I saw this amazing Better Than Presents Rainbow Birthday Poke Cake over on The Domestic Rebel and almost had a heart attack. It looked like the best thing I’d ever seen and I immediately knew I had to make it for Kellen’s birthday.
However, life doesn’t always go as planned, and as you can see by the title and photos, the cake turned into a trifle. That’s what happens when you try to layer a warm cake… it crumbles (actually my cakes tend to crumble quite often when I layer them. I should just stick to sheet cakes). Luckily, it still tasted fantastic, it just looked ugly. Trifles are great because they give broken cakes makeovers.
As much as I would have liked to have presented Kellen a beautiful cake like Hayley’s, this trifle did the trick and he still ate it. I ended up adding a crunchy, fudgy Oreo layer and lots of whipped cream so he really had no choice but to love it, right?
- 1 box white cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
- Food coloring of choice
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
- About 30 Oreos, lightly chopped
- ½ cup hot fudge sauce
- Rainbow sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13×9 inch pan liberally with cooking spray. Prepare your cake batter according to package directions (or use a homemade version if desired). Evenly distribute the batter among five small bowls.
- Tint each bowl with a different gel food color until you’ve reached your desired shade. Feel free to use whatever colors you want.
- In any order you choose, drop heaping spoonfuls of batter into the pan, layering the colors on top of one another. Don’t swirl the colors; it’ll muddle them! Once all the batter is layered in the pan, bake the cake according to package directions or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake completely.
- Once cooled, poke holes all over the surface of the cake (roughly 25-30) with a wooden spoon handle. Immediately pour a can of sweetened condensed milk over the surface of the cake, trying to fill the holes with the milk.
- Let that cool and then break half of the cake into small pieces and layer that half on the bottom of a trifle jar.
- Spread half of the Cool Whip over the pieces of cake and top evenly with half of the lightly crushed Oreos, half of the fudge sauce, and half sprinkles.
- Repeat steps 5-6.
- Refrigerate the trifle (to set) for about 4 hours-overnight; overnight is best. Store leftovers in the fridge.
P.s. OMG you guys, I met Amy Poehler today!! My life is complete. I spent like 20 minutes deciding whether or not I should say something to her. I’m pretty sure I’m the reason she put on her sunglasses and headphones, but I still decided I should say hi. So I went up to her and told her “I’m a huge fan of your work and I’m really excited to see you right now.” Very smooth.
See, here we are together: (lol)