With fruity swirls of purple and orange tucked inside a soft white cake, this Easy Fruity Halloween Poke Cake is a spooky sweet treat!
Hello and happy haunting, friends! It’s Keri … back from Shaken Together with a simple, cute Halloween cake that is perfect for those Halloween parties and get togethers!
I love Halloween! The bright colors, chubby ghosts and plump pumpkins and the creative twists on drinks and desserts … and don’t forget the candy!! From Vampire Floats to Zombie Nachos, I love Halloween treats! This Halloween poke cake is another delicious dessert that celebrates the spookiest time of the year!
And it all starts with a simple 9×13 white cake that you can bake from scratch or from your favorite box mix. Once it is completely cooled, use a straw or the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes in the cake. This is going to allow our fruity Jell-o to soak in to the cake. It will look a little something like this:
Now, comes the ‘fruity’ part of this Fruity Halloween Poke Cake. Mix up a box of orange and grape Jell-o BUT reduce the amount of cold water used for each box by 1/2 cup. Then, alternate the flavors of Jell-o and pour it slowly over sections of the cake, making sure to get Jell-o into the holes. (Here is a picture of what it should look like – I used the same technique for a patriotic poke cake.) Cover and refrigerate the cake for at least a few hours or overnight. Then, get ready to decorate!!
Frost the cake with your favorite white frosting – again, homemade or purchased. I like no-fuss food, so I used a tub of whipped vanilla frosting. Then … BRING ON THE SPRINKLES!
I happen to have a huge, I mean completely reasonable, stash of sprinkles 😉 So, I went to town on the top of this Halloween cake:
- Purple sugar
- Black sugar
- Orange sugar
- Halloween jimmies/nonpareils mix
- Halloween shaped sprinkles
Any Halloween sprinkles will look adorable, so use what you have on hand or just buy a good variety mix.
Once you cut the cake, the sprinkles and sugar will match the purple and orange swirls that you made with the Jell-o!
Poke cakes are one of my favorite types of desserts! (I’ve made 8 different types of poke cakes – and counting!) Since they are made with a 9×13 cake, they can easily feed 20-24 people, the cake can be prepared a day or so in advance and it stays soft and tender thanks to the Jell-o that soaks into the cake. This fruity version was a HUGE hit with my taste testers – i.e. my family, neighbors and co-workers.
- One 9x13 white cake, baked and completely cooled
- One 3 oz. box of grape Jell-o
- One 3 oz. box of orange Jell-o
- One tub of whipped vanilla frosting
- Halloween sprinkles and sugar
- Using a straw or the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the surface of the baked and cooled cake.
- Prepare each box of Jell-o using 1 cup of boiling water + ½ cup of cold water. (This is ½ cup less cold water than what is called for on package instructions.)
- Carefully pour or spoon the grape Jell-o over a portion of the cake. Take care to get the liquid into the holes.
- Carefully pour or spoon the orange Jell-o over the rest of cake. Take care to get the liquid into the holes.
- Refrigerate the cake for at least 3-4 hours or overnight - this allows the Jell-o to set up within the cake.
- Frost the cake with the whipped vanilla frosting.
- Just prior to serving, top with Halloween sugars and sprinkles.
- Cut and serve!
- Refrigerate any leftover cake
What is your favorite Halloween dessert? Do you host a big Halloween party or pizza party before trick or treating? Don’t forget to pin this fun Fruity Halloween Poke Cake for this year’s frightful festivities!