Boozy Birthday Cake Shots

Boozy Birthday Cake Shots via Sweetapolita

Happy St. Patty’s Day to you! So this won’t be the longest post I’ve ever written, or the most Irish (aside from the fact that I really am 25% Irish) for that matter, but I wanted you to know that I’m here (bearing sprinkly booze), and I’m back in action. Over the past few months I’ve been working on some projects that are sort of behind-the-scenes (and I hope to soon share), and it’s meant less frequent blog posts, so thanks for being patient with me. I’m happy to say that I’m almost caught up and ready for a new phase!

I wanted to share this boozy delight with you to get the weekend off to the right start, because it’s just too much fun not to. Remember I mentioned in my last post, that some girlfriends and I had some fun with Birthday Cake Shots a recent birthday get-together? I discovered cake shots after perusing the Pinnacle vodka site while I was planning cakey drinks to make at the party, and there was no way I was letting that go. I probably don’t have to tell you that bringing out cake vodka, whipped cream, sprinkles and more during a birthday party (or anytime) will definitely elicit some serious party-goer enthusiasm.

Boozy Birthday Cake Shots via Sweetapolita

Even though I’m not a frequent alcohol drinker, discovering cake flavoured vodka has been a pretty life-changing experience. I suddenly find myself randomly texting friends & family when I discover a new cake martini variation and googling things like “cake shooter recipes.” And I may or may not have started to carry sprinkles in my evening bag. Oh wait, I was already doing that.

Too. Much. Cakey. Sprinkly. Boozy. Fun.

Here’s the recipe for the cake shots I made, as well as a handful of boozy treat links from some blogging friends (below):

Boozy Birthday Cake Shots

Yield: 1 shot (easily multiplied)


  • 1 ounce (30 ml) cake-flavoured vodka (e.g. Pinnacle or Three Olives)
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) dry white cake mix
  • 1/2 ounce (15 ml) chocolate liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce (15 ml) half & half (10.5-18% fat cream)
  • whipped cream (for topping)
  • sprinkles (for topping)


  1. Shake all ingredients in a martini shaker with ice and strain into sprinkle-rimmed (optional) shooter or shot glass and top with whipped cream and more sprinkles.
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Sweetapolita’s Notes

  • The dry cake mix dissolves right into the drink when you shake it up in the martini shaker, I promise.
  • If you can only find the cake vodka, you can always use more in place of the whipped cream vodka or chocolate liqueur–it’s good both ways! Or, so they tell me. *ahem* You actually can’t go wrong–you can improvise with any sweet liqueur along with the cake vodka. For some reason it all seems to work. Again, so they tell me.
  • Okay, I know I now sound like the Pinnacle poster girl, but if you click here, you can find 5 pages of cake vodka drink recipes!
  • Please don’t cake & drive. xo

For other boozy delights from fellow bloggers, check out this yumminess:

Jessica’s Cake Batter Martini’s

Michael’s Chocolate & Bourbon Pudding

Naomi’s Thin Mint & Bailey’s Chocolate Floats

Steph’s Bourbon & Brown Butter Brownies

Naomi’s Irish Car Bombs Jell-o Shots

Good luck & enjoy!

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  1. 1

    Those look amazing!

  2. 2

    Rosie, these are almost too pretty to drink!!!

    Almost. But I would manage to drink several of them, trust me.

    I loooove Pinnacle Cake Vodka and I’m pretty sure I have some in the fridge. These need to happen at my house!!

  3. 3

    I don’t drink alcohol but I’d make the effort to eat one (or more) of these cake shots… ;) Lovely!

  4. 4

    How yummy! Cake vodka! I never knew! Looks like I’ll be adding this to my shopping list! My birthday is next month so i may make these along with cake!

  5. 5

    These sound wonderful-can’t wait to try. I’m glad to hear you’re back, you’ve been missed!

  6. 6

    Please say you’re coming out will a book. I. will. die.

    These look sooo yummy!

    Happy St. Patricks Day!

  7. 7

    These look so tempting! The LCBO seems to only carries the Whipped flavour in Pinnacle brand, so I got the Cake flavour across the border a couple months ago. I have the Whipped and the Cake and have made the Strawberry Shortcake cocktail – GOOD! I was waiting for warmer weather to try some of the cake-related recipes, don’t think I can hold off any longer – these look sooooo very deliciou! Thx.

  8. 8

    *carry and delicious – oops!

  9. 9

    Lol, I can totally imagine you carrying sprinkles in your evening clutch! These look so fun and festive, Rosie!

  10. 10

    cake flavoured vodka would make anything instantly better…these sound so fabulous!

  11. 11

    Just gorgeous Rosie! You are so creative!

