While I instant messaged a friend in the US last week she asked if I’d ever made a poke cake and what was my favourite flavour? Poke cake I said, never heard of it what the heck is a poke cake?
Turns out a poke cake is basically a butter cake you poke holes in then pour in cooled jelly.
So I had to give it a whirl.
Make up and cool your butter cake. I made in a square glass pyrex dish.
Make up your box of jelly but only put in 3/4 of the total water is says on the box, you want it to set thicker.
Make sure your jelly is cool/cold, not set it needs to be pourable. I made mine in a jug for this reason.
When the cake is cooled run a knife around the edge of the dish. Poke some holes in the top of the cake with the end of a wooden spoon going almost to the bottom. Pour the jelly in the holes and over the top.
Cover and put in the fridge to set.
Use a packet mix or cake from scratch.
I used raspberry jelly, it’s the colour contrast for me and I just love raspberry anything.
You can use a fork to poke the holes in the top.
I served with ice cream. You could cover the whole cake with whipped cream and cut to serve.
This was ok in the fridge for 2 days after that it does go soggy.
Personally I think this is better called a jelly cake.
For my first try I think I did ok and will do this dessert again.
I was also told that you can do this with a pudding mix, add 2/3 – 3/4 of the milk the packet says, pour over and set in the fridge. I might try that one next time.