Yield: 16 servings

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!


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


  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!


  • 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 13x9 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 ¾ way deep). Carefully spoon gelatin over the tops of the cupcakes. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Top with Cool Whip and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 244mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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