Wearing o' Green Cake Recipe
- 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
- 2 packages (3 ounces each) lime gelatin
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 cup cold milk
- 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
- Green sprinkles
- 1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in cold water and set aside.
- 2. With a meat fork or wooden skewer, poke holes about 2 in. apart into cooled cake. Slowly pour gelatin over cake. Cover and refrigerate.
- 3. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Fold in whipped topping. Spread over cake. Decorate with sprinkles. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12-15 servings.
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Reviews for Wearing o' Green Cake
"I'm perplexed. The pudding whisked with the milk never thickened. I could only find a 2.75 ounce box. Is that the problem? It's completely liquid. I'll just have to proceed with cool whip only as the frosting."
"Great recipe! A hit with the family!"
"Made this cake for the grandkids, THEY LOVED IT!!! Will make again! Great recipe."
"Awesome but with some flavor changes! I used lemon cake mix and jolly rancher watermelon jello and then frosted with lemon pudding. Then to make it a little healthier I used egg beaters and fat free whip topping. Was a big hit with my whole family. Will definitely make again."
"So easy to make and taste so refreshing!"
"This is the best cake ever perfecto for St. Patrick's day partys"
"Can't go wrong with poke cakes. They are always delicious. Making this again for St. Patrick's Day next week. I will tint the frosting a light shade of green."
"I give it 5 stars i love this kind of cake"
"GARMB - Jell-O doesn't make a 3.4 oz. pkg of instant sugar free pudding, that is the size for the one with sugar which is heavier than the version with artificial sweetener. When you used BOTH the 1.5 oz. and the 1 oz. sugar free versions instead of the 3.4 oz. regular one, you needed to follow the packages instructions for BOTH of the sugar free puddings or just used one of them. I'm sure you had a hot mess. The directions for the sugar free and the regular versions are not interchangeable."
"I don't like jello poke cakes - too wet, but saw a recipe where they made a poke cake with pudding. I am going to try this recipe with pistachio pudding instead of jello."
"i made this for St. Paddy's day last year. The cake was a hit with my family but not as much with me. After a few hours in the fridge the cake set up rather hard and the texture became what I'd describe as 'gummy.' However, the frosting was out of this world! It's my go-to frosting recipe when I want something simple yet divine :)"
"This is my favorite cake! Super moist and light! ??"
"Turned out awesome, super easy to make and a definite make again recipe!!! Soooo yummy!"
"cake was good - frosting impossible to make. Could not find a 3.4 oz. pkg of instant sugar free pudding. Used a 1.5 oz. & a 1 oz. & couldn't use a whisk as it was too thick. If making again I would just use the sugar free cool whip and skip the pudding."
"i didnt do a very good job with the jello portion of this cake...i dont think i made the holes right and the jello didnt sit in them the cake just soaked it up but it is still one of the best cakes ive ever had the icing is amazing and i will never buy pre made icing again i will only make it this way cant wait to try this again but with a different flavor...."
"This certainly was not my family's favorite. There was too much lime jello and it was much too strong. Will not make this again."
"Can someone please please tell me if your suppose to pour the whole 1 1/2 cup of lime gelatin over the cake? That seems like so much. I need to know ASAP. It's ready to pour now."
"This is beyond awesome - will make again and again!"
"When it comes to easy, this is it! Moist and flavorful and who doesn't like Whipped topping frosting! Made it for St. Pats day at work, hoping to bring some home but no such Irish luck. Came home with an empty pan, now I need to make another for my family!"
"This cake is so easy to make and delicious. I love the tartness the lime gelatin gives to the sweetness of the cake. I did add a half tsp of vanilla and 1/4 tsp of almond extracts to the cake mix. This is my first time making it with lime gelatin. Previously I have made this type of cake-used to be called 'Poke cake'- with lemon cake and raspberry gelatin. My husband and I LOVED this frosting because it wasn't too sweet and was very creamy. I made cupcakes with this lime recipe and shared with several neighbors. It's a great sign when 3 of them ask for the recipe."
"Can also be made in two 9 inch round pans. For the Fourth of July I make one layer with red jello and one layer with blue jello. Change it up for Christmas etc. I just frost with plain cool whip and use whatever sprinkles/ colored sugar is appropriate for the occasion ."
"This originally came out years ago as strawberry pop cake - which is delicious! Strawberry pop cake uses strawberry soda, which I see no mention of soda in this recipe - but I believe I will try to mix the 2 using my other recipe - will be great for st. patricks day. Also I've tried it in the pineapple variety - delicious!"
"I'm a Green Bay Packer fan so I was thinking of making this cake and tinting the frosting green and adding gold sprinkles. Also you can add lemon jello if you don't like lime jello. Great treat for watching the Packer games!!!"
"I baked this and shared with my son and daughter in law. My daughter in law does not like lime but did like this cake very much."
