Triple Orange Poke Cake


Triple Orange Poke Cake

With three different kinds of "orange" going into this Triple Orange Poke Cake, you know this easy dessert recipe is going to be a hit with all of the citrus lovers out there. Made with a box of orange flavored cake mix and topped with an orange buttercream frosting, this recipe for poke cake sets itself apart from all of those other poke cake recipes out there. It's a magical combination of moist cake texture and bursts of citrus-y flavor that is undeniably delicious. Try this easy cake mix recipe for dessert tonight and prepare to be wowed! For even more citrus desserts, try these 18 Amazing Citrus Cake Recipes.


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Chilling Time2 hr


  • 1 box orange flavored cake mix
  • 1 (4-ounce) package of orange flavored gelatin
  • For the Orange Buttercream:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange paste food coloring


  1. Prepare cake mix according to directions the box. Bake cake in two round cake pans. Allow to cool in pan on wire racks. DO not remove the cakes from the pans.

  2. Use a wooden skewer to poke holes in each cake round, about 1-inch apart.

  3. Prepare gelatin as directed on box with water. Pour half of the liquid gelatin mixture over one of the cake layers, pouring it all over to cover the holes.

  4. Repeat with the other half of the gelatin mixture and other cake layer.

  5. Refrigerate cakes for at least 2 hours.

  6. Prepare the buttercream by beating the cream cheese and butter together in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in orange extract. Reduce speed to low and add in one cup of powdered sugar at a time, beating until incorporated.

  7. Add the food coloring and beat on medium until frosting is smooth and fluffy.

  8. Place one cake layer onto a cake plate and spread 1/4 of the butter cream on top to about 1/2-inch from the edge.

  9. Place second cake layer on top and press down gently. Frost sides and top of cake with remaining frosting. Keep cake refrigerated until serving.

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A creamsicle-flavored cake? Yes, please! This looks so refreshing and summery. I agree that orange cake mixes do seem to be seasonal but you could always use a plain vanilla cake mix and add a splash of orange juice or some orange extract! With the orange gelatin and the homemade frosting, the cake will definitely still be orangey enough!

I am going to make this cake for my mom's April birthday. She loves creamsicles so she will be very surprised by this cake. I hope I can find an orange cake mix. I don't remember seeing them in the grocery store, but maybe it's more of a Spring and Summer item. It looks amazing I can't wait to make it.


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