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Stained Glass Cake Recipe

The Stained Glass Cake Recipe from Jell-O has been around for ages. It’s easy to prepare and kids love it. I got a little impatient when preparing this recipe and added the Jell-O before it was fully set, so the cubes did not hold their shape. It still turned out pretty, but be sure to give the Jell-O the minimum 4 hours it needs in the refrigerator.

Prep: 1 hour | Cook: 5-8 minutes | Chill: 6 hours to overnight | Yield: 8 servings

Stained Glass Cake



  • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers, crushed to fine crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 3 3-ounce packages of Jell-O Brand Jello (each package a different bright color for “cut glass”)
  • 4 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Prepare separately each package of Jell-O by dissolving each flavor in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water and placing each flavor in separate 8-inch square pans. Chill Jell-O in refrigerator until firm, at least 4 hours.
  2. Before proceeding with filling, prepare crust. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine crumbs and sugar in medium-sized bowl. Stir in melted butter until thoroughly combined. Press mixture firmly into bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
  3. Remove the Jell-O from the refrigerator and cut into 1/2 inch cubes, but do not remove from pans. Place Jell-O back in refrigerator.
  4. Place pineapple juice in a small sauce pan and sprinkle in the package of unflavored gelatin. Over low heat stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Transfer to a small bowl and allow to cool slightly. Place in refrigerator for about 5 minutes. Pineapple gelatin should be cooled but not yet set.
  5. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and salt together until stiff peaks form. Whisk in the pineapple gelatin until fully incorporated into cream mixture. Remove the cut gelatin cubes from the refrigerator and carefully distribute the different colored Jell-O cubes over the top of the cream. Shake the bowl a bit to sink the Jell-O cubes into the cream.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared spring form pan and chill for at least 6 hours or overnight. Remove the Stained Glass Cake from the spring form pan before serving.

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