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Sparkling Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Martini ~ #HolidayFoodParty

It’s time for another Holiday Food Blog Party. Fourth of July is right around the corner, and we’re here to help you plan your celebratory menu. I made a delicious and summery sparkling pineapple upside-down cake martini.

Bust out the red, white, and blue. Get your sparklers ready. Start your grills. And set up the corn hole tables, because it’s time to party!

I know I say this a lot, but I believe it to be true: you can’t have a party without a cocktail. Am I right?

This cocktail was born from a desperate attempt to create something on the fly after a particularly hard day at work. I hadn’t been to the grocery lately, so I had to get creative with the very little resources I had stocked in my pantry. Lucky for me, I was gifted a bottle of cake vodka for my graduation. Every single person bought me a bottle of booze. What does that say about me?

Ahem, lush!

Vodka–check! Hmm, I could drink it straight up, but that’s not my style. I’m more of a shake and stir kind of gal. Oooh, I know. I think I have a can of pineapples in my pantry. Score!

Click. Dump. What else? Believe it or not, I just made this vanilla coffee syrup (how lucky).


Sip. Yup, it’s good, but it needs something else… Bubbles!

And that’s how this cocktail was born.

Sparkling Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini ~

This may have been a last minute cocktail, but it’s one of the tastiest cocktails I’ve ever created. The homemade vanilla coffee syrup boosted the vanilla flavor of the cake vodka I used–so good!

Sparkling Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini |

I added a dash of maraschino cherry juice to give it that classic upside down cake flavor. Oh, does it taste just like the real deal. Summer in a glass! Enjoy.

Check out the other Fourth of July recipes:

July4 Collage 3

1. Berry Cheesecake Crumb Tart from Hungry Couple NYC
2. California Burgers from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
3. 4th of July Ice Cream Cones from Roxana’s Home Baking
4. Red, White & Blueberry Parfaits from Cravings of a Lunatic
5. Red, White & Blue Deviled Eggs from Created by Diane
6. Summer Berry Pizza from Magnolia Days
7. Sparkling Pineapple Cake Martini from The Messy Baker
8. Red, White & Bleu Mac ‘N Cheese from Juanita’s Cocina
9. Red, White & Blue Vanilla Bean Spritzers from Pineapple and Coconut
10. Red, White & Blue S’mores Pies from Big Bears Wife
11. Lemon Raspberry Sugarless Cookies from What Smells so Good
12. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Squares from Chocolate Moosey
13. Berry Trifle from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
14. Watermelon Mojito Ice Pops from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Sparkling Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini
Recipe Type: cocktail
Author: Jennie
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
  • 1 ounce cake vodka
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
  • squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • club soda
  • ice
  1. In a shaker, add vodka, pineapple juice, vanilla syrup, maraschino cherry juice, and lime juice. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  2. Pour over ice and add club soda to taste. Garnish with maraschino cherries, lime, and a slice of pineapple.


32 Responses to “Sparkling Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Martini ~ #HolidayFoodParty”

  1. #
    Liz — June 27, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I need to score some cake vodka! These cocktails look outrageously delicious, Jennie!!!!


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    Anita at Hungry Couple — June 27, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I love those flavored vodkas! And I frequently pour cherry juice into my drinks. :) Yum, yum…


  3. #
    Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes — June 27, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Oh my goodness, so pretty!
    I’ve been wanting to try the cake vodka and you might have just convinced me to do so! Seriously these look so yum!


  4. #
    Jen @JuanitasCocina — June 27, 2013 at 9:28 am

    You are the cocktail queen!!! Linda wants me to make these immediately!


  5. #
    Renee — June 27, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I can see I’ll be heading to the liquor store soon to pick up some cake vodka. What a fun cocktail!!


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    [email protected] pineapple and coconut — June 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

    You KNOW I love these!!! I have made pineapple upside down cake martinis before with pineapple juice, cake vodka and a splash of dark rum. I need to try your version asap!!


  7. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Wow, what a great idea for a cocktail! This looks so refreshing and perfect for beating the Texas heat!


  8. #
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — June 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Jennie, you are a freaking genius! This is why we’re friends – every time I have a hard day at work (hmmm…that seems to be every day lately) I drink when I get home. Sometimes it’s my dinner. I know you won’t judge, from one lush to another. I need to get some cake vodka asap.


  9. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — June 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Cake vodka?? What?? This martini has to happen!


  10. #
    Susan — June 27, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I’m not normally a flavored vodka person, but I’m really really curious about this cake flavored one. What does it taste like? Also this looks amazing.


  11. #
    shannon — June 28, 2013 at 7:48 am

    for the record, it’s always going to be funny when you tell me to set up my corn hole table. i only say that because i KNOW what that is, but i like to have involuntary 10-year-old reactions to things. :)
    i love the color (and obviously, hi, the flavors) in this cocktail! it’s so beautiful….like so, so summer. I’m feeling it. Probably the perfect vacation/sitting on the deck/by the pool drink.


  12. #
    movita beaucoup — June 28, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Oh. My. Gawd. This sounds amazing. Anything with SYRUP has gotta be good. (And by syrup I mean actual syrup. But also, alcohol.)


  13. #
    [email protected] — June 28, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I’m ready to chink chink our glasses together!


  14. #
    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — June 28, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Gorgeous photo, Jennie!


  15. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — June 28, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    YES! Pass me a glass or two!!


  16. #
    Kim Bee — June 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    They had cake vodka at a conference one time. Everyone loved it. I can’t partake for health reasons but I always wondered how awesome it was. Now this I could make sans alcohol and be a happy girl. It’s so pretty and the flavours are wonderful together.


  17. #
    Carla — June 29, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I remember in college, I tried a shot called pineapple upside down cake. Don’t ask me what was in it. I just know it tasted exactly like the cake, so I know I would like this cocktail as well!


  18. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 30, 2013 at 1:16 am

    You and I really need to have a happy hour party one day! :)


  19. #
    Laura Dembowski — June 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    All holidays deserve a great cocktail like this! The color is so pretty!


    • Jennie replied July 1st, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Thanks, Laura! It’s so good.


  20. #
    Dawn Lombardo — July 4, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I’m making this today.. I’m so excited!!


  21. #
    Dawn Lombardo — July 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    This was DELICOUS!! I LOVED IT!!


  22. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Jennie, this cocktail is incredible! I’ve never made a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Cocktail before–let along a sparkling one. You are a mixology genius! So impressed. Love all those flavors! Sorry I am late to the party here. Trying to catch up on major blog love and hope to make it up to those I missed earlier! Hope your Fourth of July was a bash! Thanks for sharing, girl! Pinning! xo



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