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Red, White & Blueberry Poke Cake

A sweet treat in the summer, this patriotic poke cake with dazzling red and blue stripes is a fun one to make with the kids. —Elisabeth Schulz, Blossvale, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + cooling Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • STRAWBERRY GELATIN:
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons strawberry gelatin
  • BLUEBERRY GELATIN:
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons berry blue gelatin
  • FROSTING AND FILLING:
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two 9-in. round baking pans with parchment or waxed paper; coat paper with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, water, eggs and oil; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes.
  • Transfer to prepared pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pans on wire racks.
  • For strawberry gelatin, in a small saucepan, combine strawberries, sugar and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 2-3 minutes or until berries are soft. Strain into a small bowl, pressing berries lightly; discard pulp. Add gelatin to syrup, stirring to dissolve completely. Cool to room temperature. Repeat steps to make blueberry gelatin.
  • Using a wooden skewer, pierce tops of cakes to within 1 inch of edge; twist skewer gently to make slightly larger holes. Gradually pour cooled strawberry mixture over 1 cake, being careful to fill each hole. Repeat with blueberry mixture and remaining cake. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until soft peaks form.
  • Run a knife around sides of pans to loosen cakes. Remove strawberry cake from pan; remove paper. Place cake on a serving plate. Spread with 1 cup whipped cream.
  • Remove blueberry cake from pan; remove paper. Place cake over whipped cream layer. Frost top and sides with remaining cream. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 477 calories, 28g fat (13g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 328mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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