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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Shots

This layered shot tastes just like pineapple upside-down cake! Pineapple juice, vodka, and grenadine help recreate the classic dessert’s flavor. 

Close up of a single layered pineapple upside down cake shot on a black background. Bottom layer red, top layer yellow.

Pineapple upside-down cake is one of my favorite desserts, so the idea of recreating it in a shot was too tempting for me to pass up!

Just like the cake, I layered the liquids so that the cherry is on the bottom and the pineapple on the top. Layering the shot is a fun party trick that people always seem to be “wow’d” by. It’s very easy to do, but if you’re in a hurry it tastes the same when you don’t layer it.

Three layered pineapple upside down cake shots in front of a vodka bottle and a pineapple


  • Cake Vodka – Using cake vodka to recreate cake flavor in a shot just makes sense. Vanilla vodka and whipped cream vodka are both good choices for a substitute. 
  • Pineapple Juice – Canned pineapple juice is ideal to use. I keep my bar stocked with these small cans. 
  • Grenadine – This shot gets its cherry flavor from the grenadine or maraschino cherry “juice”. You can use some from a jar of cherries or buy it by the bottle. 
  • Maraschino Cherry – You can leave the cherry out if you’d like, but it’s fun and adds a lot to the shot aesthetically. 

A large can of pineapple juice, a bottle of cake vodka, and a shot of maraschino cherries on a black background

Recipe Tips

  • To layer the shot you need to pour the pineapple juice really slowly on top of the grenadine. Using a cocktail spoon with a hammer to break the tension helps, but is not necessary. 
  • Add ice to the cocktail shaker with the pineapple juice and vodka to chill the shot. 

Close up of a layered pineapple upside-down cake shot with a blurred out black background

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shots

This vodka shot tastes exactly like the classic pineapple upside-down cake dessert. 

  • