This creamy layered jello recipe is the ultimate no-bake dessert! Creamy layer topped with classic strawberry jello loaded with fresh strawberries. A layer of creamy jello is topped with classic strawberry jello. We love ours full of fresh strawberries for a refreshing flavor and crunch.

Whenever you are pressed for time, a no-bake dessert is a great way to go! Our black forest cheesecake and homemade cheesecake dip are great desserts to serve a crowd.

A glass baking pan with the jello in it, topped with sliced strawberries.

This creamy layered jello is a staple dessert at any gathering. This delicious cake comes together with ease and requires little to no assembly. On the bottom is a mousse-like creamy jello. On top is a refreshing, classic jello. The fresh strawberries add a great tang and crunch to the cake. 

No-bake desserts are delicious and easy. However, we have a ton of baked desserts that are just as easy! Our homemade sharlotka and the dulce de leche napoleon cake make the perfect beginner desserts. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy recipe. This recipe is so simple to make; you only need 5 ingredients!
  • Make it in advance. A no-bake dessert is perfect to make the day before a gathering. 
  • Kid-friendly. This dessert is a hit with adults and children alike. 


  • Gelatin– Pick a good quality Strawberry gelatin; we like to use the classic Jell-o Brand. 
  • Cool whip– Cool whip is for the creamy layer of this recipe. You can use regular Cool Whip, light Cool Whip, or extra creamy Cool Whip. 
  • Sour cream– Classic sour cream or light sour cream for the creamy layer of the jello cake. 
  • Strawberries- You want to use fresh sliced or chopped strawberries. You can also use frozen sliced strawberries. 
A spoonful of the jello cake with the creamy layer and fruit jello layer.

How to Make Jello Cake:

You won’t believe how simple it is to whip up this recipe! With just 5 simple ingredients and about 20 minutes, this jello cake can be ready and cooled in the fridge! 

A medium-sized saucepan with the jello cooking for the creamy layer of the cake.

1 – Make jello for a creamy layer – Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Once boiling, remove from heat and mix in the gelatin; stir until well combined. Cool completely. 

A mixing bowl with the creamy layer ingredients beaten together.

2 – Make creamy layer- With a mixer, beat the sour cream and cool whip. Add in the cooled gelatin and mix until well combined. (Tip: Make sure the gelatin is completely cooled.) 

A baking dish with the pink creamy layer of jello on it.

3 – Assemble- Add the creamy layer into a 9”x13” baking dish and level out with a spatula. Add to the fridge for 10-15 minutes to solidify the jello mixture. 

The baking dish with the creamy layer and sliced strawberries arranged on it.

4 – Jello layer– Prepare the Jello for the top layer and set aside to cool. 

Top layer- Add the sliced strawberries to the cake and gently pour the cooled strawberry jello over the creamy layer and strawberries. Allow to sit in the fridge until the jello becomes firm.

Jello Cake Variations: 

Yes, you can make this any flavor you like! Just change the gelatin flavor and the fresh fruit! Here are some other favorite flavors of this layered jello dessert: 

  • Peach– We like to use peach gelatin and add canned peaches for the fruit layer; drain the water or use fresh peaches. 
  • Raspberry– Raspberry flavoring with fresh raspberries is a family favorite! 
  • Mixed Berry- You can do the mixed berry gelatin or one of the berry flavors, and then, for the fruit layer, add mixed fruits! 
  • Orange– We also love doing orange gelatin and canned tangerines; make sure to drain water! 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long should I chill the jello to become firm and ready to eat?

You want the creamy jello cake to rest in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight for the jello to become firm.

Can I make this dessert in cups?

Yes! We love serving this jello dessert in cups for parties.

Do I need to add strawberries to the jello?

No, you can leave out the fresh strawberry slices if you prefer not to use them.

How to store creamy layered jello cake?

You need to store this in the fridge so the jello stays firm.

How long will this jello cake last?

This jello dessert can last for up to a week in the fridge.

How to make this a healthier version?

You can use sugar-free gelatin and light Cool Whip for a healthier option!

The jello cake with a slice taken out of it to show the layers.

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Creamy Layered Jello

Author: Valentina
The jello cake with a slice taken out of it to show the layers.
5 from 6 votes
This Creamy Layered Jello Recipe is the ultimate no-bake dessert! Creamy strawberry layer topped with a layer of classic strawberry jello loaded with fresh strawberries
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Setting time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


Creamy Layer-

  • 2 cups water
  • 6 oz strawberry gelatin (Jell-O brand)
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 8 oz cool whip
  • 16 oz fresh strawberries, sliced

Jello Layer-

  • 4 cups water
  • 6 oz gelatin


Creamy Layer-

  • In a saucepan, bring two cups of water to a boil. Add in 6 oz of gelatin and mix until well combined. Removed from heat and set aside to cool completely.
  • Mix together with a mixer the sour cream and cool whip until combined. Add in the cooled strawberry jello and combine.
  • Add the creamy mixture to a 9×13 glass dish. Refrigerate to set for about 15-30 minutes.

Jello Layer-

  • In the meantime, bring 2 cups water to boil, add gelatin and mix. Remove from heat and add 2 cups cold water. Set aside to completely cool.
  • Once the cream layer has thickened, add the sliced or chopped strawberries and then slowly pour the cooled jello over the creamy layer and fruit.
  • Place back into the refrigerator and allow the jello cake to set and become firm.
  • Slice and serve.


  • You can use a variety of jello flavors to customize this cake. 
  • This cake can be made the night before and refrigerated overnight. 
  • Refrigerate leftovers and enjoy for the next 3-5 days. 


312kcal Calories13g Carbs38g Protein12g Fat7g Saturated Fat34mg Cholesterol159mg Sodium197mg Potassium1g Fiber8g Sugar410IU Vitamin A33.8mg Vitamin C131mg Calcium0.8mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Layered Jello
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 159mg7%
Potassium 197mg6%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 410IU8%
Vitamin C 33.8mg41%
Calcium 131mg13%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)