Popping champagne at your birthday bash is getting old (pun intended) - yes, even with sparklers. For your next party, why not try one of these cake-inspired cocktails instead? The dash of alcohol makes them so much more fun, and just imagine the surprise on everyone's faces when you open a birthday cake box to reveal a tray of martini glasses!
Here are five of our favourite cake-inspired cocktail recipes:
Cake Batter Martini
Ingredients (makes 1)
85g vanilla-flavoured vodka
56g white or clear creme de cacao
56g heavy whipping cream
28g Godiva white chocolate liqueur
Place sprinkles on a shallow plate that is a little larger than the mouth of your martini glass.
Dampen a paper towel with whipping cream (or water) and wet the rims of the martini glasses. Dip glass into sprinkles to coat the edges.
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for about 30 seconds. Strain into martini glasses and drink!
Make ahead: For a big party, mix up a big bath of these martinis and store in a large pitcher in the fridge. Shake a glass at a time over ice whenever ready to serve!
Recipe adapted from The Novice Chef
German Chocolate Cake Cocktail
Ingredients (makes two)
56g chocolate-flavoured vodka
56g coconut-flavoured vodka
14g Smirnoff caramel vodka
56g coconut milk
Chocolate almond milk
Whipped cream and toasted coconut, to garnish
Put vodkas and coconut milk in shaker with ice, shake well to combine.
Pour mixture into a low-ball glass.
Fill glass with chocolate almond milk, and top with whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes.
Recipe adapted from Happyfoodhealthylife
Cake Vodka Milkshake
Ingredients (makes one)
3 scoops vanilla bean ice cream
28g vanilla-flavoured vodka
1/2 cup milk
Scoop the ice cream into a shaker.
Pour in vodka and milk, and mix well.
Coat the rim of a glass with sprinkles (refer to instructions for Cake Batter Martini)
Pour the mixture into the glass, and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.
Recipe adapted from Simple Foods.
Birthday Cake Jello Shots
Ingredients (makes 8)
1 cup vanilla-flavoured vodka
1 cup Godiva white chocolate liqueur
1 cup milk
3 packets of unflavoured gelatin
Warm milk in a saucepan over low-medium heat and add in unflavoured gelatin. Whisk together until all the gelatin is dissolved.
Strain milk, vodka, and the Godiva liqueur into a bowl.
Pour the mixture into silicone cup molds, and place in the fridge for two to three hours until they set (keep the molds on a flat surface like a small cutting board so you can place the board inside the fridge).
When firm, insert a toothpick between the jello and the sides of the mold, and go all the way around the mold to gently separate the jello from the sides. Push up from the bottom of the mold until the jello shot is removed from the mold.
To serve, place the jello shots on a bed of sprinkles, and garnish with whipped cream and more sprinkles.
Recipe adapted from A Beautiful Mess.
Peaches & Cream Cocktail
Ingredients (makes four)
3 spoonfuls of peach tea leaves
2 cups water
2 tbsp agave
2 cans of peach slices
Rum, vodka or whisky
Steep tea for five minutes, then strain. Stir in sugar until fully dissolved.
Fill a 2L container just under halfway with ice. Pour in cans of peaches, including the liquid, and tea. Mix well and chill in fridge.
Top individual glasses with half oz heavy cream and 1 oz vodka or rum. Or skip the cream and top with 1 oz of whisky.
Recipe adapted from Davidstea.