Dive on in Cake

Recipe by SweetSueAl
READY IN: 2hrs
SERVES: 15
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    (18 1/4 ounce) package yellow cake mix (2-layer size)
  • 3
    eggs (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 13
    cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1 13
    cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 2
    (3 ounce) packages berry blue gelatin mix
  • 1
    (8 ounce) container whipped topping, thawed
  • 56
    mini chocolate sandwich style cookies
  • 6
    Teddy Grahams honey graham snacks, snacks (Teddy Bear shaped)
  • 5
    ring-shaped chewy fruit snacks
  • 4
    bite-size fish-shaped chewy fruit snacks
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DIRECTIONS

  • PREPARE and bake cake mix in 13x9-inch baking pan as directed on package.
  • Cool completely.
  • Invert cake onto large platter; remove pan.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut and scoop out a shallow rectangle from center of cake, leaving a 2-inch border of cake on all sides and a thin layer of cake on the bottom.
  • Reserve removed cake for snacking or other use.
  • STIR boiling water into dry gelatin mix in large bowl at least 2 minute until completely dissolved.
  • Stir in cold water.
  • Refrigerate 1-1/4 hours or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites). (Shortcut: For a quick-set gelatin, simply add 4 cups ice cubes to the dissolved gelatin mixture in place of the 1 cup cold water; stir 8 minute or until gelatin begins to thicken (spoon drawn through leaves a definite impression).
  • Remove any unmelted ice.
  • Pour thickened gelatin into center of cake.
  • Refrigerate 3 hours or until set.
  • FROST borders of cake with whipped topping.
  • Decorate with remaining ingredients as desired to resemble a swimming pool.
  • Store leftover cake in refrigerator.
  • Fun Idea: Insert bite-size fish-shaped and octopus-shaped chewy fruit snacks into gelatin "pool" before refrigerating for an added treat!
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