Part cocktail and part dessert, this strawberry shortcake jello shots recipe made with Cake Vodka and Strawberry Pucker looks beautiful, is easy to make and tastes delicious. The only problem with them is how fast they disappear.
Using layers is an easy way to mix flavors and combine colors which results in a great tasting jello shot that matches your party decor.
This red and white layered strawberry shortcake jello shots recipe is my newest creation.
They are faster to make than most layered jello shot recipes because they use instant pudding for one of the layers which only takes a few minutes to set.
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To make these layered strawberry shortcake jello shots you’ll need 1 small (3-ounce) box of Strawberry jello, 2 small (3.4 ounce) boxes of Vanilla instant pudding mix (you can also use the heat & serve pudding mix but it will take a little longer), milk, UV Cake vodka and Strawberry pucker.
I added some whipped cream and strawberries as garnishes, but these are optional. The jello shots taste really good all on their own if you can’t be bothered with the extra work.
Supplies And Utensils
You’ll need the following supplies and utensils to make this jello shots recipe:
- Approximately 32 jello shot cups (depending on how full you fill them)
For layered jello shots, taller jello shot cups like these* are better than wider ones. The extra height makes it easier to create layers without over-filling.
Also, they should be at least 2 ounces in size. The 1-ounce shot glasses are too small to make good layers.
- cookie sheet – this is optional but it makes transporting the jello shots to the fridge much easier. And helps to catch the drips that always seem to happen when you’re pouring the jello in.
- mixing bowl – using a bowl with a handle and spout* will make your life easier when it comes to pouring the liquid into the jello shot cups.
- kettle or pot for boiling the water
- measuring cup
- ladle – also optional, but it makes pouring the jello on top of the pudding easier.
How To Make Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots
The “Shortcake” Layer
To start, lay out your jello shot cups on the cookie sheet.
The first layer is the Vanilla pudding combined with the UV Cake vodka.
Combine 2 3.4-oz boxes of Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix with 3 cups of milk and 1/2 cup UV Cake Vodka.
Spoon the pudding into the jello shot cups so they are about half full.
I use less milk than the recipe on the box calls for so that the pudding sets a little stiffer.
You can’t put too much alcohol in this layer or it won’t set at all…which makes for very messy jello shots!
Also, you can substitute Heat & Serve Vanilla pudding instead of Instant Pudding mix. Just make sure to wait until it has cooled before adding the alcohol.
The Strawberry Layer
The second layer is strawberry jello combined with Strawberry Pucker.
Mix 1 cup boiling water with a small (3-oz) box of Strawberry Jello.
Then mix in 3/4 cup Strawberry Pucker (or Schnapps) and 1/4 cup cold water.
Let the jello cool for 15 or 20 minutes before spooning it on top of the pudding layer or you’ll end up with a pudding-jello mix rather than layers.
Also, the pudding layer is pretty soft so you can’t just pour the jello in from the bowl. Doing that will create a big hole in the pudding layer. Use a gravy ladle or cupcake scoop to spoon the jello onto the top of the pudding.
Then chill in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours until set.
These jello shots can stay in the refrigerator for a day or two so making them ahead of time is definitely an option. However, don’t leave them long enough for the milk in the pudding to go bad 🙂
If you want to use garnishes, add them just before serving.
I like to use some whipped cream with half of a strawberry on top.
Since the pudding is a little softer than regular jello, serving them with a mini tasting spoons* makes them a little easier to eat.
They taste so good, you could even serve them as dessert!
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Layered Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots
- 2 3-ounce packages Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix You can also use Cook & Serve pudding
- 3 cups milk
- ½ cup UV Cake Vodka
- 1 3-ounce package Strawberry Jello
- 1 cup hot water
- ¾ cup Strawberry Pucker
- ¼ cup cold water
- whipping cream optional
- 16 strawberries optional
- Set out the jello shot cups on the cookie sheet.
- Pour the vanilla pudding mix to the mixing bowl.
- Add the milk and UV Cake Vodka to the vanilla pudding mix in the bowl. Stir it constantly for 2 minutes using the whisk.
- Pour (or spoon) the pudding into the jello shot cups so they are about half full.
Strawberry Jello Layer
- Bring some water to a boil.
- Pour the strawberry jello crystals into a mixing bowl.
- Add 1 cup of the boiling water to the strawberry jello and mix well.
- Add the Strawberry Pucker and cold water to the jello mix and stir again.
- Wait at least 15 minutes for the jello to cool to room temperature.
- Spoon the jello mixture on to the pudding in the jello shot cups. Be careful not to pour it in too fast or you will make a hole in the pudding layer.
- Chill for 2 to 4 hours, until the jello has set. If required, the jello shots can stay in the refrigerator for a day or two before serving.
- (Optional) Just before serving, add the whipped cream and half a strawberry to the top of each jello shot.
- Taller jello shot cups work better than wider ones for layered jello shots.
- Placing the jello shot cups on a cookie sheet makes it easier to transport them to the refrigerator.
- For the pudding layer, the pudding won’t set if you add too much alcohol. The amount we used is about the maximum you can put in. (Of course, you can always use less if you prefer weaker shots).
- For the strawberry jello layer, you can add more or less alcohol depending on how strong you want the jello shot to be. Just make sure that the total amount of liquid added comes to 1 cup (if you add 1 cup of Strawberry Pucker then no water is required).
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This post was originally published on September 25, 2018 but was updated with new content on August 10, 2022.