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How to Make a Festive Patriotic Poke Cake – An Irresistible Red, White, and Blue Dessert

This easy Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Poke Cake is a great addition to any 4th of July Celebration or summer picnic!

The beauty of a poke cake recipe is that it can be customized with different flavors and colors of gelatin. They are so easy to make (really), taste delicious, and are pretty, too.

Red White and Blue Patriotic Poke Cake on a white Cake Stand with a slice of cake on a white place next to the cake stand

If you’re looking for more great summer dessert recipes, check these out: No Bake NILLA Wafer Cheesecakes, Classic Blueberry Pie, Air Fryer Strawberry Shortcake, Copycat McDonald’s Mocha Frappe, and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

The Ingredients:

Here’s what you’ll need to make this fun 4th of July poke cake as shown. Exact measurements and details are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • 1 package white cake mix prepared according to the directions on the box or package.
  • 2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 1 package (4 serving size) cherry gelatin. Jello is the normally used brand but I could not find cherry Jello at my local store so I used Starburst instead. The flavor was somewhat more intense but it was delicious!
  • 1 package (4 serving size) blue-raspberry gelatin – as above, I couldn’t find blue-raspberry Jello brand so I used the Starburst brand.
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
  • 2 jars (7 ounces each) marshmallow creme. I used Marshmallow Fluff because it was $$$ less expensive $$$ than other brands, came in a bigger container, and tastes amazing! And, there was enough left to make a few Fluffernutter sandwiches.
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

How to Make a Patriotic Poke Cake – Red, White, and Blue

Collage of white cake mix with ingredients added and mixed using a wire whisk by hand with the final image being the white cake batter in a cake pan - prep for the Patriotic Poke Cake

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool completely in pans on wire rack.

Patriotic Poke Cake baked in pan and with holes poked in it plus a close up of raspberry blue Starburst gelatin dissolved in a glass measuring cup

Once cakes are cool, poke holes 3/4 of the way through each layer multiple times with the end of a wooden spoon or a wooden skewer.

Using a measuring cup, combine 1 cup boiling water and cherry gelatin in small bowl and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Repeat the same process for the blue-raspberry gelatin in a separate bowl.

Four photo collage of Red, White and Blue Patriotic Poke Cake layers in cake pans

Pour red gelatin over one cake layer and the raspberry blue gelatin over the other cake layer. Refrigerate at least 3 hours.

For Frosting:

Two photo collate with frosting ingredients for a Patriotic Poke Cake with bottom photo being the completed Cream Cheese Marshmallow Fluff frosting

Combine softened cream cheese, marshmallow creme, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl using an electric mixer at medium high speed until smooth and fluffy!

Unmold the blue-raspberry cake onto a large serving/cake plate. Spread with about 1 cup frosting.

Unmold the red cake and place it on top of the first cake layer.

Frost top and sides and decorate with patriotic sprinkles if desired. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Store leftover cake in refrigerator.

This fun and delicious Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Poke Cake Serves 10 to 12 – Enjoy!

*You could also forgo the homemade frosting and use a whipped cream topping such as Cool Whip.

Patriotic Poke Cake – An Irresistible Red, White, and Blue Dessert

Mary Beth
Easy homemade Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Poke Cake recipe with a cream cheese marshmallow fluff frosting. Perfect 4th of July picnic dessert or for any patriotic holiday. No fuss baking!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Time in Refrigerator 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 287 kcal

Ingredients
  

Cake

  • 1 box White Cake Mix prepare according to directions on package
  • 1 package Cherry Gelatin 4 serving size
  • 1 package Blue-Raspberry Gelatin 4 serving size
  • 2 cups boiling water

Cream Cheese Fluff Frosting

  • 2 packages Cream Cheese 8 ounces each package
  • 14 ounces Marshmallow Fluff
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Instructions
 

Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool completely in pans on wire rack.
  • Once cakes are cool, poke holes 3/4 of the way through each layer multiple times with the end of a wooden spoon or a wooden skewer.
  • Combine 1 cup boiling water and cherry gelatin in small bowl and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Repeat the same process for the blue-raspberry gelatin in a separate bowl.
  • Pour red gelatin over one cake layer and the raspberry blue gelatin over the other cake layer. Refrigerate at least 3 hours.

Frosting

  • Combine softened cream cheese, marshmallow creme, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl using an electric mixer at medium high speed until smooth and fluffy!
  • Unmold the blue-raspberry cake onto a large serving/cake plate. Spread with about 1 cup frosting.
  • Unmold the red cake and place it on top of the first cake layer.
  • Frost top and sides and decorate with sprinkles if desired. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Store leftover cake in refrigerator.

Notes

*Please note that the calories listed do not include ingredients you will be adding to the boxed cake mix, i.e., eggs, oil, etc., as the specifics vary by brand. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Patriotic Poke Cake – An Irresistible Red, White, and Blue Dessert
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 188mg8%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 506IU10%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword 4th of July, Patriotic, Poke Cake
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Close up view of a two layer cake that is red, white, and blue - a 4th of July Patriotic Poke Cake - with a cream cheese and marshmallow fluff frosting and red, white, and blue sprinkles

Updated May 3, 2021: Giveaway is closed and a winner has been selected! Thank you to everyone who entered.

This delicious dessert is my first summer recipe of 2021. To celebrate, I’m also hosting a giveaway for The Fresh Market Thermal from Thirty-One courtesy of Teri Perrott (a Thirty-One consultant).

4 photo collage of The Farm Market Thermal from Thirty-One in Use

The Fresh Market Thermal is great to have on hand for grocery store trips, picnics, and more. It’s roomy, and so well insulated, that it will keep your perishable groceries cool while you’re out and about running errands.

I haven’t had the chance to use mine yet but I can’t wait to take it to the beach or the park. My youngest son and I were impressed with how much you can fit in it and loaded it up with bottled water, our favorite flavors of La Croix, and some black tea. We had plenty of room left for ice, fresh fruit, and some egg salad sandwiches.

Recipe Rating




Amanda

Thursday 29th of April 2021

I cannot wait to make that Poke Cake for Our Ladies meet at Church for the month of July . Thank you for the recipe. And Thank you for the opportunity at such a lovely giveaway .

Mary Beth

Friday 30th of April 2021

You're so very welcome, Amanda! Have a wonderful weekend.