Christmas Jello Poke Cake Recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, but the results are amazing. Not only does this cake look festive but it is so delicious.

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The delicious cake is so moist and each bite is sure to impress. Christmas Jello Cake is fun and festive and made with easy ingredients. The red and green jello mix makes this Christmas Poke cake so festive.

It is the best Christmas dessert. The ideas are endless for Poke Cake Recipes.

What is a Christmas Poke Cake?

The cake is poked all over to allow the red and green jello mixture to saturate the cake. The flavor gets in the cake for an amazing dessert.

The kids love to help with poking holes in the cake. Get them involved in making this festive cake.

Recipes vary but the filling can be a vanilla pudding mixture, fruit, sweetened condensed milk and more. This is a very easy recipe.


  • White Cake Mix
  • Red Jello Mix
  • Lime Jello Mix
  • Cool Whip
  • Christmas Sprinkles

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  • Change the Frosting – We used cool whip on the top cake layer but you can make your own whipping topping or use a buttercream frosting.
  • Add Fruit – Add some fresh strawberries and blueberries with the sprinkles. This recipe is perfect for a strawberry jello poke cake.
  • Change the Flavor of Jello – When make a poke cake the options are endless. Poke cakes can be made for any celebrations or family movie night.
  • Cake Flavor. Try red velvet cake mix, yellow cake mix or anything you love for this delicious cake recipe.

How to Make Christmas Jello Poke Cake

Cake baked in dish.

Step 1. Make the cake based on the box instructions. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes.

Holes poked in cake.

Step 2. Poke the cake with the end of a wooden spoon. Make sure to poke cakes everywhere.

Jello poured ove cake.

Step 3. Prepare both of the Jell-O mixes. Alternate spooning the strawberry gelatin and the green gelatin mix over the cake.

Red Jello alternated with green Jello on cake.

Step 4. Continue until you have used half of the mixture. The full amount is not needed. Place in the fridge to cool completely.

Whipped cream spread on cake.

Step 5. Top with the cool whip.

Sprinkles on top of cake.

Step 6. Add the sprinkles to the top of the cake. Cut and serve.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Poke Cakes need to be Refrigerated?

Yes, refrigerate the cake until ready to serve. This is the best cake and so easy to make with just a few ingredients.

When cutting the cake, wipe the knife with cold water for a clean cut.

Can you make Jello Poke Cake ahead of time?

I think it is best prepared a day ahead of time. This allows the flavors to really soak into the cake and it tastes even more delicious.

Letting the jello soak into the cake for several hour or overnight really helps with the flavoring. Plus it makes the colors so vibrant.

What do you use to Poke Holes in a Cake?

You can use a fork to poke the cake or really anything you have. The end of a wooden spoon also works as well. Another idea is to use a toothpick.

This is such an easy recipe so just use what you have and make this amazing cake.

How to store?

Store any jello poke cake Christmas leftovers in the refrigerator covered. You can cover with plastic wrap or with the lid that came with your pan.

How to Make this for Every Holiday:

  • Halloween Poke Cake – Decorate a white cake with orange jello mix. Top with a orange frosting and fun Halloween Sprinkles.
  • Easter Poke Cake – Poke a white or yellow cake with fun pastel colors. Then top with white frosting with Easter Bunnies on top.
  • Valentines Day – Make a Red Velvet cake and poke holes and pour sweetened condensed milk over the top. Top with frosting and red hot candies. See Valentine’s Day Poke Cake Recipe.
  • St Patrick’s Day – We love using lime green jello poured over a white cake. Makes for a fun and festive treat for St Patrick’s Day.
  • Thanksgiving Poke Cake – Make a spice cake and drizzle with caramel size. Mix in apple pie filling for a perfect fall dessert.
  • 4th of July Poke Cake – We love make 4th of July Poke Cake with red and blue jello.

More Christmas Dessert Ideas:

Try this delicious Christmas poke cake with jello and come back and leave a star recipe rating.

Christmas Jello Poke Cake

4.80 from 35 votes
Christmas jello poke cake recipe only requires a few simple ingredients but the results are amazing. Not only does this cake look festive but it is tasty!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cool 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 227


  • 1 White Cake Mix and all the ingredients needed on the back of the box
  • 1 Red Jello Mix – We used Cherry but you could use Strawberry as well
  • 1 Lime Jello Mix
  • 1 Cool Whip – 8 oz
  • Christmas Sprinkles
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  • Prepare cake mix as directed and bake in a 9×13 pan. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Poke cake with the end of a wooden spoon throughout the cake. I spaced the holes about 1″ apart on the cake.
  • Prepare both jell-o mixes as directed on the back in the box in separate bowls.
  • Then take turn spooning the jello mixes over the cake alternating the flavors per rows on the cake.  Only use ½ half of each of the jello mixes as the full amounts are not needed.
  • Then chill the cake for 3 to 4 hours in a refrigerator and top with the cool whip.
  • Sprinkle the top with your favorite Christmas sprinkles!  Serve and Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 227kcal, Carbohydrates 48g, Protein 3g, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 4mg, Sodium 376mg, Potassium 57mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 26g, Vitamin A 40IU, Calcium 138mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Christine Miller says:

    can you use something with the whip cream or in place of? Just not a real big fan of it.

    1. Carrie says:

      You can use a traditional frosting instead (like buttercream) and it would still be delicious!