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Best Strawberry Angel Food Cake Dessert Recipe (4 Ingredients)

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This Strawberry Angel Food Cake Dessert is a nostalgic no-bake dessert that uses frozen strawberries for tons of flavor. And it totally reminds you of being a kid!

We always just call this “strawberry cake” but it’s SO much more than that. This perfect strawberry pink dessert uses cubed angel food cake and Jello to make a quick dessert that you’ll crave all year long!

Easy pink strawberry JELLO dessert in a baking dish with a serving on a plate next to it.

This Strawberry Jello Angel Food Cake is a family favorite

This strawberry angel food cake recipe was originally published in October of 2015. It has since been updated to include more detailed directions and variations my readers have shared over the years.

This Strawberry Angel Food Cake with Cool Whip is so easy to make and is always very well received! From the comments left on this post and my pins, it’s a totally sentimental dessert and reminds people of beloved family members.

It only uses 4 simple ingredients like store-bought angel food cake pieces, frozen strawberries, Cool Whip whipped topping and strawberry Jello. And it doesn’t require any baking skills or much kitchen know-how.

Related: Strawberry Jello Cupcakes

This light and fluffy cake is super flavorful and totally reminds me of summer! My mom used to make it for us on summer break and it makes my heart smile just thinking about it.

Similar to a strawberry lush cake and strawberry angel delight, this dessert using prepared angel food cake is one you’ll crave. I think this is the best type of strawberry dessert to make because the angel food cake gives it some body and the creamy strawberry flavor is super refreshing and satisfying.

I’ve uploaded most of the images in this post but you still may recognize some of the process shots if you came over from Pinterest!

Ingredients

Ingredients for strawberry angel food cake on wooden cutting board.

It’s just an angel food Jello cake dessert. Pretty straightforward stuff. But absolutely delicious. 

Scroll to the end of the post for a printable recipe card with full measurements and instructions! 

The grocery store sells a ready-made angel food cake option that just needs to be torn (which is a great task to have the kids do!).

The store-bought cake keeps this strawberry angel food dessert super quick to prepare.

Take the time you would have used to make the cake and go take 15 minutes for yourself

How to Make this Angel Food Strawberry Jello Cake

This pink strawberry angel food cake dessert couldn’t be easier to make!

Girl putting chunks of angel food cake in to a baking dish for a strawberry dessert recipe.

Step 1

Remove the strawberries from the freezer and let them sit on the counter while working through the next steps. The more thawed the better.

Step 2

Crumble up the ring of cake and add half of the angel food pieces to the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. If a few pieces fall up into your mouth, that’s ok.

Stirring strawberry jello for a Cool Whip Angel Food cake dessert.

Step 3

Mix Jell-O in a bowl with 2 cups boiling water. Stir well to dissolve the Jell-O powder.

Angel food cake in a baking dish next to a bowl with frozen strawberries and Cool Whip.

Step 4

Add strawberries immediately and stir. The cold strawberries will help the Jello start to set.

Stirring will help to melt the strawberry juice the rest of the way, but you may need to use your hands to break them up if they remain in a chunk. 

Step 5

Fold in spoonfuls of Cool Whip until well mixed.

If you forget to take the Cool Whip out of the freezer to thaw, it will still work (it might just not mix in as smoothly).

Pouring strawberry jello and Cool Whip over angel food cake.

Step 6

Spoon ½ mixture over the first half of the angel food cake in the dish.

Step 7

Add a second layer with the rest of the angel food cake chunks then top with the rest of that gorgeous, creamy strawberry mixture.

Step 8

Cover, then set in the refrigerator for several hours.

Quick tip: Push down any cake pieces that are sticking out the top so they are submerged and can soak up all the flavor.

Don’t leave them exposed like this photo shows. I mean, it really doesn’t ruin anything because Angel Food cake is delish no matter what.

But still, you’ll get the best flavor if you drown those bad boys. 

I would leave it to set for at least 2 hours but 4 or more will make sure it is totally set and will keep its form when cut into squares. 

How to serve this Strawberry Angel Food Cake Recipe

Close up on strawberry and mint garnish for a Strawberry Angel Food Cake dessert with JELLO.

This poor, sad, ugly little cake. It’s so unfortunate that this lush-type dessert is just not that pretty. But it sure is pretty on the inside.

This is not the dessert you will make if you are trying to impress guests who are superficial and into outward appearances.

For that, I would make this faux croquembouche or even this Angel Food Cake with Peaches and Cream instead.

But this angel food cake with strawberry JELLO is super easy and it’s what you make for your friends when you want to give them a mouth hug.

