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Classic Shirley Temple Poke Cake

Classic Shirley Temple Poke Cake
Classic Shirley Temple Poke Cake
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If you grew up drinking Shirley Temples (also known as "Kiddie Cocktails"), you're going to go crazy over this Jello poke cake recipe! Classic Shirley Temple Poke Cake combines the classic flavors (and ingredients) of a timeless treat with all of the taste of a moist poke cake recipe. Ribbons of cherry flavor give the cake its beautiful color and sweet taste while a bit of lemon and lime soda gives the cake a bit of extra flavor depth. You'll especially love the pieces of chopped cherries that are strewn throughout the cake. This dessert is a must-make!


Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Vessel Size9 x 13-inch Baking Dish



  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries, drained and chopped, juice reserved
  • A bottle of ginger ale, chilled
  • 1 (3-ounce) box cherry Jell-O mix
  • 1 (12-ounce) container of whipped vanilla frosting


  1. Heat oven according to the instructions on the box of cake mix. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

  2. Prepare the cake batter according to the instructions on the package, using the eggs and oil listed above. Substitute the water called for on the box of cake mix with a mixture of the reserved cherry juice (about 1/3 cup); supplement the cherry juice with the chilled ginger ale to get the amount of water required on the box.

  3. Fold the cherries into the cake batter. Bake the cake according to the instructions on the package. The cake is done when a wooden skewer, inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

  4. Let the cake cool completely. Using the bottom end of the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the cake.

  5. Prepare the Jell-O. In a large measuring cup, add 1 cup of boiling water to the Jell-O powder and mix for 2 minutes, until the powder is dissolved. Add 1 cup of cold ginger ale to the mixture and mix until blended (about 2 minutes).

  6. Pour the Jell-O mixture over the top of the cake.

  7. Chill overnight.

  8. Spread the whipped frosting over the cake.

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I was curious about the soda. In the description you mention lemon/lime soda but ginger ale in the ingredients. Which one are you suppose to use. They are 2 totally different flavors. Thanks for the help. I'm looking forward to making this beautiful looking cake!

This looks really yummy. I like the bright pink color of this dessert - it's very appealing!

Oooh this is so lovely! I loved Shirley Temple drinks as a kid (let's be honest, I still love them). I can't imagine how much I would have adored a cake version when I was growing up!

Let me just say that this cake was a huge hit in our house, and I'm sure it will be in yours, too. Just give me a holler when you make it, so I can get a piece! :-)


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