Most of you know that I have never been a fan of sweets. I don’t drink pop (soda). I could barely force down a Gatorade due to sugar content just a mere 3 months ago. (One bottle used to last a month…or more). I have never ordered dessert in a restaurant. Though many of my fellow bloggers post sweet treats and they look amazing and sound fantastic, I couldn’t eat most of it. Until now.
I don’t know what happened and friends jokingly blame “the switch” on my blood transfusion but, something did happen when I got out of the hospital in October that made me crave sweets. Immensely. I have never in my life went to the grocery store to come home with all sweets. Yep, I went to the store and came home with 2 brownie mixes, 5 candy bars, a carton of ice cream and caramel topping. What??? Crazy, I know.
Seriously, this was an issue. I have never ever liked sweet things. The only candy I could tolerate was sweetarts, spree’s and sour patch kids. Until now. One night my husband came downstairs and there I was with a brownie, ice cream and caramel on top. He about did a Fred Sanford (fake heart attack for you young one’s). 😉 I wish I had a picture of his face. He was amazed and I think I was just as amazed that I was eating it! Instead, I just busted out laughing, while shoveling more into my mouth. Pretty picture huh?
Anyways, I still like sweets (at the moment) but, I don’t have the insane cravings that I did a month ago. In fact, 2 candy bars have been in the drawer for over a week…yay me! I just think it is so odd, that in my 40 ahem…years that I have never liked sweets and now I’m a regular connoisseur of them.
Which leads me to this post. When I was able to get back on solid food, this was the first thing I made. I’m a health nut if you can’t tell. If you’ve never made this simple recipe, you must give it a try…
Jello Poke Cake
1 box white cake mix (also water, vegetable oil and eggs/eggs whites as instructed on box)
1 box (3 oz.) raspberry-flavored gelatin
1 c. boiling water
1/2 c. cold water
1 container (8 oz.) whipped cream
Fresh raspberries, if desired
Heat oven to 350 degrees (325 for dark or nonstick pans).
Make cake as directed on box for a 13 x 9 inch pan. Cool completely in pan, about 1 hour.
Pierce cooled cake all over with a fork. In a small bowl, stir gelatin and boiling water until sugar is dissolved. Stir in cold water. Pour over cake. Refrigerate 2 or more hours. Frost with whipped cream; garnish with raspberries if desired.
Store covered in refrigerator.
*Tips: I used Betty Crocker SuperMoist white cake mix. You can use what you like but the white cake with the jello shows up the prettiest. Also, you can use a different flavored gelatin, it doesn’t have to be raspberry. Enjoy!
Yum! Looks delish, Suzie! I wish I had the same attitude about desserts as you used to…I’m forever eating desserts! Eeeep. Forget sweet tooth, I have sweet teeth. 🙂 your cake looks yummy!
Sweet teeth!!! ha ha ha…I love it!
That is so crazy that your taste for sweets just turned on! I have heard of that happening in people with blood transfusions and transplants, but I never knew anyone personally that it happened to! The cake looks so good … yum!
Yeah, it’s strange Jane. Even when I was little I didn’t care for sweets, so to like them now is just so…odd! And to actually crave them really freaks me out 😉
How totally weird to have ended up with a sweet craving like that! I’ve heard of people who got organ implants suddenly liking foods they never liked before so who knows…maybe our blood carries more info than we realize?!
The cake sounds yummy and I think I’ll add it to the list for our upcoming Solstice gathering – I was looking for ideas on stuff that we haven’t already served before. All the kids and grandkids will be here and I am sure it’ll be a hit! Thanks! 🙂
If I heard “my story” from someone else, I might be skeptical but it’s the truth and people know that I have never liked sweets. My son used to love this about me. I would buy something sweet at the store that looked good on occasion. By the time I got home that thought was long gone or I took one bite and then my son knew it was all his…lol! I think he encouraged that in me. Oh, and for the record I always made birthday cakes, brownies, etc. My son wasn’t deprived…ha!
Wow, does that sound delish, it’s like a tres leche cake only with the raspberry gelatin, How strange to have found your inner sweet tooth as a result of your medical issues. Well, you have now joined a very large club of sugar fans. It may not last forever but I do hope you enjoy it while it lasts.
