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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rainbow Cake

Saturday was my daughter's third birthday. She had a rainbow-themed party, which made me immediately think of the Rainbow Cake (a.k.a. Jello Poke Cake) my Grandma used to make when I was little. The recipe is simple. The process is so colorful and fun. Fun for kids to help with, or you can just do it yourself. The result is crowd-pleasing and super pretty.

Can a three-year-old's birthday cake get much better than cake, jello, pudding and Cool Whip? I'm not sure, but I don't think so. It felt a bit like something out of Willy Wonka making the different Jellos and pouring them into and onto the cake. And of course we served it with - what else? - rainbow sherbet.
Rainbow Cake
(a.k.a. Jello Poke Cake)
  • 1 white/yellow/vanilla cake mix (and the ingredients to make it - I substituted buttermilk for the water but otherwise followed the box instructions)
  • Several different flavors of gelatin (small boxes) - or just one if you're feeling monochromatic
  • Cool Whip or whipped cream for topping
  • Vanilla pudding, optional, prepared
  • Colored buttercream frosting for rainbow decoration, optional
1. Make the cake in a 9x13 pan according to box directions. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Make lots of holes by poking cake with a the handle of a wooden spoon, or I prefer to use a straw.

2. Dissolve each flavor of gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. Drizzle all over cake, making sure it goes in the holes. You don't have to use all the gelatin but be fairly generous. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Jello will set in the cake.
3. If desired, spread a layer of cooled vanilla pudding on the cake. Then spread with Cool Whip to complete. Decorate as desired. Serve. (Refrigerate leftovers.)Recipe from Grandma Cummings


tona said...

Mm, pretty! Did you color Cool Whip and pipe the rainbow?

Disco Mom said...

No, Mom and I decided that would run too much. I made regular vanilla buttercream and spooned a little into 6 baggies with food coloring, then squeeze-mixed and cut the corner off and piped it. By the end of the party, the colors were starting to run a little into the cool whip so it doesn't last long.

Leslie said...

Too cute!

Shells said...

We made a jello poke cake tonight and when I was explaining it to the kids (before making it) they couldn't understand. So I showed them these pictures. And that meant they begged for a rainbow. Too bad for them I didn't have the stuff to make that happen! We are eating it tomorrow and they can't wait.

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