Apr 27, 2012

Next time you bake a cake, consider an alternative to frosting by making a jello cake. Not only is it colorful, it is delicious. Add your favorite jello, such as grape, lemon, or cherry, when you use a white cake mix, or be bold and use two or three different flavors to create a design or theme.

If a topping is a must, create a special one using whipped topping and fruit, such as sliced pineapple or cherries. Fresh fruit is good anytime, and especially as a garnish for jello cake. Slivered almonds or walnut halves polish the stylish presentation of this dessert. Family and friends will love it. If you take it to a meeting or potluck, expect several requests for a return performance.

Groovy Grape Jello Cake

This recipe is easy because it uses a cake mix. Most food companies agree on what you need to add to the mix to prepare the batter, and those are the quantities listed in the recipe. Read the cake box, though, to be sure the amounts needed for oil, water, and eggs are the same. Things like elevation and humidity can sometimes call for a lesser amount on the cake box instructions.

What You Need:

1 box white cake mix (18 ounces)

1 cup water

3 eggs

1/3 cup oil

1 box grape jello (3 ounces)

Frozen whipped topping, thawed

Sliced strawberries or kiwis for decoration

How To Make It:

Prepare the cake batter in a large mixing bowl, according to instructions. Be certain to completely mix the eggs, oil, and water with the mixture. Pour batter into a glass baking dish.

Bake cake, remove from oven, and let cool thoroughly.

Poke holes in the top of the cake using a toothpick, hitting the bottom of the baking dish. The holes let the jello to travel down through the cake.

Prepare the grape jello according to the package instructions, except do not let it to set. Pour it all over the top of the cake. Do not panic when it turns purple and looks soggy. The gelatin in the mix will firm up as it is chilled and the cake will be fine.

Put the cake in the refrigerator for at least five hours. Overnight is even better. The grape jello will become more solid during that time.

To remove the cake after the jello has set, remove the baking dish from the refrigerator and place it in a larger dish of hot (not boiling) water. Be sure the water is not near the top of the dish, since you do not want to get the cake wet. Remove the baking dish after 1 minute. Dry any water off the dish. Hold the serving platter firmly against the dish and turn the dish over, placing the platter on a table or counter. The cake should slip out of the baking dish, which can now be lifted off.

Using a rubber spatula or table knife spread the thawed whipped topping over the cake. Be as creative with the texture as you want to be. Smooth, swirly, or wavy, the topping is going to look good. Arrange the strawberry or kiwi pieces on the top and sides of your Groovy Grape Jello Cake.

Cover and refrigerate any remaining cake.

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