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glass or plastic shot glasses (2 oz.)
cup prepared lemonade
envelopes plain gelatin
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- 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.
20 Authentic Cajun Desserts
If you&rsquore looking for a taste of New Orleans to finish your meal, look no further than these Cajun desserts!
The word &lsquoCajun&rsquo probably evokes all kinds of associations in your mind.
Maybe you&rsquore thinking about Mardi Gras, king cake, beads, booze, and Bourbon Street.
Perhaps you&rsquore picturing spicy food, beignets, gumbo, and seafood.
My mind goes to all of those things, but I also start conjuring up images of tasty Cajun desserts.
On this list, you&rsquoll see some well-known favorites, such as king cake, beignets, and pralines.
You&rsquoll also see some southern staples like sweet potato pie.
Hopefully, though, I can also introduce you to a few new sweet treats that&rsquoll become fast favorites.
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The butterball is such a popular shooter that there are at least four recipes for you to try. It's absolutely delicious and can even help you beef up your bartending skills.
This famous mix is generally made of butterscotch schnapps and Irish cream. You can layer it or shake it or play with the proportions. Another recipe opts for peach over butterscotch, but we recommend the golden nipple that brings cinnamon schnapps into the original mix.
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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.
- Mix frosting and place in 3 separate bowls and add coloring
- Place each of the frostings in separate ziplock bags – this is an extra step, but it makes filling the decorator bag lots easier
- Fit a decorator bag with a #1 M Tip, and place in tall glass
- Snip the corner off the ziplock bag and fill the decorator bag with ALL the colors at the same time
- 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.