How to Make a Patriotic Poke Cake
Make an explosive impression on Memorial Day or July 4th with this patriotic poke cake. Learn how to make the twinkling candy stars with these easy tips.
Use a skewer to poke holes in the top of each cake layer. Pour cooled strawberry gelatin mixture over one cake layer to create a colorful effect.
Pour cooled blueberry gelatin mixture over remaining cake layer. Cover cakes with plastic wrap; refrigerate until gelatin is set, about 2 hours.
Candy Stars Step 1
Lightly coat a microwave-safe bowl and the inside of a 2-inch metal star-shaped cookie cutter with cooking spray. Put cutter on a silicone mat or baking sheet lined with foil and coated with cooking spray. Place 2 unwrapped hard candies (such as Jolly Ranchers) in the bowl and microwave for 10 seconds at a time until candies are just melted*; pour into cookie cutter.
*Bottom of bowl will be hot. Hold bowl by rim only or use a hot pad when pouring.
Candy Stars Step 2
When candy is slightly set, carefully lift cutter, while pushing on edges with the flat end of a wooden skewer. Insert pointed end of a skewer into candy. Cool completely. Insert skewers inside straws before decorating cake. Makes 1 star.