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Jelly shots as colorful as the Mardi Gras flag. MORE+LESS-


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)


can (16 oz) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy Frosting Vanilla (for rims)

Decorating sugars in purple, yellow and green (for rims)

Edible silver glitter (for between layers -- optional)

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    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. 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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More About This Recipe

  • 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.THESE THINGS HAPPEN AT MARDI GRAS.
  • 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.Let's get ready to celebrate Mardi Gras!VariationsGo all out with whipped cream and sparkles like they're pictured in this recipe, or make 'em much simpler and easier if you want without the whipped cream topping OR the silver glitter layers. Or with just the gelatin layers -- no rimmers, glitter or toppings -- still gorgeous with just a couple purple candy pearls on top!It's up to you!Now, who's gonna get the baby Gusher……?I actually wouldn't mind a leprechaun tale.

Here's how you can make King Cake Jell-O shots

It's one of the best times of the year: King Cake season.

And we're celebrating the season by making some King Cake Jell-O shots. (Yes, that's a thing.)

Here's what you'll need to make the tasty concoctions:

  • lemonade
  • plain gelatin
  • vodka
  • vanilla frosting
  • green, yellow and purple sprinkles
  • condensed milk
  • green, yellow and purple food coloring
  • purple Jell-O
  • edible silver glitter
  • yellow Jell-O
  • Fruit Gushers
  • green Jell-O.

Watch the video below for instructions on how to make the creative shots:

King Cake Jello Shots

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Shrimp and Grits, and King Cake Jelly Shots

I’m just letting the good times roll over here.

Letting. Them. Roll. And maaaan are they rolling. I can’t even begin to describe all of the rolling of the good times that are rolling right now.

Talk about rolling. Those good times? They roll.

Am I annoying you yet because I’m about to ground myself for life.

Speaking of rolling though: I did play the clarinet in the junior high band! . . .I definitely did not roll, did I?

I’m pretty sure the only rolling I’ll get to today will be on an old, stained yoga mat. And then head first into this bowl of mother-loving GRITS.

This was actually my first time making shrimp and grits, and I’ll have you know that my good times rolled SO HARD. You can read about my adventure, RIGHT HERE.

But if that’s not enough to get your bon temps roulering, my money is on these ridiculous King Cake Jelly shots. Are you wondering if there is a little plastic baby in one of them? I’ll guess you’ll have to clicky clicky right HERE to unfold that mystery.

How To Make Jell-O Shots and Pudding Shots Like a Party Pro

A party tray of boozy, jiggly, Jell-O® shots or pudding shots is right where childhood nostalgia meets grown-up playtime. With so many flavors and colors to choose from𠅌ombined with all kinds of liquors—you can create shots to suit any occasion. I&aposll show you how to make Jell-O shots and pudding shots with tips and recipes, and show you how to make molded and layered Jell-O shots that&aposll be the talk of the party.

How to Make Basic Jell-O Shots

This recipe for Berry Shooters is a great starting point for the easiest kind of gelatin shots to serve in cups.

Makes about 10 2-ounce shots


1 (3-oz.) package flavored gelatin of your choice

In a bowl, mix boiling water with gelatin. Stir constantly for a couple of minutes until no clumps remain and gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in vodka. Place shot glasses on a baking tray for easy transport. Pour gelatin mixture into paper or plastic shot cups* and chill in refrigerator until set, 1 hour or more.

*Reviewers suggest coating the shot cups lightly with cooking spray so the shots slide right out. Give each mini cup a quick wipe with a paper towel to remove excess and spread oil evenly.

Jell-O Shot FAQ

Q: Can I make Jell-O shots using only alcohol and no water? (Because how awesome would that be?)

A: Sorry to crush your dreams, but in order for the shot to solidify enough to hold its shape, there has to be enough hot water in the mix to activate the gelatin.

Q: What&aposs the ideal alcohol to water ratio?

A: The amount of alcohol and water you use in your recipe really does make a difference to the look, taste, texture, and of course the strength of your gelatin shot. Here are some basic guidelines based on a 3-oz package of gelatin:

  • Classic: 8 ounces boiling water + 3 ounces cold water + 5 ounces vodka = a clear, firm gelatin shot that tastes like a sweet, slightly watered-down vodka-based drink.
  • Stronger: 4 ounces boiling water + 4 ounces cold water + 8 ounces vodka = a cloudier but firm and less overly sweet gelatin shot with a stronger taste of alcohol.
  • Ridiculous: 4 ounces boiling water + 8 to 19 ounces vodka = a cloudy but reasonably firm gelatin shot with a very pronounced alcohol flavor bordering on ickyness. At this higher alcohol to water ratio, you&aposd be serving shots that have many times more alcohol than the "classic" shot. Not necessarily a good thing.

Q: Can I use any kind of alcohol in a Jell-O shot?

A: Sure. A gelatin shot made with plain vodka will taste like the flavor of the gelatin, while a flavored booze combined with a complementary gelatin can taste like real cocktails. For example, tequila + lime-flavored gelatin = margarita shot.

