The Speckled Palate
June 8, 2016

Funfettini Birthday Cake Martini

Instead of baking a cake, shake up a round of Funfettini Birthday Cake Martinis to celebrate any birthday in style! This delicious twist on a birthday cake shot is made with vodka, hazelnut liquor, creme de cocoa, lemon juice and club soda. The rainbow nonpareils garnish takes this drink from regular cake to funfetti goodness. Funfettinis make the perfect dessert cocktail for any sort of revelry, including The Speckled Palate’s Fifth Birthday!

Instead of baking a cake, shake up a round of Funfettini Birthday Cake Martinis to celebrate any birthday in style! This delicious twist on a birthday cake shot is made with vodka, hazelnut liquor, creme de cocoa, lemon juice and club soda. The rainbow nonpareils garnish takes this drink from regular cake to funfetti goodness. Funfettinis make the perfect dessert cocktail for any sort of revelry, including The Speckled Palate's Fifth Birthday!

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I’ve found that people fall on one side of the fence or the other whenever it comes to funfetti-flavored anything: They either love it, or they loathe it.

It should come as no surprise that I’m a big fan of funfetti.

My love of funfetti goes back to my college days. For whatever reason, my friends and I were obsessed. Funfetti cake? Done. Funfetti cupcakes? Oh yeah. Funfetti cookies, made from the boxed mix using DIET SPRITE? Mmmhmm.

We ate every rendition we could find. We loved it all. And for good reason — it’s freaking delicious!

And even though I’ve been out of college for eight years — admitting that makes me feel super old! — I’m still a huge funfetti fan. How could I not be?

Instead of baking a cake, shake up a round of Funfettini Birthday Cake Martinis to celebrate any birthday in style! This delicious twist on a birthday cake shot is made with vodka, hazelnut liquor, creme de cocoa, lemon juice and club soda. The rainbow nonpareils garnish takes this drink from regular cake to funfetti goodness. Funfettinis make the perfect dessert cocktail for any sort of revelry, including The Speckled Palate's Fifth Birthday!

When I was planning The Speckled Palate’s Fifth Birthday Celebration, I thought it might be fun to make something using funfetti.

Originally, I wanted to bake The Speckled Palate a birthday cake… then realized that I’ve never shared a cake recipe on this blog before (this is the closest that I got)… and then wondered if it would be more fitting to make a birthday cocktail instead.

Because while The Speckled Palate is not quite the legal (human) drinking age, it’s pretty boozy. And y’all seem to enjoy the cocktail recipes as much as I do.

Instead of baking a cake, shake up a round of Funfettini Birthday Cake Martinis to celebrate any birthday in style! This delicious twist on a birthday cake shot is made with vodka, hazelnut liquor, creme de cocoa, lemon juice and club soda. The rainbow nonpareils garnish takes this drink from regular cake to funfetti goodness. Funfettinis make the perfect dessert cocktail for any sort of revelry, including The Speckled Palate's Fifth Birthday!

So I continued brainstorming.

I wondered if I could make a Funfetti Martini… or a Funfettini. Because combined words like this are SO MUCH FUN! And usually yield delicious results.

We tried several iterations and recipes that featured various liquors and measurements during these last few weeks. And this one? It was the last we tried, and it’s darn good.

Instead of baking a cake, shake up a round of Funfettini Birthday Cake Martinis to celebrate any birthday in style! This delicious twist on a birthday cake shot is made with vodka, hazelnut liquor, creme de cocoa, lemon juice and club soda. The rainbow nonpareils garnish takes this drink from regular cake to funfetti goodness. Funfettinis make the perfect dessert cocktail for any sort of revelry, including The Speckled Palate's Fifth Birthday!

This cocktail is so simple to shake up once you have the right ingredients.

All you need is vodka, hazelnut liquor, creme de cocoa, fresh lemon juice and club soda.

Oh, and rainbow nonpareils. Because they add the funfetti to this birthday cake martini and make the perfect garnish for the rim of your glass. Just be aware that the colors WILL bleed into your drink if you’re not careful when pouring and accidentally get them wet.

Shake up Funfettini Birthday Cake Martinis to celebrate any birthday in style! Funfettinis make the perfect dessert cocktail for any sort of revelry!

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All right! Now who’s ready for an exciting birthday giveaway?!

Here’s a little hint as to what I’m giving away just below…

One of the most asked about things in my comments are about glassware used in my photographs. Specifically, those old fashioned glasses above. (I know. They’re totally swoonworthy. And I use them for everything because they are so stunning.)

So to celebrate The Speckled Palate’s Fifth Birthday, I’m giving away FOUR of those gorgeous Glimmer-Wrapped Old Fashioned Glasses to a lucky U.S.-based readers, which retails at $64!

