As of lately, I’ve been quite curious about poke cakes; they seem fairly basic and easy to make but I’ve encountered many recipes that seem easy but fall apart immediately. However, I really like to lean into the summer recipes and we are finally getting a bit of heat here in Winnipeg, so I decided to actually pick a poke cake recipe and try enter- enter the Creamsicle Poke Cake!
I don’t know why but Creamsicle is just about the most “summer-y” flavour out there; for those of who aren’t familiar it is orange and vanilla, but really it is Orange Crush and vanilla cream. It’s light and sweet and really IS summer for me (even though it’s still spring…) I have found a few different Creamsicle poke cake recipes, but this is the one I based it off of. However, I did go the easy way out on this one, to test the actual fastest time to make this!
Creamsicle Poke Cake
-1 box white/vanilla cake mix
-1 box Orange Jello
-2 cups boiling water
-3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
-500ml whipping cream
-2 tbsp icing sugar
-1 tbsp vanilla
1. Prepare and bake cake in 13×9 pan, as per directions.
2. Mix boiling water and Jello powder, mix thoroughly to avoid powder residue.
3. Add condensed milk to Jello and stir until completely mixed. Set aside.
4. Poke holes in cake (roughly 1-2 inches apart) as soon as it is removed from the oven.
5. Pour orange mixture over cake, letting it sink into the holes. Allow cake to fully cool.
6. Whip icing sugar, vanilla, and whipping cream together until stiff peaks form.
7. Once the cake is cool, ice the cake with whipping cream.
8. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve!
Overall, this recipe was a big hit! Including pre-heating and baking time, this cake took about 45 minutes. (Actual prep and work time, maybe 15 minutes?) It’s a most and light cake that I think is the perfect answer to a hot day, and you could use different flavours of Jello if someone isn’t a fan of orange! Heads up, it is a pretty crumbly cake, so I would use a pie lifter to serve it.
Now that I’ve actually made a poke cake, I think that I would definitely be more willing to invest the time of making a cake from scratch for it. However, I think that when you are going for a Creamsicle taste, having a boxed cake mix kinda works well!
What summer desserts are you planning on this summer?