15 Perfect Birthday Cake Shot Recipes For Flavorful Results

Many of us, who are over the legal age of 21, will spend our birthdays throwing back at least a shot or two, celebrating (or trying to forget) becoming another year older.

It is almost a rite of passage, whether you are getting the shots for yourself, or a particularly pushy friend is buying them for you.

Let’s be honest here: there aren’t many shots that taste good.

The popular ones – vodka, tequila, etc – taste like pure poison, burning your throat on the way down if you’re not used to it, while the shots that taste half decent are the ones with lower alcohol content.

No one wants to waste time with a shot lower than 35%.

Remember the good old days when, instead of alcohol, we would look forward to receiving a huge, colorful birthday cake?

Well, the majority of us still do look forward to birthday cake, but at this age, our friends may feel more inclined to buy us a drink than a dessert. It is pretty depressing when you really take the time to think about it.

What if we told you that you could have both a birthday cake and a shot, all in one?

For this article, we have created a list of birthday cake themed shot recipes. They are all easy enough to make at home, providing you have the right ingredients. If you don’t have them at home, they’re pretty easy to get hold of.

Our list is split into three sections: liqueur shots, pudding shots, and jello shots. Depending on which ones sound best to you, you may navigate each section to find the shot that you think will taste the best.

Spoiler alert: they all taste pretty great.

Continue scrolling to discover the 15 tasty birthday cake shots we have chosen for you to throw back on your big day. Let’s get into it.

Quick Table: 15 Delicious Birthday Cake Shot Recipes

RecipeCalories (Per Serving)Total Preparation Time
Bright Pink Birthday Cake Shots31010 Min
Frangelico Birthday Cake Shot1974 Min
White Chocolate Birthday Cake Shot1885 Min
Yummly Birthday Cake Shot1108 Min
Festive Birthday Cake Shot184225 Min
Baileys Birthday Cake Shot3145 Min
The Birthday Cake Shot18425 Min
Chocolate Cake Shot3715 Min
Bailey’s Red Velvet Shot1575 Min
Birthday Suit Shot15612 Min
Birthday Cake Pudding ShotN/A10 Min
Birthday Cake Vanilla Pudding ShotN/A15 Min
Red Velvet Pudding Shot22040 Min
Birthday Cake White Chocolate Jello Shot7010 Min
Birthday Cake Cream Soda And Cranberry Jello ShotN/A5 Min

15 Perfect Birthday Cake Shot Recipes For Flavorful Results

Birthday cake shots are a great way to celebrate a birthday. These are the delicious shots of different flavored cakes. Some of the shots are the traditional vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet cake, while others include the raspberry swirl, pineapple upside-down cake, and coconut cream.


  • Bright Pink Birthday Cake Shots
  • Frangelico Birthday Cake Shot
  • White Chocolate Birthday Cake Shot
  • Yummly Birthday Cake Shot
  • Festive Birthday Cake Shot
  • The Birthday Cake Shot
  • Chocolate Cake Shot
  • Bailey’s Red Velvet Shot
  • Birthday Suit Shot
  • Birthday Cake Pudding Shot
  • Birthday Cake Vanilla Pudding Shot
  • Red Velvet Pudding Shot
  • Birthday Cake Cream Soda And Cranberry Jello Shot

1. Bright Pink Birthday Cake Shots

First on our list, we have a recipe to create your very own bright pink birthday cake shots! Although it says in the recipe to use pink gel food coloring, you can use any color you wish, providing you have that specific food coloring on hand.

You could even create a rainbow of shots, tinting each individual shot with a different color.

Calories Per Serving: 310

Preparation Time: 10 Min

2. Frangelico Birthday Cake Shot

This Birthday Cake shot made with vodka, Frangelico, and lemon juice is a fun and easy concoction to make.

Somehow, the combination of these flavors will actually leave an aftertaste in your mouth that is very similar to the flavor of a birthday cake!

I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather receive an aftertaste of cake rather than tequila.

Calories Per Serving: 197

Preparation Time: 4 Min

3. White Chocolate Birthday Cake Shot

These festive birthday cake shots are a great way to kick off any party.

You will be in for a sweet birthday treat when you combine cake flavored vodka, chocolate liqueur, whipped cream, and sprinkles, creating this delightfully flavored shot.

The ice cubes keep the shot cool, making it less likely for the cream to melt into it… although, it will still taste great either way.

Calories Per Serving: 181

Preparation Time: 5 Min

4. Yummly Birthday Cake Shot

This delightful, delicious Birthday Cake shot truly is a scrumptious and exciting way to commemorate someone’s special day, including your own.

The creamy birthday shot, garnished with multicoloured icing and sprinkles, is sure to impress anyone and everyone that will have the pleasure of tasting one. It only requires a few ingredients, and is really simple to make!

Calories Per Serving: 110

Preparation Time: 8 Min

5. Festive Birthday Cake Shot

Following that, we get yet another take on a boozy birthday cake shot. These are small yet mighty, and will undoubtedly start your birthday off on the right foot!

It may seem strange to use dry cake mix to make an alcoholic drink, but trust us: it works beautifully, mimicking both the texture and flavour of a little, tiny cake.

Calories Per Serving: 1842

Preparation Time: 25 Min

6. Baileys Birthday Cake Shot

Who doesn’t love a cold cup of Baileys, no matter what the occasion may be? Well, on this occasion, you can treat yourself to a shot that tastes just like a delicious, alcoholic birthday cake.

