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Lemon-Lime Poke Cake

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Lemon-Lime Poke Cake
  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 45 min
  • Servings 15
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Lemon-Lime Poke Cake

Lemon cake swaddles pockets of lime gelatin in this retro recipe that's as fresh today as ever!


box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ lemon cake mix
package (3 oz.) lime gelatin
1 1/2
cups water
tablespoon lemon zest
large lemon
or 2 limes
whipped cream


  • 1 Spray 9x13 baking pan with baking spray. Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Stir lemon zest into batter and spread in prepared pan. Bake according to package directions. Cool cake completely on a cooling rack.
  • 2 In a small bowl, stir lime gelatin mix and 1 cup of boiling water together. Stir until gelatin is fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup cold water and mix.
  • 3 Using a fork with long tines, poke holes every inch or so all over cooled cake, poking almost to bottom of cake. Pour prepared gelatin mixture over entire cake top, allowing it to soak into the holes. Cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 hours.
  • 4 Cut cake into squares and place on serving plates. Cut lemon and lime into very thin slices. Garnish cake with whipped cream and lemon/lime slices.
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Lemon-Lime Poke Cake

As prepared by tbspSusan,

Remember the good ol' poke cakes from family reunions and potlucks? Bring 'em on back -- it's time for a poke cake revival!

I know you've had 'em -- red cherry or strawberry gelatin tucked into colorful pockets in a fluffy white cake. Or maybe your fam was more the orange or peach gelatin type. Poke cake recipes have been around awhile, and they're as great now as they were then, cuz they're quick, easy, versatile and even conversational.

So let's bring back the poke cake!

This Lemon-Lime Poke Cake recipe is the lightest tasting version of all, and it's perfect for starting a fresh new year. Here's how to make it:

Make a Betty Crocker lemon cake mix according to the package directions.

Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix

Then add a tablespoon of fresh lemon zest to the batter.

Lemon Zest for Poke Cake

Pouring Lemon Zest into Lemon Cake Batter

Stir the zest into the batter so everybody gets some and there aren't any lemony knots.

Stirring Lemon Zest into Lemon Cake Batter

Spread the batter in a greased 9x13" pan, bake the cake and then let 'er cool.

When it's fully cooled, use a fork to poke holes all over, almost all the way to the bottom. Yes, Einstein, that's why it's called a poke cake!

Poke Holes with Fork

Mix a 3 oz. box of lime gelatin with 1 cup of boiling water. Stir until the gelatin is desolved, then stir in 1/2 cup cold water.

Lime Gelatin for Poke Cake

Then pour the beautiful green liquid over the poked-up cake. Now you're gettin' the idea!

Pouring Lime Gelatin over Cake

Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 4 hours so the gelatin and cake can get to know each other.

Meanwhile, cut a lemon and lime into very thin slices.

Limes and Lemons for Poke Cake Garnish

When the cake is set (after 2 to 4 hours or so), cut it into squares and place them on serving plates.

Swoosh on some whipped cream and then do this little restaurant garnish trick -- slit the lemon and lime slices just past the center point, put them together and twist. Brilliant!

Piece of Lemon Lime Poke Cake

Go ahead -- chomp away. You made it -- you so deserve it!

Bite of Lemon Lime Poke Cake

Spread the word: Poke cake's back!

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