Lite Summer Jello Cake

This Jell-o cake is a lite, and cool, sweet treat for a hot summer day, or really any day.

You can make it with regular Jell-o and regular whipped cream but I have served it in it’s ‘lite’ version & nobody ever realized it. They gobbled it up like it was full-on sugar overload.

1-  box of white cake mix

1 – 12 oz can of diet 7-Up

2 – pkgs of Cherry Jell-o .30 oz

Note: When Jello-o is made make sure you hold out at least 1 to 1 1/2 cups or just make one pkg


1 – tub of lite or fat free whipped cream

Ok, for those of you who haven’t heard of soda cakes, this is the different part.

Pour the contents of your cake mix into the bowl & 12 oz of soda, no eggs, no oil. Just the soda. Don’t worry, it will cook & rise normally.

I have used other white sodas but prefer the flavor of 7Up for this recipe.

Mix well until blended. Poor batter into your baking dish, saving just a little at the bottom of the bowl for you to ‘clean up’ later <wink wink, nudge nudge>. Place your cake in the oven and while its cooking, go lick, I mean, clean the bowl.

Refer to the back of your cake box for baking times.

When cake is done, let cool for a few hours.

Use the handle of a wooden spoon or something of similar size (I used this fork) to poke holes in the cake. I poke about 3 – 4 holes across, in rows aprox 1 to 2 inches apart.

Prepare sugar free Jell-o as instructed on packet and then pour over cake making sure to douse generously. In preparing two .30 oz pkgs of jello, I usually leave about 2 or 3 cups out of the cake to pour in cups and snack on later. 

Ohhhh, see those beautiful vege’s behind the Jell-o, those my dear are for the Italian Sausage Stromboli recipe coming soon. My mouth is watering just thinking about its yummie-ness. 

Get out your lite or fat free cool whip and schmear it on top of your cake.

You can even decorate it on top with fruit, get all fancy & stuff.

I didn’t. I had too many other things to do that day. It was still de-licious.

 After you’ve schmeared on the whipped cream, refrigerate & serve when your kids (or spouse) are screaming, crying, or otherwise driving you nuts. It should quiet them down at least temporarily. Hopefully it will also put a smile on their faces & they will forget they were ever acting out in the first place.

Heres hoping!

Stromboli now posted —> 

65 thoughts on “Lite Summer Jello Cake

  1. Freshly Pressed! Nice work pale sister! This is very similar to the Jello Poke Cake my mom used to make me when I was growing up…my fave! Slathered in Cool Whip and vanilla pudding icing…mmmmmmmmm…might try this one out though as it’s most definitely lower in calories!


  2. hey hey hey! congrats on Freshly Pressed! 🙂
    enjoy the ride…I hope you didn’t have anything else planned for today!


  3. Quick cake question! Cause I think this may be easy enough for even me to make!! haha After pouring the jello on to the cake, do you have to let it cool and harden before putting the whipped cream on it, or just do it like so, and then refrigerate? All in all, it looks amazing (and delish!!). Congrats on your Freshly Pressed!! 😀


    • You let the cake cool a few hours after it comes out of the oven.
      After you’ve poked holes & poured in the jello, you can go ahead and top with the whipped cream & then refrigerate. No need to wait.
      BTW, stopped by your blog, your muffin story had me cracking up. Keep at it, you’ll get the hang of it!


      • hahah thanks for the pointers! This is definitely something I want to try! 🙂 (after the Great Muffin Disaster, I need something that will turn out! haha)


  4. This recipe sounds great! It brings back a lot of childhood memories for me, too; Jell-O cakes were the staple celebration dessert in our house. Thanks for bringing us a lower calorie version;-)


  5. Ahah, I like your suggested uses for this cake! I have a friend whose mother used to make her a jell-o cake every birthday, but I never really understood what it was until reading this post, so thanks for sharing!

    ~Kurious Kitteh


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  7. That sounds delicious! I am a huge fan of Jello cakes…. my Gram made them when I was growing up, and called them “poke cakes.” BUT I’ve always made the cake mix the traditional way… can’t wait to try it with the 7up!


  8. This is great!
    My daughter likes making Jell-o. I have been trying to get her to pick brownie/cake/cookie mixes for us to experiment with, but no, she wants to make only Jell-o. I think she will like this.
    Thanks for sharing.


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