Drink & Dish: Boozy Birthday Cake Shake

Today I’m another year older. I sure as heck don’t feel any older – in fact, I still feel like I’m 18.  I’ve officially been an “adult” for 10 years, where the heck does the time go?!?

I do miss things like recess and that lovely 3 month summer vacation from school, but being a grown up isn’t all that bad and has it’s perks – I can stay up as late as I want and refuse to do chores when I don’t feel like it. And drink adult beverages. Really delicious alcoholic beverages like this Boozy Birthday Cake Shake!

Boozy Birthday Cake Shake | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

We start this puppy off with none other than cake flavored vodka – there’s a ton of brands that make it now so just pick your fav (or try a new one!). Then we add some amaretto for a little depth and hint of almond flavor. That takes care of the booze.

Next up we have our ice cream – just plain vanilla will work here, or if you’re feeling fancy you can use a cake flavored ice cream (like this homemade no cake mix version I shared yesterday) or you could even use some cake batter frozen yogurt.

Boozy Birthday Cake Shake | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

And then we’ve got the cake mix. I’ve made this a couple different ways so you have some options. You could use some store bought cake mix  – or you could use a homemade cake mix blend (like this homemade funfetti cake mix that Ari made) and add in a splash of butter flavoring/extract (about 1/2 tsp).

After we blend it all up we stir in some sprinkles. In my world sprinkles aren’t really “optional” but if you’re not a fan I guess you could skip it. While drinking my shake I noticed that the sprinkles will slowly start to sink to the bottom, so be sure to use a thick straw to make sure you don’t leave any of those guys behind. And no shake would be complete without a swirl of whipped cream and a generous handful of sprinkles on top.

Boozy Birthday Cake Shake | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

To celebrate my birthday (okay so Lance’s and Ari’s husband Steve’s birthdays too..) we did a special episode of Drink & Dish all about Funfetti:

You can get Ari’s Funfetti cake mix recipe over on her blog!

Boozy Birthday Cake Shake | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

Drink & Dish: Boozy Birthday Cake Shake
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Total time
Serves: 4 small or 2 large shakes
  • 3 cups vanilla or cake batter ice cream
  • 1 cup ice
  • 3 shots cake flavored vodka
  • 1 shot amaretto
  • 2 tbsp cake mix
  • ¼ cup sprinkles (Jimmies work best), plus more to garnish
  • Whipped cream
  1. In a blender combine ice cream, ice, cake flavored vodka, amaretto and cake mix. Blend until smooth and well combined. Using a spoon or spatulas, stir in sprinkles.
  2. Pour shakes into serving glasses, top with whipped cream and garnish with additional sprinkles.

If you’re looking for more Funfetti goodness, I have a few other recipes up my sleeve..

This Homemade Funfetti Ice Cream is made with no cake mix! Just a few simple ingredients.

Funfetti Ice Cream {without cake mix!} | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

Looking for a crowd pleasing dip? This Funfetti Cake Batter Dip takes 4 ingredients and just minutes to prepare.

Cake Batter Dip | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

Obsession with Oreo’s and funfetti cake? Yeah, me too. Try this Birthday Cake Oreo Bark I made last year for my birthday.

Birthday Cake Oreo Bark | The Marvelous Misadventures of Foodie

Love froyo like it’s nobody’s business? This {low fat} 3 ingredient Birthday Cake Frozen Yogurt is the perfect answer to your cravings.

Birthday Cake Frozen Yogurt | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie


  1. Heather says

    Happy birthday Nicole! Have a great day, and that shake looks delicious! I’ve been wanting to try that cake batter dip for a while, thanks for the reminder on it!

  2. says

    This shake is my second favorite!!! Move over side car. The drinks now go whiskey drink (obviously), THIS ONE, side car, then the next episode’s drink is after that on the list. I LOVE YOU and I’m so glad you were born–can’t imagine my life without you!!
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    • says

      Thanks for your sweet words Ari!! And thanks for the tea and brownies this morning! I totally ate one when I got home and it was delicious! :) I don’t wanna share!

    • says

      Thanks Katy! I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like birthday cake – but likes cake flavored things! :)

    • says

      Thank you Hayley!! You’re so sweet! And you’d better believe it’s a good one – sprinkles make everything fantastic :)

    • says

      Thanks Sarah Jane! We are starting to get the hang of this video thing – they are so much fun to make :)

    • says

      Thank you Dorothy!! And I love that you called it “drunk funfetti” haha! I think that sums it up perfectly

    • says

      Thanks for the Birthday wishes Ashley! I think boozy shakes might be my new favorite ;)

  3. Lindsay @ the skipping pixie says

    Happy Birthday!!!!

    • says

      Thanks Lindsay! PS – I owe you an email about Europe :)

    • says

      Thank you for your sweet birthday wishes Sally! I wish it was socially acceptable to drink one of these for breakfast ;) Sprinkles seem like a wonderful way to start the day


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