JELL-O "Dive-on-In" Cake

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(317) 261 Reviews
Prep Time
1
hr.
15
min.
Total Time
4
hr.
45
min.
Servings

15 servings

This JELL-O cake is a tidal wave of fun—complete with a shimmery gelatin pool and bear-shape graham snacks floating on chewy fruit rings.

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Make It

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  • Prepare cake batter and bake in 13x9-inch pan as directed on package. Cool completely. Invert cake onto platter; remove pan. Use serrated knife to cut and scoop out shallow rectangle from center of cake, leaving 2-inch border of cake on all sides and thin layer on bottom. Reserve removed cake for snacking or other use.
  • Add boiling water to gelatin mixes in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate 1-1/4 hours or until slightly thickened. (Or, see Shortcut Tip for quicker set method.) Pour into center of cake. Refrigerate 3 hours or until gelatin is firm.
  • Frost borders of cake with COOL WHIP. Decorate with remaining ingredients as desired to resemble a swimming pool. Keep cake refrigerated.

Fun Idea

Insert bite-size fish-shaped and octopus-shaped chewy fruit snacks into gelatin "pool" before refrigerating.

Shortcut

For a quick-set gelatin, add 4 cups ice cubes to dissolved gelatin instead of the 1 cup cold water; stir 8 min. or until gelatin begins to thicken. Remove any unmelted ice. Pour thickened gelatin into center of cake; continue as directed.

Make it Easy

For easy removal of cake, line pan with foil before filling with batter.

Servings

  • 15 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 15 servings
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 280
% Daily Value
Total fat 11g
Saturated fat 4.5g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 260mg
Carbohydrate 42g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 31g
Protein 3g
   
Vitamin A 0 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 4 %DV
Iron 6 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • emmaf1234567 |

    it is so bad

  • samanthacastellino |

    I made this for my Husbands birthday and he was totally spelled bound! it was amazing, just a total treat for the eyes and the mouth! Looks so difficult but infact it was so easy :):):) Thank you so much!

  • SuZqZ222 |

    I made this for my son's birthday pool party and it was the CUTEST EVER. Used fruit roll-up pieces for beach towels and had some of the bears laying out in the sun. Also, I used the pre-mixed frosting instead of CoolWhip. Be sure and let the Jello set about half-way (should be sort of lumpy) before trying to put it in the cake. My kids will NEVER forget this. And it tasted great, too!

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