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Double Rainbow Cake Jelly Shot

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Double Rainbow Cake Jelly Shot
  • Prep Time 60 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 24
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Double Rainbow Cake Jelly Shot

Celebrate with a fun, cake-flavored jelly shot! Make in rainbow colors, or a solid to coordinate with your party decor!


1-3/4 cups prepared lemonade
envelopes plain gelatin
1-1/4 cups cake flavored vodka (or substitute vanilla or whipped cream vodka and a touch of amaretto)
teaspoon sweetened condensed milk (up to 4 tbsp is okay -- use to sweeten to taste!)
small bowls (one for each color)
Liquid food color
Frosting and sprinkles, for garnish, if desired


  • 1 Pour lemonade into a small saucepan, and sprinkle with gelatin. Allow to soak for a minute or two.
  • 2 Heat over low, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes).
  • 3 Remove from heat, stir in the vodka and sweetened condensed milk.
  • 4 Pour 1/2 cup portions into 6 bowls. Use liquid food color for rainbow colors (in this case: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet). For a very vibrant rainbow, use 4 drops of liquid food coloring for the red, yellow, green and blue colors. To get orange, use 3 drops red and 1 drop yellow. To get violet, use 2 drops red and 2 drops blue.)
  • 5 Prepare the mini muffin pans by spraying lightly with cooking spray and then wiping clean with a paper towel. (This will leave a slight residue, which will assist in unmolding without affecting the taste or appearance of the jelly shots.)
  • 6 Spoon 3/4 teaspoon of the red gelatin mixture into the muffin pan cavities. Refrigerate until set, but still sticky when touched. (The first layer will take 10 minutes or so, subsequent layers less, about 5 minutes each.) Repeat with remaining colors.
  • 7 Refrigerate overnight to allow the layers to fully bond.
  • 8 To serve, loosen around the edges of each muffin cavity and pop out the jelly shots.
  • 9 Immediately before serving, garnish with a small dollop of frosting and sprinkles.
  • 10 Can't find a silicone pan? Wax-lined paper cups also work for this recipe. Just refrigerate until firm and when ready to eat, loosen by gently squeezing the cup, then simply peel away the paper cup.
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Double Rainbow Cake Jelly Shot

As prepared by Jelly Shot Test Kitchen,

In a fit that I like to call creative enthusiasm (and others may call grandiose delirium), I declared August “ Cake Month” on my blog, Jelly Shot Test Kitchen.

My own August birthday may have also come into play.  Regardless of the impetus, visions of tiny jelly shot “cakes” have been dancing in my head for weeks, so clearly the Tablespoon.com gang couldn’t avoid the Double Rainbow Cake Jelly Shot had they tried!  (Luckily, they were all for it!)

double rainbow cake jelly shot

Although I’m usually a classic cocktail fan, there are times when a sweet, fun girly drink is just the ticket.  As such, I’ve sustained a high level of excitement about cake-flavored vodka - the taste is unbelievably pastry-like - without adding a sticky, syrupy, gloopy texture.  However, cake-flavored vodka is a fairly recent release.  If it hasn’t yet made it to the shelves of your local liquor store, substitute vanilla or whipped cream flavor and just a touch of amaretto, and you’ll be on your way to confectionery perfection in no time!

These little jelly shots look ornate, but are simple to make –  the most important thing to remember is the timing for each layer.  Let each layer chill until set, but still sticky when touched.  This will ensure a firm bond – i.e. layers that hold together when the jelly shots are unmolded.  (More prep details follow in the recipe instructions below.)

The jelly shots are topped with a touch of frosting – a dollop of whipped cream would also be great – and, of course SPRINKLES are a must, regardless.

Hope you enjoy!

Cheers and XO,


Michelle Palm created the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog after discovering a lack of cocktail-style jelly shot recipes. 

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