"This cake as excellent and perfect for St. Patricks. I am going to try it with different flavored jellos."
"Not a real fan of this cake. I know I was supposed to use lime gelatin (St. Patrick's Day) but we don't care for it so I used rasberry. It tasted good. The frosting didn't seem to have much flavor. And my didn't look as good as the picture ;)"
"This was an excellent cake! I made it one night on a whim and my entire family enjoyed it-so much so that every single one of them went back for seconds! Now everyone is asking me to make it again...Next time I'm going to change it up a little and maybe do some flavors/colors that will go well with Easter :)"
"Moist, light, delicious, and easy to make.My husband especially liked it straight from the refrigerator."
"I took this cake to work St. Patrick's Day and everyone loved it. I've made poke cakes before but never with the lime flavor. It was a perfect combination of tart and sweet. Thanks for the recipe."
"This was easy and fun to make. I have yet to taste it, but it looks good. I used rainbow sprinkles because I could not for the life of me find green sprinkles."
"Added orange food coloring to the cake. Was a big hit at the party."
"My Pastor's wife makes this with *lemon* cake mix, just one package of jello (dissolved in 3/4 c boiling water, then 1/2 c cold water). She cools the cake for about 30 min, then pours the jello over the slightly warm cake and refrigerates it while making topping. She uses one envelope of whipped topping mix, a package (4 serving size) of lemon instant pudding and 1 1/2 c cold milk. This cake may be frozen, too!"
"If you wanted to try and use pistachio pudding, you would just need to make the holes bigger by using a straw (like any other pudding poke cake). Then, when you make the pudding, stop mixing it before it becomes too thickened. Pour the thinner pudding immediately onto the cake. The pudding will still thicken in the holes while chilling."
"Has anyone tried to use Pistachio Pudding in place of the lime jello?I would love to make this cake for St. Patrick's Day but am concerned the lime jello may make it too tart. I'm not sure if pudding would work down into the cake or just pool on top. Has anyone tried this or have alternate suggestions or input?"
"Make this every year for Christmas. Baked in two round pans and use one pkg of green and red jello. So good and very festive and never had left overs!"
"I didn't make it -yet. But I bet it would be good 1 pkg of pistachio pudding on top."
"I have made this a couple times. First time I followed the recipe exactly and it was great. The most recent time I wanted to cut some calories out and it still turned out just as great. I used sugar free Jello, sugar free Pudding, and reduced fat cool whip. Also when I made the cake I substituted apple sauce for the vegetable oil and used egg beater egg whites. I didn't tell anyone that I did this and everyone gobbled it down without saying anything about it tasting different."
"I almost doubt I would make it again. It's good but not great. I mean i think it would of been better with starwberries."
"Though "poke cakes" are great - tasty, colorful, and moist, the lime jello made it taste tart. I love the topping though. I used sugar free jello and pudding, and low-fat whipped topping. I will make more poke cakes, but not w/lime jello."
"I MADE TWO OF THESE CAKES OVER THE WEEKEND ONE FOR HOME AND ONE FOR MY CHILDREN TO TAKE TO THERE GRANDPARENTS HOUSE THIS cake WAS A HIT VERY MOIST MY HUSBAND SAYS ITS ONE OF HIS FAVORITE THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS RECIPE"
"I grew up on this cake, only my mom only used the frozen whipped topping, can't wait to try it with the pudding/topping mix. When my room mate's son was 5 he requested a grape cake for his birthday......jello cake to the rescue! It is a wonderful, versatile recipe that belongs in everyone's recipe box!"
"yes i just made this cake but i use orange jello as i!m IRISH VERY GOOD"
"I have made this cake for different holidays changing the color of the jello to match the occasion"
"I'm rating this recipe based on the existing one I already know. I, too, have a mother-in-law that makes this cake regularly. It is one of her most-requested desserts. Her version uses yellow cake mix and raspberry jello. She also layers the pudding and cool whip on top, but folding them together works just as well. My niece's husband recently had this as his groom's cake because he likes it so much! I am sure this St. Patrick's Day version is equally as delicious and can't wait to give a try!"
"My mother-in-law makes this cake all the time, especially for b-days. She makes it a strawberry-jello cake. Uses strawberry jello instead, and for the topping she uses one 8oz tub of coolwhip and a tub of strawberries in juice mixed together and layered over the top. Great cake, always goes over really well!"
"Most of my co-workers are of Finnish, not Irish, descent, so perhaps I should have used grape Jello and purple sprinkles in honor of St. Urho, but, whatever. I made this cake last night and took it in to work today (St. Patrick's Day 2008) and it was gone in less than two hours. One co-worker asked for the recipe, saying what a nice light cake this is. Normally I like to make my cakes from scratch, but this is one recipe I will be keeping. Using red Jello and red or pink sprinkles would be excellent for a little girl's birthday cake."