Birthday Cake Shot Recipe

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A birthday cake shot is a delicious way to celebrate an adult birthday! These festive shots taste like whipped vanilla, and the colorful sprinkle rim gives them a birthday cake feel. It’s the perfect cocktail for a celebration, made with vodka and other sweet ingredients.

Try my Lemon Drop ShotJolly Rancher Shot, Green Tea Shot, and Gummy Bear Shots. These shot recipes are perfect for any special occasion and are always a huge hit!

Birthday cake shot with sprinkles.

I celebrated my birthday, and I was so excited to make something fun and festive for my special day. My favorite cake is Funfetti because it has a vanilla flavor and sprinkles, and it’s just so fun! It was the inspiration for this birthday cake shot.

I love creating themed cocktails for special occasions, and if you love birthday cake and vodka, this easy shot recipe is perfect.

I’ll cover everything you need to know to make the best birthday shots for your next birthday party! If you prefer to jump to the recipe, scroll to the bottom of the post, where you’ll find the recipe card, measurements, and directions.

White chocolate Irish Cream.

​Shopping List and Ingredient Notes

Here are the simple ingredients you’ll need to make this birthday cake shot recipe—there are only five! 

Whipped Vodka – This has the most delicious whipped vanilla flavor. You can also use Pinnacle Cake Vodka, cream vodka, or vanilla-flavored vodka.

White Chocolate Liqueur adds a nice sweetness and helps make these birthday shots creamy. You can use any white chocolate liqueur you prefer, or you can use white chocolate Irish Cream, as I did. 

Vanilla Extract—I add this to give the shots an even more robust vanilla birthday cake flavor. This makes these shots the real deal! 

Vanilla Frosting – This is used to rim the shot glasses before adding the sprinkles. It will hold the sprinkles to the glass, giving them a fun and festive birthday party look. This also adds to the white cake mix flavor of the shots.

Sprinkles – Use any sprinkles for this recipe, but we recommend using colorful sprinkles for fun!

Dipping a shot glass into a bowl of sprinkles.

4 Steps to Make Birthday Cake Shots

These are fun shots to make; here are the 4 easy steps to make them:

1. Rim each shot glass by dipping them in a shallow bowl of frosting and then into a shallow bowl of sprinkles.

2. combine the whipped vodka, white chocolate liqueur, vanilla extract, and ice in a cocktail shaker or a mason jar with a lid.

3. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds to combine.

4. Fill the prepared glasses with the birthday cake shot mixture.

Birthday cake shots on a table.

Recipe Tips and Variations


  • Use any vanilla or cake-flavored vodka for this recipe. If you’re planning, you can even make homemade vanilla vodka.
  • Use cold ingredients when making birthday cake shots to make them chilly and delicious.
  • Whipped vanilla frosting works best when rimming the shot glasses.
  • Line the shot glasses with frosting and sprinkles before making the birthday cake shots. 
  • Double or triple the recipe if you want to make a big batch of birthday cake shots. This is a great way to make them for larger parties.


  • Add a few drops of food coloring to make them even more festive!
  • For a chocolate cake shot recipe, use chocolate liqueur instead of white chocolate or Frangelico hazelnut liqueur for a hazelnut flavor.
  • If you’re looking for something different, add a few drops of raspberry liqueur to the birthday cake shot mixture. This will give them a delicious fruity flavor.
  • This recipe also makes a beautiful birthday cake martini. For a different twist, strain it into a martini glass.
Easy birthday cake shot recipe.

Serving Recommendations

These birthday cake shots are great for any adult party. Serve them alongside appetizers or finger foods, such as cheese and charcuterie platter, potato chips, or ham and a fruit platter.

These shots pair nicely with dessert as well. Here are some of our favorite homemade cakes and desserts you can make to go with these shots:

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Birthday cake shot with sprinkles.

Birthday Cake Shot Recipe

This an easy recipe to make festive birthday cake shots!
4.88 from 8 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 shots
Calories: 488kcal
Author: Eden


  • 4 ounces whipped vodka, vanilla vodka or birthday cake vodka work too.
  • 4 ounce white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vanilla frosting
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles


  • Rim the shot glasses by dipping them in a shallow bowl of frosting.
    Rimming a shot glass with vanilla frosting.
  • Immediately dip them into a shallow bowl of sprinkles.
    Dipping a shot glass into a bowl of sprinkles.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the whipped vodka, white chocolate liqueur, vanilla extract, and ice.
    cocktail shaker filled with vodka, white chocolate and vanilla.
  • Shake vigorously for 10 seconds to combine.
  • Fill the prepared glasses with the birthday cake shot mixture.
    Birthday cake shot with sprinkles.


Top with whipped cream if you like. You can use any vanilla or cake-flavored vodka for this recipe. 

Make them Ahead of Time.

Make these shots by adding all ingredients into a cocktail shaker without ice and storing them in the refrigerator.
You can also rim the shot glasses and store them in the refrigerator on a platter.
When you’re ready to serve, add ice to the shaker, shake for 10 seconds, and stain the shot glasses.


Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 0.03g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 22mg | Sugar: 67g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Birthday cake shots with title.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is whipped vodka the same as cake vodka? 

They are very similar in flavor. Whipped vodka is a creamy and sweet vodka, while cake vodka is a type of vanilla-flavored vodka. Both are perfect for making birthday shots!

Can I make birthday shots ahead of time? 

Yes, you can make the birthday shots ahead of time. Combine the ingredients and store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Rim the glasses and top with whipped cream and sprinkles just before serving.

What can I do if I don’t have frosting? 

You can use honey or corn syrup if you don’t have frosting. Coat the rims of the shot glasses with either of these liquids and then dip them into sprinkles.

Does whipped vodka taste like vanilla? 

This vodka does taste like vanilla vodka. Its sweet, whipped vanilla flavor is perfect for making birthday cake shots.

Are birthday cake shots easy to make? 

Yes, birthday cake shots are effortless to make. You only need a few ingredients and minutes to assemble this delicious and festive drink!

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