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JELL-O "Dive-on-In" Cake

JELL-O "Dive-on-In" Cake is rated 4.5041322314049586 out of 5 by 242.
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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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  • 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.


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.


  • 15 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 15 servings
Calories 280
Total fat 11g
Saturated fat 4.5g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 260mg
Carbohydrate 42g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 31g
Protein 3g
% Daily Value
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.

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made this cake for my nieces and nephews. Made this cake for my nieces and nephews. They were so excited. They all wanted to eat the "water". I used "Fruit Stiped" gum to make beach towels and lounge chairs. I used scissors to create the appearance of fringe on the ends of the towels and used gumballs as beach balls. I did use fluffy white icing instead of cool whip. I put the cake on a large deli-type tray that had a matching lid. I turned the lid up and filled it about 1/4 full of ice and placed the tray w/cake over the ice and snaped the tray into lid. The cake set out for over 3 hours without any change in appearance. They really had a lot of fun with this cake!
Date published: 2007-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i made this to bring to a pool party, and everybody loved it. i made this to bring to a pool party, and everybody loved it. first i amde a yellow cake and on the box it gave a lower-fat recipe, so i used that. i don't think i let it cook all the way and it fell apart. i then made a white cake, still using the lower-fat recipe, and it had a few cracks and didn't come out totally clean, but it was fine because it was to be frosted. i let the jello set too long, but it looked like waves when i put it in because it broke apart! it looked really great. i also didn't use cool-whip because in the past i have and the cool-whip just dripped right off. i used regular vanilla-whipped frosting. so awesome!
Date published: 2005-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from OH SHOOT! OH SHOOT! The first time I tried this , the jello was way too runny. It soaked through the cake & ran out the bottom. You should have seen me stuffing towels, napkins, & small furry creatures around the edges as a pool of pretty blue liquid was oozing across the counter-top, under the microwave, and down the front of the cabinet onto the floor. Slightly thickened? I tried a second time, & waited until the jello was more than half set, and that worked so much better. That night, as my 6 year old son was getting ready for bed, he told us that decorating that cake was the best part of the day, even better than the water balloon fight he had with his sister!
Date published: 2003-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The dive-on-in-cake was a splash! The dive-on-in-cake was a splash! Instead of family game night we decided to make a cake! A good idea that Paul didn't mention is to use real water instead of jello. By utilizing the H2O it creates a realistic wave pool similar to the one at Slitterbon! Its absolutly amazing! It will knock your socks off! Just be sure to gunnite with the chocolate shell syrup so the water stays in the pool! While making our cake we had a tragic accident, a teddy grahm jumped off the diving board and drown with an unsuccesful rescue by our life gaurd! This cake was fun to make but not so much to eat! The taste reminded me of my gym socks!
Date published: 2003-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my daughter's 'beach party' at school (toddlers) and they loved it! I made this cake for my daughter's 'beach party' at school (toddlers) and they loved it! It was ssoo easy to make! All of the adults were super impressed, too! Just one hint - you have to give time for the cake to cool (about 20 minutes) and time for the jello to 'jel' (about 30 minutes)...I prepared and baked it and added the jello in the evening and refrigerated it overnight. (covered with saran wrap) I decorated it the next morning. I used fruit roll ups as beach towels for the teddy grahams (scoring the middle of them with a knife for the teddy bears to sit in) and I did not use the oreos - I didn't think it was necessary. I highly recommend this for any skill level of baking!!!
Date published: 2003-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This cake turned out even cuter than I could have ever imagined. This cake turned out even cuter than I could have ever imagined. We practiced once and I didn't like how thin the cake was, so we purchased a sheet cake from the store and asked for it to be plain white and then we followed the recipe from there. That was the cake was nice and symetrical. The recipe makes way too much jello, only use one box!! We also took someone elses suggestion and made towels out of fruit roll ups and put the teddy grahams out like they were tanning. We made a diving board and a lifeguard chair as well out of sugar waffer cookies and then used the teddy grahams for swimmers and the lifeguard. The kids all said "this is the 'awesomest' cake I've ever seen!!!"
Date published: 2006-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my Grandaughter's 7th Birthday pool party. I made this cake for my Grandaughter's 7th Birthday pool party. I used 2 cake mixes in a 9 x 13 pan to get a nice high cake and had to cook it a little longer to make sure it was cooked through. But this gave me a nice cut out hole for the jello pool. Decorating it was fun and easy. The cake was a great hit. Everyone remarked about how cute it was - even several of the men. Then I also made some ice cream cone cupcakes for the kids. I would definitely make this again. It was time consuming only because you had to let it chill at different stages. But certainly easy to make.
Date published: 2005-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a wonderful recipe...I made this recipe w/my 13-year old babysitter for a cake decorating... What a wonderful recipe...I made this recipe w/my 13-year old babysitter for a cake decorating contest and we took 1st place!!!! We decided to make our border with gummy lifesavers rather than oreo cookies and we made beach towels for some of our teddies w/fruit roll ups. We added a few gum balls as beach balls in and around the pool area and I made miniature lawn chairs out of stick-em paper and toothpicks. The most difficult part of this recipe was the jello but w/a few of the tips on this site (freeze cake while cooking jello and trying the fast jello version w/ice cubes) we were able to pull it off. I would recommend this recipe to anyone who wants a great response for any party or event. Enjoy!!!!
Date published: 2005-04-28
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