For this year's Mardi Gras, I am thinking "outside the box"…Or "with the box" in this case. And I went a little crazy. But hey, it is Mardi Gras… can you be too crazy? I'm mixing things up in the jelly shot world – I added mine to cake. You know the fun poke cakes using gelatin, well this is an adaption of that: Mini Boozy King Cakes.
While I am loosely calling this a King Cake, which is tradition at Mardi Gras time, it is in no way like one. More of a tribute cake if you will.
The first thing I got rid of was the little plastic baby that you bake in the cake. Because #1 choking hazard anyone? #2 Even if you didn’t choke on it, wouldn’t you feel bad if you accidently bit a plastic baby (especially since it’s supposedly representing the baby Jesus)? Seemed wrong. So going with the jelly theme, I threw in a Gusher (a squishy fruit snack) to keep the tradition of being the lucky one to find it in the cake.
You don’t need to make this into mini cakes, you could keep it at a 9x13 inch cake, but I thought that since theses are technically shots filled with booze, letting people cut their own seemed dangerous as knives and alcohol don’t mix (remember that kids). Also, you can use whatever flavor of vodka you want, but I love all things key limed flavor and decided to go with that.
To make the cakes/shots:
Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 13x9-inch pan. Cool cake in the pan for 15 minutes.
Using a biscuit cutter, cut the cake into individual cakes.
Using a wooden skewer, pierce the cake about 6 times.
Bring the Sprite to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the boiling soda to the gelatin in small bowl; stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in the cold vodka and key lime juice. Divide the jelly shot mixture into three separate bowls (or squeeze bottles, if you got them). Add yellow, green, and purple food coloring... so that you have one bowl (bottle) of each color. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
Fill the holes with the different colors of jelly… don’t mix the colors. One color per hole.
Create a slit from the top of one of the cakes and add the Gusher to act as the "baby". Frost cakes on top and garnish with sprinkles. Peabody loves ice hockey (she plays!) and all things baking! Check out her great stuff at her blog site Culinary Concoctions by Peabody and her Tablespoon profile.