Birthday Cake Shots

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Birthday cake shots are the best way to celebrate any birthday, no matter your (21+) age! Made with cake mix and flavored vodkas, these sprinkle-laden shooters are so much fun. 


So, I have a bit of celebration coming up next week.

(I don’t want to talk about it, but spoiler alert: it’s a birthday.)

I feel like I know a lot of people born in the month of March, but evidently being born in September is way more common — or so says this amazing chart

Anyway, chances are pretty good that you know someone with a birthday sometime, right? Right. 

Well, good thing you’re here, because I have tons of birthday recipes you can make for them, any time of day or year. 

Birthday cake flavored recipes

Start their birthday right with birthday cake donuts or birthday cake cinnamon rolls.

Maybe even make your own sprinkles too.

For a snack, make them birthday cake popcorn — always a hit at our house! 

And then after dinner, finish the night with a birthday cake martini or a birthday cake white russian.

Or! You could make birthday cake shots. 

What are birthday cake shots? 


Birthday cake shots, sometimes called birthday cake shooters, are a delicious way to celebrate another trip around the sun.

They are flavored with a secret ingredient: cake mix. 

Yep, you’ll need just a few spoonfuls (and you can still make cupcakes with them later if you want!).

Feel free to multiply the recipe below — it’s easy to make more than one at a time and pour into your shot glasses. 

Throw the cake mix into a cocktail shaker with whipped cream vodka, cake-flavored vodka and half-and-half, then shake shake shake. Shake off the last year! 

Strain the birthday cake shots into shot glasses, then top with whipped cream and sprinkles if desired.

Voilà! Now you have the perfect shot recipe to make for your birthday guest of honor.  // susannah

Birthday Cake Shots

Yield: 1 shot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
These fun and colorful shots taste just like birthday cake!
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  • 1 teaspoon dry white cake mix
  • 1 ounce cake-flavored vodka
  • 1 ounce whipped cream-flavored vodka
  • ½ ounce half-and-half
  • whipped cream for topping
  • sprinkles for topping


  • Combine cake mix, vodkas, and half-and-half into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously.
  • Strain mixture into shot glasses. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkles. Serve immediately.

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nutrition information

Yield: 1 shot

amount per serving:

Serving: 2.5ounces Calories: 231kcal Carbohydrates: 31g Protein: 1g Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0.02g Cholesterol: 5mg Sodium: 47mg Potassium: 22mg Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 29g Vitamin A: 50IU Vitamin C: 0.1mg Calcium: 26mg Iron: 0.1mg
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  1. Katie says

    Here’s another similarity! We both have March birthdays! Happy birthday to you friend. I think I just might need to celebrate with a birthday cake shot!

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