Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake

This Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake is the perfect summer time cake.   The cool, creamy and delicious cake will not last long when you share it at any party or picnic.

This orange and creamy cake is the perfect dessert to share with your friends and family. You won't have any left!

  What can I say? I couldn’t help myself.

I love poke cakes.  This one is my current favorite…but of course that will change as soon as I make another one.  A few weeks ago my cute scrapbooking blog friend Mindy was talking about this Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake on instagram, and since she doesn’t live close enough for me to just go eat hers,  I HAD to make it the very next day.  I didn’t have an exact recipe for it, but poke cakes are pretty easy to figure out.

This orange and creamy cake is the perfect dessert to share with your friends and family. You won't have any left!

 I love how refreshing a poke cake is on a hot summer day.  There is seriously something so good about eating a cold cake topped with Cool Whip when it is hot outside.  Please tell me I am not alone in my love of eating these cakes.  Luckily my oldest can’t seem to get enough of these.  Either he really likes them…or he is just a teenage boy who eats everything in sight.  He is going to be thrilled when I tell him I have plans for at least 3 more of these cakes.

Are you guys ready for more poke cakes?  I promise to space them out…unless I just can’t wait to share them with you.  Just have your fat pants ready…

This orange and creamy cake is the perfect dessert to share with your friends and family. You won't have any left!

 The topping on this cake is what makes it divine.  I mean hello, pudding and Cool Whip…it is mousse magic!  When I was wandering the grocery store buying the ingredients for this cake, I found some Orange Crush ice cream topping that I drizzled on top for some prettiness.  Yes, I wander the store when I shop.  I have to see every single aisle just in case they got in a new food I might want to try.  And by try, I mean bake into some sort of cake or brownie.

There are days that I start to wonder if the security people are closely watching me.  I’m sure they seriously wonder how long it takes someone to look at cookies.  And don’t even start on the candy aisle, because I usually pick up and put down at least 20 different bags as I try to decide what I “need” to bake with.  I’m sure they have the camera zoomed in because they think I’m contemplating how to stuff it in my purse.    If they only knew what was going through my head.  Things like…I wonder how these would be baked into brownies and topped with cheesecake.  Or maybe I could stuff this into pie crust and call it breakfast food.  And of course the classic of looking at every single Reese’s candy and wanting to buy them all even though I know there are plenty in my baking cupboard.

Back to the poke cake…you need this.  No questions asked…just do it!!  Make it your mission to get to the store today and pick up some cake, orange juice, Jell-0, and Cool Whip.  Oh, and some candy…not for the cake silly, just because it’s fun to buy!  Stick with me long enough and you will find plenty of things to do with it :-)

This orange and creamy cake is the perfect dessert to share with your friends and family. You won't have any left!

Lately I have gotten a few emails about how I get my cake pieces to be so perfect and clean when I share it here.

You need this quick tip…run the knife under very hot water and dry it off in between EVERY cut.  Then very carefully run the knife along each side of the cake to clean it up.  Of course I have to say this is not how we eat our cake at home because I only cut the blog pieces this way!  Ok, that’s not quite true.  If we have company, I will cut the pieces carefully too.  Everything else just gets cut and thrown on a plate.  And most of the time, the plates don’t match…I like to call it eclectic.


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Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 24 pieces of cake

Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake

This delicious orange cake is topped with a creamy pudding topping and will not last long on your dessert table.


1 white cake mix
1 cup orange juice
1 - 6 ounce box of orange Jell-o
2 cups boiling water
1 - 3.4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup milk
1 - 8 ounce container Cool Whip
2 Tablespoons Orange Crush dessert topper(optional)


  1. Mix the cake mix according to the back of the box, but substitute orange juice in place of the water called for. Bake cake 25 minutes or whatever time is listed on your cake mix. Remove from oven and poke holes all over the top with a fork.
  2. Dissolve the orange Jell-o in boiling water. Let cool 5 minutes. Spoon all of the Jell-o over the top of the cake, making sure it goes in the holes. Cool completely in the refrigerator.
  3. Whisk together the vanilla pudding mix and milk. Fold in the Cool Whip. Spread over the top of the cooled cake. Drizzle with the orange topping and swirl gently. Cut into 24 pieces. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.


