Stained Glass Gelatin Cake


This no-bake gelatin cake is a showstopper! It's as delicious to eat as it is pretty to look at. Cubes of colorful Jell-O are placed into a cake pan and set with white gelatin to create this stained glass cake.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins


  • 5 (3 ounce) packages sweetened gelatin mix (such as Jell-O®), 5 different colors

  • 3 ½ cups boiling water, divided

  • 3 ½ cups cold water, divided

  • cooking spray

  • 1 (1 ounce) package unflavored gelatin powder

  • 1 (14.1 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 ¼ cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Pour each gelatin mix into a separate bowl. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water into one bowl and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes; stir in 1/2 cup cold water. Repeat to dissolve remaining gelatin colors. Refrigerate all bowls until completely set, 4 hours to overnight.

  2. Spray a 9-inch cake pan with cooking spray.

  3. Remove gelatin from the refrigerator and slice each color into cubes. Transfer cubes to a bowl and gently toss together to mix colors randomly. Tip into the prepared pan.

  4. Pour remaining 1 cup cold water into a bowl and sprinkle unflavored gelatin over top; let sit until dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Add remaining 1 cup boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.

  5. Pour condensed milk into a blender. Add cream, unflavored gelatin mixture, and vanilla; blend until well combined. Pour over gelatin cubes in the cake pan. Use a spatula to evenly distribute milk mixture.

  6. Refrigerate until set, 4 hours to overnight.

  7. Run a knife along the sides of the cake pan and carefully invert cake onto a plate.


If you don't have powdered gelatin on hand, you can use leaf gelatin. Use the number of leaves needed to set 4 1/2 cups of liquid. Depending on the type of leaf gelatin you have, you will need somewhere around 12 leaves. Follow the package instructions to dissolve the gelatin leaves before adding to the milk and cream mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

433 Calories
18g Fat
61g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 433
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 154mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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