These Jello cupcakes take a fun twist using red and blue Jello inside the cupcake! It makes for a fun twist on the traditional vanilla cupcake and the oozy color of the Jello makes for a gorgeous presentation. These little babies will be sure to guests at any 4th of July party or BBQ!
I know that the 4th of July Poke Cake is a popular treat at many patriotic gatherings. But I wanted to try something a little different. So this year we opted for these fabulous Jello poke cupcakes instead!
Vanilla Cupcakes: We are skipping over the cupcake making for these particular cupcakes. You can start by making your favorite cupcakes using boxed white cake mix or your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe.
Blue & Red Jello: We used both red strawberry Jello and berry blue Jello for these cupcakes. The jello flavor in the cupcakes add a fun, bright twist and texture to the ordinary vanilla cupcake.
Whipped Topping: We wanted to keep these super easy and light, so for the frosting we used a whipped topping, aka cool whip.
Red White & Blue Sprinkles: Of course the more color the more fun! We added a pretty mix of the red white and blue sprinkles on top of our cupcakes.
See recipe card for quantities.
For these Jello cupcakes, start by making your favorite vanilla cupcakes. Make sure not to overfill your cupcake liners.
Only fill them about ⅔ the way. Let the cupcakes cool completely before adding the Jello.
While they cool, combine ½ a cup of boiling water with half a bag of the blue Jello in a small container and stir until completely dissolved.
In a separate bowl, mix ½ a cup of boiling water with the red Jello and stir until it's completely dissolved.
Using the back of a wooden spoon, poke three holes into each one of your cooled cupcakes.
Now this is the tricky part. Very carefully spoon the some of the Jello mixture into the holes of your cupcake. Make sure to only use one color per hole.
So in each cupcake you'll have 2 holes filled with red Jello, and one hole filled with blue Jello or Vice Versa. We alternated for each of our cupcakes.
Once all the holes of you cupcakes are filled, pop the cupcakes into the fridge for at least 30 minutes so the Jello can soak into your cupcakes and stiffen.
Finally frost your cupcakes with your favorite cupcake frosting. I suggest vanilla frosting or use cool whip topping like we did.
Finish off all your cupcakes with the red, white and blue sprinkles.
And these babies really sparkle when they're broke open. Just look at all those colors oozing out of the cupcake!
Hint: Try to work somewhat quickly so you can fill the cupcakes and get them into the fridge before they become to soggy.
The cool thing about Jello cupcakes is that the possibilities are endless! You could use a varitey of different Jello's for endless combinations.
Some of my favorite ideas:
- Strawberry Jello Cupcakes: For a summer treat
- Orange and Purple Jello Cupcakes: For a fun Halloween cupcake
- Green Jello Cupcakes: For St. Patty's Day
See, pick a holiday or occasion and use those colors of Jello to come up with your perfect combination!
The equipment needed for this recipe is very minimal. All you need is a cupcake pan and a few bowls!
These cupcakes will keep in the fridge for up to a week in a covered container. Make sure not to leave them at room temperature for too long. The jello will melt and become a soggy mess.
- 12 Vanilla cupcakes
- 1.5 oz blue jello (half of a small box)
- 1.5 oz red jello (half of a small box)
- 1 cup boiling water, divided
- 8 oz cool whip topping
- Patriotic sprinkles
- Prepare cupcakes according to box directions.
- When cake is cooled, combine ½ cup boiling water with blue Jello in a bowl. Stir until dissolved.
- In another bowl, combine ½ cup boiling water with red Jello. Stir until dissolved.
- Using a wooden spoon, poke three holes in each cupcake.
- Carefully spoon Jello mixtures into the holes, trying to only pour one color into each hole. In each cupcake, I pour one color in two holes and the other color into one hole.
- Place cupcakes in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow Jello to soak in.
- Frost with whipped topping and finish things off with sprinkles.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 355Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 0gSugar: 36gProtein: 2g