Easy Holiday Cake Recipe

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easy holiday cake recipe

Here’s a cake that you can use all year long for almost every holiday. You can make it into a cake or cupcakes.

Holiday Cake Recipe

1 pkg. white cake
1 pkg. (3 oz) Jello*
1 pkg. coconut

Place coconut and 1 heaping tablespoon of Jello into a jar or container and shake. Set aside. Add rest of Jello to cake mix and then mix and bake according to the directions on the cake box. When done, frost with white frosting and sprinkle with coconut.

*You can use different colored and flavored Jello for different seasons. Use orange for Halloween, red for Christmas, green for St. Patty’s Day, red for Valentine’s Day, etc.

Photo By: eek the cat


  1. Bea says

    Jill, I can picture that cake in my mind and it sounds lovely and yummy. Will make it for sure. Also, I wanted to share 2 holiday recipes with you. They are a candy-like nut. The first one is called “Orange Walnuts” and the ingredients are 1-1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup orange juice, few drops of yellow food color (optional), 1 tsp. grated orange peel, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 3 cups walnut halves. Combine sugar and orange juice in a 2 quart heavy saucepan. Cook to soft ball stage (240). Add a little food color to tint a delicate orange. Remove from heat, add orange peel, vanilla and walnut halves. Stir until syrup begins to look cloudy. Before it hardens, spread mixture on a waxed paper lined baking sheet so nuts do not overlap. When cool, break into bite-size pieces. Store in covered container, in refrigerator or freezer. Makes about 1 pound. The other recipe is called “Grape Walnuts” and it is an amethyst color which is pretty. 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup grape juice, 2 cups walnut halves. Add sugar to grape juice and cook in a 2 quart heavy saucepan to the firm ball stage (248). Remove from heat and pour over walnuts. Stir until syrup becomes creamy and thick. Spread mixture on buttered baking sheet to harden, then break in individual pieces. Store in covered container, in refrigerator or freezer. Makes about 26 pieces or about 1 pound.

  2. barb~ says

    This cake sounds so great..the variations are endless. I wanted to share the easiest cookie recipe I know-

    Peanut Butter Cookies
    1 c. chunky peanut butter
    1 c. sugar
    1 lg. egg

    Combine all and mix well. Bake at 350.

    I can make these quickly and they are really wonderful.

    • says

      Good Afternoon ! was wondering The Peanut Butter Cookies, is this a cake or cookies? was going to try it but don’t know if you use a cookie sheet or cake pan? Just mix it all up and put it in WHAT? Thanks, can’t wait to try this.Sorry I’m Confused.

      • Jenice says

        I make a version of these COOKIES all the time. The only difference in mine is I add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. You make about 1 inch balls and space them about an inch or so apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 – 12 minutes. Let cool a little before removing from pan. Delicious!!! I hope this helps.

  3. rose says

    jill .. do you add the eggs, oil and water to the cake mix ? also .. is the jello in the powder form or do you mix the jello with water ?…
    sorry my thinking cap is not on today …
    oh .. and by the way, just to let you know, my living room has an echo to it …
    i cleaned it up really well last nite and invited the young girl that helped me yesterday and she was soooo impressed she couldnt believe that we actually have a living room again .. ehhehee :D…
    even the cats were happy to see her again ..
    i told my son to get ready for this weekend .. time to start on the garage .. adn she said to my son “john your mom has that look in her eyes again” .. and he said “yes i know and its scary” ..
    ehehhehehe 😀 ahhhhhh kids . …
    i am really shaking things up in the house with all of this decluttering .. no one seems to know what i am up to .. actually i am not up to anything …. just tired of looking at all of this stuff .. 😀
    talk to ya soon jill…
    have a good weekend with that sweet baby jack 😀

    • says

      Rose you mix the cake according to the package directions and then just add the rest of the powdered jello to it. Don’t add water. The jello adds flavor and color. You are really on a roll with your decluttering. There is no stopping you now. :) I’m trying to decide how sweet my baby Jack is this morning. He had his Nan up for 2 hours last night. I guess I still love him anyway and will keep him. :) :)

  4. says

    Barb that recipe has become my husbands favourite cookies.
    he is diabetic and a friend gave it to me and said use splenda the brown sugar blend. They don’t spike his sugar so that is good.
    She also adds a tbsp of chocolate chips to hers which add a bit of taste for the chocolate lovers out there.
    Every time I give the recipe to someone they say “did you forget the flour in the copy.

    Jill have you ever made the cake where when it is baked you poke some holes with the handle of a wooden spoon and pour in jello.
    haven’t tried it but it sure looks interesting when you cut and serve it.

    • says

      Yes I have done the poke the holes in the cake. I think we have it on the old or new web site some place maybe. I can’t keep track of them all. I have done it with jello but my favorite is to poke holes and pour a can of sweetened condensed milk on a white cake. I know that maybe wouldn’t work for you since you have to cut the sugar a little.

  5. Kelly says

    Hi! I hope this isn’t too stupid of a question, but when it comes to recipes I always have to follow directions to the letter b/c I’m not that experienced a cook (I can’t wait to be a pro – I’m sure I will be after I read Dining on a Dime!!). Anyway… I don’t see where it says what to do with the coconut and jello mixture that you put in the jar and set aside… my guess is that the coconut in the jar is the coconut you sprinkle the cake with at the end?? (and the jello must just add color and flavor to the coconut?) Sorry to be so particular, I just want to make sure I do it right! Thanks!!! =]

    • says

      That’s right Kelly. I say no one ever asks a dumb question at all. Whether you are just learning or an old hand it is better to be safe then sorry.

  6. barb~ says

    What a great idea to use the brown sugar Splenda! I will try it. I will also make them with reg. packed br. sugar-I think it might have even a better flavor. This cookie recipe is super for those with wheat allergies. Now I know it can be modified for diabetics,too:) I had the same reaction when I got this recipe-what, no flour? baking soda, vanilla, etc? I was pretty doubtful for sure. My daughter now proudly makes homemade cookies to take to her law office-thanks to this recipe.

    Jill-I am excited to make this cake for holiday events coming up. The easier the better anymore for me! Hugs to your little Jack. Treasure the time with him!

  7. Grandma says

    I am going to attempt to make those no flour cookies for my husband but with a twist.
    I will roll them into small sticks bake them and then dip them into dark chocolate.
    Don is a chocaholic but only for the bitter dark stuff.
    That way he gets them all and I don’t get the calories. I am definetly not a fan of peanut butter cookies or dark chocolate.
    Now aren’t I a good wife??
    It really bothers me when people say if you cut down on sugar you would lose so much weight.
    I have not had sugar in the house in 3 years, the only sweets I like are coke and chocolate cookies with big nuts in them.
    How come is everyone an expert on everyone elses problems but never see their own faults.
    Sorry been writing letters on line to an idiot who asks for your opinion and then gives it to you.
    also my party lost the election and she rants on about how wonderful that is.
    never take politics seriously it takes the fun out of them.

  8. says

    I Love Your Web Site!! Thanks for all the recipes. Do you have a Good recipe for Chicken and Dumplings. (Home Made)and easy. My Family likes them!

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