Booze Bites: Cupcake Pudding Shooters

I’m going to be blunt. You need this. So seriously, get to the store and buy yourself a bottle of Pinnacle Cake Vodka. Can life get better? Yes, I’m sure it can. But in terms of having a low-cal cupcake that can pull double duty as a cocktail — I don’t think so.

Plus, this is an easy-to-make, 20-minute dessert. Do yourself a favor and make a lot, because trust me, they go quickly. To shortcut the time even further, bypass making the chocolate shell and serve these in little shot glasses with wooden spoons and they will look just as fun and festive.

BTW — I’m kinda crazy for the whole line of Pinnacle vodkas, so don’t be surprised if you see a few more boozy bites using their stuff. No, I’m not a pitch person for them. I’m just fascinated by their flavor-infused vodkas — hello, butterscotch, cookie dough, cotton candy, marshmallow and whipped cream.

So after you make this Cupcake Pudding Shooter, come back and see what’s next.

Cupcake Pudding Shooters


Chocolate cups

  • 6 oz. chocolate, melted

Pudding shooter

  • 1 3.9oz Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • ¾ cup milk, cold
  • 1/2 cup Pinnacle Cake Vodka
  • 1/3 cup Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 8oz Cool Whip
  • 1 tablespoon nonpareil sprinkles


To make chocolate shells:

1. Melt chocolate. Using a small paint brush, cover the walls of form* and chill for 5 minutes. Remove and apply a second coat and chill once more. The chocolate cups can be made 3 days in advance and kept at room temperature or stored in the refrigerator.

To make mudslide pudding mix:

1. Place pudding mix and milk in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add in Pinnacle Cake Vodka and Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur and vigorously whisk to combine. Fold in Cool Whip until no streaks remain.


1. Fill a pastry bag with pudding mix and fit with preferred tip. Pipe into chocolate shells.

2. Top with sprinkles.


  • Make sure to buy instant pudding. Do not cook and serve pudding.
  • The pudding shots can be made a day in advance. To avoid having the sprinkles bleed, do not place them on the pudding shooters until the day of.
  • *The mold used for this recipe can be found here.

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  • Living The Sweet Life February 24, 2012  

    :O I need to get my hands on a bottle of this vodka! I’ve actually never seen the pinnacle line at all…. I wonder if we have it yet in Canada?
    If not, I may need to make an emergency trip across the boarder 😉

  • Julia February 24, 2012  

    I’ll go and FINALLY try the cake vodka. I’ve been totally wanting to for MONTHS. And these little cups might have just pushed me over the edge!
    I think they have a swedish fish flavor too? Which sounds nasty… but still, interesting.

  • Cookin' Canuck February 24, 2012  

    Now this is the way to start the weekend off on the right foot! What a fun, boozy little treat.

  • Ange February 24, 2012  

    Those sound sinfully delicious. I just happen to have a bottle of cake vodka. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 24, 2012  

    Wow, cake vodka?! I need to try that.

  • Carolyn February 24, 2012  

    WOW! Um, yeah, these look awesome.

  • Selena February 25, 2012  

    I LOVE the Pinnacle line of vodkas! I use their whipped cream vodka for “Rootbeer floats”, I put whipped cream vodka with root beer or cream soda and it’s AMAZING! Thanks for adding another fantastic idea to my pudding shot repertoire!

  • Lis February 26, 2012  

    I’m a big fan of Cake Vodka – give Three Olives’ version as celebration gifts. Now,in a cup? This is huge! Thank you!

  • Russell at Chasing Delicious February 26, 2012  

    What an awesome idea! I wish I knew about these when I was still in college ; )

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 27, 2012  

    This recipe make me feel loved!! Must try.

  • Karla February 28, 2012  

    Hi, I can’t find the recipe, nothing shows up on this page except everyones comments..

  • BS February 28, 2012  

    Sorry – we seem to be having a site-loading problem – does it work when you re-load the page?

  • Karla February 28, 2012  

    Ok, its showing up now…looks great. I have had cake vodka before and I love it. There was also a coconut vodka and that was great too.

  • Patty February 28, 2012  

    Love Pinnacle vodka and this recipe looks amazing.

  • Peggy February 28, 2012  

    Oh what I wouldn’t do for one of these right now!

  • Rebecca S. March 1, 2012  

    How did you coat the molds with chocolate? A brush? Did you pour the chocolate in, swirl it around, and then pour the excess out? Thanks!

  • bakersroyale March 1, 2012  

    Hi Rebecca- I used a small brush to coat the molds. A little cheap painting brush from the craft store will work fine.

  • Amy March 10, 2012  

    Hi, How many shooters does this make!?

  • Taylor March 16, 2012  

    How do you avoid the chocolate cups breaking when you get them out of the silicone mold?

  • bakersroyale March 16, 2012  

    Hi Taylor-To remove the chocolate from the silicone mold peel the mold down like while using a finger underneath the center of each well to push the chocolate cups up.