I know I have entered the world of sugar fans all over. It’s funny because sweets look so good to me, I just didn’t like the taste. I even loved the smell, I have a lotion that is chocolate! Now, I love to eat it too 🙂
Oh wow, you are hard core!! I’ve always been a fan of sweets I guess it started as a child, never really grew out of it, although I wish I did sometimes, would be a whole easier to stick to a diet.
That’s why I don’t care if it’s just a phase…I don’t want the weight! 🙂
That is so bizarre about the sudden liking of sweets! I have never heard of anything like that happening, but go with it while you can 🙂
I’m bizarre like that 😉
I forgot about this cake! A friend of mine made one for her birthday when I was young. I loved it and found it so refreshing. It’s not overly sweet, so I thought maybe that is why you loved it, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with brownies, ice cream and caramel. 😉
Another friend thought the same as you about the cake but yep, it doesn’t explain the rest…lol!
I don’t have much of a sweet tooth too, but salty shit? That’s my crack. Okay, unless the salty is WITH the sweet, then I’ll have it. 😀
A former co-worker used to bring that cake to potlucks – totally forgot about it, but so easy!
I was the exact same way Biz…love my salty snacks and I still do. Now, I just do both…ha!! I’m in big trouble 😉
Oh, if only I had the problem of not loving sweets! Ha. I’m a major sugar addict, and would take a slice of this cake any old day.
I would share the cake but I ate it all 😉
Haha welcome to my sweet world my friend we have missed you 😉
You bake up really well!
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Even though I like chocolate, you have me beat…lol!! You’re the chocolate Queen 🙂
yay on liking sweets!! 🙂 You’ll never look back! 🙂
and this cake looks so yum 🙂
You’re right, I’m never looking back… at my rear!! 😉
I’ve actually made a lighter version of this very cake! http://mykitchenadventures1.blogspot.com/2011/01/raspberry-zinger-cake.html It’s really delicious and super easy! I think doing it in red jello and green jello would be so cool for Christmas!
I just checked it out, they are similar. I must try your version now too 🙂 I agree the Christmas colors would be pretty.
Well it would be best if the sugar love did go away but truthfully, I so love you loving sweets! haha! You’re my sugar sister now! I’ve made a coconut poke cake but never a jello poke cake and I think I should try it too–would be good for a summer gathering.
Sugar sister…ha ha ha!! Renee’s link has coconut in that one and it looks good. Like I want one right now good!
I wish I didn’t like desserts. Then I wouldn’t feel a strong “I want this!” feeling after seeing your post 🙂 Love the colored streaks in the white cake! I bet this would be perfect for the holidays with red and green jello streaks.
I have a feeling I’m going to be like most everyone here and wish I didn’t like them after a while. I can see how they’re addicting 🙂 The Christmas colors would be great!
so strange about your sudden hop on the sugar bandwagon, but now you have lots of new recipes to discover! this sounds amazing. 🙂
I agree Sarah, it’s just so strange that I know like sweet stuff. Weird, weird, weird 😉 I’m already pinning sweet treats on pinterest…oh no!
I wish we could’ve seen hubs face! I can only imagine the scene…makes me smile to think of a happy Suzie sitting before a gigantic mound of ice cream. and I was JUST thinking about jello poke cake this morning as I was doing the dishes…it was part of my project for a sophomore public speaking class and I remember people asking me what it was. Yours is so pretty (and pink, my fave)! I’m glad to hear you have a voracious appetite and are baking and being funny Suzie =)
Oh you would have laughed girl, his face was priceless! That’s so funny you just had jello poke cake on your mind. My appetite is huge girl and I always LOVE to have fun! xoxo
It looks super duper delish, Suzie. p.s I don’t drink soda either ;-)) The last cola I drank must be dated back to 30 years ago ;-)) and I wasn’t impressed. But I love cookies, and cake.
That’s awesome, I don’t meet to many people like myself that don’t drink soda/pop. Yay for us! Even though I like sweets now, I will never like that stuff…yuck…way to sweet for me!! 🙂
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