This Red White and Blue Poke Cake is filled with strawberry Jello and topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries. It's an easy summer dessert that's perfect for the Fourth of July or any patriotic holiday!
We usually make a red white and blue flag cake for an easy 4th of July dessert every year, but on a whim, we made one for Memorial Day dinner this year. It's one of our favorite red white and blue desserts. This time, I changed the design so that everyone could have plenty of blueberries and strawberries with every bite!
This patriotic poke cake isn't a new idea, but since we make it every year, I thought it was about time to share it with you guys! You've probably seen the usual 4th of July flag cake recipe, topped with Cool Whip and blueberries and strawberries, right? Well, the only problem with that design is that not everyone gets blueberries. And if you have kids, you know that can be a problem!
So, we finally changed up the design this time by adding rows of fresh blueberries and strawberries. This way, there's plenty of fruit in every bite, and everyone is happy -- for one night, anyway!
How to make a red white and blue poke cake
I love making poke cakes -- They're super easy and fun. Actually, they kiddos have pretty much taken over since they love poking holes in the cake!
For this patriotic poke cake, you bake a cake with help from a box of yellow cake mix. You can bake one from scratch, although I usually use cake mixes for poke cakes to keep things easy.
After the cake cools, you use the handle of a wooden spoon or wide straw to poke holes in the cake. Then, you mix some Jello and water, and you pour the mixture into the holes and over the cake. I used strawberry Jello, but you could also use blue gelatin.
Let the cake cool off in the fridge, and then frost it with whipped topping, and top it with sliced strawberries and plenty of blueberries.
If you make rows of strawberries and blueberries, each slice of cake will have plenty of fruit on it. So, nobody can complain that they didn't get any blueberries with this cake!
Looking for more patriotic red white and blue recipes?
- Red white and blue bark
- Patriotic candy coated pretzel sticks
- Watermelon feta and blueberry salad
- Strawberry blueberry ice cream parfait
Recipe for Red White and Blue Poke Cake
Red White and Blue Poke Cake
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 3-ounce box strawberry Jello
- 1 cup boiling water
- ½ cup cold water
- 1 8-ounce tub whipped topping, like Cool Whip
- fresh strawberries, rinsed, dried and sliced
- fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried
- Prepare cake according to directions on box, bake in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish, and allow to cool completely
- Using the end of a wooden spoon handle or a large drinking straw, poke holes all over cake
- In a mixing bowl, mix the strawberry Jello powder with the hot water until it dissolves. Then stir in the cold water, and mix well
- Pour the Jello mixture all over the cake and into the holes. Place in fridge to cool
- Spread whipped topping evenly over cake, then top with rows of strawberries and blueberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
I hope you enjoy this easy red white and blue poke cake recipe as much as we do!
Making this in cupcakes for the vets-to-vets meeting.
They will love it!
Rachel Shimon says
I tried this recipe at home yesterday, and it turned out to be really delicious..
Thank you so much for such a yummy recipe. gonna save this and will share with others. keep sharing 🙂
So glad you liked it, Rachel. Thanks!
I made this for the forth ,and it was delicious!!
Wonderful, Tim! So glad that you liked it!
Miz Helen says
This will be a great dessert for the 4th celebration! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says
Such a lovely colors! Craving for this!
Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie says
Perfect for the 4th! Love a good poke cake!
So perfect for the 4th of July! And so yummy with all those berries!!
This looks delicious! Loving the gorgeous fruit on it!
I love this for 4th of July! So perfect!!
Jello poke cakes are so fun to make! Perfect festive dessert for the summer!
We had a lot of fun making this! 🙂
I Heart Naptime says
So fun and festive! Perfect for 4th of July!
Thanks so much! It sure is!