Let’s be honest: birthday cake flavored things are infinitely better than actual birthday cake. This year, celebrate in style with a boozy drinkable version. No candles necessary.

Birthday Cake Shots

These shots are perfect for a 21st birthday – or a 22nd or a 23rd. You get the idea. The rim, which is dipped in chocolate frosting and covered with sprinkles, doesn’t just look pretty – it’s also the perfect chaser. Make a wish and drink up.


Prep time: 2 minutes
Total time: 2 minutes

Servings: 2 shots


2-oz. vanilla vodka
1-oz. Frangelico
1-oz. chocolate liqueur
2 teaspoons yellow or white cake mix
1-oz. half and half
Chocolate frosting


1. Dip the rims of two shot glasses in chocolate frosting. Dunk glasses in sprinkles. Set aside.


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2. Pour vodka, Frangelico, chocolate liqueur, cake mix and half and half into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously.


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3. Pour vodka mixture into shot glasses. Serve immediately.


Photo by Steven Baboun

Want to make this shot even sweeter? Try making chocolate chip cookie shot glasses, Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel’s second-most famous creation. Ansel fills his chocolate chip cookie shot glasses with vanilla-spiked milk, but there’s no reason you can’t use something a little stronger. You can find recipes for chocolate chip cookie shot glasses here and here. Now that’s better than your average birthday cake.

Here are some creative ways to use up the rest of that cake mix: