My 3 Monsters: Orange Dream Cake

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3.26.2013

Orange Dream Cake

jello poke cake, orange and vanilla

Monday night is one of the few night a week that I make dessert.  I love to bake, but I'm also pretty lazy.  Baking = effort = more dishes = more effort.  Monday night is Family Night around here and if we're going to ask our children to endure an evening in our company, we've learned that we better sweeten the deal somehow.

One of our favorite desserts is Poke Cake - that delightful blend of cake and jello and pudding and cream.  It's easy {yay for me!} and super light and refreshing {which makes it perfect for spring and summer}.  I've always used raspberry or strawberry jello in the past, but this week , on a whim, I grabbed orange jello instead.  Orange Cream Cake -- or "dream" cake because it's so delicious!  This may be my favorite flavor I've ever tried.  Try it and let me know what you think.

Orange Dream Cake

1 box white cake mix {and ingredients to prepare}
1 large box of orange jello
1-1/4 C. boiling water
1 large box of instant vanilla pudding
2-1/2 C. milk
1 container Cool Whip
Bake cake mix in a 9x13 pan according to package directions.  While cake is still warm, poke holes in the top of the cake using the handle of a wooden spoon.  You could use a fork, but I like nice, big holes for the pudding to fill up.  Mix Jello with boiling water until completely dissolved and pour over cake.  Allow cake to cool completely.  Mix pudding and milk and pour over the top of cooled cake.  Chill for several hours -- overnight is best.  Before serving, frost with Cool Whip.
creamy orange jello poke cake
 Just look at the pudding.  And the orange-infused cake.  Oh my goodness, I'm drooling just thinking about it.  This would be an excellent dessert to serve for Easter this weekend.  If you drop by my place Sunday you may just get yourself a piece!  

Have a great week, all!  Tomorrow I'll be sharing how to make the yo yo rosette clips that I used on my spring wreath.  I hope you'll come back.

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