Italian Cream Cake Martini inspired by my favorite dessert cake! - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Italian Cream Cake Martini inspired by my favorite dessert cake! – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

I shared my favorite cookie with you a few weeks ago when National Oatmeal Cookie Day graced the calendar. Today I’m sharing my all-time favorite cake with you; Italian Cream Cake. There isn’t a holiday for it that I know of. But, my birthday is tomorrow, May 14. If I’m not blowing candles out from a stack of Oatmeal Cookies, it’s usually from a homemade Italian Cream Cake.

Italian Cream Cake Martini is inspired by the Italian Cream Cake recipe for a Happy Birthday cocktail
My Happy Birthday Cocktail! – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

I rarely see this particular cake in many bakeries. When I do, it’s usually some sort of mix without all the bells and whistles. I like my cake with all the bells and whistles if you know what I mean. I want my Italian Cream Cake dense and full of shredded coconut, not just coconut flavoring. There should be walnut chunks packed in there. And I like this particular cake served ice cold. Cream cheese icing with shredded coconut and more nuts sprinkled in there, too. That sounds pretty picky, I know. But I rarely eat desserts. I figure if I’m going to eat it, I want to thoroughly enjoy it.

Italian Cream Cake Martini Recipe

This year I nixed actual cookies or cake from the birthday plan. But I still wanted to enjoy a little dessert decadence. Just as the Oatmeal Cookie gets its shot at cocktail heaven, the Italian Cream Cake receives its place in cocktail glory.

Italian Cream Cake Martini – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Vanilla Vodka

3/4 ounce Malibu Coconut Rum

1/4 ounce Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

1 ounce Cranberry Juice

3/4 ounce Pineapple Juice

Maraschino Cherry & Lime Peel Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry and lime peel.

I did think about using Praline Pecan Liqueur or a walnut liqueur for more authentic flavor since Italian Cream Cake recipes usually call for pecans or walnuts. Hazelnut liqueur is a bit easier to find making this recipe accessible for more people. The flavor works perfectly. There is nice cake batter flavor with the Vanilla vodka. It blends wonderfully with the coconut rum for the coconut flavor I love so much in the original cake recipe. Nut and pineapple flavors round out the cocktail just right. Dessert in a glass. Gotta love it!

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Happy Birthday Italian Cream Cake Martini & Giveaway

18 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Italian Cream Cake Martini & Giveaway

  • May 13, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I like Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies

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  • May 14, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Homemade chocolate chip cookies are my fave.

  • May 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    My fave birthday treat is tiramisu!

  • May 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I like red devil’s food cake.

    Happy Birthday!

    I’m also a may baby. My birthday is at the end of the month.

  • May 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I love chocolate cake and a big glass of milk

  • May 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    red velvet cake – yum!

  • May 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    coffee cake!

  • May 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    chocolate chip cookies

  • May 29, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    love shirley temples!

  • June 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Blueberry Cheesecake Martini

    anyone want the recipe?

  • June 4, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Hi Liam. I would be happy for you to share the recipe! Add the recipe in comments. Thank you. ~ Cheri

  • June 13, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Brownies are another favorite in my house. Everyone loves the corner pieces. ~ Cheri

  • June 13, 2013 at 8:38 am

    My daughter loves homemade chocolate chip cookies. She loves the traditional Nestle recipe. I think I like the cookie dough more than the cookies baked though. ~ Cheri

  • June 13, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Oh, gosh! Martina, I haven’t had Tiramisu in forever. Now I’m going to have to try it again. Yum! ~ Cheri

  • June 13, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Piping hot coffee cake is the best for breakfast! I love it! ~ Cheri

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