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

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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 just as popular as this layered jello. 

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 make the jello in a baking dish or cups and distribute the ingredients evenly between cups. 

A spoonful of creamy layered jello.

What You Need – 

  • 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. 
Creamy layered jello in a glass dish with a soonful.

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! 

  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. 
  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.) 
  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 10-15 minutes to solidify the jello mixture. 
  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 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! 
A white plate of a slice of strawberry jello with a spoonful of jello.


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!

A glass baking dish with creamy jello loaded with strawberries.

Other No-bake Dessert Recipes –

Creamy Layered Jello

Author: Valentina
5 from 4 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
0 minutes
Total Time: 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.


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.)