About this recipe:This showstopper cake is as delicious to eat as it is pretty to look at. Cubes of jelly are suspended in a creamy jelly and set in a mould, creating a stained glass effect. Use ready-made jelly pots to save some time.
5 packets jelly, in 5 different colours
24g plain powdered gelatine
500ml water, divided
1 (397g) tin condensed sweetened milk (300ml)
1 tinful double cream (300ml)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Method Prep:30min › Extra time:9hr chilling › Ready in:9hr30min
Prepare the five packets of jelly in five separate bowls, using half of the total amount of water stated on the packet instructions (ie if the total water needed is usually 1 pint, use 1/2 a pint).
Transfer to the fridge and let chill till completely set (this can be done the night before).
Prepare your mould: Grease a 23cm cake tin, or use a silcone mould to avoid greasing.
Slice the chilled jelly into cubes. Gently toss together and tip into the prepared mould.
Place 250ml of water in a bowl and sprinkle over the powdered gelatine. Let sit for a few minutes, then add 250ml boiling water. Stir till dissolved.
Empty the condensed milk into a blender or food processor. Use the tin to measure the double cream (about 300ml). Add this to the blender along with the vanilla and liquid gelatine mixture. Blend till well combined.
Pour the milk mixture over the jelly cubes in the mould. Use a spatula to evenly distribute the cubes throughout the mould, if necessary.
Transfer to the fridge to set, chilling for 4 to 5 hours, or overnight. To unmould, run a knife along the sides of the mould and invert onto a serving plate.
To use leaf gelatine...
If you don't have powdered gelatine to hand, you can use leaf gelatine. Simply follow the instructions on the packet and use the number of leaves needed to set 1100ml of liquid. Depending on the type of leaf gelatine you have, you will need somewhere around 12 leaves. Follow the packet instructions to dissolve the gelatine leaves before adding to the milk and cream mixture.
Disaster! Took me ages to make too! The condensed milk/gelatine/cream/vanilla mixture did not set after a night in the fridge. I ended up putting it in the freezer but threw the resulting mess away. The only things I think could possibly have affected the set was that my fridge was very full, I used vegetarian gelatine and I used a big silicone castle shaped mould..?? - 29 Jul 2015