Flotatina: The No Bake Recipe You Need to Try This Summer

July 13th, 2016 by Connie Verzak

You guys, I fell down a rabbit hole, and that hole was lined with delicious flavored gelatin. It started out innocently enough. I was looking for my mami’s delicious no bake recipe for a cheesecake-like JELLO called “Gelatina Flotatina.” When I was little, she would do some magic with a can of evaporated milk that resulted in a light cheesecake-mousse-y thing that wasn’t too sweet and also refreshing.

It’s delicious, easy to make, cheap, AND doesn’t require turning on the oven in this summer heat. It’s made with a combination of flavored or unflavored gelatin, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and/or cream cheese. I LOVE ALL THOSE THINGS.

So in search of this childhood treasure, I ventured online and stumbled right onto…

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THIS MIRACLE IN CAKE FORM RIGHT HERE.

The FRUIT WREATH,  “GRINALDA DE FRUTAS”

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I found similar cakes called “gelatortas” (gelcakes) on most Spanish sites, and “Bolos de Vidro” (that’s Portuguese for “glass cakes“), but still did not see anything close enough to mami’s recipe.

The thirst was real. I needed a cake that would both cool me in the summer and send a of wave a nostalgia washing over me, not to mention make people think I was a mad cake scientist. Sure there were variations, like Narwen’s Cuisine fruit wreath above, but this wasn’t exactly it.

THE INSIDE SCOOP: These recipes are popular in Peru where I grew up, and other Spanish-speaking countries so a lot of the recipes aren’t in English. To translate anything on the internet just right click your mouse, scroll to “translate” and click. Voila, like magic, the site will now appear in English. If you’re using Google Chrome, a “Would you like to translate this page?” window will automatically pop up.  Just click “Translate.”

Strawberry Vanilla Custard flotatina cake

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And this gorgeous strawberry vanilla gelcake, which made me both hungry and newly committed to living a better life (that included this cake in it). On the instructions for this, the blogger wrote about part of her cake containing a “flotatina” (floating gelatin) or “gelatina mágica” (magic gelatin).

You know I had to cakesleuth that term, and this is what I found. People are mixing unflavored gelatin with delicious standbys like cream cheese and then LOVINGLY ENVELOPING THEM IN OTHER YUMMY THINGS THAT ARE ALSO GELATINIZED but sometimes also fruity. Some days the world is just a good place, you know?

Get the full recipe at Kanela y Limon.

Dark & white chocolate flotatina cake

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Like this Dark and White Chocolate Flotatina.

YOU GUYS. That outer portion is made of chocolate, evaporated milk, clear gelatin and of course HAPPINESS. Anything + that = YES, PLEASE.  Imagine this with some orange flavor in that dark chocolate. IMAGINE PEANUT BUTTER.

Get the full recipe at Itacate.

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Sprinkles make everything better. Especially when that everything is a Blueberry Flotatina with cream cheese and marshmallow filling.

Get the full recipe at Mis Pastelitos.

Flan coffee Flotatina CAKE

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I wandered around the internet like this until I ran smack-dab into an image that is now my gelatin unicorn. It is basically a window into my soul, if my soul was made of flan. (IT IS.) How do you solve the riddle of sweets that weigh you down? Lighten them up with gelatin. GELATIN THAT YOU CAFFEINATE. Between the lower calories from using gelatin and the coffee to get you going, you might actually drop a pound eating this.

Get the full recipe at Kanela y Limon.

creamy raspberry souffle CAKE

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It turns out these unique no bake recipes are not only popular where I grew up, but in Russia, too! SPASEEBA, my friends. This is one lady who is speaking to me on a frequency that only my belly understands. It is a flotatina in faux cake form with a raspberry compartment. A SECRET RASPBERRY COMPARTMENT.

Get the full recipe at I Love to Cook.

strawberry & Pistachio CAKE

16774776595_3af6f1242d_cAs if that isn’t enough, now she adds a window to the window. That is the penthouse of flotatinas. Can you imagine making it with clear or flavored gelatin, then folding in the fruit!? You can place this cake on your table and your friends will be like “Oh, that’s nice” and then, you cut into and suddenly. You. Are. Cakeyoncé.

Get the full recipe at I Love to Cook.

Is anyone else overcome by the need to mix things in gelatin and then layer them in more gelatin? Do you think this is newest no bake recipe that the Test Kitchen should look into for hot summer days and people who prefer not to use ovens? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll make our own flotatina recipe to share with you!

Connie Verzak Connie Verzak is a person who likes to eat things that taste good, and relive her heritage and customs through cooking. She apologizes for her measurements in advance because she comes from a long line of “Taste it! Does it taste good?” cooking. In her free time, she crochets, knits and embroiders. Connie is Wilton’s Bilingual Proofreader and Translator on the Creative Services Team.

7 Replies

  1. Joan M says:

    I’m loving the looks of these cakes. Do you know how I can translate the pages with the recipes? I’ve often seen a “translate” button at the top of some sites, but I don’t see it on these. Thank you so much.

  2. Hope C. says:

    These cakes look amazing , but I can’t seem to bring the recipes up in english . Will you explain how to do this ?

    • Desiree Smith says:

      To translate anything on the internet just right click your mouse, scroll to “translate” and click. Voila, like magic, the site will now appear in English. If you’re using Google Chrome, a “Would you like to translate this page?” window will automatically pop up. Just click “Translate.”

  3. Nikita says:

    Can u pls put the recipies up in english. Or tell me how to translate them.

    • Desiree Smith says:

      To translate anything on the internet just right click your mouse, scroll to “translate” and click. Voila, like magic, the site will now appear in English. If you’re using Google Chrome, a “Would you like to translate this page?” window will automatically pop up. Just click “Translate.”

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