Q: How many shots should I make for a party?

A: A 3-ounce package of gelatin combined with 2 cups of liquid (water + alcohol) will make about 10 2-ounce shots. Figure 2 to 4 shots per guest. But remember: Each adorable gelatin shot is actually a serious slug of alcohol, so be a smart and responsible host.

How to Make Molded Jell-O Shots

These shots are firmer than basic Jell-O shots and can stand alone after they&aposre popped out of their molds.

  • Use the basic recipe for Jell-O shots, but whisk a packet of unflavored gelatin (such as KNOX) into the flavored gelatin until thoroughly combined. Add 1 cup boiling water and stir until completely dissolved. Stir in 1 cup vodka.
  • Spray a silicone mold, or other flexible mold, lightly with cooking spray and wipe excess with a paper towel. Place the mold on a baking sheet. Pour mixture into molds and chill until firm. Keep cold until you&aposre ready to unmold them.
  • To unmold, pour a few inches of hot water into a baking pan larger than the mold. Dip the bottom of the mold in the hot water for a few seconds, then invert onto a tray.

How to Make Sliced Jell-O Shots

Follow directions for molded shots, but pour the mixture into a small baking pan to a depth of about an inch. Chill until very firm. Dip a knife or cookie cutters in hot water and cut the gelatin into shapes. Use a small knife or offset spatula to remove shapes to a separate tray. You can also place them in mini-cupcake liners for easy handling. Chill until serving. Try this recipe for Tart Lemon Drop Jelly Shots.

King Cake Cupcakes

A traditional King Cake has layers of dough and cinnamon, with a thin glaze and colored sugar. It also, usually, has a small trinket or baby baked inside. The baby, said to represent Baby Jesus, found inside or sometimes placed underneath, and the person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations.

These King Cake Cupcakes are inspired by the King Cake, with yellow cupcakes and layers of cinnamon and sugar and topped with Cinnamon Buttercream in bright Mardi Gras colors!

I love creating cupcakes for all the fun days throughout the year. And if you don’t celebrate Mardi Gras…these cupcakes are still yummy, just change the color of the frosting and you have an everyday cupcake.

  1. Mix frosting and place in 3 separate bowls and add coloring
  2. Place each of the frostings in separate ziplock bags – this is an extra step, but it makes filling the decorator bag lots easier
  3. Fit a decorator bag with a #1 M Tip, and place in tall glass
  4. Snip the corner off the ziplock bag and fill the decorator bag with ALL the colors at the same time
  5. After the frosting is in the bag, you may need to pipe some out onto a plate until all the colors come out even

It’s also tradition to put a tiny baby or small trinket inside a King Cake. I found these little babies at Wilton.

Cocktail ideas for king cake vodka

Taaka’s king cake vodka continues to tempt us. It’s a sweet, flavored vodka found at nearly every grocery store this time of year.

image via @newinNOLA on Instagram

Last month, we offered up two cocktail recipes from Rouses (see them).

If you don’t have access to king cake-flavored vodka but you still want a king cake cocktail, try this one from

And today, we heard about a new recipe: king cake vodka Jello shots.

Recipe from the good folks at

A jello shot with lemon juice, sugar, gelatin, and Taaka King Cake tastes surprisingly good. Like a boozy doberge cake.

  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 3 packs plain gelatin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup king cake vodka (cold)
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice

Combine sugar and water and gelatin. Stir. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add in booze and lemon. Pour into molds.

And if you are looking for fancier king cake cocktail idea, head on over to A Mountain of Crushed Ice. She’s got good recipes with pictures.

The Toppings for the mardi gras jello shots:

Pour in the purple layer and let it set up in the fridge. Once the jello is set top it with a little whipped topping and cinnamon. The idea is that when you get to each layer they will mimic the taste of king cake. Either way you’ll have a really fun and tasty jello shot.

These Mardi Gras Jello Shots are great to serve up with some Beignets. If you want something to serve before you serve the shots some Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice is a tasty dinner for Fat Tuesday.

Raspberry Cream Jello Poke Cake

Raspberry Cream Jello Poke Cake is super moist, fruity and luscious-amazing! We can't stop obsessing how yummy and beautiful it looks with the raspberry jello drizzles inside of the cake. Voila. dreamy Poke Cake exploding with raspberry flavor!

Made with a super easy scratch white cake made with pantry staple ingredients, jello, jello mousse, whipped cream and raspberries, this dessert is perfect to bring to family gatherings, holidays, parties and more. Everyone will go bonkers over it, because it's so fresh, light and fruity-licious!

Growing up, jello cakes were a delicious summer treat we all enjoyed tremendously. What I love most about Jello cakes, aside from the fact that they are so delicious, is how easy they are to make.

In the &rsquo70s & &rsquo80s it was pretty much guaranteed that at every potluck or family gathering, that someone would bring some sort of jello dessert. Back then, these retro jello poke cakes would be a variation of a white cake mix and one or two jello flavors.

