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Birthday Cake Pudding Shots


Posted: 04/20/24

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Birthday Cake Pudding Shots don’t have to be just for your birthday. These creamy and festive shots come together with simple ingredients and will be a party hit!

Birthday Cake Pudding Shots with whipped cream and sprinkles on a cake stand

Anyone who loves cake batter (and honestly, who doesn’t?) will love these decadent pudding shots. Creamy pudding, sweet cake vodka, whipped cream, and sprinkles…they are the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion!

Birthday Cake Pudding Shots Ingredients

A handful of simple ingredients combine for this cake-flavored party favorite! See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for all measurements.

  • Vanilla instant pudding mix: Don’t worry about following the directions on the box, you’ll just be using the dry mix. Double check the label to make sure it is instant pudding.
  • Dry cake mix: Vanilla or Funfetti are great flavor options. Again, you will need just the dry mix. For food safety purposes, toast the cake mix in a baking dish in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cake vodka: If you can’t find cake vodka, whipped cream flavored vodka or RumChata would also work.
  • Milk: Any kind of milk will work for these shots, just make sure it is cold.
  • Vanilla extract: Adds a flavor profile that compliments the other ingredients.
  • Whipped cream: Optional, but delicious to garnish these pudding shots.
  • Sprinkles: Also optional, but I guarantee they make these shots so much fun to drink and gives them a festive presentation.
Birthday Cake Pudding shots on a cake stand surrounded by sprinkles

How to Make Birthday Cake Shots

This birthday cake shot recipe couldn’t be easier to whip up. With a quick stir and some setting time in the fridge, you will get your party started in no time! For the full recipe, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Combine ingredients. Add pudding mix, cake mix, and vodka to a bowl and stir to mix.
  • Add the milk and chill. Mix in the cold milk and put the mixture in the fridge for two hours for the mixture to set.
  • Serve. Add the mixture to shot glasses, leaving a little room at the top. Garnish each shot with whipped cream and sprinkles. Enjoy!

Serving Pudding Shots

Serve these birthday cake pudding shots in shot glasses, and garnish with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles for an extra-festive flair. If you are taking these pudding shots to a party or gathering, we recommend putting the pudding mixture in disposable shot glasses. Make sure to chill in the fridge for at least two hours so the shots can properly set and then enjoy the shots while chilled for best results.


Plastic Shot Glasses

These plastic shot glasses are perfect for making and taking pudding shots to a birthday party!
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man's hand putting whipped cream on top of Birthday Cake Pudding Shots that are sitting on cake stand, surrounded by sprinkles

How to Store Pudding Shots

Lining up your birthday pudding shots on a baking sheet will make them easier to transfer and store if you are preparing them ahead of time. Make sure to leave a little room at the top of each shotglass for the garnish. When you are ready to serve, take your pudding shots out of the refrigerator and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Make Pudding Shots Ahead of Time

These shots are great to make in advance, since they need time to chill in the fridge anyway. Take some pressure off the day of the event by making these a day or two in advance, storing them in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. Wait to garnish your shots until you are ready to hand them out.

Birthday Cake Pudding Shots with whipped cream and sprinkles on a cake stand

Other Pudding Shot Recipes

If you make these birthday cake shots, leave a comment and let us know what you think of them!

Birthday Cake Pudding Shots with whipped cream and sprinkles on a cake stand
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Birthday Cake Pudding Shots

Serves: 8 shots
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Prep: 10 minutes
These Birthday Cake Pudding Shots are the only way you should celebrate! Cake Vodka, cake mix, and vanilla pudding! Easy to make and easier to eat!


  • 3.4 ounces dry vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup cold milk (I used 2%)
  • 1/2 cup cake vodka
  • 1/2 cup dry cake mix see note
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped cream optional
  • sprinkles optional


  • Whisk all the ingredients together and chill for two hours.  
  • Serve with whipped cream and sprinkles


To ensure safety, toast the cake mix in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes.
Birthday Cake Pudding Shots with whipped cream and sprinkles on a cake stand

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Lisa Longley has been creating great recipes for more than a decade. While it is too hard for her to pick her favorite cocktail, she is known to love our dirty martini.

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