Tasty Lime Jello Poke Cake

Last Updated on March 2, 2021 by Michele Tripple

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Lime Jello Poke Cake is everything you love about poke cakes with an extra zing! Grab your kids and make this super simple lime poke cake together for an activity and treat you’ll all enjoy. 

Lime Jello Poke Cake

2 slices of lime jello poke cake and a baking dish

We have had a blast making poke cakes lately! They’re so simple but so delicious. My kids are practically begging me to make the Unicorn Jello Poke Cake again. And though I’m pretty partial to my Oreo poke cake, I have to say that this Lime Jello Poke Cake is my new favorite!

When I say that this lime poke cake is flavorful I mean it is bursting with lime flavor! The jello makes this cake extra moist and the lime gives it that yummy citrus zing. 

If you haven’t made a poke cake yet, you’re missing out. They’re so easy and tons of fun to make with your kids. Get ready for your new family-favorite dessert!

Lime Jello Poke Cake Recipe

square slices of lime jello poke cake with green sprinkles

Serves: 12-15

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Chill time: 3 hours

Total time: about 3 ½ hours

Ingredients

ingredients for lime jello poke cake

For Cake

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 4 large egg white, room temperature
  • ½ cup oil, vegetable or canola
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 3.4 oz lime gelatin 
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cold water

For Frosting

  • 1 8 oz tub whipped topping, thawed + some for topping
  • 1 3.5 oz box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Sprinkles
  • Fresh limes

How to Make Lime Poke Cake

  • To make your lime poke cake, start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Next you can prepare your 13×9 baking dish by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the cake mix, egg whites, water, and oil. Use a whisk to mix the ingredients until combined and smooth.
  • Spread the cake batter into the prepared baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. A skewer or toothpick inserted into the cake should come out clean once baked.
  • When the cake is fully baked, remove it from the oven and let it cool for about 15 minutes.
  • Now it’s time to make your jello! In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the gelatin and boiling water and stir until the gelatin is dissolved, about 2 minutes. 
  • Then add the cool water and give the mixture another stir. 
  • Use a wooden skewer or a large fork to poke holes in the cake. The holes should be about ½ inch apart.
  • Pour the gelatin mixture carefully over the whole cake and cover the baking dish with plastic wrap. 
  • Place the cake in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight to chill before cutting and serving.
  • When you’re ready to serve, make your frosting by mixing the whipped topping and pudding mix in a small mixing bowl until completely smooth.
  • Spread the frosting right over the cake and add sprinkles, fresh cut limes, extra whipped topping, or whatever topping your family likes!
lime poke cake in a baking dish with 2 slices on plates

Tips Tricks and FAQs

close up of a slice of lime jello poke cake on a white plate
  • If you love this Jello poke cake as much as we do, you can also try different flavors of jello with this recipe! Try subbing out the lime jello for any other flavor of jello for a new twist of flavor on this yummy recipe. 
  • You may keep buttermilk around, but if you don’t you can make it at home in a pinch. Add a cup of regular milk to a bowl or cup and add in 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar. Let the milk sit for a few minutes and you’ll see it start to curdle. Give it a stir and add it to your cake in place of the buttermilk. 
  • It’s always important to spray a baking dish before baking a cake, but it’s even more important to spray for poke cakes! They are ultra moist and a little sticky and you want to be able to take out a clean slice without the bottom getting stuck! 

How do I know if my poke cake holes are the right size? 

If you use a good wooden skewer, you should get a perfect size for the holes in your poke cake.

You want the holes to be just big enough for some of the jello to fall through. It will seep into the cake further on it’s own and create a beautiful line down your slices.

Storage

To store your jello poke cake, place plastic wrap or a lid on your 13×9 dish and put it right back in the fridge. If kept airtight it should last about 3 days!

Check out these other great poke cake recipes:

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slices of lime jello poke cake on white plates with forks
Yield: 12-15

Lime Jello Poke Cake

close up of a slice of lime jello poke cake on a white plate

Lime Jello Poke Cake is everything you love about poke cakes with an extra zing! Grab your kids and make this super simple lime poke cake together for an activity and treat you’ll all enjoy. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 4 large egg white, room temperature
  • ½ cup oil, vegetable or canola
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 3.4 oz lime gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 8 oz tub whipped topping, thawed + some for topping
  • 1 3.5 oz box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Sprinkles
  • Fresh limes

Instructions

  1. To make your lime poke cake, start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Next you can prepare your 13x9 baking dish by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the cake mix, egg whites, water, and oil. Use a whisk to mix the ingredients until combined and smooth.
  4. Spread the cake batter into the prepared baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. A skewer or toothpick inserted into the cake should come out clean once baked.
  5. When the cake is fully baked, remove it from the oven and let it cool for about 15 minutes.
  6. Now it’s time to make your jello! In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the gelatin and boiling water and stir until the gelatin is dissolved, about 2 minutes. 
  7. Then add the cool water and give the mixture another stir. 
  8. Use a wooden skewer or a large fork to poke holes in the cake. The holes should be about ½ inch apart.
  9. Pour the gelatin mixture carefully over the whole cake and cover the baking dish with plastic wrap. 
  10. Place the cake in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight to chill before cutting and serving.
  11. When you’re ready to serve, make your frosting by mixing the whipped topping and pudding mix in a small mixing bowl until completely smooth.
  12. Spread the frosting right over the cake and add sprinkles, fresh cut limes, extra whipped topping, or whatever topping your family likes!

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