemon Orange JELL-O cake is a refreshing treat at the end of the day. Made with a lemon cake and orange gelatin, you'll love the texture!

How to Store Poke Cakes

Because of the gelatin in the cake, keep the cakes chilled in the refrigerator.

Cover cake with foil or plastic wrap to keep fresh.

Use within 3 days for best flavor!

More Poke Cake Recipes

Enjoy the fall Apple harvest with this flavorful Apple Pie Poke Cake. It’s the perfect summer to fall transition recipe!

Enjoy this light, refreshing Coconut Cream Poke Cake after dinner tonight! Perfect to bring to a potluck or BBQ this year!

This Grasshopper Poke Cake is super easy and over the top delicious. Just a few ingredients and boxed cake mix and you’ll be enjoying this for dessert today!

This Banana Caramel Poke Cake has a VERY moist cake layer topped with a sweet banana flavored frostingCaramel in the cake AND drizzled on top with some Nilla Wafers completes this luscious dessert.

A delicious, easy summer cake recipe: Banana Split Poke Cake. Made with a white cake mix, banana pudding, fresh berries, pineapple and all the fixings. This will go fast at dessert, so make sure you get a big slice before it’s gone!

Jello Poke Cake Ingredients

  • 1 Box Lemon Cake Mix 
  • 1 Box JELL-O Orange Gelatin Mix
  • Water
  • Cool Whip

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Yield: 16 servings

Lemon Orange JELL-O Cake

Lemon Orange JELL-O Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes
Change up that classic poke cake by making this Lemon Orange JELL-O cake! Such a light, refreshing dessert for any time of year!

Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.25 oz ) Lemon Cake Mix, prepared with ingredients
  • 1 box (3oz) JELL-O orange gelatin mix
  • 1 cup water, boiling
  • 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed

Instructions

  1. Bake cake in a 13x9 baking dish, as directed on box. Cool completely.
  2. Poke holes over cooled cake using a fork.
  3. In a small bowl, mix gelatin with boiling water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour gelatin over cake slowly, allowing it to fill the holes in the cake. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight.
  4. Top with Cool Whip before serving. ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 24mg Carbohydrates: 7g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 6g Protein: 1g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Lemon Orange JELL-O Poke is an easy summer recipe bursting with citrus flavors!

Recipe originally published April 21, 2016

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9 comments on “Lemon Orange JELL-O Poke Cake Recipe”

  1. This cake screams spring and summer! Love the citrusy flavors and the JELL-O 🙂

  2. I ate a poke cake for the first time two years ago and I loved it! I tried making one and I don’t think it turned out so great, now I need to try this one! Love the flavors!

  3. What a fun idea!! It looks a little like candy corn 🙂 I bet the flavor is incredible!

  4. Steph

    This was so delicious! I just love the combo of orange and lemon flavors in dessert!

  5. This look so light and fluffy; will make the perfect dessert after dinner tonight! Delicious!

  6. lauren kelly

    I am in citrus heaven! This is so incredible!

  7. Natasha

    What a fun play on tres leches!

  8. Melissa

    The perfect cake for a hot summer day! So refreshing! Thank you!

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