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Jello Cake

Looking for a nice light dessert to serve in all the holiday celebrations? Look no further. This dessert brings back childhood memories for me and is definitely a vintage dessert having stood the test of time and is still delicious today. This recipe is my friend Carolyn's version of the dessert. Cherry Jello is my personal favorite but you can change it to any flavor you like.

  • 3-4 sleeves of graham crackers (my pan is not quite 9x13 and only needs three sleeves, but some comments say they use 4 sleeves of crackers)
  • 1 large package of cherry flavored jello (170g)
  • 2 cups boiling water 
  • 4 cups of ice cubes
  • 500 ml whip cream (2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  1. Boil 2 cups of water and dissolve package of cherry jello, stir well.
  2. Add 4 cups of ice cubes until it begins to thicken, remove excess ice cubes that will no longer melt. 
  3. Whip the cream until stiff with the icing sugar.
  4. In a 9x13 pan, dot the bottom of the pan with whipped cream so the first layer of graham wafers stay in place.
  5. Add a layer of graham wafers covering the bottom of the pan. If the cake pan has rounded edges break the corners to fit better.
  6. Add half the whipped cream covering the entire surface of the wafers. 
  7. Add another layer of graham wafers.
  8. Gently pour half of the almost set the jello and spread from corner to corner. 
  9. Add another layer of graham wafers on top of the jello. 
  10. Repeat layers, with the jello on top as shown in the picture. 

Don't worry if the jello looks lumpy it usually sets completely smooth.
Let it set in the refrigerator overnight or a minimum of 8 hours. 
What an easy festive dessert, it quickly becomes a favorite.


  1. This might be a vintage dessert, but it's new to me. I can hardly wait to try it!

  2. I haven't heard of this dessert either (and I'm from the vintage era [smile])but it sounds like it would be perfect after a heavy meal.

  3. This looks easy and delicious. I am currently under "kitchen renovation" so I'm doubly happy it does not require an oven:) Do you think Frozen whip topping would work instead of real whip cream?
    Thank you for sharing. Your recipes always look delicious!

    1. Deb S. Yes you can substitute whipped topping if you like. It won't make any difference.

  4. This looks wonderful for the holidays - perfect for everyone!

  5. Yummy! Made this yesterday for the grands coming today:). Found I needed a fourth sleeve of the wafers to complete the fourth layer. Each layer took one sleeve of wafers. This means if you have the smaller box of wafers (they contain 3 sleeves), you will need a second box to complte the recipe. The grandkids will love this, it looks beautiful, and it is easy and quick to put together with ingredients that are in the cupboard!! Thank you, for sharing, I'm sure it will become a favourite!

  6. Charlotte - this sounds wonderful! I rarely ever make anything with jello anymore - and it's always so good. I can't wait to try this.

  7. I made this for a work potluck lunch. It was delicious! I also needed the extra sleeve of graham crackers to complete the layers. Also, when buying the whipping cream, the carton says 473ml, but there's no need to purchase a second one to bring it to 500ml.

  8. We made this for my daughter's 10th birthday today. She was proud to help make it and we all loved how delicious it was. Thanks! We also used 4 sleeves of graham crackers and strawberry jello. It was so easy and light.

  9. I made this for Christmas and everyone enjoyed it. We had some left yesterday and the longer it sat in the fridge the better it was:) This is a keeper recipe! Thank you so much! Happy New Year!


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