Taste Test: White Cake Vodka

Hello again everyone! January is my birth month, as well as the birth month of The Lush Life! In celebration, our taste test this month is…….

Cake Flavored Vodka!

Mmmmm….cake!

I didn’t know this, but apparently there are multiple varieties of cake flavored vodka – chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, etc. White cake is the classic (plus it’s my fav!), so that will be the basis of our taste test.

Competing in the taste test today, we have:

Pinnacle Cake

Will Pinnacle be….the pinnacle? Sorry, I’m done now.

Sminoff White Cake

Smirnoff White Cake

UV Cake

UV Cake

For those unfamiliar with Taste Test, <LINK> the competing spirits are poured into three tasting glasses – all appropriately labeled 1, 2, and 3 – as seen below. Aren’t they adorable?! Be sure to check out how to make your own painted glassware here (it’s SUPER easy!).

It’s a mystery to me which is which. After tasting all three, I will pick my personal favorite to be revealed to all!

I’m ready to get this party started – without further ado, let’s start with #1:

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#2

#3

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I know – you must be wondering, “But Anna, what drinks can you use cake flavored vodka for?” Thankfully, we’ve got you covered!

White Cake vodka is used in a wonderful shot called Pineapple Upside Down Cake. The shot can also be made as a drink for the real cake lovers!

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Be sure to check out our recipe for Pineapple Upside Cake Shot here<LINK>.

I will also be using cake vodka in an upcoming recipe – Vodka Cake Pops – so stay tuned! Subscribe or follow us on Facebook to get notified of any new posts.

Thank you again for joining us for Taste Test! Check out other Taste Test articles<LINK> for other head-to-head tastings of everyone’s favorite – booze!

Featured: Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Drink or Shot!)

You ever have a shot called something like like strawberry cheesecake, salted pretzel, green apple, etc and end up disappointed by how off the flavor is after you’re done?

Not with this one. The shot tastes EXACTLY like delicious Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Growing up, I loved when dad made pineapple upside down cake – definitely an all time fav and this shot brings the F-L-A-V-O-R.

As an added bonus, it can be made into an equally delightful drink.

Plus look at how beautiful it is!

I love the look of a layered shot in a tall shot glass, don’t you?

It looks just as beautiful as a drink, too! I’m a totally sucker for the perfect garnish. (Disclaimer – I was out of them when i made these drinks – but I will feature them soon!!!) I found these Filthy Red Maraschino Cherries at a local liquor store and they are AMAZING.

According to the Amazon product description, they are “…the Tiki Cocktail garnish choice of some of the best bars in the world. ” – I believe it!

Enough fawning over pretty drinks and delicious garnishes – on to the recipe!

Materials for Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Drink/Shot)

  • 3/4 oz (1 part for drink) of Vanilla Cake Vodka (we featured a taste test of 3 different vanilla cake vodkas this month – check it out and see our fav here!<LINK>)
  • 3/4 oz for shot (1 part for drink) Pineapple Juice
  • Grenadine
  • Cherry (Optional)

Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Drink/Shot)

To start, choose if you’re going to make a shot or a drink. Grab the appropriate glassware.

In true lush life fashion, I’m going to make two of each!

For the shot, add 3/4 oz of cake vodka and 3/4 oz of pineapple juice to a cocktail shaker and shake shake shake! I made my shots 2oz and 2 oz personally, but you do you!

2oz pineapple and 2oz cake vodka

Strain the mixture into a shot glass. Add a small amount of grenedine and wait for it to settle at the bottom of the glass.

Garnish (if desired) and done!

The drink is the same thing, just larger and over ice!

Add one part cake vodka to one part pineapple juice. Shake. Pour over ice and add the grenadine. Garnish after the grenadine settles and it’s done!

Wasn’t that easy? Let me know in the comments if you made one. I would love to see a picture here or on Facebook!

Get Crafty: DIY Painted Wine Glasses

I think everyone living the lush life can relate when I say I have too much glassware. Go to a wine tasting? Free glass. Go to a whiskey tasting? Free glass! Cute champagne flutes on sale at World Market (I am in love with these!!!) – you guessed it – more glasses!

There’s nothing wrong with having too much glassware in my opinion (much to my husband’s dismay). In fact, I am about to add to my collection today with some adorable DIY painted wine glasses and tasting glasses.

Aren’t they adorable? January is my birth month as well as the birthday of The Lush Life, so of course I had to theme it up – and it was SO easy! You can use multi-surface acrylic paint to paint the glasses. As an added (optional) bonus, after being cured in the oven, they are dish-washer safe.

After a quick trip to Michaels and trusty Dollar Tree, I was ready to rock! I picked stemless wine glasses and tasting glasses for today, but you can use anything!

You can use stencils to make some designs easier. I made my own stencil for the tasting glasses, but I’ve used stencils like these before too with cute results.

The tasting glasses are for one of our other segments – Taste Test! Check out that category (LINK this if I can?) if you’re interested in a head-to-head style taste test of different liquors, wine, seltzers – if it has booze, anything goes! This month’s taste test (LINK) features Birthday Cake flavored vodkas in celebration of our January Birthday.

Without further ado, please check out the painted glassware DIY!

DIY Painted Wine Glasses Supplies

DIY Painted Wine Glasses

Start off by cleaning the glassware you plan to paint.

After that, prepare your paints by using the shot glasses or the palette. I would suggest preparing your work area too with some old newspaper or paper towels.

With everything prepared, paint! The sky is the limit here. Don’t paint the last 1/2 inch or so to keep lips from coming in contact with the paint when drinking.

After painting was finished, I let mine cure for 4 days, but do whatever the paint you purchased recommends. I cleaned the insides of the glasses with warm water before prepping them for the oven.

Put your painted and washed glasses on a baking sheet. Set the tray into a cold oven, then set and start the oven for 325 degrees.

After 30 minutes, crack open the oven door and let the glasses cool.

The painted glasses are now complete and dishwasher safe!

Did you paint some of your own glassware? Let us know in the comments below! We would also love to see them on Instagram (@dalushlife) or on our Facebook page!

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  • Crafts/DIY
  • and of course – Food!

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