Just like one of my favorite summer treats, it's bright orange, with a nice creamy taste. For those old schoolers, it's a variation of the Jello Poke Cake, where you make the cake, then poke the holes in the middle and pour in gelatin that hasn't yet set. After a few hours in the fridge, a delicious whipped cream topping finishes it off.
Here's the recipe:
1 package Lemon Cake Mix (doesn't matter what brand, I use what's on sale)
1 (.13 oz) envelope of Orange Kool-Aid (or similar unsweetened soft drink mix)
1 cup of water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 package Orange Jell-O
1 cup of boiling water
1 cup cold water
1 container frozen whipped topping (thawed)
1. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix with drink mix, eggs, water, and oil. Beat on a medium speed for 2-3 minutes until all ingredients are combined and batter is fluffy. Pour into an ungreased baking pan (13x9x2 works best)
2. Bake cake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, or until it passes the toothpick test.
3. Remove from oven and poke holes in the cake utilizing the handle of a wooden spoon.
4. Cool cake on wire rack for 30-45 minutes.
5. After cake has cooled, in a separate bowl combine Jell-O mix with boiling water. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Stir in the cold water.
6. Pour Jell-O over the cake, spreading evenly and allowing the liquid to settle into the holes of the cake.
7. Cover and refrigerate for two hours. Spread whipped topping over cake prior to serving.