Holiday Poke Cupcakes

Here’s a cute and simple, easy to decorate, cupcake recipe from I make a similar recipe to this in a sheetcake, and now that I’ve seen this recipe, I’m ready to make the cupcakes. The recipe calls for red jello, but I think green would be good as well. This would also be a good recipe for Valentine’s Day, or any holiday really….just change up the colors.

This is also a great recipe because you can do anything you want with it, making it as simple or as elaborate as you like. Personally I’m thinking of leaving the marshmallows off, but I think I will try the sprinkles. But either way, I’m sure you’ll like it!

1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix
1 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Brand Gelatin, any red flavor
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
Red or green food coloring
suggested decorations: colored sugar, colored sprinkles, crushed candy canes and/or JET-PUFFED HOLIDAY MALLOWS Marshmallows

PREPARE batter and bake as directed for cupcakes. Cool in pans 10 min. Pierce tops with fork.
STIR boiling water into dry gelatin mix until dissolved; spoon over cupcakes. Refrigerate 30 min. Remove from pans.
TINT whipped topping with food coloring; spread over cupcakes. Decorate as desired. Store in refrigerator.


  1. I tried making this recipe but i think i tried to put the wipped topping on them before they were cool enough. The whipped topping melted and ended up in the floor. YEA…but my dog enjoyed it. Also i tried making the poke holes with toothpicks before and they dont work so well either.

  2. I’ve made this before, the trick is to use a large meat fork instead of a regular fork for the holes. I’m about to make a batch for my 1 yr old son’s Valentine’s Party tomorrow. I’ll be putting them in Elmo liners and not using the whipped topping (save daycare some cleanup). My son loves these, he calls them the Elmo cupcakes.

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