by Karen Rose Smith
Remember those orange creamsicle popsicles? This cake is reminiscent of those. I like to make this recipe this time of year with pot lucks and picnics starting for spring and summer. It’s easy and delicious. I hope you enjoy it.
1 (16.5 oz.) package orange cake mix
2 (3 oz.) packages of orange gelatin, divided
3/4 cup boiling water
3/4 cup cold water
1 (4 serving size) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup milk (I use whole milk so it holds its body longer)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip
Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Cool. Poke holes all over cake. (I use the handle of a wooden spoon.)
In a small bowl dissolve 1 pack of the gelatin in boiling water. Stir until completely dissolved. Add cold water. (Very cold water works best.) Then pour evenly over cake, filling all the holes. Chill in refrigerator for one hour.
Combine second pack of gelatin, pudding mix, milk and vanilla in mixing bowl. Beat well until thickened slightly. (I mix on high.) It won't thicken as much as pudding. Fold in whipped topping. I like orange swirls so I don't fold completely even. Spread the mixture over the cake. Chill for several hours before serving.