  12. 12

    What a fabulous idea for a party and I absolutely adore your way of serving them. I need a girls night pronto!

  13. 13

    Birthday shots…what will they come up with next! Love the idea and we are going to share this on our wall! LOVE your blog!

  14. 14

    Cake? Booze? Sprinkles? DONE! :)

  15. 15
    Jennifer S E says:

    These look so yummy and FUN! I never heard of cake vodka before and you are right! There are tons of yummy sounding drinks out there! I was just thinking about planning a surprise party and several of these fun drinks will be making the party menu! Thanks for sharing.

  16. 16

    Cake vodka?? Who new there was such a thing?? It always amazes how many ways cake can be incorporated into everyday things. Your creativity is endless, Rosie!

  17. 17
    Anna Picorale says:

    You’re officially my hero!

  18. 18

    Cake vodka is life changing! I made a cake for a friend’s birthday using the vodka incorporated into homemade whipped cream, over a chocolate cake with maraschino cherries. Another drink to try is mixing the vodka with a glass of pineapple juice and adding a hint of grenadine, top with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Tastes just like a pineapple upside down cake. I am relatively new to baking and I have seen on TV cake shows where decorations like fondant are attached with vodka to the cake, wouldn’t it be awesome to use cake vodka instead of regular to add just a hint of cake-ness after the alcohol evaporated? Yes, please!

  19. 19
    CupcakeKiller says:

    I adore the glasses. Please share the source.

    • 20

      Try Bed, Bath & Beyond or Total Wines and More. They both carry the shot glasses.

      • 21

        Question…are those the ‘test tube’ type of shot glasses? Or just the tall, straight skinny kind? It’s hard to tell by the picture.

        PS, love this idea! I’ll be making them on my birthday, as well!

  20. 22

    I need to hop on this cake vodka train. My, my!

  21. 23

    OMG these would most certainly send any self confessed cakeholic into rehab! The “oirish” would certainly give these a “shot” on Paddys Day…..a green white and orange version springs to mind.
    ps I’m 100% “oirish” and a cakeaholic. Fabulous Rosie!

  22. 24

    these are adorable!! I would never think of putting bday cake mix in but it sounds so perfect!

  23. 25
    Sweetsugarbelle says:

    I guess I need to track down some cake vodka!!!

  24. 26

    These look so adorable but I just grimace at the words ‘cake vodka.’ I’m OK if I’m the lone wolf; just can not stand it! But I love what you do so we can disagree this once right? :)

  25. 27
    TuRBoTuTLe says:

    Oh my … these are lovely … I love Vodka … don’t know about the sweetness, but I love cake and will try anything, and they are oh sooo cute … but I must have the glasses … please share!!

  26. 28

    WONDERFUL !!!!!!!

  27. 29

    what are the odds! I just bought my first bottle of Cake Vodka and am drinking lots of tasty cake-flavored drinks tonight.
    These look so delicious, and I love the tall shot glass you have used!

  28. 30

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this, Rosie. I’m a huge Pinnacle fan myself!

  29. 31

    Such fun little drinks & can’t wait to hear all your GREAT news Rosie!

  30. 32

    Oh my god, I just found your blog and even though I only had a brief look I am already in love with all the cupcake and sprinkles galore that’s happening here! I really want to try your recipes straight away – only problem is: I can’t decide which one to start with!

  31. 33

    So cute and fun…XoXo

  32. 34

    These look soo yummy. My birthday is in a week…might just have to check it out!

  33. 35

    I would love to walk in your shoes just for a day. You will never not blow me away. Thanks for always inspiring me.

  34. 36

    I’ll hav to remember this for my BFF and her birthday!

  35. 37

    A birthday cake shot sounds delicious. I didn’t realize there was such think as cake flavored vodka until reading your post – this is great information! I’m one of those people who gets the bday cake ice cream eeeeeeeevery time at Coldstone, so I would have no qualms about tossing back an ice cold bday cake shot. They’re gorgeous! Hope you had a fun weekend!

  36. 38

    I’ve never had a cake shot. Dangerously fun! Congratulations on all the recent projects, looking forward to hearing about them.

  37. 39

    Sounds delish!

  38. 40

    Looks so cute !! Definitely trying that. Now I need to find a party :p

  39. 41

    Love boozy desserts, Rosie! And these look so adorable. And I bet incredibly delicious. Thanks for including mine as well!!

  40. 42

    Agreed – the cake vodka has changed my life! These are too adorable. Thanks for sharing my martinis!

  41. 43

    your blog is amazing and your recipes look delicious :) your newest follower from Singapore!

  42. 44

    Such a fun idea!

  43. 45

    Those drink/desserts are amazingly awesome! Where do I get those cool glasses?

