Rainbow cake recipe with 5 layers of fluffy whipped Jello (1962)

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Rainbow cake recipe - Jello

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Rainbow Jell-o cake recipe: Red, pink, orange, green and purple layered dessert recipe

Five flavors of whipped gelatin form this colorful, spectacular dessert: a rainbow cake. (This is a fruity flourless “cake” — and it’s gluten-free.)

Rainbow cake of whipped Jello Five layers of fluffy flavors make one impressive-looking dessert (1962)

Rainbow cake of whipped Jello (1962)

Yield: 14
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 42 minutes


  • 3 ounces each Jell-O black raspberry, lime, lemon, orange and strawberry gelatin flavors
  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 2-1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 envelope Dream Whip Dessert Topping Mix or 1 cup whipping cream (optional)


  1. Dissolve each package of Jell-O gelatin separately in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 cup cold water to each.
  2. Chill black raspberry gelatin until very thick.
  3. Smoothly line sides of a 9- or 10-inch spring-form pan with wax paper, cut to extend 3 inches above pan.
  4. Whip black raspberry gelatin until fluffy by preparing the gelatin as directed and chilling until it's very thick.
  5. Then beat with a rotary beater or electric mixer until mixture is fluffy and thick -- about double in volume results in the best eating quality and flavor.
  6. Spoon into pan.
  7. Chill until set, but not firm.
  8. Chill, whip, and layer remaining flavors in pan, letting each layer chill until set, but not firm, before adding next layer.
  9. Chill until firm or overnight.
  10. Loosen around edges and remove sides of pan and paper.
  11. Prepare dessert topping mix as directed on package, or whip cream; spread over top and sides of cake.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

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Jell-O Rainbow poke cake recipe (1982)

Rainbow cake of whipped Jello Five layers of fluffy flavors make one impressive-looking dessert (1962)

Alternative: Rainbow dessert recipe

Prepare Rainbow cake, using only 3 gelatin flavors (1 package each Jell-O raspberry, lemon AND lime gelatins), 3 cups boiling water, and 1-1/2 cups cold water; mold dessert in a 9-inch springform pan or 10-inch tube pan.

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  1. I made this recipe from a Jello cookbook when I was a teenager in the 1970’S. I didn’t let it set long enough and after I took it out of the pan it collapsed. Tasted good though. LOL

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