Chocolate Cake Shot Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Chocolate Cake Shot is a modern classic in the world of sweet and delightful shots. It's a favorite at birthday celebrations or any festive occasion that calls for a toast with something a little indulgent.

  • Origins: While the exact origin is unclear, it gained popularity in the early 2000s.
  • Popularity: It's a hit among those who enjoy dessert-like cocktails and are looking for a fun, unique experience.
  • Surprise Factor: Many are surprised by how much this shot actually mimics the flavor of chocolate cake.

How Chocolate Cake Shot Tastes?

The Chocolate Cake Shot is deceptively delicious, offering a sweet, nutty flavor that remarkably resembles a slice of chocolate cake. It's smooth with a hint of citrus from the lemon, creating a balanced and indulgent experience.

Interesting facts about Chocolate Cake Shot

  • Unexpected Flavor: Despite its name, the shot doesn't contain any chocolate but gets its cake-like flavor from the combination of Frangelico and vanilla vodka.
  • Celebratory Shot: Often served at birthdays and special occasions, it's a festive choice that's both fun and flavorful.
  • Interactive Experience: The ritual of coating the lemon slice with sugar and biting into it after the shot is part of the unique experience.


A few good options for Chocolate Cake Shot are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The sweetness and rich hazelnut flavor of Frangelico are crucial for emulating the taste reminiscent of a chocolate cake. Skipping it is like ditching the cake at a birthday party – the main event is gone! Avoid using too much, or it'll be like a nutty overload, and your taste buds might go nuts.

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Vanilla Vodka

Vanilla Vodka brings a subtle creamy sweetness, reinforcing the illusion of chocolate cake. If it's MIA (missing in action), you'll lose that silky-smooth vanilla kick. It's like cake without the frosting – still good, but definitely missing the oomph!

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Fresh Lemon

A slice of a Fresh Lemon is the surprising twist. Biting into it activates a magical taste sensation resembling icing on the cake (literally!). Leave it out, and you're just having a mild-mannered shot – where's the fun in that?

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Sugar on the rim and lemon adds the contrasting sweet edge to the shot, much like the sprinkles on top of a cake. Too little, and the shot may fall flat. Too much, and you might as well be at a kid's sugar-fueled birthday bash.

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Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup is the sticky secret agent that holds the sugar to the glass. No syrup means no sugary rim, leading to a less festive sipping experience. It's like the invite to the party; without it, not everyone's going to make it to the fun.

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Recipe. How to make Chocolate Cake Shot Drink

To craft the perfect Chocolate Cake Shot, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the Glass: Rim the shot glass with simple syrup and dip it into sugar to coat the edge.
  2. Mix the Shot: In a shaker, combine 1/2 oz of Frangelico and 1/2 oz of vanilla vodka with ice. Shake well.
  3. Serve: Strain the mixture into the prepared shot glass.
  4. Garnish: Slice a fresh lemon, coat one side with sugar.
  5. Enjoy: Take the shot, and then bite into the sugared lemon slice.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Glasses: For an extra smooth shot, chill the glasses before serving.
  • Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality vanilla vodka for a more authentic and rich flavor.
  • Perfect Balance: Ensure the lemon slice isn't too thick; it should complement, not overpower, the shot.

Perfect Pairings


  • Chocolate Assortment: The rich notes of hazelnut and vanilla complement the bitter and sweet flavors of various chocolates.
  • Berry Tart: Light and fruity, a berry tart can go hand-in-hand with the sweet and tart profile of the Chocolate Cake Shot.


  • Espresso: The strong coffee notes can enhance the hazelnut and chocolate flavors in the shot.


  • Birthday Cakes: Taking a Chocolate Cake Shot after a bite of a real cake can amplify the celebratory mood with its dessert-like flavor profile.

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What you could change in Chocolate Cake Shot

  • Frangelico Substitute: If Frangelico is unavailable, you can use any hazelnut liqueur as a substitute.
  • Vanilla Vodka Substitute: In a pinch, regular vodka with a drop of vanilla extract can replace vanilla vodka.

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Hazelnut Espresso Shot

  • Replace vanilla vodka with espresso-flavored vodka.
  • Add a dash of chocolate bitters.

Recipe: Rim glass with syrup and sugar, combine espresso vodka and Frangelico, shake with ice, serve and enjoy with a sugared lemon. It delivers a jolt of caffeine with nutty notes, transforming it from a dessert to an after-dinner pick-me-up!

White Chocolate Cake Shot

  • Use white chocolate liqueur instead of vanilla vodka.
  • Add a splash of cream.

Recipe: Coat rim with syrup and sugar, mix white chocolate liqueur and Frangelico, shake with ice and cream, strain into prepared glass. This version is for when you want your cake shot to have a richer, creamier decadence.

Spiced Cake Shot

  • Include a cinnamon whiskey in place of vanilla vodka.
  • A pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon on top.

Recipe: Rim with syrup and sugar, combine cinnamon whiskey and Frangelico, shake with ice, finish with a pinch of spice. This twist adds a warm, spicy kick, perfect for when you want to spice up the night!

In case you forgot basics how to make Chocolate Cake Shot

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Chocolate Cake Shot

Can I use a different type of sweet liqueur if I don't have Frangelico or another hazelnut liqueur?

While Frangelico provides a distinctive nutty flavor, you can experiment with other sweet liqueurs like amaretto for an almond twist or a coffee liqueur for a mocha note. Keep in mind the taste will differ from the original recipe.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Chocolate Cake Shot?

Yes, you can create a mocktail version by using hazelnut syrup and non-alcoholic vanilla extract in place of the alcoholic ingredients and following the same procedure with the sugared lemon.

How should I store Vanilla Vodka to maintain its flavor?

Vanilla Vodka should be stored in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. Once opened, it's best to use it within a year for optimal flavor.

Why is it important to shake the ingredients with ice?

Shaking the ingredients with ice chills the mixture quickly, dilutes it slightly for a smoother taste, and ensures the flavors are well blended for a consistent shot.

Can I make the Chocolate Cake Shot in large batches for a party?

Yes, you can scale the recipe to accommodate the number of guests and mix the ingredients in a pitcher. Just remember to shake individual servings with ice before pouring into rimmed shot glasses.

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