These days you can find an amazing assortment of poke cake flavors using jellos and puddings alike. For more delicious poke cakes, you'll absolutely love this Holiday Chocolate Mint Poke Cake, Easy Caramel Cream Chocolate Poke Cake, Whipped Chocolate Coca Cola Poke Cake, Easy Boston Cream Poke Cake and this Very Cherry Cheesecake Poke Cake!

I made a scratch vanilla cake, but you can use a boxed cake mix. If you do use a boxed cake mix for a 9x13 pan, then double the rest of the ingredients in the recipe.

This homemade cake recipe is made in an 8x8 baking pan which is perfect for Sunday evenings or smaller gatherings of the family. Double the homemade cake if you want to go scratch for larger gatherings. It's all good! 🙂

I urge you to make the homemade cake, because it's so delicious and easy to make. This vanilla cake is vegan, no eggs, no butter and super simple to make, and just as easy as making a boxed cake mix and it's my favorite vanilla cake!

The whole recipe is pretty easy to make, and can be modified in different ways, by using other jello flavors, fruits and homemade whipped cream. Bring on the fun! Bring on the Jello!

Recipe Summary

  • Carrot layer:
  • ⅔ cup carrot juice
  • ⅓ cup pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon ginger juice (such as The Ginger People)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • 2 (1/4-ounce) packets unflavored gelatin
  • ¾ cup bourbon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Cooking spray
  • Vermouth cream layer:
  • ⅔ cup evaporated milk
  • ⅓ cup dry vermouth
  • 2 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) packet unflavored gelatin

To prepare carrot layer, combine carrot and pineapple juices, 3 tablespoons sugar, honey, ginger juice, cinnamon, and cloves in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Sprinkle 2 packets gelatin over mixture let stand 1 minute. Increase heat to medium cook, stirring constantly, until gelatin and sugar dissolve.

Remove pan from heat stir in bourbon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and almond extract. Pour into an 11 x 7-inch glass baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray. Place dish in refrigerator refrigerate 45 minutes.

To prepare cream layer, combine evaporated milk, vermouth, 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, lemon and orange juices, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a saucepan over medium-low heat sprinkle 1 packet gelatin over mixture. Increase heat to medium cook until sugar and gelatin dissolve, stirring constantly. Cool 3 minutes. Gently pour vermouth mixture evenly over carrot mixture in dish. Refrigerate 4 hours or until set. Dip bottom of dish in warm water. Using a sharp knife, cut gelatin into 32 equal cubes carefully remove from dish using a spatula.

Easy Cheesecake

Never mind the sour cream, farmer's cheese, cream cheese, water bath, and worrying about a sunken center. The filling for this delicious cheesecake has just four simple ingredients, and the cake bakes in a mere 30 minutes. Now THAT'S easy!

Want to reduce the carbs and calories in this recipe? Substitute our King Arthur Baking Sugar Alternative for the sugar called for. See how in "tips," below.


  • 1 1/2 cups (128g) graham cracker crumbs (9 to 10 whole graham crackers), crushed)
  • 1/4 cup (28g) confectioners' sugar
  • 5 1/3 tablespoons (74g) butter, melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • two 8-ounce packages (452g) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (152g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Select a pie pan whose inside top dimension is at least 9", and whose height is at least 1 1/4". Preheat the oven to 350°F.

To make the crust: Stir together all of the crust ingredients, mixing until thoroughly combined.

Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan, making a thicker layer on the bottom than on the sides.

To make the filling: Mix together the room-temperature cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the eggs and vanilla, again mixing until smooth. To avoid beating too much air into the batter, use a mixer set at low-medium speed. To avoid lumps, make sure the cream cheese is softened, and/or at room temperature.

Perfect your technique

Easy Cheesecake

Set the pie pan onto a baking sheet, if desired this makes it easier to transport in and out of the oven, and also protects the bottom of the crust from any potential scorching. Pour the filling into the crust.

To bake the cheesecake: Place the cheesecake in the oven. Bake it for 20 minutes, then add a crust shield or shield the crust with strips of aluminum foil. Bake for an additional 10 minutes (for a total of about 30 minutes). A digital thermometer inserted into the filling 1" from the edge should read between 165°F and 170°F the filling won't look entirely set in the center.

Remove the cheesecake from the oven and set it on a rack to cool. Once the cake is cool, refrigerate it, covered, until you're ready to serve it.

Serve cheesecake in wedges, with fresh fruit if desired.

Storage information: Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for several days freeze for longer storage.

Tips from our Bakers

Here's an easy way to reduce the carbs and calories in this recipe: substitute King Arthur Baking Sugar Alternative, cup for cup, for the sugar(s) called for. Be sure to substitute by volume (not weight) follow mixing directions as written. Since our Baking Sugar Alternative will bake and brown more quickly, start checking for doneness three-quarters of the way through the suggested bake time.