Skip the box, it doesn’t get any easier than this homemade Chocolate Orange Poke Cake. The combination of chocolate and orange is a match made in dessert heaven. Rich chocolate cake is drenched in orange gelatin for a super moist cake that’s topped with orange zest-infused whipped cream. Almost a pudding cake, but with enough density to hold its structure.
This recipe was created for Dixie Crystals by BigBear’sWife, post and words written are 100% mine as always.
You may be asking yourself what a poke cake is. If you haven’t had a poke cake yet, you’re missing out!
Poke cake is a homemade or semi homemade cake (with cake mix) that is baked and then cooled. After that holes are poked into the top of the cake using a fork or a wooden spoon, pudding or Jell-O is poured onto the cake, the cake is popped into the fridge and then topped with a whipped cream type frosting.
There are two types of poke cakes, that I’ve heard of so far. Once is make with pudding filling and one is make with a Jell-O filling. The Jell-O version is what we’re making today.
Poke cakes were super popular in the 1980s in the USA but with people falling in love with vintage recipes again, poke cakes are coming back!
Ingredients For Chocolate Orange Poke Cake:
- Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- all-purpose flour
- cocoa powder
- baking powder
- baking soda
- vegetable oil
- vanilla extract
- boiling water
- orange gelatin (Jell-O)
- cold water
- boiling water
Chocolate Orange Poke Cake Topping:
- Crème Chantilly
- 1 orange, for fresh orange zest
- shaved Chocolate
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Should Poke Cakes Be Refrigerated?
YES! This cake is going to need to stay in the fridge. Of course it can stay out long enough to serve or take to an event, but this cake has Jell-O in it and Crème Chantilly on top. It’ll need to stay cool.
Plus the cake must go into the fridge after you pour on the orange gelatin (Jell-O) so that it can really soak into this cake.
What Is The Texture Of This Cake?
This poke cake is going to be very soft and not like a regular baked cake texture. It’s NOT like pudding soft but the Jell-O makes the cake really “melt in your mouth” soft.
How To Make Chocolate Orange Poke Cake:
Make the chocolate cake according to the recipe directions in the link below.
Pour the cake batter into a 9×13 pan.
Pop it into the oven and bake.
Once the cake is baked and cooled, leave it in the pan and take a fork and poke holes over the top of the cake.
In a medium bowl, mix the orange gelatin, cold water and boiling water. Whisk for about 2 minutes until everything is dissolved.
Pour orange gelatin mixture all over the top of the chocolate cake.
Pop that cake into the fridge for at least 3 hours.
Then make the Crème Chantilly frosting and spread it all over the cold cake.
Then top with some orange zest and shaved chocolate.