Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lemon Jello Cake

This cake always reminds me of Spring.  It is a wonderful cake for any Spring event like Easter, bridal or baby showers, birthday, graduations, or Mother's day.  I like it because I can make it a day ahead.

First, bake a white or yellow cake mix into two 9inch layer cakes.  Just follow the directions on the box and bake and cool as directed.  After removing the layers from the pans, wash the pans and place the cooled cakes back into them.  Poke holes into the cake with a fork (I use a meat fork that has large tines).

Mix 2 small boxes of lemon jello with 2 cups of boiling water and stir for 2 minutes. 

Pour Jello evenly over the two layers.  It's OK if you see little puddles of jello.  Cover the pans with plastic wrap and put into fridge.  You can make these layers several day in advance.  I like to frost the cake on the day I'll be serving it.  To get the layers out of the pans, let them sit in a pan (or kitchen sink) filled with 1/2 of warm/hot water for about 10 seconds.  Then, simply run a knife around the edge and tip it over pop out the cake.

Frost the cake with the Cool Whip.  First frost the bottom layer and then top with the second layer.  Be careful because the top layer likes to slide around.  For extra fun, you can add sliced strawberries to the middle layer.

Here's what the finished cake looks like.  (sorry for the bad lighting - I was frosting this at 5:30 AM on Easter morning!)

I like to add pansies from my garden and a bit of fresh mint.  I only fertilize with organic fertilizers and I wash the flowers and dry them before placing them on the cake.  You can also use thinly sliced lemons for decoration.

Click HERE to print out this recipe (don't worry, it won't have pictures)

You can make this cake in a 9x13 inch pan.  Just follow the baking directions on the box of cake mix and adjust the directions to fit the larger, single layer.


  1. I love this cake! It's perfect for the summer when you don't want something heavy.

  2. Thanks for posting this recipe. I have downloaded it about five times, and can never find it. I plan to make it for Easter. Your cake looks just beautiful! Since we just got 9 inches of snow :-( I think I'll put fancy candy lemon wedges on top. jj


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