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.

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!


Share the Sweetness!


  1. says

    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!!

  2. Anna says

    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!

  3. says

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. says

    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!

      • Becka says

        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!

  6. nikki says

    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!

  7. 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!!

  8. says

    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!

  9. says

    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!

  10. says

    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!

  11. Jennah says

    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!!

  12. 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!

  13. says

    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!!!!

  14. Mandy says

    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!

  15. Justina says

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

  16. Janna says

    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!

  17. 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 :)

  18. Ashley says

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

  19. Alyssa says

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

  20. says

    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

  21. Callie says

    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!!

  22. Tiffany says

    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!

  23. Kimmi says

    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!

  24. Alex says

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


  25. Alecia says

    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?

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