Strawberry JELL-O Cake

When you imagine JELL-O cake, you probably think of some strange gelatin dessert that bounces back and forth when you poke it with a fork. Or, you might picture JELL-O served with cake on the side. If any of these images pop into your head, you are dead wrong!

This cake is like strawberry shortcake…on drugs.

I’m a chocoholic, but this famous recipe from my Aunt Terri doesn’t contain any chocolate. Not to mention, it’s my favorite homemade dessert that’s super-easy to make but wows guests every time.

Rather than try to explain it, I’ll give you a photo recap of how to create this light, moist cake. I promise that you’ll never make a standard box of yellow cake after you see how simple and delicious this cake is.


  • 1 box of white cake mix and the ingredients needed to bake the cake
  • 2 three-ounce boxes of sugar-free strawberry JELL-O mix (or 1 large box)
  • 1 pound of fresh strawberries
  • 2 eight-ounce tubs of fat-free Cool Whip


  1. Make cake according to the directions.
  2. Cool cake and then cut zig zags in the cake (looks like a criss-cross formation).
  3. Prepare both boxes of JELL-O with 2 cups of hot water and 2 cups of cold water; stir powder with water.
  4. Take a turkey baster and squirt the JELL-O mixture into the holes of the cake. Pour remaining mixture over the entire cake.
  5. Cut strawberries into slices.
  6. Frost the cake with both tubs of Cool Whip and place strawberries on top.
  7. Chill cake in the fridge for several hours.
  8. Dig in!

I always feel like a mad food scientist while making this recipe. Nothing quite compares to the strawberry-infused pink swirl in the white cake after it has cooled for several hours.

This cake disappears within a day in my house. Thank goodness Florida strawberry season is in full swing, which means I have an excuse to make another cake soon.

Until next time,



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