Clear Gelatin Cake Recipe: How To

Today, we’re going to be looking at a clear gelatin cake recipe. There are always new crazes and trends appearing when it comes to baking, and one of the latest trends is a clear gelatin cake. Not only are they super tasty, but they look absolutely stunning.

And make for a really unique cake idea! But what is a clear gelatin cake? Is it different from making a standard cake? Let’s take a closer look.

What Is Clear Gelatin?

Clear gelatin is simply gelatin with a few added ingredients. It’s then left to set and you’re left with the clearest gelatin to make gelatin art with, in desserts, or even gelatin shots. It’s super easy to make and you usually only need either gelatin/agar-agar, along with ingredients such as water, citric acid powder, and sugar.

How do you use gelatin powder in a cake?

Clear Gelatin Cake Recipe

Clear gelatin cakes are also sometimes called Rain Drop cakes. Let’s take a look at how to make a Cherry Blossom Raindrop cake from Tasty, which is one of the most popular clear gelatin cakes you can make. It’s worth noting that it may take some practice to perfect this recipe, as it’s definitely not easy!

Ingredients

The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are split into sections. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need:

Cherry blossom jelly

  • 4 teaspoons of agar powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2oz of salted cherry blossom

Milk jelly

  • 1 tablespoon of agar powder
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 cup of fat-free milk

For serving

  • brown sugar syrup
  • matcha

Special equipment

  • ice ball tray

Recipe

Once you’ve got your equipment and ingredients ready, it’s time to get making.

Step 1: The cherry blossom jelly

First, you need to make the cherry blossom jelly. Grab a bowl and add the sugar and agar. Combine well

Step 2: Stirring the mixture

Grab a small pan and pour the water into it. Add your agar mixture and stir

Step 3: Boiling the water

Ensure you’re cooking over high heat and do this until the water is boiling. Once boiling, turn the heat to low and cook for around 2 minutes

Step 4: Prepare cold water

In the meantime, fill a bowl with cold water and ice cubes

Step 5: Leave-in ice bath

Take the pan off the heat and place it into the ice bath. Leave to cool for around 3 minutes, stirring every so often

Step 6: Soaking the cherry blossoms

Before using your cherry blossoms, you’ll need to soak them in water for around 10 minutes. After soaking, squeeze the flowers gently

Step 7: Prepare your ice ball tray

Now it’s time to get your ice ball tray. Put the cherry blossoms in the tray and pour the agar mixture over the top

Step 8: Chill

Chill for at least 15 minutes

Step 9: Make the milk jelly

Whilst they’re chilling, you can make the milk jelly. Grab a bowl and add the sugar and agar, mix well

Step 10: Stir the mix

Now pour the milk into a pan, add the agar mix, and stir occasionally

Step 11: Leave to simmer

Place on high heat until it begins to simmer. Now lower the temperature to low heat and cook for around 2 minutes

Step 12: Leave-in ice bath

Like with the cherry blossom jelly, move the pan to the ice for a few minutes

Step 13: Chill again

Now pour the milk mix over the cherry blossom layer (after it’s chilled). Now cover and chill for a further one hour

Step 14: Decorate your cake

Remove the cake and pour the syrup over the top. You can decorate with matcha if you wish

Step 15: Enjoy!

Your cake is ready to serve!

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you to become more familiar with a clear gelatin cake recipe and taught you how to make your own clear gelatin to use in your own creations. Gelatin art can take a while to get right, but don’t feel too disheartened – practice makes perfect.

Whether you’re using sheet gelatin or powdered gelatin, gelatin can be super fun to work with and make really unique cakes that will definitely impress. I would love to see any photos if you do try making this cake! So, please don’t be shy to share your creations with me.

Do you know of any tips when it comes to making the best clear gelatin? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

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FAQs

How Do You Make Crystal Clear Gelatin?

To make clear gelatin on it's own, you don't need many ingredients at all. All you need is 3 tablespoons of clear gelatin powder, 2 cups of sugar, 4 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of citric acid powder and 3 drops of clear food flavoring. Then all you need to do is grab a bowl and mix the gelatin with one cup of water. Leave for around 10 minutes. In a saucepan, heat the remaining water, citric acid powder and sugar. Stir regularly. Once dissolved, take off heat - do not let it boil. Add the gelatin to the pan and stir. Now add the food flavoring. Taste before your pour into your container and leave to chill.

How Do You Mix Clear Gelatin?

To mix the gelatin powder, it's super easy. As long as you ensure that you leave the gelatin in with cold water for at least ten minutes before you add it to your pan, and then ensure that you do not boil the mixture - mixing the gelatin with a whisk is super easy, and the powder will dissolve on it's own.

Can You Flavor Clear Gelatin?

Absolutely! You can flavor clear gelatin with anything you'd like. However, you need to ensure that whichever food flavoring you're adding, is clear. If you use colored varieties, it'll ruin the effect of clear gelatin completely. My favorite flavor to use is definitely vanilla.

How Do You Use Gelatin Powder in a Cake?

You can use gelatin and powdered gelatin in a cake; however, it doesn't really add much to a cake unless you're making gelatin art. This is because gelatin is most often used as a thickening agent or for decoration. For example, you can use gelatin in glazes, jellies, cream thickener - or even to put in between the layers of your cakes. Powdered gelatin is much more difficult to work with, as you need to get the water measurements exactly right.

Clear Gelatin Cake

Ingredients
  

Cherry blossom jelly

  • 4 tsp agar powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 oz salted cherry blossom

Milk jelly

  • 1 tbsp agar powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup fat-free milk

For serving

  • brown sugar syrup
  • matcha

Instructions
 

  • First, you need to make the cherry blossom jelly. Grab a bowl and add the sugar and agar. Combine well 
  • Grab a small pan and pour the water into it. Add your agar mixture and stir 
  • Ensure you're cooking over high heat and do this until the water is boiling. Once boiling, turn the heat to low and cook for around 2 minutes 
  • In the meantime, fill a bowl with cold water and ice cubes
  • Take the pan off the heat and place it into the ice bath. Leave to cool for around 3 minutes, stirring every so often 
  • Before using your cherry blossoms, you'll need to soak them in water for around 10 minutes. After soaking, squeeze the flowers gently
  • Now it's time to get your ice ball tray. Put the cherry blossoms in the tray and pour the agar mixture over the top 
  • Chill for at least 15 minutes
  • Whilst they're chilling, you can make the milk jelly. Grab a bowl and add the sugar and agar, mix well
  • Now pour the milk into a pan, add the agar mix, and stir occasionally
  • Place on high heat until it begins to simmer. Now lower the temperature to low heat and cook for around 2 minutes
  • Like with the cherry blossom jelly, move the pan to the ice for a few minutes
  • Now pour the milk mix over the cherry blossom layer (after it's chilled). Now cover and chill for a further one hour
  • Remove the cake and pour the syrup over the top. You can decorate with matcha if you wish
  • Your cake is ready to serve!

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