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Easter Dessert Cups

Treat your eyes and your tastebuds to a rainbow of flavors with these gorgeous Easter Dessert Cups! The layers of colorful, creamy gelatin will delight kids and adults alike. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles for a springtime treat that’s as beautiful as it is tasty!

Easter Dessert Cups finished.

Ready for a show-stopping dessert that will have everyone ooh-ing and ahh-ing? These Easter Dessert Cups are made with 5 different kinds of gelatin for a beautiful layering effect you won’t be able to take your eyes off of!

This dessert is very easy to make if you give yourself enough time. Each gelatin layer needs to set to create a beautiful rainbow effect. But these Easter Cups truly couldn’t be easier in terms of hands-on work!

Everyone will fall in love with this chilled dessert. Top with a little whipped cream and sprinkles for the perfect Easter or springtime treat!

Easter Dessert cups on a counter with Easter decorations
Easter Dessert Cups. Photo Credit: Cook What You Love.

What you’ll love about Fully Easter Rainbow Dessert Cups


  • Hands-on prep is super easy.
  • Yogurt and milk make the gelatin layers indulgently creamy.
  • Great for making ahead of time!

INGREDIENTS

  • Water — Divided.
  • Flavored gelatin  1 package each of blue, purple, yellow, green, and pink.
  • Milk — Divided.
  • Vanilla yogurt — Divided.
  • Whipped cream — For the topping.
  • Sprinkles — For the topping.
Cooling gelatin ready to be added to the cups.
Cooling gelatin ready to be added to the layers.

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY EASTER DESSERT CUPS

  1. Pour each package of gelatin into its own medium bowl.
  2. Add ¾ cup boiling water to each bowl and whisk for about 1 minute to make sure all the granules are dissolved.
  3. Let the gelatin bowls cool to room temperature.
  4. Set out all of your dessert cups on a baking sheet. 
  5. Once the gelatin has cooled to room temperature, add ¼ cup of milk and ½ cup of yogurt to each bowl. Mix well.
  6. Starting with the color you want for the bottom layer, add about 2 tablespoons of that color gelatin to each dessert cup.
  7. Refrigerate for 15-30 minutes to allow the bottom layer to set.
  8. Repeat with the remaining layers, chilling between each one.
  9. Once all of the layers are done, refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to ensure all layers have been fully set.
  10. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles as desired, and enjoy!

CHEF JENN’S TIPS

  • These Easter Jell-O Dessert Cups aren’t a quick fix. Leave yourself plenty of time to make them because they need to be set up in the fridge after each layer.
  • Get the kids to help! Once the liquid Jell-O has cooled, they can help assemble and decorate the cups.
  • Use clear cups so you can see all the layers.

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WHAT TO SERVE WITH DESSERT CUPS

For more springtime sweetness, I can never get enough of these effortless Strawberry Shortcake Cookies. You can also enjoy even more fresh strawberry flavor in moist, rich, and delicious Strawberry Upside Down Cake. If you want a different flavor, Buttermilk Banana Cake has just the right balance of sweetness with an out-of-this-world glaze on top.

TOPPINGS FOR GELATIN DESSERT CUPS

I think a spiral of whipped cream and some festive sprinkles really makes this dessert shine. But you can certainly get creative if you prefer! Chopped or crushed mini chocolate egg candies, mini peanut butter cups, or mini M&Ms would all add a wonderful pop of color. And who can say no to a little added chocolate flavor?

If your Easter gathering includes little ones, you can let them pick their favorite Easter candy to add on top. You’ll be amazed at what crazy combinations they come up with!

Easter dessert cups topped with whipped cream

STORAGE

Once the gelatin layers have set, wrap the Easter Dessert Cups in plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to 5 days, so they’re great to make ahead of time! These creamy gelatin cups should be enjoyed chilled, so you can just grab them out of the refrigerator when you’re ready to serve. Add the toppings and dig in!

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Easter Dessert Cups finished.
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Easter Dessert Cups

Flavorful and colorful Jell-O is the star of these easy and fun to make dessert cups! With a rainbow of colors, they're the perfect spring dessert!
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword easter, gelatin, jell-o, jello, kids
Prep Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 12
Calories 194kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 packages jell-o
  • 1 1/4 cups milk divided
  • 2 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt divided
  • boiling water
  • whipped cream for the topping
  • sprinkles to decorate the tops

Instructions

  • Pour each package of gelatin into its own medium bowl.
  • Add ¾ cup boiling water to each bowl and whisk for about 1 minute to make sure all the granules are dissolved.
  • Let the gelatin bowls cool to room temperature.
  • Set out all of your dessert cups on a baking sheet. 
  • Once the gelatin has cooled to room temperature, add ¼ cup of milk and a ½ cup of yogurt to each bowl. Mix well.
  • Starting with the color you want for the bottom layer, add about 2 tablespoons of that color gelatin to each dessert cup.
  • Refrigerate for 15-30 minutes to allow the bottom layer to set.
  • Repeat with the remaining layers, chilling between each one.
  • Once all of the layers are done, refrigerate for at least 4 hours to ensure all layers have fully set.
  • Top with whipped cream and sprinkles as desired, and enjoy!

Notes

CHEF JENN’S TIPS

  • These Easter Jell-O Dessert Cups aren’t a quick fix. Leave yourself plenty of time to make them because they need to be set up in the fridge after each layer. They’ll also need 3-4 hours in the fridge when finished to fully set.
  • Get the kids to help! Once the liquid Jell-O has cooled, they can help assemble and decorate the cups.
  • Use clear cups so you can see all the layers.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 152mg | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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