Ann Reardon

Rain drop cake with edible flower inside

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Raindrop cakes are not really ‘cakes’ as such they are more of a clear jelly or jello. In this video I will show you how to make a raindrop with a 3D edible flower inside. They are very pretty and a bit lighter on the calories than most desserts. If you’re after spiders in jello you can find them here.

To make the raindrop cake you will need:

Needle: hypodermic nipro flomax 19G X 38MM
Syringe: 10millilitres (0.34 fluid ounces) luer lock latex free (if you buy more than one you will not have to wash it out every time you want a different colour).

Clear jello using powdered gelatin

56g (1.98 ounces) or 4 Tbsp powdered gelatin
1 cup or 250millilitres (8.45 fluid ounces) cool water
1 litre (0.26 gallons) or 4 cups water
300g (10.58 ounces) or 1 1/3 cups sugar
1/4 tsp citric acid (or other clear flavoring)

Mix together the gelatin and 1 cup of cool water and leave to absorb the liquid.

Place the 1L (0.26 gallons) of water, sugar and citric acid into a saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved.

Stir through the gelatin until it dissolves and then pour into containers and leave in the fridge to set.

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Clear jello using gelatin leaves

16 sheets of leaf gelatin (note the gelatin I used says 12 sheets sets 1 L (0.26 gallons), we are making a slightly firmer gelatin so I am using a little more. Leaf gelatin can come in different strengths, check the instructions on your packet for how much gelatin is required to set 1 L (0.26 gallons), then increase slightly)
bowl of cool water
1 litre (0.26 gallons) or 4 cups water
300g (10.58 ounces) or 1 1/3 cups sugar
1/4 tsp citric acid (or other clear flavoring)

Place the gelatin leaves in the bowl of cool water and leave to soften.

Put the 1L (0.26 gallons) of water, sugar and citric acid into a saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved.

Squeeze the water out of the gelatin and add to the pan. Stir well then pour into containers and leave in the fridge to set.

Clear jello using agar agar
13g (0.46 ounces) or just less than 1 1/2 Tbsp agar agar
1 cup or 250millilitres (8.45 fluid ounces) cool water
1 litre (0.26 gallons) or 4 cups water
300g (10.58 ounces) or 1 1/3 cups sugar
1/4 tsp citric acid (or other clear flavoring)

Add the agar agar to the cup of cool water and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Place the 1L (0.26 gallons) of water, sugar and citric acid and agar mixture into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Boil for a couple of minutes to ensure the agar agar is dissolved.

Pour into molds and leave set. Note agar sets at room temperature so you do not need to refrigerate.

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Colored Jello

20g (0.71 ounces) or 2 Tbsp powdered gelatin
125millilitres (4.23 fluid ounces) or 1/2 cup water
395g (13.93 ounces) tin sweetened condensed milk

Food colours (pink, blue, yellow, green)

Mix together the gelatine and cold water and leave to swell.

Heat in the microwave to melt it then add in the sweetened condensed milk. Split into smaller bowls to colour. If the mixture sets before you’re ready to use it – remelt in the microwave or on the stovetop.
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  1. Rating: 5

    Thanks a lot. I was wondering where to get gelatin leaves?Thanks

    • Hi Lerato, I get them at our local supermarket. I just checked and they are on amazon, ebay and lots of online sellers too. Search for ‘gelatine sheets’ or ‘gelatine leaves’.

  2. Rating: 5

    thank you so much for this wonderful recipe with Agar Agar..
    could u also plz share the recipe of coloured jello using Agar Agar.

    • Hi Rads, agar agar is only liquid when very hot – it is set at room temperature. I would imagine trying to inject very hot coloured liquid would be difficult as it will cool in the needle and get stuck. And if you could inject it veery hot it would potentially melt the surrounding clear agar and therefore not work.

  3. Can this cake be transported without melting? I’ve seen a few recipes that can’t but yours seems to be really stable as you are handling it, inecting it, and even dip it into hot water.

    • Hi Alice, it won’t melt but like any jelly or jello based creation, it will be impacted by heat and humidity. It is best to move it as little as possible to avoid splitting and to keep refridgerated till service.

  4. Hi Ann, in case you wanted to know, the leaves at the base of the flower are called sepals.

  5. Rating: 4

    Hi, love the different versions you give.
    I noticed no one stated that you can get different sizes of syringes from farm stores. They have frome small for small animal to very large for equine and bovine use. They also have a bunch of sizes of needles, from very small to large. They are also cheaper than the vet and pharmacy prices.
    I have been buying them for over 30 years for my pets & art. I give my dogs their shots, all but rabies. I use them for dyes, inks, glues, and injecting flavors into meats. I even used one to insert wood glue in between layers of mahogany veneer that had separated on a desk, along with weight, no replacement or refinishing needed.
    Only illegal if you use them for illegal purposes!

    • Rating: 5

      I tried this recipe and it worked out AMAZINGLY! I also have a suggestion for you, somewhat like a challenge. Make a Wolf or Wolf head Cake~ I bet you could do it!

    • Thanks a lot. I was wondering where to get them. Thanks

  6. Hi Ann,
    Where I can buy syringe and Needles?
    I’m from Chicago.
    Thank you

    • Hi Catalina, ebay or your local vetinary clinic would be good to try.

