Strawberry Jello Cake is a deliciously fun treat that only requires 3 ingredients! Fruity Jello, creamy Cool Whip and fresh strawberries come together to make a cake that’s oh-so refreshing.

Strawberry Jello Cake on a stand

Jello Cakes are perfect for any occasion! They are great for summertime barbecues, office pot-lucks or on the 4th of July. Here at Momsdish, we are no stranger to a good, old-fashioned jello cake. Try out our Strawberry Jello Poke Cake and Jello Fruit Cake Dessert

I know this cake screams summer, but don’t limit yourself to it only during the warmer months. My kids LOVE this cake. In fact, they often request that I make it for their birthdays and school parties. Since it only requires three ingredients, I often make it for them during the week when I am in a good enough mood (haha!). 

How to Make Jello Cake

This cake couldn’t get any easier to make. First, you will mix up your Jello according to the package instructions. Then, you will allow the Jello to half-set in the refrigerator. Next, you will mix in your Cool Whip until your mixture is smooth and completely combined. 

Grab a springform pan and fill it with your Jello and Cool Whip batter. Cut some fresh strawberries in half and place them in a ring alongside the inner edge of your pan on top of the cake. Allow the cake to set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. 

Tip: If you don’t have a springform pan, simply use a glass baking dish. 

Jello Cake in the mold

Does Jello Cake Need to be Refrigerated?

If Jello Cake is not refrigerated, it will turn into a mushy mess. It is important that you keep your cake in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it. If you plan on taking it to a party, keep it in a cooler and transfer it into the fridge upon your arrival. 

Tip: Make this cake the night before you plan to bring it to a party or pot-luck. Letting it set overnight will guarantee that it has the most stability for car travel! 

How Long is Jello Cake Good for?

This cake will stay fresh for about a week when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Since Jello and Cool Whip have long shelf lives, all you really need to worry about is the freshness of the fruit. If your fruit looks and tastes yummy still, don’t hesitate to keep eating it past a week. 

Strawberry Jello Cake Dessert slice on a plate

Fruits to Use in Jello Cake

You can get very creative with this dessert. Switch things up and use different fruits and Jello flavors! For my sons’ birthdays, I like to make this cake using their favorite colors. It’s hard to go wrong here, but I’ll list a couple of my go-to flavor combinations below: 

  • Pineapple flavored Jello with pineapple chunks
  • Pineapple flavored Jello with mango chunks
  • Lime flavored Jello with strawberry pieces 
  • Strawberry Jello with banana coins (be mindful that bananas brown faster, so plan to eat this cake within a day or two)
  • Cherry Jello with Rainier or Bing cherries
  • Orange Jello with canned mandarin oranges 

Other Jello Desserts to Make 

Still haven’t had your fill of wiggly, sweet Jello? Here are a couple more of my favorite Jello recipes: 

  • Espresso Jello Shots: Layers of sweet milk and coffee Jello make for a perfect treat that will brighten up even the most gloomy day! 
  • Panna Cotta Recipe: This is the perfect creamy dessert to make when you can’t fathom turning on the oven during a hot summer day. 
  • Birds Milk Jello Cake: A classic and refreshing Russian dessert made with sour cream and cocoa. 

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.