Orange Crush Poke Cake

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Orange Crush Cake — Bold Orange Crush flavor in this EASY cake that’s super moist and light!! The kid in all of us will LOVE this orange tie-dyed cake!!

Orange Crush Poke Cake - Bold Orange Crush flavor in this EASY cake that's super moist and light!! The kid in all of us will LOVE this orange tie-dyed cake!!

Easiest Orange Crush Poke Cake

This is a perfect summer cake. It’s easy, super moist yet light, and just looks cheerful. Who can resist a tie-dyed looking cake?

It’s refreshing on a warm day because it’s stored in the fridge and served chilled. You’ll want to take a fork directly into the cake pan and keep straightening the rows.

I have fond childhood memories of going to the local swimming pool in the summer and during the break when they kicked everyone out of the pool, I would go to the vending machine, buy a can of ice cold Orange Crush, and down it in about 3 seconds.

Orange Crush Poke Cake - Bold Orange Crush flavor in this EASY cake that's super moist and light!! The kid in all of us will LOVE this orange tie-dyed cake!!

There’s a double dose of orange in the cake. Orange Jell-O and actual Orange Crush used to dissolve the Jell-O. Yes, please! You can really taste it, too. It’s definitely pronounced.

I couldn’t resist adding orange nonpareils (sprinkles) that I’ve had forever courtesy of an impulse Target dollar bin buy and finally I’m used them. They gave a tiny bit of texture to the otherwise silky smooth whipped topping and the light cake.

Orange candy slices complete the cake. It’s sugar overload and we loved it.

Orange Crush Poke Cake - Bold Orange Crush flavor in this EASY cake that's super moist and light!! The kid in all of us will LOVE this orange tie-dyed cake!!

Orange Crush Cake Ingredients

This orange soda cake requires just 4 ingredients plus water, although I don’t count water as an ingredient! Here’s what you’ll need to make the poke cake:

  • Boxed white cake mix
  • Orange Crush Jell-O (or regular orange Jell-O)
  • Orange Crush
  • Whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
  • Boiling water
  • Orange sprinkles and orange candy slices (optional, for garnishing)
Orange Crush Poke Cake - Bold Orange Crush flavor in this EASY cake that's super moist and light!! The kid in all of us will LOVE this orange tie-dyed cake!!

How to Make Cake with Orange Crush

Since this Orange Crush cake is made with boxed cake mix, the batter comes together in about 5 minutes and then you just let the cake chill after adding the Orange Crush mixture and whipped topping!

  1. Make cake batter according to package directions (likely adding egg whites, water, and oil) and bake as directed.
  2. Remove cake from the oven when it’s done and use a fork to poke holes all over the cake.
  3. Combine the boiling water with the Jell-O and whisk to combine until Jell-O has fully dissolved. Add the Orange Crush and whisk to combine.
  4. Slowly and evenly pour the Crush mixture over the cake.
  5. Cover and place cake in the fridge for about 1 to 2 hours.
  6. Remove cake from the fridge, evenly spread the whipped topping over the surface and refrigerate for at least 2 more hours before serving.
Orange Crush Poke Cake - Bold Orange Crush flavor in this EASY cake that's super moist and light!! The kid in all of us will LOVE this orange tie-dyed cake!!

Recipe FAQs

Can the Orange Crush be substituted?

This might be called an Orange Crush poke cake, but technically it can be made using any orange soda!

Can the White Cake be made from scratch?

I prefer to make Orange Crush cake with boxed cake mix because it saves me time and I have to dirty fewer dishes. However, you can make the white cake from scratch if desired.

Simply make my white cake recipe as instructed but bake the batter in a 9×13-inch pan rather than two 9-inch round cake pans.

Can the Orange Crush Jell-O Be Substituted?

Yes! You may use regular orange Jell-O if the Orange Crush flavor isn’t available at your local grocery store.

Does Orange Crush Cake Contain Caffeine?

Nope! Orange Crush isn’t caffeinated so there’s no caffeine in the cake.

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Orange Crush Cake

By Averie Sunshine
Bold Orange Crush flavor in this EASY cake that's super moist and light!! The kid in all of us will LOVE this orange tie-dyed cake!!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 26 minutes
Chill Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 36 minutes
Servings: 12
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Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×13-inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Make cake according to package directions (likely adding 3 egg whites, water, and oil) and bake as directed.
  • Remove cake from the oven when it’s done (probably about 23 to 26 minutes) and use a fork to poke holes all over the cake. I didn’t count but I estimate I poked the cake in about 100 places, evenly spaced over the surface; set cake aside.
  • To a large microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl, add water and bring to a boil, about 90 seconds on high power.
  • Add the Jell-O and whisk to combine until Jell-O has fully dissolved.
  • Add the Orange Crush and whisk to combine.
  • Slowly and evenly pour the Crush mixture over the cake, taking your time to evenly distribute it. Cover and place cake in the fridge for about 1 to 2 hours.
  • Remove cake from the fridge, evenly spread the whipped topping over the surface, optionally add sprinkles to taste, cover cake, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is even better) before slicing, optionally garnishing with orange candy slices, and serving.

Notes

Storage: Cake will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days. Do not freeze.
Adapted from Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 211kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 131mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 20g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Please note: I have only made the recipe as written, and cannot give advice or predict what will happen if you change something. If you have a question regarding changing, altering, or making substitutions to the recipe, please check out the FAQ page for more info.

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  1. Avery…thank you for posting this! I used to make a version of this cake years ago and totally forgot about it until I saw it on Pinterest! HOWEVER, I think your version will turn out much better than mine, and I CANNOT wait to make it your way! Thanks again!!

    1. Glad that this reminded you of a cake from year ago that you can try it again with my version of the recipe!

    1. I do mean in the range of 3 ounces. https://amzn.to/2XXyNmF

      Approximately 3 ounces of dry powdered Jello is not like 10 boxes, it’s approximately 1 box. Some boxes are 2.9, 3.0, 3.4 but that is the range.

  2. Haha I’m totally singing “Orange Crush” by REM as I read this. LOVE the recipe! It’s a different take on that creamsicle flavor combo I love so much.

  3. Yum! That looks delicious, and colorful too! I’ve never seen orange crush Jell-O, but there’s lots of really good stuff you can only buy in the states and it doesn’t make its way north.

  4. It’s so bright and colorful! My grandpa is an orange slice fan; I think he would enjoy this. :)

  5. I love poke cakes, they’re so good and moist! This one looks so bright and sunny!!

  6.  I had no idea the best orange soda around was an official jello flavor! This cake gives me a little retro/nostalgic vibe with the orange crush and the orange slices. It looks delicious and is sure to please all orange lovers!

    1. It is totally retro/nostalgic for me too! We loved this cake! It tasted just like the soda, and I agree, it is the best orange soda around!