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20 Easy Christmas Poke Cake Recipes


Why not make Poke Cakes for Christmas desserts this year? These Christmas poke cake recipes are simple and delicious and perfect to serve on your holiday treat table. This collection has tons of flavor options to delight your friends and family.

A chocolate poke cake on a dessert plate next to a red and green poke cake on a plate.
Let’s make some poke cakes for Christmas!

Why you’ll love these Christmas Poke Cake Recipes

These Christmas poke cake recipes are the perfect addition to any holiday season menu.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional poke cake or a Jello poke cake recipe to make for Christmas Eve or Christmas day, look no further than these tasty holiday cake recipes. 

Many of these recipes incorporate a box cake mix and red or green colors making them festive and perfect for any special occasion or gathering.

Related: Jello Poke Cupcakes

Adding candy canes or white chocolate curls to these Jell-o poke cakes will make them a huge hit at your holiday parties.

Some are simple and some are more elaborate but all of these are super delicious! These desserts are easy to put together and great to serve a crowd.

Pair them with some coffee or Christmas Bourbon Cocktails for any holiday party. Find a delicious cake recipe to try this year from the list below.

Poke Cakes for Christmas

Looking for the best Christmas desserts to serve your holiday guests? A delicious dessert recipe from this collection of poke cakes for Christmas will durely catch your eye!

Top Tips

Many of these poke cakes use box cake mix to create easy cake recipes that taste amazing. And it’s so easy to dress up simple ingredients for a holiday poke cake that your guests won’t forget.

Follow my top tips for easy cake recipes that turn out just right!

  • Get creative with filling for your Christmas cakes. If you love chocolate peanut butter cups, think about filling a chocolate cake with peanut butter pie filling. If you are a fan of banana pudding, maybe you’d like to fill your cake with banana pudding mix.
  • The best way to poke holes in a cake is to wait until the cake cools completely. Then, use the handle of a wooden spoon or a thick chopstick to poke the top of the cake with large, deep holes ¾ of the way through the baked cake. This is a great way to get the kids involved in dessert prep with a little bit of fun this Christmas season.
  • Make sure to poke the holes all the way through to the bottom of the cake for best distribution.
  • If you are using colorful Jello, use white cake mix for the best color visibility.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called a poke cake?

It is called a poke cake, sometimes called a poke-and-pour cake, because the recipe calls for you to poke a hole through the cake. Whatever filling or flavoring you are using fills in the holes and seeps into the cake. It’s delicious and let’s you be super creative with your desserts. Christmas poke cakes usually include seasonal flavors and colors.

How do you remove a poke cake from a pan?

If you want to remove your poke cake for Christmas from the pan, you’ll need to wait until the cake has cooled and the Jell-O or other filling has had time to set in the fridge. After refrigerating the filled cakes for a few hours, you can remove them from the pan as you would any other cake. But it is absolutely fine to serve a poke cake in the same pan you made it in.

How should you store a Jello poke cake?

You may need to store your festive dessert differently depending on the ingredients you use for filling. If your Christmas poke cake uses Jell-O, it must be kept chilled. Tightly cover the cake in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days for best results.

How do you serve a Christmas poke cake?

Making poke cakes for Christmas is a lot of fun! Christmas poke cakes can be made festive with red gelatin, red velvet cake mix, or green gelatin. Once your cake is ready to serve, you can add a fun whipped topping or cream cheese frosting to level-up your Christmas poke cake and make it into the perfect dessert for the holiday season. Using fun sprinkles or candy pieces also adds some visual punch to the dessert. 

Will you be making a poke cake for Christmas dessert this year? Share your favorite Christmas poke cake recipe or one you’d like to try in the comment section. I can’t wait to read them and try a few of your favorite cake recipes too!

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