Chocolate-Cherry Poke Cake (Or Vanilla)

"If you are a chocolate and cherry lover then the chocolate is for you, this also is equally wonderful using a white cake mix with cherry or strawberry Jello, cherry pie filling and white Cool Whip or Whipped cream, I make the white version with my recipe#355243 but boxed is fine"
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Ready In:


  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 13 cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1 13 cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cherry gelatin (or use strawberry)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling (or use a 28 ounce can)
  • 1 (16 ounce) container chocolate flavor cool whip frozen whipped topping, thawed (or use sweetened whipped cream)
  • grated chocolate (or can use chopped nuts)


  • Prepare and bake the cake mix according to package directions in a greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  • Cool then remove the cake from the pan.
  • Immediately poke holes down into the cake using a fork (holes should be at 1-in intervals).
  • Cool cake completely.
  • When the cake is cooked combine the Jello with boiling water until combined; pour the mixture over the cake.
  • Top with pie filling, then cover with Cool Whip or whipped cream.
  • If making the chocolate cake sprinkle grated chocolate over the top or chopped nuts (this is only optional).

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  1. Wow sweets, wonderful cake! This was DD's birthday cake and she loved it along with the family. I used black cherry gelatin and two regular sized cans of cherry pie filling. frosted with chocolate Cool Whip and sprinkled chopped nuts on top. A very moist cake that any chocolate and cherry lover will enjoy. Fantastic! I will be making this again for DD and my family! Thank you Kitten for a very nice birthday cake! Make and reviewed for KK's Recipe Tag Game.
  2. I made this today and used a butter chocolate cake mix, dark cherry jello and the cherry pie filling . I thought it was good but not seemed to need something but not sure what...I did enjoy it though as it was very moist and I love chocolate.
  3. I made the white version of this, as listed in the description and it was wonderful!!! The only recommendation I have is that you use a sharp knife and wipe it off (or rinse in a cup of water) as you are cutting the pieces as the cake tended to stick to our spatula. Will definitely make this again! Thanks! :)
  4. kit my friend where do you come up with all these fabulous recipes they are all winners, my family when crazy over this cake, thank you!



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