Here’s the breakdown on the giveaway rules:

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  2. The giveaway is open until Thurs., June 30, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. CST. One winner will be chosen at random and e-mailed within 48 hours. Winners must claim prize within 48 hours of initial contact.
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Shake up Funfettini Birthday Cake Martinis to celebrate any birthday in style! Funfettinis make the perfect dessert cocktail for any sort of revelry!

Here’s how I made ’em:

Shake up Funfettini Birthday Cake Martinis to celebrate any birthday in style! Funfettinis make the perfect dessert cocktail for any sort of revelry!
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Funfettini

Instead of baking a cake, shake up a round of Funfettini Birthday Cake Martinis to celebrate any birthday in style! This delicious twist on a birthday cake shot is made with vodka, hazelnut liquor, creme de cocoa, lemon juice and club soda. The rainbow nonpareils garnish takes this drink from regular cake to funfetti goodness. Funfettinis make the perfect dessert cocktail for any sort of revelry, including The Speckled Palate's Fifth Birthday!
Course Cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz . vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz . hazelnut liquor
  • 3/4 oz . white creme de cocoa
  • 1/2 oz . lemon juice
  • 2 oz . club soda
  • Lemon wedge + rainbow nonpareils for the rim of glasses

Instructions

  1. Pour the rainbow nonpareils onto a dessert (or regular size) plate. Circle the rim of the martini glasse with the lemon wedge, then dip the glasse onto the nonpariels until the rim is coated.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  3. Pour in the vodka, hazelnut liquor, white creme de cocoa and lemon juice.
  4. Shake until chilled and mixed.
  5. Carefully pour the drink into the martini glass.
  6. Top with club soda.
  7. Enjoy immediately.

In celebration of The Speckled Palate's Fifth Birthday, we are giving away FOUR Glimmer-Wrapped Old Fashioned Glasses to one of my lucky U.S.-based readers! Visit the post to enter the exciting #giveaway.

How do you feel about Funfetti?

If you win these glasses, what is the first cocktail you’ll make?

67 Comments

  1. grace

    i would make the whitest and most russian white russian ever.

    • Erin

      Confession: I’ve never even TRIED a White Russian. Clearly, I need to get my act together and give it a go!

  2. Carlee

    Is it bad that the first thing I’d put in them would be a cute dessert?! Followed by something fruity and refreshing of course.

    • Erin

      NO WAY! I’ve totally used them as a dessert container, too. 🙂 As well as a glass for a fruity, refreshing drink.

  3. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Whiskey or Amaretto Sours! Or any girly drink now that I think of it… Lol. My sister is big on the birthday cake desserts/drinks so she is so getting this!

    • Erin

      YUM! Amaretto Sours were my absolutely favorite in college. I haven’t drank one in ages. I should probably give a homemade rendition of the cocktail a go, huh?

      I hope your sister enjoys her Funfettini birthday drink!

  4. Des @ Life's Ambrosia

    We love funfetti! These cocktails are all kinds of genius! My husband is a huge old fashioned fan so I’m guessing thats what these glasses would hold first 🙂

    • Erin

      Thank you, Dee! I’m glad y’all love funfetti, as well. And since these are old fashioned glasses, a classic old fashioned would be perfect for ’em!

  5. Melissa

    An old-fashioned, of course! But mine will be made with a splash of maple syrup instead of sugar or simple syrup. Because maple syrup.

    • Erin

      Of course! And I love the sound of maple syrup in an old fashioned. I’ve never done this, and I’m making note of it because holy cow, that sounds delightful!

  6. Meegan

    I would make a Black Russian! I love White Russians but like to avoid the cream as much as I can. 🙂

    • Erin

      What is a Black Russian, Meegan? I’ve never heard of it, and since I try to avoid cream/dairy (and spectacularly fail most days), I could get behind this drink!

  7. Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery

    My husband would kill me if I brought home any more glassware, so I’m not entering to win — but just wanted to wish you a very happy blogiversary!

    • Erin

      My husband may or may not roll his eyes whenever I bring home more glassware. I meaaaaaan… it’s part of the job, right? And thank you so much for the well wishes!

  8. Julia Mueller

    Happy 5th bday to The Speckled Palate! I love the new look of your site – its so pretty! Loving these gorgeous funfettinis…I want one right this second!

    • Erin

      Thank you so much, Julia! It’s hard to believe it has been FIVE years! And I wish I could send you a Funfettini through the internet because they’re QUITE good, and you should totally have one.

  9. Meg @ With Salt and Wit

    I think everyone needs to have this to celebrate their birthday!

    • Erin

      I totally agree, Meg!

  10. Heather S

    I would make a grapefruit and ginger sparkler!

    • Erin

      Sounds delicious, Heather!

  11. Annette

    I’ll definitely be making this recipe, whether I win or not. It looks delicious!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Annette! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 🙂

  12. Danielle Sauers

    Those glasses are gorgeous! I’m simple, I’d pour a few fingers of scotch, neat.