    • I get them from an online Veterinary Supply that’s in Illinois took just 2 days for delivery

  7. Rating: 5

    Hello Ann, these are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your techniques and recipes. I want to try these for my vegetarian daughter. I checked into getting some agar, but it comes in powder, flakes or bars. What form of agar does the 13 g in your recipe refer to? I will have to experiment for the colored part as I can’t use gelatin for a vegetarian. Maybe pectin would work. Thank you.
    – Ursel

    • Hi Ursel, Usually agar is found as a powder here. If you can’t have standard gelatine, try halal gelatine which is made from beans, it apparently works very well.

  8. Rating: 4.5

    Hello I love your videos ❤️! Regarding to the syringe and needle, is it possible to use an industrial needle that has never been used?

    • Hi Lizbet, I am not sure what an ‘industrial’ needle is but if it is similar in function and is hygienically clean then it should work fine.

  9. Dear Ann in the U.S.A it is illegal to have a needle without a prescription, how should we do it then??

    • Hi Captain Voldermort, A few USA states require a prescription but most will permit purchasing a small quantity with a photo ID but generally you must be over 18. These kind of syringes are usually not difficult to obtain via online suppliers as long as the quantity is low. Check with the authority in your state as it what is permissible. If you can’t purchase this model, ask what is a permissible alternative for catering purposes as there are plastic syringes & needles available for commercial and non-medical tasks.

      • You can buy needles of ebay for filling your printer ink or I got them for years for my Yorkie that had diabetes. No Script required,

      • Dear Ann, Is it possible to use something else instead of a syringe and needle? I am not 18 so its hard for me to bye one in the US, like CaptainVoldemort. Sorry for the trouble!

        • Hi Nancy, hmmm that would be tricky you can buy specific tools for making flowers in jelly but you still need the syringe to attach them too, search for gelatina flower tool.

        • Rating: 4.5

          Thanks for posting this Ann, I am just getting started and have been looking everywhere for a recipie that used Agar Agar instead of reg. gelatin.
          If people are still having trouble purchasing items.. Walmart has been known to sell syringes for animal use or in the U.S. in the MIdwest area we have farming supply stores (Farm & Fleet, and Fleet Farm- similar name, different stores, feuding brothers, long story, lol). I personally bought the actual Gelatin Art needles online from the Wish app. A suggestion for the younger people is to purchase a prepay credit card (Walmart, Walgreens, dollar stores, etc.) and then purchase the needles or art kits online from Amazon or Ebay.

  10. I seriously love your recipies
    can you make a video that talks about healthy foods or drinks but easy plz

  11. Rating: 4

    i love the way it looks but can never make like that
    to me every thing looks great but hard to make

  12. Rating: 5

    Hello! I was wondering if I could put in any solid objects in with the flower, will that work?

    P.S You are my fave youtuber! You are soooo Awesome!

    • Hi maya, Solid objects would be dangerous if you wanted to eat it at some point!

  13. Hi, thanks for a wonderful site. I always look forward to your emails. In regard to the raindrop flower cake, can you tell me how far ahead I could make these please?
    Many thanks, Pat

    • Hi Pat, Jellies are best consumed within a few days, so a couple of days ahead at most.

      • hi, how long can the finished shape can stay out of the fridge??

  14. Rating: 4.5

    I love your work. I would love to give these a try for an upcoming wedding. Can you tell me which seller you get your dome covers from on Ebay? The only ones I can find have a flat top.

    • Hi Vickie, Ann purchased those quite a while ago now so I can’t give you the original supplier. Currently many ebay suppliers have containers with a slightly flattened or stepped top which would still work for this recipe. Here is a clink to a similar product that does have a rounded top: ; You may need to hunt a supplier that delivers to your area.

    • Try https:// address removed *
      Its a cookware store that I found when I searched for hemisphere jelly moulds.
      Good Luck!

  15. You can usually try your local Vet to source single syringes and needles

  16. Hi, if we don’t have a needle, can we use anything else instead?

    • Hi Cecilia, I tried several experiments without the needles but you really need them. Try a vet supply store.

      • Hi Ann I see a lot of people here in the states are having trouble finding needles every state allows you to get them from a Vet supply after a lot of checking I got mine from ShopMedVet they sell single and boxes I bought the boxes so ended up with 100 syringes and needles Including shipping my total cost was just $17.85 and delivery was just 2 days

  17. Hi Ann,
    I loved making this but I couldnt find citric acid so I didnt use it. I was wondering if I could use a clear essence instead; or what are other clear flavouring options I could use?

    • Hi Caitlyn, you could swap the citric acid for a clear flavouring essence. Avoid juice. You will need to experiment with the quantity to ensure the flavour is subtle and enjoyable.

  18. Hi. Was wondering where you’d get the needle to do the leaves and stuff?

    • Hi Cathy, Ann usually sources these online through ebay or a chemist warehouse store.

      • Rating: 4

        Could I ask for your help please? I would love to try this, however when I look online they want to sell a quantity of 100. Is there a way I can get …say..10 or 20? Can you tell me the link where you purchase yours? Love your video! Thank you for sharing!

        • Hi Debbie, sells in bulk and individual

        • Hi Debbie, Ann usually purchase in bulk and puts away the extras for the next adventure! Some suppliers do sell quantities under 50 but the price does go up. Cake decorating stores often sell these in packs of 6 or 10.

  19. This recipe is truly amazing! Thanks for uploading amazing and creative desserts every week!

    • Thanks Lucy!!

  20. Hi Ann,
    I love your videos so much,and you are super inspiring.
    I never get tired of your videos because every week you have a crazy new Desert on your channel.


    • Thanks Gabrial.

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