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Chocolate Cake Shot Recipe with Frangelico

The chocolate cake shot combines Frangelico liqueur and vanilla vodka with a dash of sweet lemon. Start your party with this fun birthday cake shot.

Chocolate Cake Shot

I made this German chocolate cake shot for my friend Julie’s birthday party. It’s really a perfect stand in for the warm summer days when heavy chocolate cake is not really appealing.

Julie enjoyed this birthday shot (we all did) and we didn’t miss the cake. 🙂 We served it to our partiers with a light fruit tray and chips.

Birthday Cake Shot

This would also make a nice drink for your birthday BBQ parties. Skip dessert and serve one of these. Or have both. It’s your birthday!

More Fun Shots For Parties:

These are all fun shots to serve at a party.

Finishing touches:

You can serve this frangelico chocolate cake shot two ways. Our video does a complete recipe demonstration so you can see both serving methods.

This shot is served with lemon. That’s it as far as I know. So you have a pretty, transparent colorless drink with a sugared lemon.

Chocolate Cake Shot

Or serve a plain lemon with a sugar rimmed glass. Jazz it up with a cute shot glass themed to your party.

Here is a page of birthday shot glasses on Amazon. There are so many different ways to theme your party with glasses and party favors. Take a look.

Chocolate Cake Shot Recipe:

Ingredients For The Chocolate Cake Shot

Frangelico is a rich hazelnut liqueur. To tell you the truth I expected a chocolate liqueur in this birthday cake shot recipe.

And wow. I did not see lemon coming in here either. But it works. Trust me. The vanilla vodka adds just the right amount of richness.

The shot tastes like a bite of chocolate cake. Frangelico drinks are so delicious.


  • Frangelico Liqueur- (It has a hazelnut flavor that tastes like chocolate. Think Nutella.)
  • Vanilla vodka- Any brand you enjoy is fine. We used Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka.
  • 1 Fresh lemon
  • Sugar
  • simple syrup (for wetting the glass rim-use a lemon slice if you prefer)

Visual Guide:

Please also watch our video. I demonstrate how to drink this vanilla vodka drink and garnish it two ways. Here is a picture guide of the steps.

It’s a simple pour drink after you get the lemon sliced and sugar step done. Keep your cocktail shaker in the cupboard this time. 🙂

This shot is easy to make for a pretty large crowd. Just line up the shot glasses and slice those lemons. No chilling, mixing or shaking. Just sugar and pour.

Drinking A Birthday Shot
On the video I show you how to drink this shot with the lemon to get the full experience. Two ways!

We’d Love to see what you do with this vodka and Frangelico recipe. Tag us with your pics on instagram.

Your Printable Recipe Card:

Birthday Cake Shot
Yield: 1 shot

Chocolate Cake Shot with Frangelico

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The chocolate cake shot combines Frangelico liqueur and vanilla vodka with a dash of sweet lemon. Start your party with this fun birthday cake shot.


  • 1/2 oz.Frangelico
  • 1/2 oz. Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 Fresh lemon
  • sugar (for garnish)
  • simple syrup (for rim if making one)


Prep: (watch video for a full recipe demonstration)

  1. Slice the lemon into slices (Or wedges if you prefer)
  2. IF NOT rimming the glass: Dip a small slice or wedge of lemon into the sugar. Set aside.
  3. If Rimming the glass do it now.
  4. Wet the rim of the glass by inverting into simple syrup. ) OR run a wet lemon wedge or slice around the lip of the glass.
  5. Invert the glass into the sugar and shake to release the loose sugar.

Make the Birthday Shot:

  1. Add the Frangelico to the prepared shot glass.
  2. Add the vodka.
  3. Serve. (watch video for two methods used to serve this shot)


This simple shot is so easy to make for a group. Just keep the proportions 1:1 in your glasses.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 653Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 5mgCarbohydrates 163gFiber 2gSugar 157gProtein 1g

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The chocolate cake shot combines Frangelico liqueur and vanilla vodka with a dash of sweet lemon. Start your party with this fun birthday cake shot.


Thursday 7th of December 2023

Great simple delicious recipe! Taste like chocolate cake. TY.


Thursday 7th of December 2023

Hi Magz, We're delighted you enjoyed this fun drink. Thanks so much for letting us know and giving a delicious review on it. Happy Holidays!


Tuesday 1st of August 2023

Lots of references to watching the video, but no video anywhere on the page! Specifically, how/when do you use the lemon slice???? I mean c'mon now.....if no video at least write it into the recipe!!!!


Tuesday 1st of August 2023

Ho gib, I'm not sure why you're not seeing the video. I did look in the post and it does come up both in the post itself and in the recipe card at the bottom. We also inserted a gallery of photos in the post that show you how to use that lemon slice. I hope you'll read the post and find it. Thanks for the question. Have a great day!

Annita Hamilton

Monday 10th of July 2023

I have made this for several years on our bus trips each year. It is a tradition now.

Misty Acosta

Thursday 29th of December 2022

I need to prep these for large party so I’m wondering if I could pre mix in a pitcher to faster pouring up.

Kayti Lavergne

Friday 30th of December 2022

Hi Misty! Yes you can premix the shots. I have also rimmed the glasses ahead of time when I'm serving these at parties


Wednesday 27th of July 2022

Hello, I love these shots. I used citrus vodka this time, as it’s all I had and I wanted to see what it turned out like and it gives the same results! Absolutely delish! Even my friends who “don’t do shots” tried this and they are hooked. Each one text me at a later date and asked me to send them the ingredients. It’s that good! Thanks for sharing.


Wednesday 27th of July 2022

Hi Brittani, We are so happy the recipe is a favorite for you. Thanks so much for letting us know. We appreciate the feedback. And thanks for spreading the love. Have a wonderful day!

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