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.


ChickenStamps said...

This looks like the perfect dessert for tonight....cool, colorful and refreshing. I always forget about the simple recipes I love so much. This is one of them. I haven't made it in several years. Shame on me! I'm going to make it right now. Thanks for your great blog! You are inspiring and delightful! It's so nice to connect with you again.

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

This has always been one of my favorites. Not only is it delicious, but it's so fun to poke the holes in it! We always called it a Jello Poke Cake. I think it was one of the first cakes I ever made, too.

Sheri said...

This is not helping my sweet tooth! Send one piece via ethernet cord immediately!

I love canned green beans. One of my favorite foods. Glad you are enjoying some time with friends.

alice said...

I remember that cake. It's very similar to a cake that my mom used to make for my birthday, I think she used lemon jello, and then made some sort of glaze with powdered sugar, poured it on top and then put the cake under the broiler for a few minutes. Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe. I'll have to make it before the strawberries are gone.

Allie said...

Maybe I'm too young, but I've never had this cake. It looks great! Yummmmo!

restyled home said...

Yumm!! You always have the best, doable recipes!! I wish I was your next-door neighbour/best friend! I am sure I would eat very well...


Millie said...

Yum, yum! This has gone straight into my SUNDAY BAKER file!
Millie ^_^

Tanya said...

I love that this is such a memorable recipe. It's old fashioned yumminess :)

Jean, it is fun to poke the holes,lol!

Linda, if you were my next door neighbor, I'd be bringing you baked goods daily so I could sneak a peek at your gorgeous home!

KraftyKerilou said...

Another recipe my mom made! She made 2 round layers, sometimes with 2 different jello types. Always frosted with cool whip! A great summer dessert! Kerilou

Patsyk said...

My mom made this, and a few months back I decided to make cupcakes this way and my boys LOVED them! It's a fun thing to make and it does bring back memories of those simple creations!