Yeah, OK, I know I promised to lay off of the coconut recipes because you coconut haters are over it but I just couldn't resist this one! There are several versions of this floating around and every time I see one I have the same reaction: salivating, lip smacking and head nodding while thinking something along the lines of... gurl, I got to get me some of that... umm-mmmm... yes. I. do.
If you have no idea what a Raspberry Zinger is, it’s a snack cake made by Hostess. It’s a little baby cream-filled white cake coated with raspberry goodness rolled in coconut. And this cake is like its granddaddy.
Raspberry Zinger Poke Cake
1 box white cake mix
Egg whites, water and oil for cake
1 4-serving box raspberry flavored gelatin
2/3 cup boiling water
2/3 cup ice water
1 8-oz. tub cool whip
2-3 cups sweetened flaked coconut
Bake cake per manufacturer’s instructions for a 13x9 pan. Cool cake completely in the pan. Poke holes in cake using a serving fork, skewer or whatever gets it done (try not to use a regular fork if the tines are pretty close together because it might tear up the cake too much).
Mix gelatin with boiling water and stir until completely dissolved. Stir in ice water then slowly pour gelatin mixture evenly over cake. Cover cake and refrigerate until cool. Ice cake with cool whip then sprinkle evenly with coconut.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.