Tonight we are having a little celebration for my daughter, Kim's, 40th birthday with the family. She picked the menu of beef stroganoff, sides, and this jello poke cake, that I usually make with strawberry jello, in an orange jello flavor. I bought some rainbow sherbet to go along with it because the kids and Kim really like sherbet too. Although it's super pretty cut, I am posting the finished product since I don't know if I will get a shot of it cut in the feeding frenzy tonight. The jello makes streaks of color and flavor through the white cake, so it's pretty as well as delicious and light..
JELLO PUNCH CAKE:
Bake a boxed white cake according to directions on box.
While it's baking mix 1 small box of jello, whatever flavor you choose, and 1-1/2 cups of BOILING water until dissolved..set aside.
Once cake is baked, set on a cooling rack and punch holes all over the top with the end of a wooden spoon or something about that size, almost to the bottom of the cake. Pour the jello mixture over the holes. Let cake stand until completely cool..then:
Mix small pkg of vanilla instant pudding and 1-1/2 cups cold milk together with a mixer or whisk until completely incorporated and thickened. Add 1 small bowl of cool whip and fold in. You can tint it or add well drained fruit to it if desired. spread on top of cake and chill until set and ready to serve.
You can use a chocolate cake and chocolate pudding with raspberry jello or do a lot of variations with the cake, jello and pudding in this and they are all yummy..