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Family Recipe Friday: Jello Pudding Cake

Growing up our pantry was always stocked with cake mix, brownie mix, jello pudding and chocolate chips.   Oh we had other things in there like canned spinach and creamed corn but really, what did I care about those things as a 9 year old!   The flour was kept in a Tupperware container on the top shelf above the dish washer.  As were all the baking necessities including sugar, vanilla, Karo syrup and baking powder.

Mom did a lot of baking.   By the time I was 10 I was baking too, and my sister Gail continues the tradition and is the baker in our family now.   Her pies are killer.  If I’m lucky, she’ll do a guest blog and share her pecan pie recipe one Friday.

Gail was here in Seattle this past week.  We had a ton of fun visiting the Space Needle and walking through the Olympic Park Sculpture Garden.  We also spent a lot of time doing some minor home repairs and teaching me how to use an angle cutter to remove finishing nails. But that’s a different blog post.

Jello Poke Cake Photo from AllRecipies

Jello Poke Cake Photo from AllRecipies

We did some reminiscing too, and during that conversation the topic of jello pudding cakes came up.  OH MY WORD werethose good. The recipe is super easy and the cake looks really fun and tastes moist and yummy.  It was a big hit at the Girl Scout and Camp Fire Girl meetings.   Adults loved it too.   There’s a lot of chilling in this recipe so  you might want to make yourself an adult beverage of choice and do some chillin’ of your own.

Jello Pudding Cake

Prep Time:  20 Minutes  Total Time:  50 Minutes  Serves 10


  • 18 ozs white cake mix
  • 3 egg whites  (or as called for by your cake)
  • 1/3 cup oil  (or as called for by your cake)
  • 1-1/3 cups water  (or as called for by your cake)
  • 3 ozs gelatin dessert (strawberry, raspberry, lemon — anything you want!)
  • 1-3/4 cups boiling water
  • 3-1/2 ozs instant vanilla pudding
  • 1container of cool whip
  • strawberry or other fresh fruit to garnish (fresh, garnish)


1  Bake cake according to package directions in 13 x 9 pan (use all egg whites).
2  Cool in the pan
3  Dissolve jello in boiling water – I like to use a
4  Poke holes all over cake with large utility fork.
5  Pour or spoon jello evenly over cake
6  Refrigerate at at least 2 – 3 hours so cake is chilled and firm
7 Prepare pudding as directed on package for pudding.
8  Chill the pudding until nice and cold
9  Spread pudding evenly over cake.
10 Chill some more
11 Spread Cool Whip over top of cake and garnish with strawberries.

No need to keep chilled once preparation is complete.

2 comments on “Family Recipe Friday: Jello Pudding Cake

  1. Pingback: Jello Creations | Josie B's Baking

  2. Pingback: Jello Cake. Nice light desert perfect after a large meal or barbecue.

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This entry was posted on August 25, 2013 by in Family Recipies, Reynolds, Uncategorized and tagged , .
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