Chocolate Cake Shooter

Delicious Chocolate Cake Shooter

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 shot
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
248 Calories
14g Fat
24g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 248
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Protein 6g
Calcium 81mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The chocolate cake shot is a deliciously tempting shooter. Sometimes called a birthday cake shot, this popular drink goes down easily and is one of the best-tasting shooters you can make. It's effortless to mix up and sure to be a hit.

A deceptive recipe, there are no chocolate ingredients in this drink. Instead, the chocolate cake shot is made of vodka and hazelnut liqueur and served with a sugary lemon. It really tastes like a rich and fluffy chocolate cake (in liquid form, of course) and demonstrates the amazing powers of flavor chemistry.


  • 3/4 ounce vodka (citrus, clear, or vanilla)
  • 3/4 ounce hazelnut liqueur
  • Lemon wedge (sugar-coated)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chocolate cake shooter ingredients

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  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the vodka and hazelnut liqueur.

    Ice in a cocktail shaker

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  3. Shake well.

    Cocktail shaker

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  4. Strain into a shot glass.

    Cocktail shaker next to a shot glass

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  5. Serve with a sugar-coated lemon. Drink the shot, then suck on the lemon. Enjoy.

    Chocolate cake shooter in a shot glass with a wedge of lemon

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  • For the lemon, fill a small dish with granulated sugar and roll the lemon wedge in it until thoroughly coated.
  • As an alternative, rim the shot glass with sugar, then follow the shot by sucking on the lemon.
  • This shot is most often made with citrus vodka, though vanilla vodka is a favorite as well. Regular vodka makes a good shot when those aren't available.
  • Make multiple shots at once: Increase the ingredients in equal proportions and strain into multiple shot glasses lined up on the counter.

What Is a Hazelnut Liqueur?

Hazelnut liqueurs are sweet, nutty, and used in many cocktails and shots. Produced by several brands, Frangelico is the most common and often preferred in the chocolate cake shot. It is a premium brand and has a price tag to match. If you intend to primarily use it in shots, coffee, and other casual drinks, another brand will do just fine and likely save some money.

Recipe Variations

  • Some drinkers prefer the chocolate cake shot made with 1 ounce of hazelnut liqueur and 1/2 ounce of vodka.
  • Other flavored vodkas, particularly berry vodkas, can create a delicious shot as well.
  • While this shot's alternative name is "birthday cake shot," newer, creamier recipes also go by that name. One yummy drink shakes 1/2 ounce each of cake vodka, ​chocolate liqueur, and cream liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain it into a shot glass. For a fun touch, rim the glass with frosting and sprinkles or colored sugar.

How Strong Are Cake Shots?

Don't let the sweet taste fool you—the chocolate cake shot is pretty potent. On average, its alcohol content falls in the 24 percent ABV (48 proof) range. For perspective, drinking two of these is equivalent to a straight shot of vodka.