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Chocolate Cake Shot

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Posted: 08/19/22

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Have your cake and drink it too with this Chocolate Cake shot! Made with two types of liquor and served with a lemon wedge, this delicious shooter is a treat. While the recipe contains no chocolate ingredients, the flavor created mimics that of a decadent chocolate cake.

shot glasses of chocolate cake shots with slices of lemon

Quick and easy to mix up, Chocolate Cake Shots are sure to be a hit for your next party. Despite the name of the shooter, there are no chocolate ingredients in the recipe. With warm notes of hazelnut and a clean boozy vodka kick, a juicy tart lemon is the “icing on the cake”.

What’s in a Chocolate Cake Shot

  • Hazlenut Liqueur. We prefer Frangelico which is one of the most common Hazlenut liqueurs.
  • Vodka. For a shot or vodka-forward drink, it is important to use a good quality vodka. See your recommendations at all price points below. While the recipe calls for clear vodka, you could also use a vanilla or citrus vodka.

Vodka Recommendations

For top tier vodka, we recommend Grey Goose or Belvedere. A good mid-level choice is Grey Goose and the best low level vodka is Tito’s. Find a vodka in your budget that you don’t mind the flavor of.

man's hand pouring cocktail jigger of hazelnut liqueur into a shot glass to make a chocolate cake shot recipe surrounded by lemons

How to Make a Chocolate Cake Shot

  1. Pour the Frangelico and vodka into a shot glass.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Drink the shot then suck on the lemon, enjoy!

Why is it Called a Chocolate Cake Shot

This recipe gets its name from the flavor of the shot, not the ingredients. Flavor chemistry at its finest, the ingredients combine to mimic the indulgence of chocolate cake (in liquid form of course) that we all know and love.

four shot glasses of chocolate cake shot recipe surrounded by lemons and a bottle of Hazelnut liqueur

How to Pick Ripe Lemons

Look for a lemon with glossy skin, a bright yellow hue, and no wrinkled or squishy areas or blemishes.

Garnishing

While the shot doesn’t require a garnish itself, sucking on a sugary lemon after taking it is an important part of the flavor experience. Simply sprinkle sugar on a slice or lemon or dip the lemon in a shallow plate that has sugar on it. You could also rim the shot glass with sugar (swipe the slice of lemon around the rim of the glass first so the sugar sticks) and serve the slice of lemon plain.

four shot glasses of chocolate cake shot recipe surrounded by lemons and a bottle of Hazelnut liqueur
shot glasses of chocolate cake shots with slices of lemon
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Chocolate Cake Shot

Serves: 1 shot
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 4 minutes
Total: 4 minutes
Made with two types of liquor and served with a lemon wedge, this delicious Chocolate Cake Shot is a treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Frangelico liqueurs hazelnut liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce Vodka
  • lemon wedge sprinkled with sugar

Instructions

  • Pour the Frangelico and vodka into a shot glass.
  • Stir.
  • Drink it and then suck on the lemon, enjoy!
Author: Nathan Longley
Course: Drinks
shot glasses of chocolate cake shots with slices of lemon

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Nathan Longley has been his wife’s personal bar tender for as long as he can remember. While he most often enjoys a cold beer, he is known to love our vodka gimlet.

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