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Light and Refreshing Jell-O Cake

Updated on March 16, 2015

Jell-O Cake

This may not be the first time you heard of this cake, but I love it and love to make it so I had to add it to my hub recipes. I used raspberry flavor Jell-O because my husband like red Jell-O, but you can use any flavor you like.

I have made this cake for Christmas where I made one layer with red Jell-O and one layer with green Jell-O. I also crushed a couple of candy canes and sprinkled it all over the Cool Whip topping. It looks and tastes so pretty. I don't have a picture of that one though.

I also make it for the 4th of July every year. I use 2 cake mixes and use a large rectangular cake pan and put some red jelly in some of the holes and blue in some of them and decorate the cake to look like the flag with strawberries and blueberries. I'm told it's awesome. When I make that cake again I will post it too.

Changes for Cake

  • For less sugar use sugar free Jell-O. I used it several times and it's still good.
  • For less fat use fat free Cool Whip Topping or the store brand is good too.
  • You can use any flavor of Jell-O you like or even combine them in one cake or different layers if you make it in two layers.

Photos of Light and Refreshing Jell-O Cake

Inside of cake
Inside of cake | Source
1 piece of cake
1 piece of cake | Source
Putting the Jell-O in the holes
Putting the Jell-O in the holes | Source
Dipping the cake in the pan in hot water to release jell-o from sides
Dipping the cake in the pan in hot water to release jell-o from sides | Source
Birthday Jell-O cake
Birthday Jell-O cake | Source
Singing Happy Birthday to my husband.
Singing Happy Birthday to my husband. | Source

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5 stars from 2 ratings of Jell-O Cake
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 26 min
Ready in: 41 min
Yields: Serves 8 to 10 people
  • 1 white cake mix
  • 1 box red Jell-O, or any flavor
  • 1 container Cool Whip

Directions.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your cake pan(s).
  2. Prepare cake mix according to the directions on the back of the box. Cool outside of the pans and then clean the pans and put the cake layers back in the pans. (If you are using a rectangular pan, you could skip this step, just let it cool.
  3. Poke hole is the cakes with a large 2 prong fork. Make the holes large enough to spoon the Jell-O in the holes.
  4. For the Jell-O, use a medium bowl and pour in 1 cup of boiling water and stir till the Jell-O is dissolved. Do not add the cold water.
  5. Spoon slowly the Jell-O in the holes of the cake and use as much of it as you can. Cover the cakes in the pans and refrigerate for several hours till the Jell-O is set.
  6. To take the cakes out of the pan, fill the sink with hot water just to the middle of the cake pans and let the cake pans sit in the water for about 20 seconds. The cake should come right out of the pans when inverted.
  7. Decorate and frost with the Cool Whip as shown in the pictures. This cake has to be refrigerated till ready to eat and refrigerate left overs.

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    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks for stopping by, Cornelia. I'm sure you will. Enjoy.

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      Korneliya Yonkova 

      3 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Thank you for this useful recipe, Rachel. Your cake looks so yummy and beautiful. Hope I will be able to prepare something similar. :)

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks Peggy. I will tell him you said Happy Birthday. Thanks for the great comment also.

      Blessings to you.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have never eaten a jello cake but it certainly looks festive. Will pin this to my cakes and sweet breads board. Belated happy birthday to your husband.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks Marinda, I really didn't know this was one of your favorites. Did you take some home?

    • Marinda Seiwell profile image

      Marinda Seiwell 

      3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I can attest to this cake... It's one of my favorites... Very good Mom !

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you "faythef". I appreciate your nice comment.

      Blessings to you.

    • faythef profile image

      Faythe Payne 

      3 years ago from USA

      Oh Yum! I haven't made a Jello-Cake in years.Yours looks so good

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you Alicia for the great comment and for viewing my hubs. It's a good dessert too for when you have a heavy meal and want something lighter for dessert.

      Blessings to you.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I don't remember ever eating a jello cake, but it sounds like a great idea. Your cake looks lovely. I love the thought of covering it with Cool Whip, too!

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you asesta1, for your great comment also. Blessings to you.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks for the great comment, Rebecca. Blessings to you.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks again, Pat. You're so sweet. I love your comments. Thank you for the votes.

      Blessings to you

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      Mary Norton 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, this really looks delicious but at my age, I content myself with looking at the picture....a bite will do.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wow. This looks totally awesome. What a treat!

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      O my goodness , yes. I have not had one of these in ages!!! Must be at least 15 years since I had one.

      Pinned voted up and shared ps

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