This Creamy Layered Jello Recipe is the ultimate no-bake dessert! Creamy layer topped with a layer of classic strawberry jello loaded with fresh strawberries, SO GOOD. 

Creamy layered jellow topped with powered sugar in a glass baking dish.

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Whenever pressed for time, a no-bake dessert is the best way to go. The Black Forest Cheesecake and our Oreo Pudding delight are definitely just as popular as this layered jello. 


This creamy jello recipe is truly a delicious dessert and so easy to make! The combination of flavors from the mousse-like layer and the classic jello flavor is so delicious. This dessert is a go-to when having guests! 

You can either make the jello in a baking dish or cups and just distribute the ingredients evenly between cups. 

A spoonful of creamy layered jello.


  • Gelatin– You want to use 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 or extra creamy cool whip. 
  • Sour cream– Classic sour cream or light sour cream for the creamy layer of the jello cake. 
  • Water– Water is the activator for gelatin. 
  • Strawberries- You want to use fresh sliced or chopped strawberries. You can also use frozen sliced strawberries. 
Creamy layered jello in a glass dish with a soonful.


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! 

  1. Make jello for creamy layer– In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and mix in the gelatin, stir until well combined. Cool completely. 
  2. Make creamy layer- With a mixer, beat together the sour cream and cool whip. Add in the cooled gelatin and mix until well combined. (Tip: Make sure the gelatin is completely cooled.) 
  3. Jello layer– Prepare the Jello for the top layer and set aside to cool. 
  4. Cut strawberries- Slice or cube the strawberries. 
  5. Assemble– Add the creamy layer into a 9”x13” baking dish and level out with a spatula. Add to the fridge for about 10-15 minutes to allow the jello mixture to become solid. 
  6. Top layer- Add the strawberries and gently pour the cooled strawberry jello over the creamy layer and strawberries. 
  7. Cool jello- Allow to sit in the fridge until the jello becomes firm. 
Step by step collage of how to make a creamy jello.

Can I make this a different flavor? 

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 then add canned peaches for the fruit layer, just 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 then canned tangerines, make sure to drain water! 
A white plate of a slice of strawberry jello with a spoonful of jello.


How long should I chill the jello for it 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 to not use them.

How to store creamy layered jello cake?

You need to store this in the fridge so that 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!

A glass baking dish with creamy jello loaded with strawberries.


Creamy Layered Jello

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, SO GOOD.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 312 kcal


Creamy Layer-

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

Jello Layer-

  • 6 oz gelatin
  • 4 cups water


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.


Calories: 312kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 38gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 159mgPotassium: 197mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 410IUVitamin C: 33.8mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 0.8mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
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