Poke cakes have been around since I was a kid (Yes, even way back in the “olden” days!) and I remember standing on an ugly cracked vinyl chair helping my mama poke holes and pour Jello into our simple but delicious creation. We were making a cake, but we were also making memories, ones that I treasure to this day. My mama had needed my “help” and wanted to spend time with me. She was also planting a seed for a love of cooking. One of my other favorite treats as a kid was orange creamsicles. I can still see myself sitting with my sister and friends on the cement steps of the house where I grew up, hurriedly trying to eat that tangy orange outside to get to the sweet creamy inside before it all melted in the Texas summer sun. Sticky hands and oranges faces were of no concern because we all had them. 🙂
I was feeling nostalgic in the grocery store the other day and yes, my sweet tooth kicked in and picked up a box of orange creamsicles. Now a new generation of creamsicle lovers has begun- sticky hands and orange face included! It also got me thinking about poke cakes and cooking with my mama all those summers ago and I decided to combine the two to in a simple cake recipe for this Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake.
- 1 Box Duncan Hines White Cake Mix
- 1 Box Jello Vanilla Pudding Mix
- Zest from ½ Orange
- 1 Tin Ace of Cakes White Buttercream Frosting
- Orange Sprinkles (optional)
- Candy Orange Slices (optional)
- Mix Duncan Hines White Cake Mix according to instructions on box.
- Spread cake mix evenly over 13x9 inch pan and bake according to box instructions.
- When cake is done, let cool for 20 minutes.
- Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes in cake about one inch apart. covering the whole cake.
- Mix Jello pudding mix with two cups of whole milk.
- The pour the pudding mixture into the holes on the cake.
- Put in refrigerator to set for at least two hours.
- After the two hours when cake is ready to frost, zest half of one orange.
- Mix orange zest with tub of White Buttercream Frosting stirring to blend thoroughly.
- Frost cake evenly with frosting and top with sprinkles or orange candies as desired.
- Store in refrigerator.
I love that this cake is semi-homemade and uses a cake mix, while the zest of the orange brings a bit of freshness to it. The dessert is so simple that the kids helped me with most of it. It’s an easy weekend treat or something simple to throw together a few hours before a party or company coming over. Low maintenance and delicious? I’ll take it!
It was fun having the kids help me with a dish very similar to the one I used to make with my mama. Not sure if they’re quite old enough to keep the memory yet, but I will. We all loved how it turned out- light fluffy white cake, with the moist vanilla pudding inside that calls to mind the center of a creamsicle, and the sweet hint of orange in the butter cream like the outside of the ice cream treat. The cake won’t melt in your hands like the creamsicle though. Now don’t ask me how much frosting got on my kids faces. 🙂