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Wearing o' Green Cake Recipe

Wearing o' Green Cake Recipe

One bite of this moist, colorful cake and you'll think you've found the pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow. It's the perfect dessert to round out your St. Patrick's Day feast. —Marge Nicol, Shannon, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:12-15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) lime gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Green sprinkles

Directions

  • 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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Amym267 245606
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

"Great recipe! A hit with the family!"

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kbickel45 245505
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016

"Made this cake for the grandkids, THEY LOVED IT!!! Will make again! Great recipe."

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DJG55 245047
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"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."

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grandmawa 227342
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2015

"This was easy and so delicious! It took longer to make than to eat it. I precut the cake before I frosted it and by the time I put it on the table and went for a plate for me it was just about gone! :-)"

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NoodleNel 226670
Reviewed May. 20, 2015

"This was sop easy to make and delicious. I made it for St. Patrick's Day and then I made it again to bring to book club but I used strawberry gelatin and covered the top with sliced strawberries. Everyone loved the cake."

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Smokeyc 224388
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"So easy to make and taste so refreshing!"

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bbradley2 223142
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

"The cake was great, moist. great

St. Patrick's day cake."

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Mockingjay1011 222908
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"This is the best cake ever perfecto for St. Patrick's day partys"

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shirleydimples 222461
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2015

"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."

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barbaragen 221752
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"I give it 5 stars i love this kind of cake"

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Cissa 221669
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"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."

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Houstonlyn 221666
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"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."

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abby_girl 221664
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"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 :)"

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Lmceac 57504
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"This is my favorite cake! Super moist and light! ??"

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WendyHewitt 63475
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"Turned out awesome, super easy to make and a definite make again recipe!!! Soooo yummy!"

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GARMB 95801
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"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."

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fuzzymarzbarz9 63402
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"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...."

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susien 129631
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"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."

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spankadank 149899
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"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."

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omnijen 143959
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"This is beyond awesome - will make again and again!"

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afschaak 95799
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"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!"

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ebramkamp 77091
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014 Edited Mar. 18, 2014

"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."

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SPIKIEKITTY 77078
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"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 ."

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xizziz 145300
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"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!"

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GrammyA 95798
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"My husband and I are diabetic and since one of the major brands came out with sugar-free cake mixes I'm always looking for recipes using those mixes to make our desserts. Poke cake [substituting sugar-free pudding, whipped topping, gelatin, etc. also] is one of our favorites. This is a keeper!"

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clolson1 57502
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"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!!!"

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JoycemRhodes 64139
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2013

"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."

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lottsville1 95760
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"This cake as excellent and perfect for St. Patricks. I am going to try it with different flavored jellos."

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jewels2468 77072
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"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 ;)"

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angel92682 126934
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"Thsi 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 :)"

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heldal 129612
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"Moist, light, delicious, and easy to make.

My husband especially liked it straight from the refrigerator."

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grniis2 129457
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"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."

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jkbess 143958
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"I am recovering from surgery and was looking for something easy to make to bring to our annual St. Patrick's Day neighborhood celebration ... this was not only super easy to prepare, but a deliciously BIG hit ... Thank you so much!"

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butke 129600
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"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."

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Moe0610 149167
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"Added orange food coloring to the cake. Was a big hit at the party."

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JamiePer 63344
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"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!"

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ckat 149746
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"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."

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dollargirl 149166
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"I will certainly try this cake next week for St. Pat's Day. I've made your halloween poke cake and it looked and tasted absolutely delicious - so moist."

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lindagriffin 206864
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

"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?"

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lschumacher 143955
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2013

"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!"

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mkoston 60501
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"I didn't make it -yet. But I bet it would be good 1 pkg of pistachio pudding on top."

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emrh1 149734
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"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."

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Johanna Coursey 60500
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2010

"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."

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firecrackermango 63342
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"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."

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kkutz 129598
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2010

"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"

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NvLadyslipper 143953
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2010

"Back in the "old days", this was known as a Jello Poke Cake. Enjoyed it then and enjoy it now! Easy to make--I will do it again with my grandkids for Memorial day. We will use blue and red Jello and be a VERY patriotic red, white and blue dessert with sparklers on top!"

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ameche 154387
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"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!"

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zrada 206863
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"yes i just made this cake but i use orange jello as i!m IRISH VERY GOOD"

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aldermusic2003 63341
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"I have made this cake for different holidays changing the color of the jello to match the occasion"

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StephanieLBeck 206862
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"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!"

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suedrayer 149164
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2009

"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!"

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Aquarelle 206861
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2008

"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."

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