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Instant Pot Cherry Vanilla Poke Cake

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Instant Pot Cherry Vanilla Poke Cake is a homemade cake that has a Jello drizzle that soaks into the cake and is topped with sweet whipped cream. Poke cakes make for an easy dessert. 

Check out my pina colada boozy poke cake, Shirley Temple Poke Cake or my blueberry lemon poke cake

Instant Pot Cherry Vanilla Poke Cake

This vanilla poke cake is crazy easy to make. Pressure cooker cake is so different than the oven. It can be a lot lighter and fluffier in texture. 

instant pot cherry vanilla poke cake

How to Make

Step 1: Start by adding water to your Instant Pot and greasing the pan. Set aside. 

Step 2: Now you will want to add your dry ingredients into a bowl. Gently mix the ingredients until mixed. 

Step 3: In a stand mixer or larger bowl add your wet batter. Now slowly mix the wet and when combined add in dry ingredients slowly. 

instant pot cherry vanilla poke cake

Step 4: Cover the cake tightly in aluminum foil. Place pressure cooker lid on and cook as directed in recipe card below. 

instant pot cherry vanilla poke cake

Step 5: Once cake is done remove carefully. Poke holes in the cake and then pour over your Jello mix you made. 

instant pot cherry vanilla poke cake

Step 6: Cool in the fridge and then after awhile add whipped cream on top. Slice and serve. 

Can I Swap Jello Flavors

Go right ahead and use any favor of jello to pour over your vanilla cake. 

Raspberry, orange, lemon, cherry, lime, etc. Use any type of Jello or brand and follow the recipe. 

How to Store Poke Cake

To store poke cake go ahead and chill in the fridge until I can get it. This poke cake is best when eaten with the first two days. 

Anything after that you will find the cake begins to become dry. 

Can I Make Chocolate Cake Instead

Go right ahead and make a chocolate cake to replace white if you prefer. I love the pairing of vanilla and cherry. 

instant pot cherry vanilla poke cake

But you are more than welcome to use any flavor of cake as the base. 

Why Do You Cover Cake 

Your cake needs to be covered with aluminum foil or as the pressure builds it will leave water on your cake. 

If that happens it will sog up the cake. So simply wrap tightly in foil to prevent cake getting soggy. 

What If Cake Is Not Cooked

One thing I found is depending on the brand of pressure cooker you own, it might vary. 

instant pot cherry vanilla poke cake

I suggest 35 minutes but if you remove the cake and not fully done, place back into the pressure cooker to cook more. 

Use your judgement. If very close to done do a minute or two. Still really wet try 5-8 minutes. 

Can I Make This Cake In Advance 

You can pre-cook cake then pour jello over. Store that part in the fridge. Then right before serving add whipped cream and toppings. 

Otherwise you will find your whipped cream breaks down if it sits out for very long. 

For another delicious instant pot cake, try this 7-UP instant pot cake, you will love it!

instant pot cherry vanilla poke cake

instant pot cherry vanilla poke cake

Instant Pot Cherry Vanilla Poke Cake is a homemade cake that has a Jello drizzle that soaks into the cake and is topped with sweet whipped cream. Poke cakes make for an easy dessert.

Ingredients

  • 2 C flour
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C vegetable oil
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3.0 oz package cherry jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 container of cool whip
  • 1 jar of Maraschino cherries
  • 1 6 inch springform pan
  • 1 disposable piping bag

Instructions

    1. Using pam spray, spray your springform pan and set aside In a large mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
    2. Using a standing mixer mix together buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla extract.
    3. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients and continue to mix until smooth.
    4. Pour batter into the springform pan.
    5. Add 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot Insert the cake into the Instant Pot on top of a trivet. Set for high pressure for 35 minutes. Quick release when the time is up. 
    6. In the meantime, in a medium mixing bowl, stir together jello powder and boiling water. Stir until dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add cold water and stir.
    7. Remove the cake from the Instant Pot.
    8. Poke holes in cake using a fork or a wooden skewer. Pour jello over the cake.
    9. Chill in fridge for 3 hours or overnight.
    10. Scoop the cool whip into the piping bag and pipe cool whip all over the cake.
    11. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 468Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 482mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 8g

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