The festive season beckons with the promise of joy, merriment, and delightful treats. In the realm of holiday desserts, the Christmas Poke Cake stands out as a vibrant and flavorful masterpiece. Join me as we unwrap the magic of Christmas in a cake, a creation that not only tantalizes the taste buds but also captures the essence of holiday cheer in every slice.



To embark on this festive culinary adventure, gather the ingredients that will harmonize into a Christmas symphony on your plate:

  • 1 box of white cake mix (along with the required ingredients such as eggs and oil)
  • 1 cup of cranberry juice
  • 1 box of strawberry-flavored gelatin
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • 1 box of green gelatin (lime or green apple flavor)
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • Whipped topping for a snowy finish
  • Festive sprinkles for a joyful touch


1. Prepare the White Cake:

  • Begin by following the instructions on the white cake mix box, mixing up the batter with care. Allow the delightful aroma of baking cake to fill your kitchen as the batter transforms into a golden masterpiece in a rectangular pan, setting the stage for the festive layers to come.

2. Poke and Infuse:

  • With the cake still warm and inviting, use the end of a wooden spoon to create a landscape of holes across its surface. This step is the gateway to flavor infusion.
  • In a bowl, blend the crimson richness of cranberry juice with the sweetness of strawberry-flavored gelatin. Pour this festive elixir over the warm cake, ensuring it seeps into the inviting holes. Let the cake take a chilly retreat in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, allowing the flavors to intertwine and set.

3. Green Layer Elegance:

  • In another bowl, embark on creating the green layer by dissolving the green gelatin in boiling water. Add a refreshing touch with cold water, forming a vibrant green mixture.
  • Gently pour this emerald concoction over the set cranberry layer, spreading it with care. Allow the cake to return to the refrigerator for an additional 2 hours, letting the green layer solidify into a festive canvas.

4. Whipped Topping Finale:

  • Now, as the gelatin layers stand proud in their festive hues, crown the cake with a generous layer of whipped topping. This cloud-like addition not only brings a velvety texture but also serves as the snowy landscape for your festive decorations.

5. Festive Garnish:

  • Unleash your creativity as you sprinkle festive holiday decorations over the whipped topping. Whether it’s the classic red and green sprinkles, the crunch of crushed candy canes, or the elegant touch of edible pearls, let your imagination run wild.

6. Slice and Serve:

  • The grand reveal awaits. With a knife dipped in warm water, cut into the Christmas Poke Cake, unveiling layers of vibrant colors and delightful flavors. Serve each slice with a dollop of whipped topping for the perfect finishing touch.


For those seeking a peppermint-infused holiday treat, consider adding a teaspoon of peppermint extract to the cranberry gelatin mixture. Top the whipped topping with crushed peppermint candies for a refreshing and festive flavor that encapsulates the essence of the season.


  • Precision in Poking: When creating holes in the cake, strike a balance—large enough for the gelatin infusion but not too substantial to compromise the cake’s structure.
  • Layered Loveliness: Allow each gelatin layer to set thoroughly before introducing the next. This patience ensures well-defined layers and prevents blending of the colors.
  • Artistic Decorations: When decorating the whipped topping, consider using holiday-themed cookie cutters as stencils for powdered sugar or create intricate designs with a drizzle of chocolate syrup.


As you savor each forkful of the Christmas Poke Cake, revel in the festive explosion of flavors and textures. The moist white cake, infused with cranberry and adorned with a vibrant green layer, is a celebration of holiday joy. Share this delightful dessert with loved ones, and let the Christmas Poke Cake become a cherished part of your festive traditions. It’s not just a cake; it’s a culinary masterpiece that brings the magic of Christmas to your table.

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