  • Kit March 18, 2012  

    These look amazing.

    Is there a reason to use store-bought pudding instead of making one? I guess the heat in the pudding to melt your chocolate shells if you were using those, but is there something other than that?

  • Hi! This sounds and looks absolutely fabulous, however, my kids are standing here looking at it saying they want me to make these….so I don’t get in trouble for treating my kids to some alcohol shooters, can I make them minus the vodka and alcohol?? 🙂

  • Lisa April 16, 2012  

    I think this would make a FANTASTIC filling for cream puffs. 🙂 Nom.

  • Leslie May 3, 2012  

    How many shot glasses will this serve? Looks delicious!

  • Penny May 24, 2012  

    I am making these this weekend. It doesn’t how many one batch makes.

  • Shawna May 25, 2012  

    I would also like to know how many people this recipe serves. Thank you, and I love these ideas!! Already tried the candy corn recipe and that was a hit. They were gone before the party even started!!!

  • kristin June 12, 2012  

    would it be possible to use little mini cupcake(candy wrappers) for the mold? I can NOT wait to make these-will make my next InLaw get together much more

  • Jennifer July 5, 2012  

    Made these in 1oz. paper souffle cups instead of chocolate cups because I was in a hurry, and in place of the ubiquitous Jell-o shots. (A heavy drinking crowd at this party.) Although just the Godiva alone was around $30, once I pulled together the supplies they were easy, convenient, and delicious. Luckily I have other future uses for this liquor otherwise cost was high. Once the 1st person got past their looks, as they are not as pretty and appealing in white paper “ketchup” cups as in chocolate ones, they were ALL gone in 5 minutes with people begging for more.

    A TOTAL Success and my whole-hearted recommendation!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Kim July 6, 2012  

    What is cool whip? I’m in Australia and need to know what it is so i can use something as a subsitute. Thanks 🙂

  • BS July 6, 2012  

    Hey Kim,

    Cool Whip is America’s fake version of whipped cream:

    I’m assuming you can probably just use the real deal?

  • Alex July 11, 2012  

    I’m attempting to make these.. The little chocolate cups are a PITA! But I think they’ll be worth it 😀

  • Danielle July 15, 2012  

    Do you think these will still taste good without the godiva white chocolate liqueur?

  • GIna July 19, 2012  

    How many shots does this recipe make?

  • Heather July 19, 2012  

    What kind of chocolate did you use?

  • Karen July 25, 2012  

    Help! I’m in the process of making these for a party on Friday, and the chocolate cups keep breaking! I had 10 successes out of 24. I coated the mold with more chocolate to make it thicker, but more than half still broke. I used a mini brownie mold so they are square, but it’s still one of those silicone molds. Any advice?? I do not have enough shot glasses, though the jello shot plastic disposable ones aren’t sounding so bad at this point.

  • Heather August 2, 2012  

    Love this! What type of chocolate did you use?

  • rachael October 11, 2012  

    how many did this recipe make?

  • Britney October 17, 2012  

    I made these little tasteys for my 21st birthday party, they were the biggest hit!
    I did not use Godiva liquor and they still tasted amazing, (If you want to go about it that way u can use another 1/4 cup of vodka.) Unfortunately i could find a rubber mold for the chocolate cups, so I had to use paper mini cupcake holders, it was a huge pain and took a lot of time but the results were gratifying!
    Best recipe for this kind of fun! Also if you dont want to spend a ton of time on the chocolate, crumbled gram crackers tastes great to! I froze my mix and used it as an icecream bite cuz it was so hot that day! 😀
    This made me about 22 shots per batch.
    Hope this helps! 🙂

  • Britney October 17, 2012  

    also, the best chocolate to use is semi sweet dark, milk chocolate doesnt mix very well. I also did a few butterscotch cups and those were delish!

  • Tracy November 10, 2012  

    Hey, was just wondering if you have to use pinnalce cake vodka? And Godiva white chocolate liqueur? Are there substitutes you can use instead? Not sure we have either of these in NB 🙁

  • Ruth T. January 25, 2013  

    How do you make the molds? Great recipe btw! Def. trying it!

  • Kelly February 14, 2013  

    Hi do you thinkCreme de cacoa white would work for this recipe ?
    It’s not cream based but is white chocolate flavor!

  • Kristie May 24, 2013  

    genius idea! add Kahlua! just hv to figure out how to keep right consistency. going to expirament

  • Kristie May 25, 2013  

    just thought i’d share, has a smore pudding shots that sounds great! 🙂

  • Jenn December 30, 2013  

    Just made these… used real heavy whipping cream instead of cool whip. Excellent flavor! Sure these will be a big hit (if any are left) tomorrow night.

  • cassidy January 13, 2014  

    Any tips on how to actually successfully remove the cups from the form you suggested, without cracking them? Thanks!

  • Stef March 9, 2014  

    How many does this recipe make?

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