Patriotic Poke Cake is a super moist, simple, and colorful dessert made with cake mix and whipped cream. It is the perfect cake to celebrate the 4th of July.
With Independence Day around the corner, this dessert would be a huge hit on the dinner tables. For this special day, we also love to make Red White and Blue Cheesecake Salad, Patriotic Cupcakes, and American Flag Fudge.
Red White and Blue Poke Cake
How to make Patriotic Poke Cake?
- Bake the cake mix: Since this recipe utilizes red, white and blue colors for the mix, use a few drops of gel food coloring. Use a basic vanilla cake mix for the base. Then, add the rest of the ingredients, after which separate the batter in 3 bowls. Next, add the food coloring and spoon the batter into a baking dish. Ensure to use a nonstick pan when baking. Simply follow the box instruction to bake it. After baking, let it cool for about 10 minutes.
- Poke it: White the cake is still hot, use a wooden spoon to make holes in it. Try to make a uniform and even holes throughout.
- Prepare the filling: In a large bowl, stir condensed milk and white chocolate, microwave it until melted. Next, spread the mixture evenly over the cake.
- Pudding: Prepare the pudding per package directions and spread it on top. Let the cake cool.
- Whipped Cream: Add a layer of whipped cream.
- Decorate: Decorate it with strawberries and blueberries on top, to resemble the American flag. Also, add whipped cream between rows to resemble stars.
- Regrigerate: Once assembled, cover it with plastic, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Make it for other holidays
This dessert is amazing and quite versatile because you can simply change the colors and utilize this recipe for other holidays.
- For example, you can easily make it for St. Patrick’s day, by replacing the red, and blue colors, with green.
- Also, make it for Halloween, by using various color mixtures, like orange, and purple.
- For Christmas, you could use cherry or lime, and sprinkle the top with some green sprinkles.
- Similarly, make it for Valentine’s Day by utilizing red velvet cake mix, and top it with some freshly sliced strawberries. The possibilities are endless!
Can I make Patriotic Poke Cake in advance?
Absolutely! This Red, White and Blue Poke cake is the perfect dessert to make in advance. To be more exact, we highly recommend storing it in the fridge for 1-2 days ahead of time. This way, the flavors well mixed together, and the liquids will get properly soaked, resulting in a perfectly moist, and tender cake.
Just remember to properly cover it with plastic when refrigerating.
How long will the Patriotic Poke cake last at room temperature?
Since the filling is dairy based and has cream cheese in it, it is best to serve it at room temperature for up to 2 hours. We do not recommend consuming it if it’s being left out for more than 2 hours. The reason is that food bacteria can grow at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F, which you want to avoid.
Looking for more Poke Cakes?
We have plenty of them, and some of our favorites poke cakes are:
- You can use other fruits to decorate it. For example, raspberries and blackberries are a great alternative.
- For best serving, we recommend to cut it in serving size portions and arrange on a platter. Then, top each piece with a tiny American flag, which is widely available in many stores.
- Also, you could freeze it for a longer time. Just remember to do so without the frosting because it will get soggy. When ready to serve, frost it and decorate with it with fruits.
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Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr
- 1 package white cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Blue Gel Food Coloring
- Red Gel Food Coloring
- 2 cups condensed milk
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 3.4 oz vanilla pudding mix
- 2 cups milk
- 16 ounces whipped topping (or homemade whipped cream)
- 1 pound strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease with baking spray a 9x13 inch baking dish and set aside.
- Whisk cake mix with eggs, water, oil, and vanilla until smooth.
- Divide batter evenly into 3 bowls. Stir blue food color into one bowl. Stir red food color into the second bowl. Leave another one with no color.
- Alternating colors, drop heaping spoonfuls of batter randomly into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Next, poke large holes all over the cake using the end of a wooden spoon.
- Add condensed milk and white chocolate to a medium bowl, microwave for 1 minute and stir to combine until melted. If needed, microwave for 30 more seconds.
- After holes are made, pour the mixture on top of the cake evenly and distribute the chocolate mixture all over the cake.
- Prepare the pudding mixture per package directions, by mixing it with the milk, until mixture begins to thicken, and immediately pour pudding over cake, filling the holes.
- Let the cake COOL completely.
- Frost cake with whipped topping, leaving about 2 cups for later. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
- Garnish with blueberries and strawberries to resemble the American flag. Add remaining whipped topping to a piping bag fitted with the star tip and pipe cream stars in between the strawberry rows.
- Keep refrigerated.