Shane's 26th Birthday - Grape Poke Cake

So the past couple of weeks, I have been trying to figure what I was going to make for Shane's birthday. I was searching the net for something unique and came across the Poke Cake. I knew he would love it and I wanted to do it in his favorite flavor Grape. Luckily we had brought back some Jell-o from our recent trip to the States. The only item I couldn't find was White Cake Mix, which was fine, so I searched for a homemade version. There are so many out there and I didn't have time to test it out with the Poke Cake recipe so I decided on this White Butter Cake. The White Butter Cake was lovely but not the right cake for the Poke Cake recipe, you will see below in the pictures. The Jello just soaked right through the cake rather then staying in the poke holes. So it had the great flavor just not the the same streaky line effect. Does anyone have a recipe that replicates the Betty Crocker White Cake? Guess I will just have to do some more experimenting! Shane didn't seem to care as he loved the cake and has already had 3 big squares of cake! At the end of the day, that's all that matters!

Courtesy of KraftRecipes with my little tweaks
1 pkg. white cake mix or use a homemade cake
1 US cup boiling water
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Grape Flavor Gelatin
1/2 US cup cold water
300ml Whipping Cream
1 Tbs Icing Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Handful of red grapes, chopped
Purple Glimmer Sugar

  1. PREPARE cake batter and bake as directed on package for 13x9-inch pan. Cool cake in pan 15 min. Pierce cake with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals. 
  2. ADD boiling water to gelatin mix in small bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water; pour over cake. Refrigerate 3 hours. 
  3. WHIP the cream together with the icing sugar and vanilla extract. Frost the cake. 
  4. CHOP the grapes into quarters and put into a sandwich bag. Pour some purple glimmer sugar in the bag. Shake the bag up so the sugar sticks to the grapes. Scatter the covered grapes all over the frosted cake. 

Happy 26th Birthday, Shane!



  1. Heyyy, it's Andrea! I took a look at this yesterday and it looked quite yum. Plus, I love to poke on FB, so it just seems all quite perfectly awesome to me. =3

    Found this today:

    Hope it helps? I lovvve super easy, LOL. There's def a ton of stuff out there, though. =) I'm hoping to give this all a go sometime soon. Ciao!

    PS: Grape as a fave flavor? What a weeeirdo. =P

  2. Hey Andrea! Thanks for the link, bookmarked and ready for the next poke cake!

    He loves the American Grape flavor, I'm not a huge fan of it but it tasted nice with this cake. I want to do a blueberry one next time!


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  5. love these!! they are fantastic. i made some character cupcakes at the weekend, would love to know your thoughts?