Cape Cod Cake aka Vodka Cranberry CakeI am in love with cocktail inspired cakes!

This week to celebrate the lovely Ava’s birthday, I put one of her favorite lady drinks, the Cape Cod, in the oven.

The Cocktail

A cape cod is better known as a cranberry vodka, but that just doesn’t sound as fancy. It’s a simple mix of one part vodka to two parts cranberry juice with a squeeze of lime over ice.

Cape Cod Recipe


4 oz cranberry juice (usually a juice cocktail like Oceanspray)

2 oz vodka (Ketel One is my favorite)

Juice of ½ lime (this might just be me)


Instructions: Pour cranberry, vodka, ice and lime juice into shaker.  Shake until cold, strain into ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with lime wedge. Serve.

The Cake

Obviously this cocktail needs to be re-created into cake. So I went back to my citrus cake recipe and switched out the lemon with some lime. I think the next time I make this cake, I’ll replace the butter with vegetable oil. However it came out dense, moist and delicious. I also made a vodka glaze and vodka cranberry buttercream frosting for the cake.

Citrus Cake Recipe


½ C. butter, softened

1 ½ C. white sugar

2 C. flour, sifted

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

3 eggs

¾ C. buttermilk

2 limes, zested and juiced

Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Cream the eggs into the butter, sugar mixture. Add the buttermilk, lime juice and zest, cream together.

Slowly pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture. Blend the ingredients together on low until a smooth, creamy mixture is achieved.

Pour into two greased and floured 8” round pans. Bake at 350 degrees Farenheit for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Vodka Glaze Recipe


1 C. white sugar

1 C. water

1/2 C. vodka

Instructions: To make a simple syrup, mix together one cup water and one cup sugar. Boil on high until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into a glass container.  Pour in 1/2 C. vodka. Stir throughly.

Using a spoon or pastry brush, gently brush the glaze over the cake. Let the cake absorb the glaze for at least 15 minutes before frosting.

Simple syrup keeps very well, so I like to make a batch (without the vodka) to have on hand for cocktails and cakes at all times. I store it in a mason jar for up to one month.

Vodka Cranberry Buttercream Frosting Recipe


¼ C. dried cranberries

¼ C. citron vodka (Absolut)

½ C. unsalted butter at room temperature

2 Tbs. heavy whipping cream

2 C. powdered sugar

Soak the dried cranberries in the vodka for at least one hour. Grind the cranberry vodka mixture until smooth in a blender, or chop finely with a knife and chef skills.

Using a handmixer set on low, cream the butter until it is light and fluffy. Add the heavy whipping cream. Blend until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar a half cup at a time until smooth. Add the cranberry vodka mixture. Fold into the frosting using a rubber spatula until smooth and pink.

(Note: If you chop the cranberries as I did, the frosting with have bits of cranberry in it.)

I loved this cake; and I can’t wait to make another one! It was limey with plenty of cranberry, a nice kick of alcohol, sweet and buttery all the things a delicious birthday cake should be. Luckily a few friends have birthdays coming up, so I can keep experimenting with cake and booze.

Next time I’m thinking a Moscow Mule may just be the inspiration I need.


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