Birthday Cake Martini with Sprinkles

October 6, 2020

Besides being objectively the best month of the year, October is also a particularly special month around here. Why? Because Kevin and I both have our birthdays later this month! This year, we decided to celebrate by taking some time off work for a staycation, which is definitely needed. And while we’re relaxing, why not have a cocktail in hand? Like a birthday cake martini, the perfect addition to the festivities.

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What You Need to Get Started

You can easily find all of the ingredients for these birthday cake martinis at your grocery store. You can also order online using Amazon Pantry, or try Amazon Fresh for grocery delivery.

How to Make a Rainbow Sprinkle Rim

The nonpareil sprinkles on the rim of this cocktail are what takes it from standard cake batter flavor to full-on birthday cake! I love the joy that the colors bring. And as you drink yours, some may fall off into the drink, and create streams of color down the sides of the glass.

It’s so pretty, and delicious!

To get the sprinkles to stick, I decided to use a thin frosting. You combine heavy cream with confectioner’s sugar, stirring until until smooth. Since you are using very little, I suggest doing this in a small bowl, and stirring with a small spoon, like a demitasse spoon.

Then you’ll need two saucers or small plates. On the first, spread out the frosting in a ring that’s the same size as the rim of the glass. It doesn’t need to be perfect, just close. On the second, pour a bunch of nonpareils.

Make sure your martini glass is dry, then dip it first in the frosting. Tilt the glass slightly, and spin in the frosting to coat the rim thoroughly. Then dip it into the nonpareils. Again, tilt and spin the glass, allowing it to pick up the sprinkles. You can use your fingers to gently press on any that are falling off, but be careful. They like to jump. The frosting will harden up slightly, and that will help these stay on.

Let’s Make a Cake Batter Martini

Once your glass is prepared, it’s time to mix up the martini. This is a super simple drink, and it comes together very quickly. Grab your cocktail shaker, and fill it about halfway with ice. Then add in all of the ingredients: vodka, white chocolate liqueur, amaretto, vanilla extract, and a sugar cube.

Place the lid tightly on the shaker, and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. When it’s done the shaker will be very cold, almost too cold to touch. This process allows all of the ingredients to mix together, breaks ups and dissolves the sugar, and dilutes the drink slightly.

Finally, strain the cocktail into the prepared martini glass. Give yourself enough room so your hand and the shaker don’t knock off the sprinkles from the rim. When it seems like it’s done pouring, give it one last quick shake to get out those last few drops. This will help give just a slightly frothy top.

Whether it’s your birthday or your unbirthday, get fun and festive with this sweet yet strong cake batter-inspired Birthday Cake Martini!

What is Birthday Cake Flavor?

Really simply, birthday cake is a flavor that is meant to remind you of eating a vanilla cake with frosting and rainbow sprinkles. You’ve probably seen plenty of birthday cake and cake batter flavored foods, but what makes it different from just standard vanilla?

In this recipe, I used a little bit of amaretto, which has an almond extract flavor. Although this isn’t generally used in cakes, it provides a fruity and nuttiness that adds a depth beyond basic vanilla. It doesn’t taste at all like snacking on almonds. But it adds just that je ne sais quoi needed to make this drink remind you of cake batter!

How to Serve Birthday Cake Martinis

The obvious choice is to have one of these on your birthday, or serve them at a small birthday celebration. I haven’t tried making a large batch, but if I did, I would garnish the glasses with the sprinkles ahead of time and then store them in the fridge, so it’s quick and easy to mix up and pour the drinks.

These martinis are sweet, but they are strong. I definitely recommend enjoying these with food, and they’d be perfect for dessert. The sweet flavor would pair perfectly with a honey pavlova with plums. Or why not try a fun and fruity birthday cake, like this apple and blueberry crumble cake?

The fun colors also make these a great choice for brunch, even if you’re only celebrating an unbirthday! A sour cherry cobbler is an excellent dish to play off the almond extract, which pairs beautifully with cherries. Or stick with some simple buttermilk pancakes.

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5 from 3 votes

Birthday Cake Martini

A sweet and strong cocktail, that tastes just like vanilla cake batter, with a kick! This fun and colorful drink is the perfect way to celebrate your birthday.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 Martini
Calories: 456kcal

Ingredients

Rim Garnish (Enough for 2)

  • 1 tsp Confectioner's Sugar
  • ½ tsp Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp Nonpareil Sprinkles

Birthday Cake Martini

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Sugar Cube

Instructions

  • In a small dish, combine the confectioner's sugar and heavy cream, stirring with a small spoon until smooth. Pour onto a saucer or small plate, and the sprinkles onto a second small plate.
    Dip the rim of a martini glass into the cream mixture, spinning slowly and tipping the glass to coat the rim. Then immediately dip it into the sprinkles, tilting and spinning the glass so they stick. Let sit while you mix the cocktail.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker about halfway with ice. Add in the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, amaretto, vanilla extract, and sugar cube. Cover and shake vigorously until the shaker is very cold, about 15 seconds. Strain into the rimmed glass.

Notes

  • The ingredients listed for the rim garnish will be enough for two martinis. To make the second, rinse our your shaker, and follow the same steps. You can also multiply the amount of garnish to make even more.
  • If you have vanilla vodka, you can use that instead of the vodka and vanilla extract. The balance of flavor may be slightly different, depending on brands.

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13 thoughts on “Birthday Cake Martini with Sprinkles

  1. Happy birthday month to you guys! This looks SO good 😍 I’m always so intrigued by cocktails and martinis, but I can’t drink due to health issues, so I have to find ways to make them non-alcoholic. I’ve got a super-sweet tooth though, so this drink really sounds like it’d be right up my alley!

    1. Since every single ingredient in this is alcoholic, basically, it would be a tough one to make without. However, I do have a recipe for a chai white hot chocolate. You could probably modify that by adding some almond and vanilla extract, and top with whipped cream and sprinkles for a warm, similar tasting drink!

  2. Oh wow this looks fantastic! I have a white chocolate liqueur that I’ve been needing to use. It’s not my birthday this month… but it is my half birthday, so maybe I can celebrate that 😉

  3. These look so nice and festive! I love this cocktail recipe and I had no idea there was white chocolate liquor!

  4. These look so pretty, probably one of my favorite martini’s I’ve ever seen. I don’t even know if I’d want to drink it, just because they’re pretty to look at! But these would be great for a birthday party!

  5. Happy birthday! What a fun and festive cocktail to celebrate with! I’m totally stealing your sprinkle rim idea for a kid’s milk & cookies themed party. Brilliant & thanks! 😉

  6. First of all: early happy birthday to both you and your husband! I hope you have a great time celebrating. Secondly: this cocktail looks and sounds phenomenal! I’ve always loved birthday cake treats because I’m not huge on chocolate. I’ll have to try this out sometime soon. It would be great for any kind of celebration!

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