    • Erin

      We love these glasses, Danielle. And your scotch sounds perfect for them.

  13. Kim Pincombe-Cole

    These would be great for whiskey sours, vodka cranberries, or honey bourbon over ice!

    • Erin

      YUM! All three of those drinks sound divine, Kim.

  14. Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    Thank you for the opportunity to win those glasses. They’re absolutely spectacular!!!
    I also love this funfetti martini. What’s not to love about funfetti? As far as I’m concerned, the more colorful, the better. I’ll take two, please 🙂

    • Erin

      You’re welcome, Renee! These glasses are the most asked-about thing on my blog, and I figured it would be fitting to give one of my favorite things away to a reader for TSP’s birthday.

      Agreed on the more colorful, the better. You can’t beat funfetti. And I’ll send two of these Funfettinis right over!

  15. Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog

    OOO, I will definitely be making these for my birthday next month!

    • Erin

      YES! You totally should! I hope they’re the perfect birthday dessert cocktail for you.

  16. DJ

    I would make a Lemon Mojito.

    • Erin

      I’ve never made one of those, but a Lemon Mojito sounds delish!

  17. Jacky

    I’d make a dark and stormy!

    • Erin

      So many good drink suggestions here. And I’m lovin’ that you would make a Dark and Stormy, Jacky. It’s been too long since I sipped one of those.

  18. Cooking with Crystal

    What a fun idea and a cute twist! This would be so cute for parties!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Crystal! I can imagine these would be a hit at any party if your guests are into funfetti and/or cake. 🙂

  19. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    Love the sprinkles on the side, what a fun drink!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Erin! It took me a little while to get those sprinkles right, but they were worth the tinkering to make this drink extra fun and colorful.

  20. Jennifer Essad

    I’d make “whiskey sours” not forgetting a slice of orange

    • Erin

      Whiskey sours with orange are so tasty! Nice choice.

  21. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen

    Love this cocktail Erin! And those nonpareils on the rim? So adorable! Happy blogiversary!

    • Erin

      Thank you so much, Mary Ann!

  22. Jillian Too

    I’d definitely use them for Lemon Drops first.

    • Erin

      Good call. You can’t beat a good Lemon Drop!

  23. Kristen

    Even though it’s not the traditional copper…I’d make Moscow Mules….so refreshing in the summertime!

    • Erin

      I love a Moscow Mule year round because they’re so refreshing. A different and oh-so-delicious choice for this glass.

  24. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

    Okay well FIRST OF ALL 5 years is awesome. YAAAAAAAAY! And second — of course I’d make these Birthday Cake martinis because duh. Tuesday weas my birthday and I like sprinkles. Third though — no cake!? We need to solve this ASAP.

    • Erin

      Thank you, Heather! I cannot believe it’s been FIVE YEARS. That’s a long time. 😉

      You should totally make yourself these martinis as a birthday weekend drink. Because sprinkles make everything better. And I know. I need to solve the cake issue. It’s on my list. Maybe you can provide one, and I’ll make drinks so we can properly celebrate both birthdays?

  25. Ashley Bree Perez

    I would make some black iced tea (:

  26. Tee A

    A greyhound! yum grapefruit juice.

    • Erin

      Sounds delicious!

  27. Julie Waldron

    The first thing I would make is Lemonade mixed with Iced Tea, AKA and Arnold Palmer.

  28. Tina W

    I would make some Pomegranate Cosmos.

  29. Brandy Monday

    I think these would work great as a cute pudding cup, which is what my kids would want lol but I personally would love a martini!

  30. Annamarie V

    My Husband loves to drink Manhattan’s so that is the first drink we would make.

  31. Alison Gibb

    If I am the lucky winner, the first drink I will make is a Gran Gold Margarita with a salted rim. Yum!

  32. Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

    Mojitos are always my go to! These funfettini cocktails look so delicious too!

  33. Michelle Faile

    SANGRIA!

  34. Saundra McKenzie

    We don’t drink alcohol so I think ice cream would be great in these.

  35. elicia p

    my blueberry lemonade (blueberry stoli with fresh lemonade sugar rimmed of course!)

  36. Christa Bengtsson

    My husband loves Sangria so that will be the first thing we make with these 🙂

  37. Jennifer Bay

    I would try out the Funfetti Martini, it looks great!

  38. Jamie Martin

    Gin & tonic.

  39. Lisa W

    I will make a banana caramel vodka with pineapple. (my concoction)

  40. Ashley C

    I would make our weekend breakfast smoothies and put them in these! It would feel oh so fancy!

  41. tammy shelton

    I’m craving a margarita.

  42. Angela Saver

    My first drink in these would be pina coladas! Thanks for the chance at this!

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