  44. 46

    These look awesome! Cake & vodka together = happiness!!

  45. 47

    My husband and I just made this in martini form… And I think pinnacle is nearly my least favorite vodka now. However, I’m kind of a vodka snob. We are going back out now for chocolate liqueur to use instead of the whipped vodka and I think that will solve the issue. Other than that, I love the idea, it’s the perfect dessert for the bachelorette party I am throwing this weekend! Thanks for perfect timing!!

  46. 48

    These are absolutely gorgeous. Going to go on a hunt for cake flavoured vodka! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

  47. 49

    OMG! These shots will be PERFECT for my birthday this Friday. They are just too cute!

    I featured your recipe on my blog, stop by and say hello!

  48. 50
    Donna Renee' says:

    sweetapolita! Can I just say…I have absolutely fallen head over heels with you and your sweets! U R Divine! Love Love Love…You make my eyes, heart and soul happy!

  49. 51

    What a darling idea! I was wondering how to use the Three Olives Cake vodka…now I know!

    I will try this after I’ve shed some of this winter weight.

    Great blog!!!!

  50. 52

    Dang, I wish it my my birthday soon! Except for the getting older part. These are gorgeous!

  51. 53

    These look wonderful! I can’t wait to try them! But may I ask where you got the adorable little metallic sprinkles? I think they’re my favorite part about the recipe!

  52. 54
    Tabitha says:

    Where can you get those shot glasses like in the pic?? :) Can’t wait to make!!

  53. 55

    I use cake vodka and bailey’s irish cream. I’ve been making them for a while now and my friends love them!

  54. 56

    Cake Vodka + Pineapple Juice = Upside down pineapple cake … YUMMMM

  55. 57

    You could even use alcoholic whipped cream!


  56. 58

    These are the coolest things I’ve ever seen, hands down. And why I didn’t know about cake vodka is a mystery to me! Where did you get those adorable test tubes?

  57. 59

    Too bad alcohol and dairy doesn’t mix too well in your stomach.

    But they look delicious!

    • 60

      Try Coffeemate Vanilla creamer instead of the half and half and Cool Whip instead of the whipped cream.

  58. 61

    For a non-alcoholic version, substitute Jones cream soda for the vodkas. I also add the soda to the alcohol version to make it a little less strong and even slightly refreshing! So good!

  59. 62

    Sounds YUMMY!! I love cake!!

  60. 63
    Roxanne says:

    Oh My Gosh!!!!! okay,,, now instead of wanting to give my birthday away…and not age another year….. these make me say… bring it on……I was thinking of trying the cookie dough vodka from Pinnacle,, but I think this one will be next…… thank you will let you know how the party ends :)

  61. 64

    I will try this and add the Alcohol Infused Whipped Cream instead. Woo hoo! :)

  62. 65

    What kind of glasses are those?! Double shot shooters seem too large! Those almost look like potion viles, lol!

  63. 69

    That looks like a fun time! lol
    Work from Home like ME:

  64. 70

    These are amazing!! Do you know where I can find a non-alcoholic version?

  65. 72

    Just picked up some Pinnacle Whipped vodka for the weekend because of this. Let’s see how it goes!

  66. 73

    I’ve had the bottle and you gave me the ideas… YES!

  67. 74

    I am officially in love! LOL WOW.. this is so up my alley! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the flavored vodkas for us girls who like girly drinks! But I’m in heaven with cake flavors and whipped cream. You literally melded everything I love (with the exception of my man… who I could technically drizzle this down and…. never mind.. totally different type of post LOL) but wow…. this is a keeper and a definite must. Hmmmmm… I’m thinking since we’re getting married in October… wedding cake shots? LOL

  68. 75

    I really want to make these for my party!! How much in advance can these be made so I don’t have to take time out of my party to prepare? Can’t wait to try this!!

  69. 77

    I made these at a friends birthday party that I hosted and they were a big hit! I used more cake in place of the chocolate liquor. I am making them again tomorrow for my room mates birthday and I am trying them with UV Chocolate cake vodka. Hopefully they are even better than last time!

  70. 78

    Three Olives also makes a great cake flavored vodka! I like the vodka on its own, but adding the whipped chream and sprinkles makes it that much more fun! Great presentation and excellent photography. Cheers!

  71. 79

    These look delicious! but my friend is allergic to dairy, can i substitute the half and half cream for something else?


  72. 80

    Questions……. could I make these and store them in the fridge for a day???

  73. 81

    So we are celebrating my boyfriends birthday this weekend. Can i mix all this up ahead of time to save time? or would it go gross right away if i mixed it and put it in the fride?

  74. 82

    Can anyone tell me if this shot would work for a pitcher drink? To make ahead of time (3 hours). Thanks!!

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