Pride, this time of year’s annual celebration of all things L, G, B, T, + Q is upon us and, we don’t know about you, but the event tends to put us in a dancing mood. There’s excitement in the air and, whether you’re walking in the parade or waving from the sidelines in solidarity, it’s difficult to not feel compelled to shake your groove thing. We feel you, which is why we decided to celebrate this year with a dessert that shakes right back: a twelve-layer rainbow Jell-O! With all six colors of the rainbow flag, it’s as delightful to look at as it is to eat. Happy Pride, everybody!
6 3oz boxes of Jell-O in the following colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple (each box makes approximately 1 cup Jell-O, so additional boxes may be needed depending on the size of your mould)
6 Tablespoons Sour Cream
Pam or similar flavorless nonstick spray
Liquid measuring cup (more than one makes it easier!)
Jell-O mould or Bundt pan — we used the Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt from Williams-Sonoma
Small mixing bowls
Tablespoon Measuring Spoon
Adapted from our friend Brett Bara’s Ten Layer Jell-O recipe
1. Lightly coat the inside of your Jell-O mould or Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. If your pan is already non-stick (like ours) this will only take a quick spritz.
2. Combine 1 ¼ cups of boiling water with each packet of Jell-O in separate bowls. Whisk until dissolved. (For moulds, an extra-firm Jell-O is required, so disregard the instructions on the package. You’ll be using roughly half of the water as the box recipe.)
3. Begin by pouring ½ of the red Jell-O mixture into your mould. Refrigerate for approximately 15-20 minutes. The Jell-O should begin to solidify, but not become completely firm (if too firm, the next layer won’t stick).
4. While the first layer of Jell-O is firming up, add 1 Tablespoon sour cream to the remainder of the red Jell-O mixture. This will add opacity and give it a lovely pastel tone that makes the colors more vibrant in the end. With a large spoon, gently pour over the first layer and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. To avoid breaking through the previous layer, be sure to not pour too quickly.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 with the remainder of your colors in the following order: orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. Once all layers are added, cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.
6. To remove Jell-O from mould, gently move Jell-O away from the edges of the pan, with a sharp knife. Then, dip the mould into a large bowl of warm water for 10-15 seconds.
7. Place a platter upside down over your mould and flip to release the Jell-O. If Jell-O doesn’t easily detach from the mould, dip into warm water for an additional 10 seconds and be sure to give it a wiggle.
8. Serve in slices and get your jiggle on!
Diversity and inclusivity have long been a part of our core values and we constantly strive to create an environment that celebrates individual differences. We’re pleased to announce that this year, West Elm’s parent company, Williams-Sonoma, inc. will be an official sponsor of New York City Pride. As a sponsor of NYC Pride, WSI will have a marching contingent in the Pride March as well as a booth at PrideFest on June 28. Come down and say hi!