To make it look a little nicer, you could also “frost” it with additional Cool Whip then lay out sliced strawberries in a pretty way.

At the very least use fresh mint and strawberries to draw the eye away from that heap of pink. This is the way I prefer to serve it.

When ready to serve, cut into squares and serve immediately.

Or you can scoop it into bowls. This is an anything goes types of dessert recipe.

Or Make it A Strawberry Jello Angel Food Cake Trifle! 

Strawberry jello angel food cake in a trifle bowl on a table.

This fluffly make-ahead dessert recipe is perfect for parties!

A reader suggested I try using a trifle bowl so I did.

It’s a lot cuter in terms of dish choice but the dessert itself…still not so much.

A trifle is a great dessert to serve when you have company.

It’s also a great idea for people, like me, who aren’t great at decorating cakes! 

Someone else suggested making this in a bundt pan. That’s the route I’m going to try next time. It will look nice when turned out onto a plate and the slices would probably even look nice on a dessert plate. 

When to serve this cake

I love this quick and easy dessert recipe for spring and summer celebrations but no matter what occasion you make it for, it’s always a crowd-pleaser.

This strawberry angel food cake dessert with Jello is really more like a dump cake. And it’s no-bake which is why it’s perfect for warmer weather.

This is my go-to dish for a family party or neighborhood potluck and it’s always gone immediately.

It really works for any party, any time of year. It’s easy to transport to other places and can be made ahead which is great when having company over.

Overhead shot of a simple chilled strawberry dessert.

Putting this strawberry Angel Food jello cake together (I realize this isn’t really a cake, but it has cake in it so…and it’s so much easier than saying Strawberry Angel Food Cake Dessert with Jello, right?) is SO easy.

Plus, pink desserts are always the best! Just look at all that pink goodness!

FAQs for this angel food strawberry dessert

How do you store this pink dessert?

The best way to store this delicious pink dessert is to cover it with foil and put it in the fridge. I would think this will keep in the fridge for about 3 days.
But you probably won’t have too much leftover. Who knew that Angel Food cake, frozen strawberries and Cool Whip could taste SO simple and so tasty!

What type of strawberries do I use?

People ask me about the right type of strawberries to use for this yummy strawberry dessert recipe. They are sold in plastic containers like that shown and can be found in the freezer section. They sometimes come in a container that looks like a frozen juice concentrate but in a rectangular shape. Some people have a hard finding the right type of frozen strawberries in sugar. I haven’t figured out a good substitute yet. Frozen strawberries in the freezer section of the grocery store.

Can you use fresh strawberries?

Fresh strawberries aren’t the best because they won’t have the extra sweet juice that comes in frozen strawberries. It helps to flavor the dessert and give it that fun pink color. You can potentially get a similar look by macerating the berries with sugar to bring out their own juices but it may not give you the same amount of flavor. Worth a try! Fresh strawberries are never a bad idea! :)
To macerate I would do 1 pint of strawberries with 2 TBSP sugar and let them sit at room temperature for at least an hour to release their juices. I haven’t tried this but it may work.

Can this recipe be made ahead of time?

Yes! Since this is kept in the fridge, you can make it ahead of time and then keep in their, covered, until ready to serve.

Tips and suggestions

Over the years I’ve received tons of comments on this post. Every family had a little different way of doing things. Here are some of the suggestions that may help you.

Substitution ideas

Don’t want to use Cool Whip, here is how one user made this instead: “Dissolve large box of strawberry jello in 3/4 cup hot water.

Once dissolved stir in 3/4 cup cold water and refrigerate. After it sets up whip in a pint of whipping cream to the jello on a low setting.”

Make it sugar-free: You can make this more diet-friendly or ok for diabetics by using sugar-free ingredients. Several commenters mentioned this.

A fruitier version: This version uses 1 small strawberry Jello, 1 small lemon Jello, 2c boiling water, 1/4 c sugar, juice of 1 lemon, 2 oranges and juice from a 10oz pineapple can.

Mix together. Cool until it starts to set. Fold in 8oz cool whip, add pineapple tidbits and fresh sliced strawberries.

Other serving suggestions

Make it more cake-like: Line a large bowl with waxed paper. let sit a few hours and when set turn upside down on a plate or cake dish.

Top with Cool Whip or whipped cream, as if you were icing a cake, then add fresh some strawberries.

Make it a little more structured: Bake your own angel food cake in a 13×9 pan. Cut the cake into 2 layers instead of ripping it into chunks.

Place one layer down, spread half of jello mixture on top, placed the next layer down and spread the remaining jello mixture on top.

