Sunday, May 1, 2011

Jell-O Poke Cupcakes

When we were kids my mom would make us a refrigerator cake called Jell-O Poke Cake and we loved it!  White cake with strawberry Jell-O drizzled all over it and then topped with a whipped cream frosting. 
It was so fun to take a fork and make holes all over the freshly baked cake so the Jell-O could sink in.  My brother, Greg, really loved this cake, so I surprised him on Easter Sunday with my cupcake version of Jell-O Poke cake. 

One bite of this cupcake and I was back home in 1975 wearing my bell bottom pants and listening to the Captain and Tennille and the Bee Gees on the radio.  Good times!




















Strawberry Jell-O Poke Cupcakes

1 box White Cake Mix, plus eggs, water and oil
1 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (3 oz.) Strawberry Flavored Jell-O
1/2 cup cold water

Place 24 cupcake liners in a muffin tin.  Prepare cake as directed on package.  Fill liners 2/3 full and bake for 15-18 minutes.  Cool completely.  Take a fork or bamboo skewer (that's what I used) and poke about 6 six holes in each cupcake.  Prepare Jell-O as directed above.  Place the cupcakes on a pan with an edge because some of the Jell-O will overflow.  Now here's the tricky part.  Instead of spooning the Jell-O over each cupcake, I put it into a squeeze bottle and squeezed some Jell-O into each hole.  You will still have some overflow, but I don't think it was quite as bad as just pouring it from a cup would have been.  Now place the cupcakes in the fridge for a few hours to chill.

Frosting:
1 small pkg.Vanilla instant pudding
1 cup milk (I used 2%)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 oz. container Cool Whip

Whisk instant vanilla pudding, milk and vanilla until smooth.  Fold in Cool Whip.  I placed the prepared frosting in the fridge for about 30 minutes to let it thicken up before I place it into a piping bag to frost the cupcakes.
Frost as desired.  I used a Wilton 1M tip when frosting these cupcakes.

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11 comments:

  1. I love poke cake! This used to be my request for every birthday, BBQ and family reunion...so cute in cupcake form!

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  2. I have never had poke cake. Sounds delicious!

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  3. Jello poke cake was a childhood favorite of mine! Love your cupcakes!

    Kerri

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  4. Love this recipe brings me back in years when I was small. It adds a little twist to plain ole cake or cupcakes.

    Thanks
    Aline
    recipe club

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  5. These sound amazing! I'm wondering though how long they can be left out at room temperature (indoors) due to the cool whip in the frosting?

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  6. I found that using a large straw and poking into the cupcakes made it so that there was almost no mess!

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  7. Do you have to keep them refrigerated or can you put them on display for party dessert table?

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    1. They are best refrigerated right before serving.

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  8. Does the jello need to be thickened when inserting into cupcake or is it a liquid? Thanks!

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  9. Have you tried other flavors? We are having a 'Georgia Peaches' party and I found peach flavored jello Thought I would try that and top with a slice of fresh peach. Thoughts?

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