Layered Lemon Jello Cups

Layered Lemon Jello Cups - jello cups are so fun, plus these are gorgeous! Say hello to the jello cup! If you’ve been around for a while, this isn’t the first jello cup you’ve seen.

Our jello cup craze all started with these layered strawberry jello cups which we shared for Valentine’s Day. I thought they were going to be more of a seasonal thing people come to the blog for, but ever since I shared the recipe, it’s still one of the top 3 recipes people are coming for each day! So if the people like jello, I will give them more jello! I might just give you a jello cup recipe for every holiday and in every color under the rainbow. Speaking of rainbows, if you like the idea of rainbow jello, we have a recipe for rainbow jello squares!

Layered Lemon Jello Cups - jello cups are so fun, plus these are gorgeous! I love the brightness of these lemon jello cups. They remind me of a glass of lemonade, which reminds me of lemonade stands. I remember setting up lemonade stands on our street when I was younger. I think we might have sold cookies too, it was fun.

It’s a bummer because it seems like no one values lemonade stands anymore. Kids don’t seem to have them as much and I think us driver’s are to blame too. We’re too busy. We don’t want to stop. And as much as we loved having our own lemonade stands when we were kids, we don’t love the super sugary lemonade anymore. I’d rather quench my thirst with an iced coffee – anyone else agree?

If your kiddos are thinking about having a lemonade stand this summer, convince them to sell iced coffee instead, I think it will be more profitable. Plus it will teach them valuable lessons, like how to make coffee.. and you’ll really benefit when they start bringing you coffee in bed :)

Layered Lemon Jello Cups - jello cups are so fun, plus these are gorgeous!

Layered Lemon Jello Cups - jello cups are so fun, plus these are gorgeous!

Layered Lemon Jello Cups


  • Jello Layer (You will need to repeat the jello layer, if you want 3 jello layers, repeat this section 3 times)
  • 1 packet, 3 oz, lemon jello
  • 1 & 1/4 tsp gelatin (1/2 packet)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Creamy Layer (this makes about 3 cups, which was enough for the 4 large jello cups I made)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 gelatin packets


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the lemon jello and gelatin. Add in 1 cup boiling water and stir until dissolved. I let my jello mixture sit for a few minutes to cool down before pouring the jello into my cups. Divide the among evenly among your cups.
  2. Place the cups in the fridge to set.
  3. Begin to prepare the creamy layer. In a mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup of boiling water. Stir to combine. In a separate smaller bowl, combine the 1/2 cup cold water and 2 gelatin packets, stir to mix. Allow the gelatin mixture bloom/set for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour the gelatin mixture into the sweetened condensed milk mixture, stir to combine.
  5. Once your jello is set, add in the creamy layer, making it as thick or thin as you’d like. You will have leftover cream mixture, which you’re suppose to, use that for the next creamy layer.
  6. Once the cream layer is set, add the next jello layer, then repeat with another creamy layer, and such going forward. Note: If the sweetened condensed milk/gelatin mixture sets while you’re waiting for the jello to set, simply warm it up on the stove over low heat until it’s liquidy.
  7. If desired top each jello cup with a dollop of cool whip and a lemon slice once all of the layers are set.


Equipment used: 15 oz glasses.

While your kids are outside selling lemonade (or iced coffee!) you can whip up these fun jello cups for them as a surprise!


  1. These are so pretty. They would be perfect for my daughter’s birthday. The little girls would go crazy for them.

  2. I do love Jell-O, and lemon is my favorite flavor. I also love whiskey, and have a feeling I’m going to make a lemon-whisky version of this!

  3. I big puffy heart these. My sister in law made a rainbow jello recipe, and for the life of me I couldn’t remember what she used for the creamy white layers. THIS sounds amazing!!!

  4. Wow, your layers are perfection! This looks amazing :)

  5. I LOVE jello cups! I LOVE lemons. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! So beautiful! I’ll keep the kids outside, selling that lemonade, while I eat up ALL the jello cups!

  6. Sigh, Beth, can you just move up the street from me and we can share our delicious recipes together? :)

  7. Ha! An iced coffee stand would definitely profit more these days than lemonade for sure! The layers in these lemon jello cups are so perfect Beth! They would be so fun to serve at a BBQ!

  8. I love your jello cups, they’re so pretty and look like works of art! And that creamy layer sounds so good!

  9. Awww I love the concept of lemonade stands. They’re so nostalgic! If kids were to sell iced coffee Starbucks would probably file an official complaint :D These jello cups look so awesome, Beth! Your layering is absolutely spot on :)

  10. These are beautiful little desserts and they would be so perfect for a party!

  11. I’ve been into lemons and lemonade lately and I don’t think it is going to end until summer is over! These jello cups look fantastic!

  12. These sound so fun and yummy!! I love how cute and adorable they are. Perfect for a birthday party especially when its 115 outside! I miss lemonade stands. To much of this world is about technology now, so kids aren’t out and about as much. But I do love the idea of them selling coffee. I hate making my coffee every morning. Hehe. I need to teach my 12 year old stat! :) Pinned!

  13. These are soooooooo pretty! Love all those sweet and tart layers…yum!

  14. I love the look of these jello cups. I’m definitely going to try these and post them on my own blog that I’ve just started. I’d love if you come take a look in a few days once its up and see how mines have turned out. Obviously not as good as yours though.

    —Aiden— from Gadgets & Gastronomy

  15. How many grams is one full packet of gelatine sounds so much 100g of gelatine for the cteam mixture ?

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