Jello Poke Cake Recipe – Patty’s Lucky Lime Flavor

A little over 10 years ago, a friend of mine told me about this amazing jello poke cake recipe.

You literally poke holes in the cake with a straw and pour jello over top of the holes.

Her version used orange jello and I think even mandarin oranges.

I thought it sounded really weird but really good.

Who would even think of making a recipe like that?

People are so creative, I tell ya.

Well, over the 10 years since she told me about it, I never got a chance to try it.

Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Lime Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Recently I found out that this particular friend’s health is not good at all.

Hearing the news made me think of how sweet she is.

I’ll never forget how enthusiastic she was about her daughter and grandchildren and things that she made.

At the time she told me about the jello poke cake recipe, she made sure to give me a copy of it.

I still have it in my recipe box.

So, because it’s close to St. Patty’s Day and also because her name is Patty, I am using lime jello.

Therefore, I dedicate this recipe to my friend Patty.

Jello Poke Cake Recipe for St. Patrick's Day

How Does It Taste?

It turned out really good!

The frosting is really light and creamy with the vanilla pudding and whipped topping mixed together.

Green dessert for St. Patrick's Day

Terri’s family happened to stop by that evening to visit and each of them tried a piece of the cake.

They loved it.

Luck of the Irish dessert

My husband loved it too.

Keep green sprinkles on hand

My son, who is very picky, wouldn’t try it.

He loves cake, but after I told him that I poured jello over top of it, he told me that he’s not really into cake that much.  Mmmm Hmmm.

Well, at least he was polite about it.

Patty's Lucky Lime Jello Poke Cake Recipe

After refrigerating the cake, the sprinkles kind of settled into the frosting.

Therefore, I recommend keeping the shaker of sprinkles handy when you serve the cake.

Just sprinkle a little extra on top and around the sides to make it more festive.

Easy Jello Poke Cake Recipe

This cake keeps well in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Jello Poke Cake is light and sweet

It’s very light and refreshing.

This jello poke cake recipe can be altered in so many different ways with so many different flavors.

Do a search on ‘Poke Cake’ on Pinterest and you’ll see what I mean.

Lime Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Here’s to you Patty!

And Happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody!

Patty’s Lucky Lime Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Patty's Lime Poke Cake

Patty’s Lucky Lime Jello Poke Cake Recipe

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A wonderfully moist cake made by poking holes using a straw and pouring jello over the holes.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 to 15 servings


  • 1 box White Cake Mix
  • 2 boxes Lime Jello (3 ounces each box)
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • ½ cup Cold Water


  • 1 cup Cold Milk
  • 1 box 3.4 oz Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 8 ounces Frozen Whipped Topping, thawed
  • Green Sprinkles


  • Prepare & bake cake according to package directions, using a 13″ x 9″ baking dish.
  • Cool cake on wire rack for 1 hour.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve lime gelatin in boiling water.
  • Stir in cold water and set aside.
  • With a large utility fork, poke holes about 1/2 to 1 inch apart into cooled cake.
  • Slowly pour gelatin over cake.
  • Cover and refrigerate.
  • In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes until mixture becomes thick.
  • Fold in whipped topping.
  • Spread over cake.
  • Decorate with green sprinkles.
  • Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Keyword jello cake, jello poke cake, lime cake, poke cake, poke cake with jello

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5 thoughts on “Jello Poke Cake Recipe – Patty’s Lucky Lime Flavor”

  1. I make a July 4th version with red jello just cool whip for icing and then you use strawberries and bluberries on top to make it look like a flag. Super yummy and cool and refreshing in the summer

  2. That was really nice of you to do this to honor Patty. I have the same recipe but never made it because I also thought it was weird and I don’t care for jello either but now that you say it’s good, I will also honor her!


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