White Jello Cake
It's true that with ingredients like Jello and Cool Whip, this cake may not be the most sophisticated or gourmet, but it definitely is refreshing and a delicious summer treat! When I first started to bake, this was one of my staples. In fact, many of you may have had this as kids. I think it was sort of a classic back in the day (along with Spam) It comes out perfect every time, and I love the simpleness of it:
White Jello Cake
First you'll need to make the cake. You can use any white cake mix, but I much prefer a made-from-scratch recipe. It's so easy and really moist. I love it simply on it's own.
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/8 t. salt
1/2 c. shortening (can also use butter, but the cake will turn out whiter if you use shortening)
1 3/4 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
4 egg whites
1 1/3 c. buttermilk (or sour milk)
Grease and flour your cakepan. Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In large mixing bowl, beat shortening on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat until well combined. It'll look like this:
Next, add the egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each:
Next add the dry flour mixture and the buttermilk alternately to the shortening mixture. Beat on low speed after each addition just until combined (don't overbeat). Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes:
Cool for 15 minutes. Poke holes in the cake with a fork, like this:
Boil one cup of water and add it to one package of strawberry jello. Mix with a whisk for 2 minutes. Pour the hot jello evenly over the cake:
Refrigerate for 3 hours. Top with Cool Whip and strawberries. You can use any flavor jello. The kids will surely love this one, especially if you tint the frosting and add sprinkles!
I spent most of the day over at my dear friend Mary's house, canning fresh garden green beans. I can't wait to have a pantry full of canned goods! It's definitely a great way to be thrifty. I'm so glad that some of you have left me some "thrifty" tips, and I'm definitely going to use them. Please keep them coming! Sometimes something sounds so simple, yet it's just something that hasn't occured to you.