An old Southern recipe passed down through my grandmother. You can vary the flavor of gelatin used in order to get a specific color for any holiday, e.g. lime for St. Patrick's day. You can top this cake with berries, sprinkles, or any topping of your choice.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
6 hrs 30 mins
total:
7 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x13-inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

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  • Combine cake mix, water, eggs, and oil in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 24 to 29 minutes. Let cool completely, at least 30 minutes.

  • Pour cold water into a bowl. Sprinkle gelatin mix on top. Let stand until softened, about 1 minute. Add boiling water and stir constantly until granules are completely dissolved.

  • Poke holes all over the cake using a fork. Pour gelatin mix into the holes. Refrigerate cake until gelatin is set, up to 6 hours.

  • Spread whipped topping over cake.

Cook's Note:

Substitute vanilla frosting for the whipped topping if desired.

Nutrition Facts

310 calories; protein 3.8g; carbohydrates 38.5g; fat 16g; cholesterol 41.6mg; sodium 286.1mg. Full Nutrition
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