Jello Cake Recipe

Looking for a fun and festive cake? Then you’re going to love this Jello cake recipe! Made with red and green Jello, this cake sure looks the part of Christmas!

Since this is a Jello cake, it is a nice change from the typical Christmas flavors that people won’t be expecting! Have fun making and eating this cake during the holiday season! 

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Why you’ll love this recipe

This is a great cake that kids and adults are both sure to love, even the pickiest eaters. It’s also a really easy Christmas Jello cake to make yet it looks like a dessert that took more effort to create. Since you’ll be chilling it at the end for the Jello, you also don’t have to worry about trying to serve it warm.

A red and green Jello cake sliced with a view inside

Ingredients for this recipe

White cake mix: Prepared according to package directions and baked in two 8-inch round pans
Boiling water: For creating the Jello.
Strawberry Jello: For the red color.
Lime Jello: For the green color.
Cool Whip: To ice the cake with.
Sprinkles: To decorate the cake with.

Jello cake recipe ingredients

Equipment needed for this recipe

Mixing bowls are needed for combing the ingredients of this cake. Be sure to have a whisk handy for combining the ingredients together. A cake platter is great for when you’re serving the cake and be sure to have a cake server to cut and serve the individual pieces of cake. 

How to make Jello cake

Two layers of vanilla baked

Step 1: Bake the cakes according to the package directions, then poke holes all over the cake with a fork or chopstick.

red jello cake and green jello cake

Step 3: Pour the strawberry Jello over one of the cakes and the lime Jello over the second cake. Cover the cakes and refrigerate for 2-3 hours until fully chilled.

two bowls of jello, one red and one green

Step 2: Divide the water between two small mixing bowls. Add the strawberry Jello to one bowl and the lime Jello to the other; stir until the gelatin is dissolved.

Cake iced with sprinkles on top

Step 4: Turn one of the cakes out onto a serving platter. Frost generously with Cool Whip, then place the second cake on top. Frost the entire cake with the Cool Whip. Decorate with sprinkles if desired.

Step 5: Chill the cake for at least 1 hour before serving.

Expert Tips

– I made the white cake using the instructions for egg whites instead of whole eggs.

– 9-inch cake pans can be used instead of 8-inch, but the cake layers will be shorter. 


– I greased the cake pans with non-stick cooking spray and placed a round piece of parchment paper in the bottom of each pan to ensure the cakes wouldn’t stick.


– If the cakes won’t release from the pan after chilling, dip the bottom of the pans in a bowl of hot water to melt the gelatin in the bottom of the pan. This should allow the cake to release from the pan easier.


– The leftover cake should be stored in the refrigerator and can be kept for up to a week. It can also be frozen for up to three months.  

Other recipes like this Jello cake with Cool Whip 

If you’re looking for other Jello recipes similar to this, try out this Jello Cookies Recipe. You may also enjoy this Cranberry Jello Salad with Coolwhip. A Strawberry Jello Pie Recipe would make a great Christmas dessert. Strawberry Jello Salad With Cool Whip is a great dessert served individually. This Jello Ribbon Salad would also be a really fun Christmas dessert choice. 

Common Questions

What happens when you add Jello to a cake mix?

The cake sponge will absorb the Jello mixture and turn the cake into the color of the Jello (especially if you’re using a yellow cake mixture). It will also infuse the cake with the flavor of the Jello added, and change the texture of the plain cake sponge. 

A slice of red and green Jello cake

Storage suggestions

You can store this cake in the fridge for up to 3 days, though I’m sure it’ll be gone long before then!

Yield: 8

Jello Cake Recipe

A slice of red and green Jello cake

This Jello cake recipe is the perfect option for a dessert recipe to share any time of year even during the Christmas holiday!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • White cake mix prepared according to package directions and baked in two 8-inch round pans
  • 2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry (red) Jello
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lime (green) Jello
  • 1 tub (8 ounces) Cool Whip, thawed
  • Sprinkles for garnish

Instructions

    Step 1: Bake the cakes according to the package directions, then poke holes all over the cake with a fork or chopstick.

    Step 2: Divide the water between two small mixing bowls. Add the strawberry Jello to one bowl and the lime Jello to the other; stir until the gelatin is dissolved.

    Step 3: Pour the strawberry Jello over one of the cakes and the lime Jello over the second cake. Cover the cakes and refrigerate for 2-3 hours until fully chilled.

    Step 4: Turn one of the cakes out onto a serving platter. Frost generously with Cool Whip, then place the second cake on top. Frost the entire cake with the Cool Whip. Decorate with sprinkles if desired.

    Step 5: Chill the cake for at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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