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Delight your guests with these Birthday Cake Jello Cups. Layers of sweet cake flavored gelatin are cool and creamy, and so much fun to serve!
What is it about layered desserts that makes them so appealing? I just love how these birthday treats turned out! They make the party table look so festive. The creaminess makes them stand out from typical Jello desserts.
You can get away with skipping the birthday cake altogether, thanks to the delicious cake batter flavoring. Yes, it’s something a unique that you’ll need to get for these Birthday Cake Jello Cups, but it’s worth it!
If you’re having a beach themed party, you could make a few of these Day at the Beach Jello Cups to go along with the birthday cake jello as well!
How to make Birthday Cake Jello Cups
Start by sprinkling the gelatin over warm water to let it bloom. After 5 minutes, add boiling water and stir to dissolve. One the gelatin is completely dissolved, add sweetened condensed milk to the mixture.
Using a small ladle or spoon, fill up the glasses about halfway with the condensed milk and gelatin mixture. Then set the glasses at an angle inside another glass so you get offset layers. These glasses are 4 oz each. You can use larger or smaller cups, just adjust the amount you put into each one.
Place the birthday cake jello cups in the refrigerator to set.
Divide the remaining gelatin mixture into small bowls and add food coloring gel to get your desired colors.
Layer the second color on top of the first, keeping the glass at an angle. Return to the refrigerator.
Once the second layer has set, place the glass flat on the table and add the final layer on top.
Place the glasses back into the refrigerator one final time to set. When ready to serve, top with whipped cream and sprinkles.
What kind of food coloring is best?
For the best results, use gel food coloring like this gel coloring set. The colors are vibrant and they mix well without changing the taste or texture of whatever you’re making.
How do I store Birthday Cake Jello Cups?
Be sure to keep them refrigerated until serving. It’s fine for them to sit out at room temperature during the party, but don’t add whipped cream until you’re ready to serve. Refrigerate any leftovers and use up within a week for best taste and texture.
Birthday Cake Jello Cups
- 4 packets of unflavored gelatin (10 tsp)
- 2 cups water
- 2 drops cake batter flavor - see link
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- gel food coloring aqua, lime, purple, pink, yellow, and orange
- In a medium size bowl, add 2 cups of warm water. Open the individual envelopes of gelatin, and sprinkle the over the water. Let Gelatin sit on water for 5 minutes without stirring. This is known as letting the gelatin bloom.
- At the end of the 5 minutes, heat the other 2 cups of water to boiling. Pour the boiling water over the gelatin mixture, and stir until completely dissolved.
- Measure 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk, and pour over the gelatin. Stir well to combine. Using a small ladle, fill the glass cups halfway with the gelatin mixture.
- Sit the cup at an angle inside another cup, and repeat until all the cups are done. Place them in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes, until gelatin is firm.
- While the first layer is cooling, divide the remaining gelatin mixture into 6 small bowls, placing approximately 1/3 cup in each bowl. Color in desired colors, and then pour one color on top of the white layer, and tilt to the opposite side, at the opposite angle from the first layer.
- Place the cups back in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, to firm the gelatin. When the gelatin is firm, pour the third colored layer on top, and let stand for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
- Top the cups with whipped cream and your favorite sprinkles.