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Redhot Patriotic Poke Cupcakes

These Redhot Patriotic Poke Cupcakes were inspired by Patriotism, a love of desserts and my grandchildren who love Red Hots and Fireball candies!

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A funny story about poke cakes

I remember ‘Poke’ cakes from when they first became popular back in the, well hmmm, was it the late ’70’s or sometime in the crazy  80’s? I don’t remember but I do have a funny story to tell about my first ‘poke’ cake!

There was a nice 4th of July celebration at my church. Someone thought it would be fun for all of us ladies to bring a Poke cake! (there is absolutely no way that I would agree to being a part of everyone making the exact same thing ever again!) Anyway, there was a small group of ladies gathered around the dessert table. One particular lady is going to town talking about just how horrible one of the cakes looked. When she decided to take a break from being the judge of the ugliest cake conversation, I simply and quietly stated, “I did the best I could.” Ugly cakes are always the best ones!

That was when I was a young homemaker, many years ago. My baking skills have improved slightly so I ventured into making Poke Cupcakes for a fun Patriotic dessert!

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I made these Redhot Patriotic Poke Cupcakes at my daughter’s home surrounded by my precious grandchildren. Grandma’s enjoy creating memories with their Grands and baking treat for holidays is a great way to do that.

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I did not want to use food coloring to make the frosting a deep blue. Berry Blue gelatin works fine if you don’t mind having that beautiful shade of aqua blue. I don’t mind.

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Our poke cupcakes are displayed on a Tupperware Pedestal Stand. USA Flag Picks added a fun festive spirit!

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Redhot Patriotic Poke Cupcakes

A Patriotic, fun dessert to celebrate America.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Shirley Wood


  • 1 pkg. white cake mix
  • Eggs and oil according to cake mix package directions
  • 1 Can vanilla frosting
  • 1 Box Berry Blue gelatin
  • 1 small pkg. Red Hot candies
  • 1 small pkg. Fireball candies
  • 1 pkg. red gelatin cherry or strawberry
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1.2 cup cold water


  • Follow directions on back of cake mix box for making cupcakes.
  • Bake cupcakes according to directions, then allow to cool.
  • While cupcakes are cooling, spoon the frosting into a bowl. Pour the Berry Blue gelatin into the frosting and mix completely. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, pour the boiling water over the red gelatin and stir until dissolved. Pour the cold water in and stir.
  • Using a meat fork or a wooden skewer, poke holes into the cupcakes at about 1/4 inch intervals. (Don’t use a dinner fork as the holes will be too large)
  • Pour or spoon the gelatin over the holes in the cupcakes.
  • Pipe the frosting on top.
  • Place a single fireball on top and then surround that fireball with Red Hot candies
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Make these fun Patriotic poke cupcakes for all red, white and blue celebrations like Memorial Day and 4th of July.

Do you love poke cake recipes? Try this Lime Poke Cake Recipe you can decorate for Halloween or Christmas. This Grasshopper Poke Cake Recipe is filled with fudge for chocolate lovers.

More Red White and Blue Food and Fun

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  1. Hi Shirley,

    I have never made a poke cake before but I would imagine the possibilities are endless- hence you creating one made from red hot candies! I love that it was festive for the 4th! Thanks for sharing at the Talented Tuesday link party!

  2. Such a fun idea! And I absolutely love the look of the inside of the cupcake. Thanks so much for linking up with us over at the Creative Inspiration Party. See you next week! Mon 8p CST – Thurs 8p CST.

  3. When was the last time you ate a red hot? A good life question that I should ask myself more. Love this idea! Thanks so much for linking up to the Merry Monday Link Party! Hope to see you next week!- Treana @ houseofbennetts.com

    1. Oh yes, that is a great question for us to ask ourselves! Life is short, let’s have fun! Thank you for the kind words! I will see you again at Merry Monday 🙂

  4. These are different. I’ve never used “hot” candies in a cupcake before. Would love if you come and join us on our Merry Monday Linky Party on Sunday at 6pm PST.

  5. I remember those first poke cakes! Does that make us old? Of course not, because everything old is new again! I’ll see recipes on Pinterest that are all the rage and I think, “that’s so decades ago,” but it’s always new to someone.

    Having said that, your cupcakes are beautiful and I’ve never had a poke cake with red hots. And it really makes me want one. This is a perfect dessert for kids and adults and especially for the 4th of July! I’m pinning to my 4th of July board!

    Now I’m wanting a fireball. Haven’t had one in years! 🙂

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