Citrus Poke Cake Recipe
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Citrus Poke Cake Recipe

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Old-fashioned citrus snack cake tastes even better the day after it is made. It is perfect for picnics or gatherings because it transports easily and is so good chilled.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut or chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 13x9-in. baking pan. In a small bowl, mix milk and vinegar; let stand 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk mixture and egg. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in raisins, coconut and grated orange and lemon peels. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring juices and remaining sugar to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove cake from oven; place on a wire rack. Poke holes in warm cake with a skewer or chopstick. Pour sugar mixture evenly over cake. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Citrus Poke Cake in Holiday 13x9 2016, p98

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