Vanilla Cherry Coke Poke Cake
Coca-Cola mixed with cherry gelatin makes this rich vanilla cake full of flavor in every bite in this Cherry Vanilla Coca Cola Poke Cake recipe.
Whether you’re a hardcore football fan or you’re just there for the commercials, chances are you will be watching the biggest event of the football season in America. This year at our house, the only thing more exciting than the big game is the fact that I was asked to work with The Coca-Cola Company to create some fun recipes and ideas for a new program they are rolling out this January! You see, my husband is a die-hard Coke fan…….it’s quite literally the only beverage he drinks. We always tease that he bleeds Coke! So this was an especially exciting partnership for our household.
This year, Coca-Cola and Ritz have teamed up to give home-field advantage through their Home Bowl and you’re invited!
Today’s post is jam-packed with fun you’re getting two recipes for your own home bowl party!
Score big by using the Home Bowl products and party ideas, as inspiration for upcoming game day parties. It’s the perfect lineup to bring your family together for the most anticipated football game of the year!
What’s in it for you:
- Party planning made easy! Click here to create a custom Home Bowl Evite invitation and find more game day tips.
- Get access to great coupons by registering for MyCokeRewards.
- Two simple and delicious recipes that are sure to be winners at any football party!
Kick-off the party with Touchdown Taco Bites.
Make your house game-day headquarters with these tasty taco bites —everything you love about a taco piled on top a Ritz cracker and bite-sized!! No penalty flags will be thrown at this & appetizer!
Touch Down Mini Taco Bites Recipe
Bring on that energy spike for the second half when you add this delicious Cherry Vanilla Coke Poke Cake to the food spread.
Poke cake is always a favorite with every crowd, so this time I used Coca-Cola in the cherry gelatin and poked it into a french vanilla cake for a dessert full of flavor. Cherry Vanilla Coca-Cola Poke Cake for the win!
How to make Cherry Vanilla Coca-Cola Poke Cake
Simply mix up and bake your favorite french vanilla boxed cake mix. – if you can’t find French vanilla, just use vanilla, yellow, butter or white cake. (full printable recipe at end of post)
After cake has baked and cooled, mix cherry-flavored gelatin with a can of Coke and a little water, and stir until dissolved.
Use a wooden or plastic spoon to poke holes all over the cake, then pour jello over the top of the cake.
Set in refrigerator to chill for about 1/2 hour or more. Combine vanilla pudding mix with milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Gently fold in whipped topping then spread evenly over the cake.
Cover cake and place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Garnish with chocolate jimmies and maraschino cherries when serving.
UPDATED: Coca-Cola “Home Bowl” Sweepstakes HAS ENDED
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Cherry Vanilla Coke Poke Cake
Coca-Cola mixed with cherry gelatin makes this rich vanilla cake full of flavor in every bite.
- 1 package (2-layer size) French Vanilla Cake Mix (plus ingredient listed on box to prepare cake)
- 1 (6 ounce) package Cherry flavored gelatin
- 12 ounces Coca-Cola
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1 (3.5 ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- chocolate jimmies (optional garnish)
- maraschino cherries (optional garnish)
- Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 13x9-inch pan. Cool cake in pan 15 min. Using a large fork or end of wooden spoon, pierce cake at 1/2-inch intervals.
- Using a medium bowl, add Coca-Cola and water to gelatin and mix; stir 2 min. until dissolved. Pour over cake. Refrigerate 1/2 hour.
- Combine vanilla pudding mix with milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Gently fold in whipped topping then spread evenly over cake.
- Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight. Garnish with chocolate jimmies and cherries when serving.
you can substitute French Vanilla Cake mix for vanilla, butter, yellow or white
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I wasn’t planning on watching the game, but then you lured me into it with some awesome game day grub! I am dying over those Touch Down Taco Bites, the name is SO CUTE! Pinned!
ok those taco bites are adorable and so fun! Love it!
THAT poke cake!! It is fabulous!!
First I’ll take a dozen of those delicious crackers, and then I’ll take 2 slices of cake with a side of coke. These look absolutely wonderful! Pinned.
You’ve gotta have sweet and savory at the party! Great game day food!
Your poke cake looks fabulous, Cheryl! And I love how tasty, yet easy, the Touchdown Taco Bites are. Both are absolutely perfect for game day!
Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground
I’m packing up my car to drive to your house for the Super Bowl! What a spread. I love these recipes Cheryl (so creative) and who doesn’t love an ice cold Coke?!
Oh good heavens Cheryl – we need to get together for game day. It would certainly be delish!
Have a great weekend – hugs.
Ritz crackers at all my party’s . I love coke to that is what we do .
Pretty sure I would watch the game just to enjoy all these tasty treats! I am sucker for poke cakes so naturally I must make this!
Score! Taco bites and poke cake are sure to be a fav for my gang!
Um, I might have to make those taco bites AND this cake, STAT! Pinned!
Love all of this Cheryl! 🙂
Wow Cheryl! You have really outdone yourself!
Two great recipes that are going to be big hits next Sunday! Great job, Cheryl!
Love all of these! Look very delicious. Great jib! Thanks for sharing.
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I was lucky enough to have everything I needed for the cake this weekend. I hauled it all to the in-laws house and made it up there. It received high praise from all 11 people at dinner. Thanks for a great new recipe to add to my family favorites!
Such a fun recipes for the big game!
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These recipes look so delicious! I can’t wait to try! Thank you!
The recipes look so delicious! I can’t wait to try! Thank you!
Hi, ok I filled out your form for the Pinterest giveaway (#HomeBowlHeroContest) but I really don’t have a way of knowing if the entry went through, the page just then went to your raspberry lemon bar recipe page – I tried it again so sorry if it looks like I tried to enter twice
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Love the cake idea and so will my many guests. which brings my question; can this be made in a sheet pan as i need more than a 9×13 pan can make.
I’m sure it can be – you would just need to adjust the baking time accordingly
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1/2 cup of cold water, not hot???????
i used cold
Doesn’t work with UK ingredients. The jelly didn’t gel so the cake was wet. Delicious but wet. Pudding mix is called Angel delight and it doesn’t work the same as ‘Jello’ pudding. So overall, it probably works great with the right ingredients which you can’t get in the UK.