Chill for about 8 hours. It cut just like a cake and it looked pretty!

Close up of no bake refrigerator pink dessert on a plate

A pool of Cool Whip!: In this suggestion, the Cool Whip is served separately. Tear the cake into pieces and put in a greased bundt pan.

Mix the strawberries and Jello and pour over the cake. Let set and flip onto a cake plate. Fill the hole in the middle with the Cool Whip!

To serve, slice the cake and put a dollop of Cool Whip on top.

To ensure the cake is soaked with flavor: After mixing the Jello, strawberries and Cool Whip, combine it with the angel food cake pieces then pour into the pan and chill.

It’s much easier and mixes together better for a smoother look.

Fill the angel food cake: Mix the strawberries, Cool Whip, and Jello and put them in the refrigerator until it is thick but not solid.

Slice a thin piece off the top of the angel food cake and tear out a trench all the way around the cake.

Pour the very thick Jello strawberry mixture inside, put the top back on and frost with the remaining whipped cream.

Return the cake to the refrigerator. It was so pretty when cut because of the Jello strawberry surprise at the center.

Strawberry Jello angel food cake dessert in a baking dish next to a plate with a serving of the easy dessert

I must have taken 300 pictures of it trying to get this strawberry angel food cake dessert to look appetizing. Nope.

You’re going to have to trust me on this one. And I know my sweets.

And more than anything, this pink dessert makes people smile. This recipe totally reminds people of recipes their grandmas made for them! 

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Strawberry Angel Food Cake Recipe

This light and fluffy no-bake strawberry angel food cake recipe is a nostalgic dessert that my mom used to make when I was a kid! With store-bought angel food cake, Jello, Cool Whip and frozen strawberries, this easy pink dessert recipe is great for sharing with family or taking to a party.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Setting Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Calories: 77kcal
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set out frozen strawberries to thaw while working on the rest of the recipe.
  • Boil water. 
  • Break 1/2 of the angel food cake in to chunks and put in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  • Mix powdered Jello in a bowl with 2 cups boiling water.
  • Add strawberries immediately and stir.
  • You may need to use your hands to break up chunks of frozen strawberries.
  • Stir in spoonfuls of Cool Whip until well mixed.
  • Spoon 1/2 mixture over angel food cake in dish.
  • Repeat layers and set in refrigerator for several hours.
  • Cut in to squares and serve immediately. (Your squares won’t be perfect. The gelatin is not firm.)

Video

Notes

While I use a 9×13 pan, you can also make this in a trifle dish. 
Serve with a thin layer of whipped cream and sliced fresh strawberries or simply serve as is. 
Visit the blog post for more tips and variations that readers have shared with me over the years. This is a nostalgic recipe that brings happy memories to those who make it!

Nutrition

Serving: 8Servings | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 67mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g
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165 Comments

  1. How long can this stay out of the fridge without melting?

    1. I am sure it would be ok to leave it out for a few hours or so at a party. But since it’s really a chilled dessert, I would aim to get leftovers back into a fridge.

  2. I have been using this recipe for 40 yrs- that was before cool whip,,, I would mix the jello & strawberries together- put on bottom of a jello mould pan (tupperware one works great) break the cake into pieces & put into jello/strawberry mixture. Spread with lg envelope of prepared dream whip … refrigerate & invert on plate when ready… you have the layers of red & white & can cut it into slices.

  3. Susan Jessie says:

    4 stars
    I’ve been making this hand-me-down Midwestern dessert (called “Pink Lady”) for 40 years. It’s a family favorite. If you want to bring it up a notch and earn five stars, make a boxed angel food cake and pint of whip real cream instead of Cool Whip. I have always added a cold cup of macerated berry juice to the jello as well. If you don’t have time to macerate your berries, use cranberry juice, or even lemonade. Don’t limit yourself to strawberries. Just about any summer fruit will work: cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries.

    1. These are great tips! And a boxed angel food cake is still super easy to make so it sounds like a great swap!

  4. Kim Beaulieu says:

    I love nostalgic recipes like this. My Mom used to make something similar and now I’m craving your recipe big time!

    1. Yes, this is one that has really struck a chord with people! I love to hear all the variations of how people make it!

  5. 5 stars
    This looks amazing for a no bake dessert and so simple!

  6. Sharon, so glad I’m seeing this delicious dessert again! I used to make this as a very young wife. We used Strawberry Jello, some Cool Whip or Whipped Cream AND some Strawberry Yogurt. Added the strawberries and chunks of cake. And, used a springform pan for the mold. We would then use Reddi Whip to make a pretty pattern on the top and slice it onto plates. Never met anyone that didn’t rave about it. Perfect for warm weather!

