What Happened to Cake and Ice Cream?

Growing up, birthdays always meant cake and ice cream. And things remained that way until I attended my first birthday as a married woman. It was a family birthday party, with lots of food and drink. When it came time for the cake, I was anxious for a little ice cream. Imagine my surprise, when instead of cake and ice cream, all the guests were served cake and jello.  JELLO!!!  I couldn't understand why, but Hubby and the rest of the family explained that this was common practice in Mexico.

Over the years, I have learned to make many gelatin recipes, even invented a few myself. This recipe is my kiddies favorite.  The great thing about this recipe is that it is very versatile. You can vary the jello flavor and the canned fruit to suit your taste. For this recipe I used orange  flavored jello and canned mandarin oranges.

Cream Cheese Gelatin


  • 2 (6 oz.) boxes jello, any flavor
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (15 oz.) can fruit (mandarin orange slices, fruit cocktail, crushed pineapple, sliced peaches, etc.)

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Dissolve one envelope of gelatin in hot water; stir in 1 cup of cold water. Let cool to room temperature.

Pour cooled gelatin into blender cup. Puree with the cream cheese until very smooth. Pour into a 13x9-inch baking dish. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until gelatin has set.

Open can of mandarin oranges, drain but reserve the light syrup in a measuring cup. Arrange mandarin orange slices over cream cheese gelatin.

Pour enough water into syrup from the oranges to equal 1-1/2 cups; set aside.
Bring another 2 cups of water to a boil in the same saucepan as before. Dissolve the other box of gelatin powder in hot water. Stir in reserved juices. Let cool to room temperature. Pour over mandarin oranges. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until gelatin has set.


With Love,
Leslie Limon


  1. Thank You!, This looks very good!!!

  2. Thank you! My hubby has enjoyed browsing through this blog, he's the better cook between the two of us. I'm hoping I will improve with more time here...this blog will help for sure.

  3. Leslie, I cannot find canned mandarin oranges anywhere! Did you have trouble finding them? The only thing I can seem to find in canned fruit are peaches and pineapple.

  4. Leah,
    Canned mandarin oranges aren't something that one can easily find in Mexico. Fortunately, we have one store that is always on the lookout for "American" ingredients. It was pure luck that I was able to find them.

    You might try making a different flavor. I've made this gelatin with every jello and fruit that I have been able to find. Peach jello and canned peach slices. Cherry jello with maraschino cherries. Strawberry jello with frozen mixed berries. (Another rare find!) Or any flavor jello and canned fruit cocktail. All very good!

  5. Leslie, I tried this recipe for my sisters Thanksgiving gathering. Everyone loved it! It was so delicious!!, Thank You so much for sharing.

  6. orange jello and cream cheese- delish! Thanks for sending me this link. I'll have to try it someday.

    My boss is from Venezuela and they make a Jello salad that's made with condensed milk and has a bunch of different color gelatin cubes in it. I think it's really pretty but I like a simpler salad.

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  8. OH, I am making this!  I have boxes of jello in my pantry and plain jello was getting boring.  Can't wait to try it!  I'm learning so much from you!

  9. Hi Leslie,

    Can you provide me the recipe to Leche jello de pina? Not sure the correct name. It looks like the bottom layer of this Jello.