What’s a poke cake?

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.

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