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  • Prepare and bake cake mix in 13x9-inch baking pan as directed on package. Cool completely. Invert cake onto large platter; remove pan. Using small sharp knife, cut and scoop out a shallow free form "golf course" from centre of cake. Reserve removed cake for another use.

  • Stir boiling water into dry jelly powder in medium bowl until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate about 1 hour until slightly thickened (the consistency of unbeaten egg whites). Pour thickened jelly mixture into centre of cake. Refrigerate 3 hours or until set.

  • Stir slightly cooled melted chocolate into whipped topping until well blended. Frost borders and side of cake with whipped topping mixture. Cut out small triangle from the red fruit roll. Attach to pretzel stick. Place in centre to resemble flag. Using sharp small knife, cut green fruit roll into strips and attach to remaining pretzel sticks to form trees. Use some of the darker reserved crumbs to make sand traps. Roll marshmallow quarter into ball and place near flag for the golf ball. Store any leftover cake in refrigerator.

Kraft Kitchen Tips


    For a quick-set jelly mixture, substitute 2 cups ice cubes for cold water. Stir 3 to 5 min. or until jelly mixture begins to thicken. Remove any unmelted ice. Pour thickened jelly mixture into centre of cake; continue as directed.

Ratings & Reviews



I used regular icing and blue jello to make a lake complete with candy fish and a man fishing. Turned out great! Love this idea! I can see some real different cakes in the future with other variations on it...


This cake is very forgiving. I had problems right from the beginning. I couldn't get the cake out of the pan, and it broke into 3 pieces. The jello soaked into the cake, but I stuck it in the fridge anyways, and my friends loved it. I made marshmallow trees! I made a chocolate buttercream icing instead of the Cool Whip. I thought it was going to taste terrible, but it was FANTASTIC!


Made this cake guess I didn't let my jello set enough it sunk right into the cake Disaster.Make sure your jello is really set


I have been wanting to do this cake for 2 years but did not know how to get around the jello filling. I made this cake, using my own recipe but with your decoration ideas. I used white icing with green coloring for the greens, and light brown sugar for the sand trap. Thanks for the idea, the cake was gorgeous. I will try the whole recipe when I make it again for my grandson, he likes jello


super idea, super easy to make, just make sure jello is deep enough for a dark green color. This was for my husband, kids loved it.



Not as easy to make as it would seem...need 2 packs of Jello. Make sure to allow chocolate to really cool in order for it to blend with Cool Whip.


I made this for a family dinner and nobody wanted to eat it, they were afraid of destroying how much effort i put into it. Little did they know, it wasn't that hard!


I made this cake for a golf tournament / BBQ. It was a big hit. My only suggestion is if you are making it the night before, do not put the pretzels in until the next day as they will get really soggy. Other than that... it was great.


I followed the instructions, and poured the jello on to the cake when it was partially set, and it all sank to the bottom of the cake. I was in a remote location with no source to get more green jello so the cake looked pathetic. Mixing the cool whip with the cooled chocolate turned out lumpy. The cake tasted OK, but I had to explain what it was. The palm trees did turn out perfect



I made this cake for my son's birthday (29yrs) because he is a golfer and works at a golf shop, he was very impressed and needless to say there was not much cake left when he and his buddies got hold of it. Thanks again Kraft for another great idea.


Everyone was very impressed and enjoyed the cake very much. However, I had to run out and buy another pkg of jello as one only filled it up about 3/4 of the way and my hole was very similar to the one in the picture. Buy an extra pkg...better to have too much than not enough.


I made this cake for a birthday on the weekend and everyone loved it! It was an instant hit! Instead of the chocolate whipped icing I used regular icing and added green food colouring making it look like a fairway!


The guys made this for their pre-golf pot luck, they had a lot of fun doing it. The company o'd and au'd - it was delicious.


I drew big applause for this cake, presented to my husband for his 45th. I had fun making it and remembered from another rating not to let the chocolate cool down too much. This weekend, my sisters and I will make the train cake for our father's 65th. He's just a big kid anyway!!


Very easy to make but looks like you put an effort into it. Hint: don't let the chocolate cool down too much or it won't blend evenly with the whipped cream.


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Makes 15 servings.

Nutritional Info

Serving Size 1/15 th cake

Total Fat 11.2g
Saturated Fat
Sodium 225mg
Total Carbohydrates 32g
Dietary Fiber 0.4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A1%
Vitamin C2%

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.


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