*If you cannot find the Orange Crush topping, add a little bit of orange food coloring to 2 Tbsp. of the topping.

This orange and creamy cake is the perfect dessert to share with your friends and family. You won't have any left!

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  1. Joan says

    The cake looks so good and I cannot wait to make it! I love your recipes and you have so many great ideas. Thanks!

  2. catherine says

    I was wondering if I can substitute real whipped cream for the cool whip….my husband loves orange cake but hates cool whip. Thank you

  3. Joan says

    This cake is excellent. To make it taste even better, instead of using a white cake mix use the Orange cake mix. I make this often for the girls I work with,

  4. says

    Eclectic is code for real life, right? I probably shouldn’t admit how many things I serve in a heap on a plate. I’m not even sure this cake would make it to a plate. I love the swirl action you achieved on the top. Very psychedelic. Can’t wait to try it.
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  5. says

    I love creamsicles or when I was growing up they called them Dreamsicles. I just wrote and article about them in a magazine. I wish I’d seen this post, I would have linked it to this cake. I can’t wait to try this and your other poke cakes. Thanks for sharing.
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  6. christine says

    I don’t understand what it means to “fold”
    I looked up the terminology. You’re not mixing the pudding and cool whip?

    • says

      Yes, after you mix the pudding and milk, you will gently fold the Cool Whip into the pudding. Folding is using a spatula to to turn the mixture without stirring. The main reason to fold is to preserve the air bubbles contained in the whipped item. I hope that helps :-)

  7. Marianne Hawk says

    I made the Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake for a gathering on the Fourth of July. It was a hit! It was so refreshing on such a hot day.

  8. Lynette says

    They have a Key Lime Cake right now through Mid-April. I made this cake last year using it with Lime Jello and it is divine! I have one in the oven right now! I bought 5 boxes this year since it is seasonal. We have until October to eat them. That is NOO problem! ☺

  9. says

    I am making the orangecreamsicle cake, my question is…I only have a large box of sugar free vanilla instant pudding (Jell-o). It calls for 3 cups of milk to make it into pudding. You recipe says only 1 cup of milk. What I need to know is did you use a small box or large box of (Jell-o) pudding?

    • says

      Hi, Karen. In the recipe, it does say 3.4 after the pudding. I added the oz after it to make it clear what size box I added. You could just use half the pudding mix in the box you have.

      • says

        Thank you, I realized you put 3.4 on the recipe, but the large size box of sugar free vanilla pudding Jell-o brand says it is 1.5 oz. I do not have regular pudding to know what the oz. It has in it. So that was the reason I was asking in the first place. You would know if the box you used was the small one or the larger one.:-)

  10. says

    it’s about time i crawled out of my blogger cave!!
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  11. says

    I needed a last minute Orange Creamsicle cupcake recipe for a friend’s Vintage Magic Kingdom birthday party. I tried another recipe but they just weren’t orange tasting! So I decided to try this as cupcakes and it worked quite well. I followed the recipe but made cupcakes instead and kept an eye on them when I put them in the oven since I didn’t have a bake time for them. It made nearly 24 cupcakes I think and I used foil liners to keep them looking pretty and keep any liquids in. These were a hit, especially the frosting!

  12. Jessica says

    Oooh, i Can’t wait to try this one. Have you had the caramel apple poke cake? It was fantastic, I served it war with vanilla ice cream.

  13. Linda Teramoto says

    I made this cake for my co-worker’s birthday and glad to say it was a big hit! I was told it was very refreshing and light. People liked the frosting the most. I did look at 3 stores for the orange crush ice cream topper (because it sounds so yummy) and couldn’t find it so used the food coloring. It doesn’t look as good as your picture though. I need to practice my swirling skills more, lol.

    • says

      Yay for it being a hit with your work. That frosting is so good!!! I think the Orange Crush topping might have been discontinued because I can’t find it anymore either.


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