Why eat your cake when you can drink it? We give you, cake cocktails. Cake cocktails taste like your favorite dessert only in a boozy liquid form. There’s no need to turn on the oven or bust out the KitchenAid stand mixer here. All you need are a few boozy ingredients, some fun garnishes, a shaker, some ice, and a cocktail glass. Birthday parties, bridal showers, get-togethers, and after dinner drinks are all made better with a little taste of cake in your glass.
Satisfying your sweet tooth in the best way, here are 10 dessert cocktail recipes that taste like your favorite popular cake. This isn’t just like dessert in a glass, this is dessert in a glass.
1. Caramel Cheesecake Martini
Is caramel cheesecake your weakness? Well prepare for a new weakness, Caramel Cheesecake Martinis. Vanilla vodka, caramel vodka, and half and half are shaken up in a cocktail shaker, then poured into a honeyed, graham cracker rimmed martini glass. Get the recipe here.
2. German Chocolate Cake Martini
Or is German Chocolate Cake more your thing? If so, get a load of this crazy good chocolate martini. Silk Nutchallo Dark Chocolate, coconut vodka, Frangelico, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, chopped walnuts, and shredded coconut make this cake cocktail possible. Get the recipe here.
3. Carrot Cake
What’s the best baking tip a Southerner can give to not wind up with dry carrot cake? Don’t bake it at all, but imbibe it instead. Dangerously delicious, this Carrot Cake Cocktail is made with vanilla vodka, spiced rum, half and half, Irish cream liqueur, butterscotch sauce, sea salt, cinnamon, and pureed carrots.
Poured into a glass rimmed in a cream cheese frosting rolled in chopped walnuts, you won’t find a dry cake here. Get the recipe here.
4. Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Hot weather can convince you not to turn on the oven even when you crave cake. Well, good news, there is no oven required for this summery Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
This fruity cocktail is best served in big batches so grab a pitcher and pour in the pineapple juice, cake flavored vodka, amaretto, grenadine, and lime juice. Don’t forget to garnish each glass with a slice of pineapple and a cherry to match. Get the recipe here.
5. Cherry Poke Cake Cocktail
Like a good old fashion poke cake, this Cherry Poke Cocktail is infused with flavor. Cake flavored vodka, Sprite, a dash of cherry juice, and of course the ubiquitous maraschino cherries take this dessert from plate to glass with the stir of a spoon. Get the recipe here.
6. Strawberry Shortcake Mimosa
We can’t deny our love of a DIY prosecco bar. Or our love of strawberry shortcake. But when you come across a drink like this, you know you’ve struck recipe gold. Doing justice to the mimosa, this recipe calls for prosecco, fresh strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and strawberry ice cream.
7. King Cake Cocktail
Mardis Gras or no Mardi Gras, you can have your King Cake all year long with this dessert drink. To make this taste like the real thing, use vanilla vodka, cake vodka, Irish cream, and half and half. Dress a glass in true King Cake flare, then pour on in the liquid cake. Get the recipe here.
8. Funfetti Cake Batter Cocktail
Of course we can’t talk cake cocktail dessert recipes without talking Funfetti. No matter how old you get, it’s still fun to eat Funfetti, and it’s even better when that Funfetti comes in cocktail form like this Funfetti Cake Batter Martini.
Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka, chocolate liqueur, amaretto, creme de cacao, and half and half – or heavy cream for a milkshake like consistency – are shaken up and poured into a martini glass rimmed in festive sprinkles then topped with whipped cream. Don’t worry, we won’t tell that it’s not really your birthday. Get the recipe here.