Wedding 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 Wedding Cake Shot is a delightful concoction that captures the essence of a celebratory wedding cake in a single sip. It's a popular choice for toasting at weddings or engagement parties.

  • Origins: While the exact origin is unclear, it's a modern creation likely inspired by the desire to translate the flavors of a traditional wedding cake into a drinkable form.
  • Popularity: This shot is a hit among those who enjoy sweet and creamy flavors, reminiscent of a slice of vanilla-hazelnut cake.
  • Occasions: It's often served at bachelorette parties, wedding receptions, or as a celebratory shot at bars.

How Wedding Cake Shot Tastes?

The Wedding Cake Shot is a sweet and creamy delight with a nutty undertone. The vanilla vodka provides a smooth, cake-like base, while the Frangelico adds a rich hazelnut flavor that complements the sweetness perfectly.

Interesting facts about Wedding Cake Shot

  • The Frangelico liqueur used in this shot is made from hazelnuts, cocoa, and vanilla, ingredients commonly found in wedding cakes.
  • Wedding Cake Shots can be customized with different flavored vodkas to match the couple's favorite cake.
  • Despite its name, the Wedding Cake Shot is enjoyed at a variety of celebrations, not just weddings.


  • Lemon: 1
  • Sugar: 1 tbsp
  • Vanilla vodka: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Hazelnut liqueur: 0.5 oz(15ml)

A few good options for Wedding Cake Shot are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


The lemon is used to moisten the rim of the shot glass so that the sugar sticks to it, adding a visually appealing touch with a hint of citrus flavor. If you skip the lemon, you'll miss out on the delicate zest and the sugar won't adhere as well, making the shot less festive.

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Sugar is used to rim the glass, which provides a sweet start to each sip. This granulated glee transforms an ordinary shot into a celebratory toast. Without it, the experience would lack the ceremonial 'cake-like' kickoff.

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Vanilla Vodka

A measured amount of vanilla vodka (0.5 oz) balances the bitter and sweet, enhancing the vanilla ‘cake’ sensation. A different amount would alter the drink’s strength and taste. A higher quantity could overpower the hazelnut; less might make it too subtle.

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Hazelnut Liqueur

Hazelnut liqueur (typically Frangelico) adds a rich, nutty flavor that rounds out the shot, giving it a deep, sweet nuance. If omitted, you’d lose the 'nutty' part of the cake! An alternative could be amaretto for a slightly different, but equally delicious, almondy twist.

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Recipe. How to make Wedding Cake Shot Drink

  1. Rim the edge of a shot glass with the lemon slice.
  2. Dip the rimmed glass into granulated sugar to coat it.
  3. Pour 1/2 ounce of vanilla vodka into the shot glass.
  4. Add 1/2 ounce of Frangelico hazelnut liqueur.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Chill the shot glasses before serving to enhance the smoothness of the drink.
  • Adjust the sweetness by using less sugar on the rim or opting for a sugar substitute.
  • For a layered effect, carefully pour the Frangelico over the back of a spoon to float it on top of the vanilla vodka.

Perfect Pairings

Sweet Pastries

Offering a Wedding Cake Shot alongside sweet pastries can complement the nutty and vanilla flavors of the shot. Think of mini cupcakes, macarons, or danishes - particularly those with almond or vanilla notes.

Fruit Platters

A fruit platter can provide a refreshing contrast to the shot. The sweetness and acidity of fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and pineapple can cleanse the palate and enhance the sweet profile of the shot.


Serve with a bold espresso or a creamy latte. Coffee's rich bitterness can balance out the sweetness and create a sophisticated tasting experience.

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What you could change in Wedding Cake Shot

  • Vanilla Vodka: If Stoli Vanil is not available, any quality vanilla-flavored vodka can be used, such as Absolut Vanilia.
  • Frangelico: Amaretto can be used as a substitute for a different nutty flavor, though the hazelnut profile will be missed.

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Chocolate Cake Shot

  • Rim the shot glass with chocolate syrup instead of lemon and sugar.
  • Use chocolate liqueur instead of hazelnut liqueur.
  • The flavor profile will be more decadent, reminiscent of a rich chocolate cake.

Tropical Cake Shot

  • Use coconut-flavored vodka instead of vanilla vodka.
  • Add a splash of pineapple juice.
  • This will give the shot a tropical flair, making you feel like you're celebrating beachside with a pina colada flavored cake.

Berry Bliss Shot

  • Muddle a few fresh raspberries in the glass before adding the vodka and liqueur.
  • The raspberries will add a tartness and fruitiness, transforming the shot into a berry-infused delight, imagining a berry cake topped with nuts.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Wedding Cake Shot

Can Wedding Cake Shots be made in large batches for parties?

Yes, Wedding Cake Shots can be pre-mixed in larger quantities for parties. Make sure to maintain the correct ratios of ingredients and serve them chilled.

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

Certainly! For a non-alcoholic version, use vanilla syrup combined with a non-alcoholic hazelnut syrup instead of the alcoholic ingredients.

What type of glass is best for serving a Wedding Cake Shot?

Traditionally, a shot glass is used for Wedding Cake Shots to maintain the spirit of a 'shot,' but any small glass suitable for shooters can be used.

How can I prevent the sugar on the rim from dissolving too quickly?

The key is to ensure the rim is only lightly dampened with lemon before dipping in sugar, and to serve the shots immediately after preparation.

What's the best way to layer the ingredients for a visually appealing presentation?

Carefully pour the heavier ingredient first, typically the liqueur, and then gently pour the vodka over the back of a spoon to achieve a layered effect.

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