Refrigerator Jello Cake

Tess  (TJM) Moore


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

★★★★★ 5 votes
depends on your pan & size of pieces
25 Min
25 Min


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

How to Make Refrigerator Jello Cake


  • 1Dissolve jello in 3/4 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, set aside at room temperature.
  • 2Mix the cake as directed on box and pour into 13x9x2 pan. Bake cake as directed on box.
  • 3Cool 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.
  • 4Refrigerate the cake while preparing the next step.
  • 5Blend 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..
  • 6I have done the cake & poured the jello on top and not added the pudding/frosting. Instead served the cake with ice cream.... another variation...
  • 7Again 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.

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About Refrigerator Jello Cake

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