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Better Than Jell-O Cake

(recipe, Zanne Miller)


This is Catherine Reinhart's updating of my friend Michelle Holdway's childhood favorite.


  1. Batter for a yellow cake, such as a double recipe of Honor Roll Cake
  2. 1 packet unflavored gelatin
  3. ½ cup low-acid fruit juice, such as blueberry açai or pomegranate
  4. Whipped cream for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13-by-9-inch pan.
  2. Prepare the cake batter and bake it according to the cake recipe's directions.
  3. While the cake is baking, liquefy the gelatin according to packet labeling with the fruit juice.
  4. Remove the cake from the oven and set on a rack to cool. Poke several holes in the cake with the small end of a wooden spoon and pour the gelatin mixture into the holes.
  5. Chill the cake in the fridge. Serve cold with homemade whipped cream.


Read more about summertime cake-baking in Zanne Miller's "The cakes of summer."