When I was growing up there was hardly ever a day when there was not a cake in my house, usually chocolate of some variety unless there was a special occasion for something festive. The cake ALWAYS came from a box mix, baked by me or my sister, and topped by a homemade frosting. Prepared frostings and the powdered sugar varieties were not allowed ~~ it had to be a creamy boiled frosting. So I learned to make it with my eyes closed, until I went away to college and found out that asparagus was delicious fresh and crunchy, not everyone had to eat jarred beets, and perfectly acceptable frosting could be found in a can.
The recent popularity of jello poke cakes reminded me that often our festive cake was a jello cake, so much fun to create with a box mix, a fork, and a package of jello. The huge range of jello colors lends this cake to every possible celebration, but it is especially excellent on hot days, as the cake must stay cool in the fridge.
I have been thinking of making a cake with “real” frosting, so when I found out that Cuisine Kathleen’s 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl was green for go, I decided that this would be the time to try it again. So, instead of the typical Irish boiled dinner, I am serving you a poke cake with boiled frosting, tinted the color of Ireland.
Of course, the cake itself must also have a color, and when I was considering a green and white interior, Mr. Fun brought home these lovely Alstroemeria,
and I saw the Irish flag ~~ green, white and orange ~~ with a touch of Leprechaun gold ~~ and so I made you an Irish Flag Poke Cake.
To create the proper flag atmosphere I chose these napkins with the green, white and orange of the flag, and more leprechaun gold.
(Yes, the napkins are indeed orange, and NOT pink. I wonder what color they are on your screen? Orange, or pink? You must trust me that on my table, they are orange.)
I will spare you excessive instructions for making the cake as they are easily found anywhere on pinterest, and I will just say: bake a white box cake (don’t forget to use just the egg whites or you will have a yellow cake!), cool, poke holes in it with a fork or skewer (be creative), mix the jello package with a cup of boiling water, let it cool but not gel, then pour over cake. Put cake in fridge to cool, then assemble and frost.
The real fun comes in choosing the color and flavor of jello or jellos and then seeing what kind of masterpiece you have created. Once the cake is baked and assembled and cooled, you hold your breath and make the first cut. What will the cake look like? You don’t know until you slice it! Let’s take a peek!
Our cake is very citrusy as I used lime and orange jellos. (my writer won’t let me write “jellos” and keeps changing it to “jello,” so I suppose the proper plural of jello is jello, but I did use two different flavors.)
Usually one box of jello is enough for one cake. If you want more jello in the finished product that’s ok, but not too much or the cake won’t hold together. After I poured mine I realized that I had used an entire jello package for each of my two layers, and while it was fine, you can use less for a different look.
Yum ~~ cool, moist and delicious, and you can see how creamy the frosting is! Yes, it is worth the trouble. You can find a similar version here. Just cook flour and milk until thick, cool, cream sugar and butter, add flour mixture and vanilla extract. Tint as required for the occasion!
(btw, I also have an ornament for almost any occasion)
Of course, I would never serve you cake without offering ice cream, but today instead of a scoop we are having shamrock shakes.
These are healthy so go ahead and indulge! I used skim milk, ice milk for the ice cream, a drop of peppermint extract and a drop of green food coloring. Whip it up in the food processor and it will taste delicious.
I had been thinking we would have a picnic and that cool cake and cold shakes would be appropriate. Our temps were near 80 last week but we are expecting snow showers again this weekend. Today it is overcast but just warm enough to have a quick snack on the deck (no pink blossoms yet but I will let you know when they come in!).
Of course, when we are outside the wildlife is always a threat.
There are actually some birds above the table fighting it out for this prime nesting spot, so eat up quickly.
If you try a poke cake for your next holiday, let me know what flavors you choose and how your design looks. And before you are off to see all the wonderful Irish posts, let’s have a toast to Cuisine Kathleen for bringing us this blog crawl:
~~ and an old Irish blessing ~~
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
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