I mentioned my Nana's traditional 4th Of July Jello cake the other day and people lost their minds. It's a wicked easy recipe and fun for the kids to decorate too.

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Don't get me wrong, I like jello as much as anyone but you have to understand that the key ingredient in this recipe in no way resembles it's conventional jiggly self.

You can also figure out that it's extremely easy because I'm telling you how to make it, right from memory, and I've never even made it before.

Step One

Make a yellow box cake. Preferably rectangle. After it cools, stab at it with a large fork.

(This is where you will pour the liquified Jello)

Step Two

Prepare the strawberry jello in the normal way THEN pour in enough cold water so the mixture cools off.

Pour the liquid over the cake, filling the fork holes.


Step Three

Frost the cake with either whipped cream or cool whip, either is wonderful.

Step Four

Decorate with blueberries and strawberries!

I think it's the most fun trying to replicate Old Glory with blueberries as the stars and rows of strawberry slices as the stripes.

That's it!

If you're a traditionalist, you may run into a real estate problem as fifty gigantic blueberries will take up a lot of room. You may want to err on the side of Betty Crocker instead of Betsy Ross.

If anyone gets offended you can blame it on me, besides, isn't  America all about having the freedom to decorate the cake as you see fit?!

What a delicious pursuit of happiness this is!

I just discovered this is called 'Poke Cake' in some circles and here's a more detailed recipe than my recollection of watching my Nana make it.

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