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Christmas Jello Cake


I can’t believe I bought Cool Whip! I don’t think I ever have. I’m not even sure the last time I ever had it. As kids growing up, Mom usually had Dream Whip – the powdered whipping mix – or the can of whipped cream. Dream Whip could sit on a shelf and not take up valuable freezer space…

Regardless, Mom made this cake a couple of times when we were kids. I just remember I couldn’t wait to have a piece. It was sweet, gooey, and all of the things I still love in a dessert. The ingredients may not be all that great, but every once in a while, nostalgia is going to trump nutritional standards. Once in a while.

Making the cake came about because we’re having Ugly Christmas Sweater Day at work, today. You may ask what what a cake and an ugly sweater have in common, and if you answered “nothing,” you would be correct. I just needed an excuse to make it and this seemed as good an excuse as any.

The cake is pretty straightforward. White cake mix and a couple boxes of Jello. Bake cake, pour Jello on top, frost with Cool Whip.


I thought of whipping fresh cream, but, somehow, it just didn’t seem right. It probably would taste better, but… it’s a Jello cake made with a cake mix. Sometimes you need to just go with it and accepot what it is.


The cake was pretty easy to put together, although I had to dip one of the pans in warm water to loosen it. Otherwise, it came together in minutes. Cool Whip is extremely easy to use as a frosting!


I’ll take a picture of the inside when I cut it open at work.

Merry Christmas Memories!

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    JoEllen Baker
    December 24, 2014

    Oh my, I remember my ma making this for us kids when we were all younger. It was my favorite, I couldn't wait til she brought it out to cut. Now that I'm older I carry on the traditional jello-cake at Christmas time. It's an all time favorite in our household. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    December 29, 2014

    You're welcome! I think I'm going to make one for Easter using Easter pastel colors... :)

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    Mary Osborne
    December 29, 2014

    I haven't thought of this cake in YEARS. Wonderful memories. Happy New Year. meo

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