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Funfetti Birthday Cake Pudding Shots (Alcoholic Pudding Shots)

These fun & festive funfetti birthday cake pudding shots are heavenly little cups of alcohol-infused pudding that are sure to make your special day extra memorable. They’re a cool & creamy adults-only treat that’s ideal for celebrating a milestone birthday (or ANY birthday 21+)…

birthday cake pudding shots topped with funfetti sprinkles

Birthday Cake Pudding Shots

Happy Birthday!!! To me, that is… But chances are if you’re reading this post at any time after today, it’s because you’re getting ready to celebrate a birthday. So Happy Birthday to YOU, too!

And what better way to celebrate a milestone birthday (or ANY birthday 21+) than a birthday cake shot?! Yep, I’m back with a new variety of pudding shots for you all — delicious birthday cake pudding shots!!! And they are SO fun and festive, thanks to a sprinkling of colorful funfetti rainbow nonpareils…

Yeah, yeah, I know I usually keep my pudding shots a little more basic. But birthdays naturally call for something a little more FUN and lively! So let’s get to it.


birthday cake shot ingredients for making birthday cake pudding shots

Birthday Cake Shots Recipe Ingredients

You may have already noticed, but my pudding shot recipes generally follow a loose recipe: a creamy liqueur + a flavored vodka + Jell-O instant pudding + Cool Whip whipped topping + milk. From there, I mix and match different flavors to come up with the best pudding shots for a given recipe idea, occasionally adding an extra ingredient or two as necessary.

And this birthday cake shots recipe is no exception. Here’s what you’ll want to pick up:

A few nice-to-have items to consider are:

birthday cake shots recipe mix in a large glass bowl

* A quick note on my choice of cream liqueur: Bailey’s Almande can be a bit difficult to track down. Though their website said it can’t be found here in Ohio, I did spot it at my local Meijer. I recommend calling around to a few stores to save time — it’s definitely worth tracking down if you can!

If you’re having trouble locating it, I recommend substituting either Chila ‘Orchata or RumChata in that order. Only because RumChata is a little more cinnamon forward than Chila ‘Orchata, which has a more pronounced vanilla taste that ties in with the birthday cake flavor we’re after.

However, if you love RumChata, you need to try these RumChata shots STAT!!!

birthday cake vodka pudding shots scooped into condiment cups

How To Make Birthday Pudding Shots

Making these birthday cake vodka pudding shots is ever so much easier than whipping up an actual birthday cake! Start by whisking together the 2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding and 1/2 cup of the yellow cake mix. Then whisk in the Bailey’s Almande and milk, and finally stir in the cake vodka.

From here it’s all about the folding… Fold in the Cool Whip until well combined — but don’t overdo it. We want the birthday cake pudding shot mix to remain fluffy. I like to use one of these spoonula spatulas for this purpose, because it makes it easy to scrape the bottom and get every last bit mixed in. I’d say it’s actually the most used spatula in my kitchen — well worth the money!

Once everything is mixed up well, it’s time to portion out the birthday cake pudding shots into these little pudding shot cups. This is where that medium cookie scoop I mentioned comes in. It’s the perfect size for portioning out pudding shots! One big scoop, plus a little extra dab on top, is just enough to fill the cup while still leaving some room for expansion when we freeze the shots…

pudding shots birthday cake flavor ready to freeze

Best Way To Serve Birthday Cake Pudding Shots

Wait, can you freeze pudding shots? Yes, it’s actually my preferred way to serve them. But they also keep well in the refrigerator, or you can serve them freshly made. It’s all good!

In any case, if you’re planning to top these birthday cake pudding shots with sprinkles, you can add them before placing the lids on the shots or right before serving so the colors don’t run together. Which is why I decided against adding the sprinkles to the pudding shot mix — the colors all bleed throughout the mix and it’s just not pretty.

birthday cake pudding shots recipe with pink birthday candles

You can also go full-on birthday mode with some Reddi-wip and candles on top! But I recommend this route ONLY if you’re serving these birthday pudding shots immediately, because the whipped cream starts to break down very quickly. Of course they’ll still taste good — they just won’t look as nice for very long.


birthday cake pudding shot recipe with funfetti sprinkles on top

Birthday Cake Pudding Shots (Alcoholic Pudding Shots)

Yield: 50 pudding shots
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

These fun & festive funfetti birthday cake pudding shots are heavenly little cups of alcohol-infused pudding that are sure to make your special day extra memorable. They're a cool & creamy treat that's ideal for celebrating a milestone birthday (or ANY birthday 21+)...



  1. Whisk together the pudding mix and cake mix. Whisk in the milk and Baileys Almande.
  2. Stir the vodka into the pudding mixture.
  3. Fold in the Cool Whip until well combined.
  4. Spoon the mix into 2-oz. plastic cups with lids with a medium cookie scoop, leaving some room for expansion. Sprinkle rainbow nonpareils on top, and cover with the lids.
  5. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to serve.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 50 Serving Size: 1 pudding shot
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

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birthday pudding shots in condiment cups topped with rainbow sprinkles

I hope this yummy birthday cake shot recipe makes your special day extra memorable… Below are a few FAQs that I’m often asked. Party on!

How long are pudding shots good for in the fridge?

Um, well, I’ve never exactly tested this — because I’ve honestly never had leftovers, LOL. My estimate is that they’ll keep well for about a week in the fridge and for up to 3 months in the freezer.

How long does it take pudding shots to set?

Since my pudding shots recipes use Cool Whip in the base, there’s really no need to let the pudding shots set up before serving. They can be served immediately, after refrigerating, or after freezing.

Can you freeze pudding shots?

As we already established, yes, you can freeze pudding shots. In fact, it’s my favorite way to serve them! And it makes it super easy to transport them to parties — just throw them in a cooler filled with ice and you’re good for the night.

If you like this birthday cake shots recipe, I’m certain you’ll also LOVE these other pudding shot recipes:

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Thursday 23rd of September 2021

Hi! I can’t find the pinnacle cake vodka anywhere, what kind can I use instead? Does the pinnacle whipped cream taste the same or should I do something different?

Tara Kuczykowski

Thursday 23rd of September 2021

Hi Sam! Wonder if it's because that alcohol shortage I've been reading about lately... :( I think the Pinnacle Whipped or Vanilla would both be good substitutes!


Friday 20th of August 2021

I only purchased the cake vodka no Baileys. Do I have to use a cream liquor can I just add more cake vodka instead?

Tara Kuczykowski

Friday 20th of August 2021

Hi Kayla! I've never made them without the Bailey's, but I suspect that the pudding needs some milk/cream to help it set up. If you don't want to make another trip for Bailey's, I'd suggest replacing it with half milk and half vodka. Again, I've not tried this, though, and it will likely change the flavor somewhat.


Wednesday 6th of January 2021

Hi! Could I substitute normal baileys for the almondmilk baileys? I called around to a few different liquor stores and none of them have it!

Tara Kuczykowski

Thursday 7th of January 2021

Hi Madelin -- yes, you can absolutely substitute regular Bailey's if you can't find it. They will still be delicious. Enjoy!


Tuesday 25th of February 2020

I love everything funfetti with sprinkles so these are the cutest!


Tuesday 25th of February 2020

These were such a fun idea and so easy to pull together!

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