Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake is the perfect dessert for warm days. This cool, creamy and delicious orange cake will not last long when you share it at parties or picnics this year.
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(Post and photos updated and republished February 21, 2019)
What can I say? I couldn’t help myself. I love a good poke cake!!!
This one is my current favorite, but of course, that will change as soon as I make another one. A few weeks ago one of my cute scrapbooking friends was talking about this Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake, and since she doesn’t live close enough for me to just go eat hers, I HAD to make one the very next day.
I didn’t have an exact recipe for it, but Jello poke cakes are pretty easy to figure out.
I love how refreshing a poke cake is on a hot day. There is seriously something so good about eating cold cake when it is warm outside. Please tell me I am not alone in my love of eating things like this Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake and this Lemon Strawberry Poke Cake.
Luckily our oldest son can’t seem to get enough of these cakes. 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 easy Jello cakes.
Are you guys ready for more poke cake recipes? I promise to space them out. Well, unless I just can’t wait to share them with you. Just have your fat pants ready for the goodness.
What is a poke cake?
Well, a poke cake is exactly what it sounds like. After the cake has finished baking, you use a fork or a wooden spoon handle to POKE holes all over the top of the cake.
This makes holes in the cake for whatever filling you are pouring on top to soak in better.
Here are some of the most common things to pour over poke cakes:
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Cream of Coconut
- Peanut Butter
- Pureed fruit
Basically any liquid that you can pour and that will soak into the warm cake is fair game.
Tips for making an Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake:
Prepare the batter for a 9×13 cake, but substitute orange juice for the liquid. This helps add a little bit more orange flavor to the cake. You could also add some orange zest too if you really want more orange goodness in it.
Let the cake cool for about 5 minutes, then use a fork to poke holes all over the top of the cake. Don’t go too crazy with the fork because if you have too many holes, you won’t see the orange stripes as well.
Mix together a box of orange Jell-O and hot water, then pour it slowly over the holes in the cake. Place it in the fridge and let it chill completely.
Whisk together a box of vanilla pudding and milk, then fold in an entire container of Cool Whip. Yes, the white stuff. If you are completely against it, you could use a stabilized whipped cream instead.
Spread the fluffy pudding mousse on top of the orange creamsicle cake and chill it again.
Run a sharp knife under hot water and dry it off before cutting a slice. Do this between each cut to keep your squares neat and clean. This is totally optional though.
Right before serving add a fun little orange candy slice to the top of each square. You could also use mandarin orange slices if you like.
More poke cake recipes that you might enjoy:
The pockets of pudding and fresh fruit on this White Chocolate Berry Pudding Cake will have you reaching for another square in a hurry.
This easy Peanut Butter Fudge Poke Cake is topped with a creamy marshmallow frosting, peanut butter cups, and mini marshmallow mallow bits. It’s so dreamy!
A sweet raspberry marshmallow topping makes this Raspberry Hazelnut Poke Cake perfect for spring parties!
This creamy Chocolate Coconut Cake will get rave reviews from the coconut lovers in your life. Make a pan and watch it disappear!
This Raspberry Lemon Cake has a sweet raspberry layer under the light lemon mousse topping. It is a cool and refreshing dessert to bring to picnics and parties.
A layer of fudge and fluffy strawberry topping makes this Strawberry Fudge Poke Cake so pretty and delicious!
Hot fudge and three times the coconut makes this Coconut Fudge Poke Cake disappear in a hurry every single time!
(original photo from June 2013)
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- 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, thawed
- orange candy slices
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray.
- Mix the cake mix according to the back of the box, but substitute orange juice in place of the water called for.
- Bake for the time required on the back of the box. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes.
- Use a fork to poke holes over the top of the cake.
- Dissolve the orange Jell-O in boiling water. Pour the Jell-O over the top of the cake, making sure it goes in the holes. Cool completely in the refrigerator.
- Whisk together the vanilla pudding mix and milk. Fold in the Cool Whip.
- Spread over the top of the cooled cake. Cut into 24 pieces. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
- Garnish with pieces of the orange candy right before serving.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g
*The post for this Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake was originally published June 19, 2013. The post and photos have been updated and republished on February 21, 2019.