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Fruit Pretzel Cake

This fun and festive fruit pretzel cake is a show-stopper dessert that is perfect for any occasion. The combination of sweet and salty flavors is sure to delight your taste buds.

Tasty Team
August 14, 2023

Under 30 minutes

Fruit Pretzel Cake

Under 30 minutes


for 1 cake


  • 5 cups pretzel (150 g)
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter (170 g), melted
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar (100 g)

Middle layer

  • 8 oz cream cheese (250 g)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (100 g)
  • ¼ cup sour cream (60 g)
  • 1 cup whipped cream (240 g)

Top layer

  • 2 packages lemon juice
  • 1 cup boiling water (240 mL)
  • 1 cup cold water (240 mL)
  • ½ cup raspberry (75 g)
  • ½ cup strawberry (75 g), cut lengthwise into quarters and half along the width
  • ½ cup grape (75 g), halved width-wise
  • ½ cup blueberry (75 g)
  • 1 cup mango (150 g), diced


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Make the crust: grind the pretzels in a food processor until mostly broken down into fine crumbs, about 30 seconds. You should get 1⅓ cup of crumbs, but this could differ depending on the brand of pretzels. Adjust as needed.
  3. Add the melted butter and brown sugar to the pretzel crumbs and continue to process until combined, about 30 seconds.
  4. Transfer the crumb mixture to an 8x8-inch ungreased baking dish and spread it out evenly across the bottom, then take a flat-bottomed measuring cup and lightly pack the mixture down. (This helps the crust stay together, although you want to avoid packing it too much or the crust will be hard to cut.)
  5. Bake until fragrant and the edges are just starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes.
  6. Make the middle layer: beat the cream cheese, sugar, and sour cream in a medium bowl with electric beaters on high until the mixture is fluffy and the sugar dissolves, about 2 min.
  7. Add the whipping cream and mix on low until just combined, then turn the beaters up to high and continue beating until soft peaks form, about 30 to 45 seconds.
  8. Spread the cream mixture evenly over the cooled crust and refrigerate to set, about 30 minutes.
  9. Make the top layer: dissolve the jello in the boiling water. Stir in the cold water and chill the mixture in the fridge or freezer until it thickens slightly and resembles unbeaten egg whites, about 60 - 90 minutes in the fridge and 20 - 40 minutes in the freezer.
  10. Mix the fruit into the thickened jello and pour the mixture evenly over the cream layer, using a spatula to level it out.
  11. Refrigerate until jello is fully set, about 2 hours or overnight.
  12. Enjoy!
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Fruit Pretzel Cake