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
- Pantry: Confectioner’s sugar, Nonpareil sprinkles, Vanilla extract, Sugar cubes
- Fridge: Heavy cream
- From the Bar: Vodka, White chocolate liqueur, Amaretto
- Equipment: Small plates, Martini glasses, Cocktail shaker
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!
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.
Use Up Leftover Ingredients
- Sugar Cubes are one of my favorite ways to add some sweetness to drinks! Try using them in a cucumber gin cocktail.
- There’s only a little bit of confectioner’s sugar in this recipe, but you can use a whole bunch in the filling for cream cheese oatmeal cookies.
- For a twist on a classic, use your amaretto in an old fashioned with cherry ice.
Birthday Cake Martini
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
- 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.
- 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.