  7. My grandmother made this and a identical lemon one with lemon pie filling. She didn’t mix the cool whip in and not sure if she used jello or not with the strawberry one. She definitely fight with the lemon one. I have never seen the either version anywhere but this Is the closest I’ve seen! Has anyone ever heard of these made the way my MomMom did it?

  8. Can this recipe be made a day in advance?

    1. Hi! Yes! You can make this ahead of time and just keep it in the fridge! I hope you love it as much as my family does!

  9. My mom always made this and we called it Strawberry Delight! She put it in a Bundt pan. It was pretty when it came out! She cut slices of it to serve! You have inspired me to make it!!

  10. I just put together a fabulous dessert using what I had on hand. Since the global pandemic is looming and we are staying indoors, I made some majoy adjustments. For those of you who wondered about a different fruit, I had a partial bag of frozen cherries, 12 boxes of Jello NONE of which were cherry so used 1 small package of berry blue adding the cup of cold water to the frozen cherries & 3/4 cup boiling water to the gelatin . I mixed those separately then pour the hot gelatin into the ice cold cherries w/1 cup of cold water. It began to set up. Had no whipped topping so shook some milk & instant vanilla pudding mix together and added by dollops to the first layer after pouring on 1/2 the gelatin cherry mix. Finished with a second layer of cake pieces, gelatin mix w/cherries & a few more dollops of vanilla pudding. Used the back of a spoon & made sure it was all covered with the liquid…mine is cooling AND it’s a pretty blue with dark red cherries. Can’t wait to taste it in 2 hours. Next time, I’ll follow the recipe – that will be summer or whenever we can safely be shopping again. Hope you keep your spirits high.

  11. How long does it take to set in Fridge?

  12. Rosalie Ogden says:

    4 stars
    Never cool whip! I’ve been making strawberry dessert for over 35 years. Dissolve large box of strawberry jello in 3/4 cup hot water. Once dissolved stir in 3/4 cup cold water and refrigerate. After it sets up whip in a pint of whipping cream to the jello on a low setting. Meanwhile break up angel food cake and mix with fresh macerated strawberries (or use thawed strawberries) with sugar to taste. Combine the jello/whipped cream mixture (reserve 3/4 cup, set aside) and the cake and strawberry mixture in a nice serving dish of your choice. Spread the reserved jello/whipped cream mixture on top adding some fresh sliced strawberries for decoration. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.

    1. Wanda Midkiff says:

      I just made it for our Relay For Life ( Cancer ) group called Flamingo Mafia … Have an idea to decorate and will take a pic if it works ! Hint wet marshmallows a bit to sprinkle … and Hubba brought home this candy bar well like I said will show if it turns out or NOT ! Lol

  13. My family always called this Pink Dessert

      1. Cindy de Nottbeck says:

        Hi Sharon I make it like you but I line a large bowl with Waxed paper let sit a few hours and when set turn upside down on a plate or cake dish then top with cool whip or whipped cream ,like you were icing it then add some strawberries looks like a cake then.I always made it that way.Kids love it and so do adults.

          1. A few hours. If you want to be able to cut it into squares, I like to let it sit for at least 4 hours. If you don’t really care about it holding its shape you can probably get by eating it a little bit sooner!

  14. To make it look appetizing try and cover it it fresh strawberry halves and or fresh peach slices or pear slices! I have tried all three ways and it is still awesome!!!

      1. Could fresh strawberries be used?

        1. Hi! Fresh strawberries aren’t the best because they won’t have the extra sweet juice that comes in the frozen strawberries. It helps to flavor the dessert and give it that fun pink color. You can potentially get a similar look by macerating the berries with sugar to bring out their own juices but it may not give you the same amount of flavor. Worth a try! Fresh strawberries are never a bad idea! :) To macerate I would do 1 pint of strawberries with 2 TBSP sugar and let them sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to release their juices.

  15. My mom was just telling me about a dessert like this that she had made. Do you think you could do 1 layer of strawberry jello/strawberries & 1 layer with a blue jello/blueberries for the upcoming holiday?

    1. I’m sure it would be delicious with blueberries! If you stir it up instead of layer, the strawberry juice and whipped cream turn pink but it would taste pretty delish not stirred up too I bet!

      1. We used to make this when I was young but we used whipped cream instead of coolwhip. Thank you for posting this because I had lost Mom’s recipe and she died in 2012.

        1. That sounds like a logical swap! I’m glad you found this recipe. I’m sure you’ll think of your mom when you make it.

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