Orange Cream Poke Cake

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 If you’re ready for a fresh summer cake, this Orange Cream Poke Cake is just what you need to make. Infused with orange jello and vanilla pudding, it’s the best!

Poke cakes are all the rage lately, and for a good reason! They are insanely easy to make and can be easily customized to fit any flavor profile. Today, I’m sharing my take on an Orange Cream Poke Cake. This cake starts with a classic white cake mix but is infused with fresh orange jello and vanilla pudding. The final result is a moist, flavorful cake that will please everyone at your next gathering!

orange cream poke cake with oranges on the side

What is a poke cake?

A poke cake is a cake with holes poked in it after it is baked. They are then filled with a liquid or filling, resulting in a moist and flavorful cake. They are typically made with box cake mixes, making them super easy to whip up!

Ingredients needed for orange cream poke cake

  • White cake mix: It’s okay to use boxed cake mix because that’s what we’re using for this cake!
  • Box orange Jello: Yes, with a box of orange JELLO, you can make a fantastic cake!
  • Boiling water – A little water goes a long way!
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix – Don’t forget that the vanilla pudding mix helps make this recipe moist!
  • Cold milk – One cup will help make this recipe come to life.
  • Cool Whip, thawed – The creaminess comes from the cool whip.
  • Mandarin oranges – The can of mandarin oranges will bring this recipe to the next level!

How to make an orange poke cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9×13 cake pan.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl prepare and bake cake mix as directed on the box.
  • Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  • Using the back of a wooden spoon or a fork, poke holes all over cooled cake.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk orange jello into boiling water until dissolved.
  • Pour jello over top of cake making sure it gets down into all the holes.
  • In another small mixing bowl whisk vanilla instant pudding and milk until combined.
  • Spread pudding over cake. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Right before serving, spread thawed Cool Whip over cake, top with drained mandaring oranges, and serve immediately. Enjoy!
one slice of orange cream poke cake on a white serving plate

Variation Options for Orange Poke Cake

You could mix and match different flavors to create your unique poke cake. Here are some ideas:

  • You can use lemon cake mix with the orange JELL-O
  • Try to use strawberry cake mix with the orange JELL-O.
  • Use a white or yellow cake mix with raspberry JELL-O.

FAQs for Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake

Can I use fresh oranges for this recipe?

Yes, you can use fresh oranges for this recipe. However, I recommend using the jello mix because it will add more flavor to the cake.

What is the best way to store this cake?

The best way to store this cake is in the fridge. I recommend storing it in an airtight container, so it doesn’t dry out.

How long will this cake last?

This cake will last for about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Does a poke cake need to be refrigerated?

A poke cake does need to be refrigerated because of the perishable ingredients.

How do you poke a cake?

There are a few ways that you can poke a cake. You can use a fork, straw, or even your finger! The important thing is to ensure that the holes are evenly spaced out so that the filling can be evenly distributed throughout the cake.

What can I use besides canned mandarin oranges?

You can use fresh oranges if you don’t want to use canned mandarin oranges!

Can I freeze poke cake?

Yes, you can freeze poke cake! I recommend freezing it in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Orange Creamsicle Cake is perfect for summer. The orange and vanilla flavors remind you of childhood summers. This recipe is easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, so it’s perfect for those who want something simple. If you’re looking for a new cake recipe, give this poke cake recipe a try! 

close up shot of orange poke cake on a fork

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Orange Cream Poke Cake

April King
If you're ready for a fresh summer cake, this Orange Cream Poke Cake is just what you need to make. Infused with orange jello and vanilla pudding, it's the best!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
chill 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box white cake mix, with ingredients listed on back of the box.
  • 3 oz, box orange Jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 3.4 oz. box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 can mandaring oranges, drained

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9×13 cake pan.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl prepare and bake cake mix as directed on the box.
  • Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  • Using the back of a wooden spoon or a fork, poke holes all over cooled cake.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk orange jello into boiling water until dissolved.
  • Pour jello over top of cake making sure it gets down into all the holes.
  • In another small mixing bowl whisk vanilla instant pudding and milk until combined.
  • Spread pudding over cake. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Right before serving, spread thawed Cool Whip over cake, top with drained mandaring oranges, and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Keyword Orange Cream Poke Cake
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