"Dive-on-In" Cake

331  Ratings
  • 1 hr 15 min prep
  • 4 hr 45 min total
  • Makes 15 servings.

How big a splash will this make at your kid’s party? We’re talking a tidal wave of fun complete with Oreo Cookies, fluffy topping and candy fish. Dive in, the eating's great.

"Dive-on-In" Cake Recipe


  • 1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 pkg. (3 oz. each) JELL-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 56 Mini OREO Bite Size Cookies
  • 6 TEDDY GRAHAMS Graham Snacks
  • 5 ring-shaped chewy fruit snacks
  • 4 bite-size fish-shaped chewy fruit snacks


  • Prepare  cake batter and bake in 13x9-inch pan as directed on package. Cool completely. Invert cake onto platter; remove pan. Use serrated knife to cut and scoop out shallow rectangle from center of cake, leaving 2-inch border of cake on all sides and thin layer on bottom. Reserve removed cake for snacking or other use.
  • Add  boiling water to gelatin mixes in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate 1-1/4 hours or until slightly thickened. (Or, see Shortcut Tip for quicker set method.) Pour into center of cake. Refrigerate 3 hours or until gelatin is firm.
  • Frost  borders of cake with COOL WHIP. Decorate with remaining ingredients as desired to resemble a swimming pool. Keep cake refrigerated.

Recipe Tips

Fun IdeaInsert bite-size fish-shaped and octopus-shaped chewy fruit snacks into gelatin "pool" before refrigerating.

ShortcutFor a quick-set gelatin, add 4 cups ice cubes to dissolved gelatin instead of the 1 cup cold water; stir 8 min. or until gelatin begins to thicken. Remove any unmelted ice. Pour thickened gelatin into center of cake; continue as directed.

Make it EasyFor easy removal of cake, line pan with foil before filling with batter.


Nutrition Information

Makes 15 servings.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 280 
  • Total fat 11 g
  • Saturated fat 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol 25 mg
  • Sodium 260 mg
  • Carbohydrate 42 g
  • Dietary fiber 1 g
  • Sugars 31 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Vitamin A 0 %DV
  • Vitamin C 0 %DV
  • Calcium 4 %DV
  • Iron 6 %DV

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