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King Cake Jello Shots

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King Cake Jello Shots
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 12
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King Cake Jello Shots

This is just like being at Mardi Gras! But you can leave your shirt on.


glass or plastic shot glasses (2 oz.)
1 3/4
cup prepared lemonade
envelopes plain gelatin
1 1/4
cups cake-flavored vodka
teaspoons sweetened condensed milk (up to 4 tablespoons can be used to sweeten to taste)
bowls (one for each color)
Gushers™ candy (optional*)
Liquid food coloring (regular green, regular yellow and neon purple for layers)
tube Betty Crocker™ ready-to-spread vanilla frosting (for rims)
Decorating sugars in purple, yellow and green (for rims)
Edible silver glitter (for between layers -- optional)


  • 1 Dip the rim of each shot glass into the vanilla frosting, then dip 1/3 of the rim into purple sugar sprinkles, 1/3 into yellow sugar sprinkles and 1/3 into green sugar sprinkles as pictured. Set glasses aside.
  • 2 Pour lemonade into a small saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Allow to soak for a minute or two. Heat over low, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes). Remove from the heat, stir in cake vodka and sweetened condensed milk.
  • 3 Divide gelatin mixture between 3 bowls (about 1 cup in each bowl). Use liquid food coloring to color each. FOR PURPLE: 4 drops of NEON purple. FOR YELLOW: 4 drops of regular yellow. FOR GREEN: 4 drops of regular green.
  • 4 Use a food baster or tablespoon to add about one tablespoon of the purple gelatin to each of the shot glasses. Refrigerate until set but still sticky when touched, about 20 minutes.
  • 5 Remove glasses from fridge and sprinkle one teaspoon of silver edible glitter over purple gelatin. Tap gently to even out. Then carefully spoon or squirt about one tablespoon of yellow gelatin into each glass. Refrigerate until set but still sticky, about 20 minutes. *ABOUT THE GUSHERS™ CANDY: If you want to hide a surprise in one of the shot glasses (in King Cake tradition), drop one Gusher™ into ONLY ONE of the shot glasses after pouring the yellow gelatin. Refrigerate with the others until the yellow layer is set but still sticky, about 20 minutes.
  • 6 Remove glasses from fridge and sprinkle one teaspoon of silver edible glitter over the yellow gelatin. Tap gently to even out. Then carefully spoon or squirt about one tablespoon of green gelatin into each glass. Refrigerate at least two hours or overnight until fully set.
  • 7 Garnish with sweetened whipped cream and sugar sprinkles, if desired, and serve with small spoons. (Or, if using plastic shot glasses, you can squeeze the shots out of the glasses – bottoms up!)
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King Cake Jelly Shots

As prepared by Bev Cooks,

Jelly shots as colorful as the Mardi Gras flag. Pretty cool, huh?

I've never really been the type of gal who takes shots. I realize the irony in this as I just showed you these Oyster Shots.

And yes, these King Cake Jelly Shots are completely insane and ridiculous. But uh, isn't Mardi Gras completely insane and ridiculous? Yes. Yes, it is.

What's King Cake?

Do you know the tradition behind the king cake? I just learned this. Apparently, it's served as a celebration during the carnival season, which is Epiphany (typically Jan 6th) through Fat Tuesday (February 21st).

And get this. A tiny plastic baby (representing baby Jesus. No, I'm serious.) is INSIDE the cake, and whoever gets the slice with the baby in it has to make the cake the next year. But, he or she is also granted privileges and powers like magical Leprechaun tales.


So, instead of cake, I went with cake vodka (my new boyfriend) and condensed milk (my new husband) and went the shot route!

Oh, and instead of a baby (sorry, but that'd be weird to stick a baby in a shot), I stuck a fruit Gusher in one. It was better for my mental health.

Mardi Gras!

Rim the Shot Glasses

First, add 3 colors to the shot glasses like the topping on a real King Cake. Dip the glass rims in a tub of Betty Crocker vanilla frosting.

Rimming Shot Glasses in Frosting

Then, dip a third of the frosted rim into green sugar sprinkles, a third into yellow, and a third into purple.

Colored Sugars for Shot Glass Rims

And look at that! King Cake rimmers!

Sugared Shot Glass Rims

Make the Shots

Gather your goods. Lemonade, unflavored gelatin powder, cake vodka, condensed milk, Gushers and some colorful sprinkles.

You just need one Gusher for the recipe. The rest are to pop into your mouth when you're not busy pouring the condensed milk down your throat. Oh, whoa. What? I totally didn't do that.

Add the unflavored gelatin to the lemonade. Heat it until the gelatin is all dissolved, about 5 minutes.

Adding Unflavored Gelatin to Lemonade

Take it off the heat and add the cake-flavored vodka and condensed milk. Whisk until combined. Pour THAT mixture into 3 bowls and color them green, yellow and purple.

Colored Gelatin for King Cake Jelly Shots

Using a turkey baster (if you have one!) or a spoon to add one tablespoon of purple gelatin to each shot glass. Stick in the fridge for 20 minutes.

After it's set, a layer of edible silver glitter adds the bling!

Adding Silver Edible Glitter

Then add a tablespoon of yellow gelatin over the glitter. But before you stick it back in the fridge, don't forget...

Adding a Gusher to the Jelly Shot

The Gusher baby thingy! Drop it into the yellow layer so that it disappears into the shot. THEN refrigerate them again for 20 minutes.

Repeat with another layer of silver glitter and the last green layer. Stick in the fridge aaaand…

 King Cake Jelly Shots

Party-ready SHOTS!


Go all out with whipped cream and sparkles like they're pictured at the top, or make 'em much simpler and easier if you want!

Like this, without the whipped cream topping OR the silver glitter layers:

Jelly Shot with No Glitter Layers

Or like this, with just the gelatin layers -- no rimmers, glitter or toppings -- still gorgeous with just a couple purple candy pearls on top!

King Cake Jelly Shots with No Garnish

It's up to you!

Now, who's gonna get the baby Gusher……?

Bite of King Cake Jelly Shot

I actually wouldn't mind a leprechaun tale.

*Bev realizes a lizardy leprechaun tale might not be the best look on her. For more musings, visit her blog Bev Cooks and her Tablespoon profile.

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