Our Traditional “Jesus’ Birthday Cake” (aka Jell-o Poke Cake)

Jell-o Poke Cake 


Several years ago I heard about doing a “Jesus’ birthday cake” for Christmas. I thought that was a cool idea, ran it by the hubby who agreed to go along with it and well, here we are, 6 years later. It’s a tradition.  Not only the birthday cake idea itself, but *this* cake.  Very easy!

Boxed white cake mix. Mix and bake according to package directions in 2 – 8 or 9 inch pans.  Leave to cool IN pans on wire rack.

2 cups boiling water

2 pkg (4 serving size) Jell-o (or 1 lg pkg) Any flavor(s) you like.  Our tradition has been a layer of red and a layer of green.

Just don’t forget, if you’re doing 2 different flavors/colors, use 1 cup of water for each package.

Dissolve gelatin in the water. Stir to dissolve completely.

Using a skewer, chopstick or what I think works best…a large serving fork the big 2 prong kind..and poke holes all over the top of each cake layer. Don’t make huge craters, but you do want some sizable holes in there.  Go ahead and give a wee wiggle here and there, to ensure the holes don’t close right back up.

Now, gelatin dissolved in water…pour over the top of the cake layers. Let it seep into the holes.  Pour gently.

Refrigerate a few hours (or overnight as I do).

 To remove…briefly place each pan in shallow warm water.  About 30 seconds should do it. Then flip it out onto your serving plate or whatever.

I like to top with Cool Whip!! Oh so easy, perfect compliment to Jell-o don’t you think?  Slather some on the top of the first layer, then repeat the release process and top with the other layer.  Cover completely with the whipped topping.  You can add sprinkles on top too if you like.  Oh and don’t forget the candle if following our tradition 😉

Remember to keep it refrigerated!  I don’t cover mine. Though, if you suspect yours may last a little while, you’ll want to loosely cover it so the Cool Whip doesn’t begin to dry and get ‘gummy’. Ours never lasts long enough though.


6 comments on “Our Traditional “Jesus’ Birthday Cake” (aka Jell-o Poke Cake)

  1. Yummo! I read this to the girls earlier and they think it sounds good, too. 😀

  2. […] the Traditional Jesus’ Birthday Cake, aka Jell-o Poke Cake.  Thankfully, that is easy.  I just have to wait until the last minute to make it, lest we want […]

  3. Umm…. picture paaaleeeaasssee???

  4. I don’t have one at the moment. I’ll do my best to get one of this year’s though…if that ‘helps’ you any 😉

  5. […] this week I will get what we will need for Christmas day.  All the fixins for the meal and our Jesus’ Birthday Cake […]

  6. […] H “in charge” of making dessert, so we chose the more kid-friendly (and less expensive) Jello poke cake. Here is H making his […]

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