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4th of July Poke Cake

A fun and easy dessert for 4th of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day. Make it ahead of time for a stress-free summer party.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Chilling time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4th of july poke cake, easy summer dessert, patriotic poke cake, red white and blue poke cake
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


  • 9 x 13 baking dish
  • Mixing bowl
  • Small bowls
  • Spatula


  • 1 box White cake mix
  • Ingredients to prepare cake mix (typically egg whites, water, and oil)
  • 3 tablespoons Berry blue jello mix
  • 3 tablespoons Strawberry jello mix
  • 16 ounce Whipped topping such as cool whip
  • Patriotic sprinkles


  • Make the boxed cake. Bake cake as directed on box in a 9x13 pan, and allow it to cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes. Poke it evenly with a skewer or straw.
    mixing bowl of batter and baked cake
  • Make the Jello liquid. In separate bowls, combine each portion of Jello powder with 1/4 cup of hot water. Add 1/4 cup of cold water to each.
  • Pour over cake. Using a spoon, pour the mixture over the cake. You dont have to use all the liquid. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.
    bowls of blue and white jello spooned on to cake
  • Top and serve. Top with cool whip and sprinkles. Serve immediately or refrigerate again.
    9 x 13 dish of frosted cake


Try not to mix the colors as you pour, or you'll have some purple spots.
If you prefer to frost your cake with frosting, that works too.
See this recipe for tips on arranging a flag design on your cake using raspberriess and blueberries.  


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 29mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg