About a month ago, my Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shot Glasses were featured on reddit.com, spiking the number of visits to my blog that day, and also gaining some very interesting comments. This one particularly stood out: “I love how this blog is mostly gorgeous baked goods – but every now and then she makes variations of shots – I’m picturing a young Martha Stewart who is periodically DRUNK OUT OF HER SKULL with fruit on her face”. I’m here today to tell you that my skull is fully intact and while I do enjoy the indulgence of alcohol every now and then, I at least have the decency to clean my face :) But seriously, I do like to have fun incorporating alcohol into my desserts for special occasions with friends, especially for a birthday party! This time around it was my friend Alyssa’s 24th and I didn’t want to let her down after last year’s Caramel Frappacino Cupcakes…
These adorable concoctions are jello shot “cupcakes” with bases made out of cake-flavored vodka, cream soda, gelatin, and cranberry juice topped with fresh whipped cream and pretty sprinkles. And yes, cake-flavored vodka does exist (Pinnacle makes it) and although it’s a little sweet for my taste in a drink, it was the perfect choice for these treats. The great thing about this recipe is you can really play around with the kind of juices, sodas, or liquors used depending on the birthday girl or boy’s tastes. (I’m thinking a combination involving chocolate milk and Kahlua would be divine the next time around.) Purple is Alyssa’s favorite color so I even added a few drops of food coloring to really make them pop. They were a huge hit with my friends, and the perfect start to her birthday celebration!
This recipe really couldn’t be easier – you mix together the ingredients, heat them up over the stove, and them pour the mixture into a silicone mold like this one. After a few hours in the fridge, they’re ready to be topped with whipped cream and enjoyed! Here’s a photo of Alyssa and I from her party – we’re constantly mistaken for each other in school (especially with masks on) but here’s proof that we are in fact 2 separate people. Happy Birthday Alyssa!!
Birthday Cake Jello Shots
Recipe adapted from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen
Yield: 30 small jello shots
2/3 cup cream soda
2/3 cup cranberry juice cocktail
1 tbsp heavy cream
2 envelopes plain gelatin*
2/3 cup cake-flavored vodka
Few drops food coloring, if desired
Whipped cream – fresh or store-bought
Sprinkles for garnish
Lightly spray the mold with non-stick spray and wipe excess off with a paper towel. Don’t overdo it or the residue will affect the taste of the jello.
Pour the soda, juice, and cream into a medium saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow the gelatin to soak for 2-3 minutes, then begin to heat on low, stirring constantly until gelatin is fully dissolved (about 5 minutes).
Remove saucepan from heat and add vodka and food coloring.
Pour into molds and chill for several hours, or until set.
Remove from mold, top with whipped cream, and enjoy responsibly!
*The original recipe suggests 2-3 envelopes, depending on how long your jello shots will be left out (more gelatin for more time). I opted for 3 because we were traveling an hour to get to the party, but I found them to be a little too firm , so I suggest you stick with 2 and plan accordingly for the best results!