This recipe comes straight from the official Baileys website, so you know you can trust their judgement.

Calories Per Serving: 314

Preparation Time: 5 Min

7. The Birthday Cake Shot

This Birthday Cake shot recipe is based on smooth, creamy, classic Baileys that’s served with whipped cream and dusted with hundreds-and-thousands. It is so easy to make, and so scrumptious.

It may even be made in larger quantities to make a cocktail if desired. Remember to make a wish each time you take a sip!

Calories Per Serving: 1842

Preparation Time: 5 Min

8. Chocolate Cake Shot

It’s time to step up your dessert beverage expertise with this alcoholic Chocolate Cake Shot. While this isn’t technically a birthday cake shot recipe, it may easily be turned into one with a few changes.

In fact, all you need to do is sprinkle in a few rainbow sprinkles and you’re done! It’s a chocolate cake for a birthday celebration.

Calories Per Serving: 371

Preparation Time: 5 Min

9. Bailey’s Red Velvet Shot

Although this shot was intended to celebrate Valentine’s Day, who cares? This drink was made for you if you adore red velvet cake.

Bailey’s red velvet is the core component, a mixture of everything that makes Bailey’s delightful, combined with undertones of cream cheese icing and chocolate. Just add a few rainbow sprinkles on top!

Calories Per Serving: 157

Preparation Time: 5 Min

10. Birthday Suit Shot

If you ask us, the best way to celebrate becoming another year older is: 1. Drinking a Birthday Suit, and 2. Wearing your birthday suit. This straight up shot is a lot harsher than the others, as the only ingredient is vodka itself.

There are no other sugary ingredients involved to make it taste sweeter… the drink is completely naked. Ha. Get it? Birthday suit?

Calories Per Serving: 1561

Preparation Time: 2 Min

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11. Birthday Cake Pudding Shot

Pudding shots, while similar to jello shots, are a little more dessert-like, with some considering them to be preferable in a number of ways.

For starters, you don’t have to wait several hours for them to set, so you may eat them right away.

These Birthday Pudding shots are absolutely delicious, and are ready to slurp up in no time at all!

Calories Per Serving: N/A

Preparation Time: 10 Min

12. Birthday Cake Vanilla Pudding Shot

This scrumptious shot can be compared to a cake in a glass that doesn’t require any baking.

These small Birthday shooters are perfect for your next party, with its cake-flavored vodka, milk, Cool Whip, and vanilla and white chocolate instant puddings involved.

The rainbow sprinkles will lend a festive, colorful touch to the mix.

Calories Per Serving: N/A

Preparation Time: 15 Min

13. Red Velvet Pudding Shot

Here’s one more for our red velvet devotees. These dessert shots are easier to make than a full-sized cake and capture all of the depth of flavor of red velvet cake with cream cheese buttercream it’s an alcoholic treat that everyone will appreciate!

These shooters are equally suitable for the Christmas holidays… or any time of the year, really.

Calories Per Serving: 220

Preparation Time: 40 Min

14. Birthday Cake White Chocolate Jello Shot

Oh, now it’s go time! You already know a party is going to be good when someone brings out the jello shots.

These teeny tiny Birthday Cake shaped shooters are absolutely adorable, looking so good that you won’t want to eat them… at least, unless you were aware of how good they tasted.

Spoiler: they taste amazing.

Calories Per Serving: 70

Preparation Time: 10 Min

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15. Birthday Cake Cream Soda And Cranberry Jello Shot

Cake-flavored vodka, cream soda, gelatin, and cranberry juice form the foundation of these gorgeous jello shot ‘cupcakes’, which are topped with delicious whipped cream and colorful sprinkles.

The beautiful thing about this formula is that you can customise the juices, sodas, and liquors used to suit the interests of the birthday girl or boy.

Calories Per Serving: N/A

Preparation Time: 5 Min

Final Thoughts

We hope you find a recipe within our list that you will enjoy, if not all of them. Please remember to drink responsibly, and only attempt to create these shooters if you are of the legal drinking age.

These shots will change 21st birthday parties forever.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Make A Birthday Cake Shot?

To make your own Birthday Cake Shot, start by rimming your shot glasses with frosting, whether that be butter icing, cream cheese, or whichever topping you choose.

Next, dab the glass in sprinkles and allow them to adhere to the rim’s frosting. The shot glass will thereafter appear to be a birthday cake-themed shot, regardless of the type of alcohol used.

It is suggested, however, that you used beverages that taste like cake, vanilla, chocolate, or other dessert-like flavorings.

What Flavor Is Birthday Cake?

In terms of flavor, ‘birthday cake’ is notable for its rich vanilla buttercream flavor, which is always paired alongside rainbow sprinkles.

The sprinkles themselves don’t provide any flavor: they’re simply there for decoration. The vanilla cake is made of white cake, vanilla buttercream, and vanilla frosting.

Therefore, ‘birthday cake’ flavor is technically just vanilla with rainbow toppings.

What Makes A Birthday Cake Moist And Fluffy?

The two main ingredients that make a birthday cake deliciously moist and fluffy are creamy butter and sugar. It’s best to whisk butter, so there is plenty of air in it.

This will allow your cake to expand more when baking, and it will be a lot more fluffy and hold the moisture.


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