Tess TJM Recipe

Refrigerator Jello Cake

By Tess TJM tmoo

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Tess' Story

This recipe was on the back of an old Duncan Hines cake box, back in the 60's.. I have made this so many times, frozen it (without the pudding frosting) and had a quick dessert, "on call". I could then decide if I wanted to serve with pudding frosting, cool whip frosting, or ice cream.....My children really liked this cake also and was a good way to have cake without a sugary frosting.... Happy Baking


1 box
small size jello - lime
1 box
lemon cake mix
1 box
instant lemon pudding - 4 serving size
1 1/2 c
1 c
cool whip or whipped cream

Directions Step-By-Step

Dissolve jello in 3/4 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, set aside at room temperature.
Mix the cake as directed on box and pour into 13x9x2 pan. Bake cake as directed on box.
Cool cake for 20-25 minutes. Poke deep holes through top of warm cake (still in the pan) with dinner fork, spacing holes about 1 inch apart. With a cup slowly pour jello mixture into holes... do this alittle at a time so jello doesn't all run to the sides of the pan.
Refrigerate the cake while preparing the next step.
Blend milk and pudding... then fold in cool whip. When pudding has stiffed up some, immediately frost the cake. This cake must be stored in the refrigerator and served chilled. Frosted cake could be frozen for storage, if you want to make this ahead of time....then brought back to refrigerator to thaw out and serve..
I have done the cake & poured the jello on top and not added the pudding/frosting. Instead served the cake with ice cream.... another variation...
Again you can do any combo or cake - jello- pudding that you want.... this lemon lime combo is just a suggestion to get you started.... I have done orange cake - orange jello and served with ice cream.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

  • Comments

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    Carmen Gonzales shweetpotato - Jul 28, 2010
    I LOVE Jello Poke Cake :)
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    ginger nix gingermcclendonnix - Sep 1, 2010
    I have done lots of "poke cakes", but never with jello. I know that the family will love this one! I love the old classics, and this sounds like one of many that I missed.
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    Tess TJM tmoo - Sep 1, 2010
    Thank you Ginger.... with jello you can do so many different flavors.... it certainly is an "old classic"...:-)
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    Jane McMillan-Whittaker janenov46 - Feb 8, 2011
    Makin this today, and I love your kitty, he looks a little like my Spike cat, a total curmungeon, but I love him anyway. Think I willdo it with what I have on hand for jello tho.
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    Tess TJM tmoo - Feb 8, 2011
    Thank you Jane... Her name is Andy..... she will be 17 yrs old in April... I lost her sister, Brandy last summer.... but I love them beyond words... just like your Spike.... Cake works with any jello.... let me know how it turns out..... Tess