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Shortly before the holidays I was introduced to poke cakes using Sara Lee All Butter Pound Cake. The idea of creating a semi-homemade dessert that was simple was definitely appealing with my busy schedule. I realized just how delicious poke cakes are after making the 1-2-3 Cherry Poke Cake. When I was asked to create a dessert using a Sara Lee product, my mind went back to this tasty dessert.
Last month I received some new products on my doorstep, including JELL-O in a mango flavor. Mango! My seven year old son and I are definitely mango lovers. I wanted to the mango flavor out in a recipe, and a poke cake seemed like the perfect option. And since I wanted to stay with a light, tropical feel, I opted for some toasted coconut on top.
This poke cake turned out amazing!
- 1 loaf (16 oz.)Sara Lee frozen pound cake, thawed
- ¾ cup boiling water
- 1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Mango Flavor Gelatin
- ¼ cup cold water
- 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ¾ cup fresh mango, chopped (about 1 mango)
- 2 cups thawed whipped topping, divided
- ⅔ cup coconut, toasted
- Remove foil lid from cake package. (Do not remove cake from pan.) Pierce cake with skewer at ½-inch intervals, poking skewer through cake to bottom of pan.
- Add boiling water to gelatin mix in small bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water; pour over cake. Refrigerate 1 hour. Meanwhile, toast coconut and cool to room temperature. (See instructions below.)
- Beat cream cheese and sugar until well combined. Stir in fresh mango and ½ cup whipped topping. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Invert cake onto platter. Cut cake horizontally in half. Spread bottom half of cake with cream cheese mixture. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining COOL WHIP. Garnish with toasted coconut.
- Dessert can be prepared ahead of time. Refrigerate up to 12 hours before serving.
This time around I couldn’t use the stir stick I used in my cherry poke cake to create the holes. (It was accidentally thrown away.) I ended up using the end of a wooden spoon, but I think this recipe works better with smaller holes.
Do you have a favorite no-bake dessert?