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Cherry Vanilla Vampire Poke Cake


  • One 9x13 white cake (baked and cooled)
  • One 3 oz box of cherry Jell-O
  • One tub prepared vanilla frosting (or a batch of homemade buttercream or 8 oz. whipped topping)
  • Black and red decorating sugar
  • One can cherry pie filling
  • Plastic vampire fangs for garnish


  1. Use the handle of a wooden spoon or a large drinking straw to poke holes over the entire surface of the cooled cake.
  2. Prepare Jell-o with 1 cup boiling water and 1/2 cup cold water. (This is 1/2 cup less water than the directions on the box.)
  3. Pour Jell-o over the cake - make sure to get some in every hole and over the surface of the cake.
  4. Refrigerate overnight or at least 3-4 hours.
  5. Just prior to serving, frost cake with vanilla frosting and sprinkle on black and red sugar.
  6. Add dollops of cherry pie filling to the top of the cake and plastic vampire fangs on top of the pie filling.
  7. Serve each piece of cake with additional pie filling to drip down the sides of the cake.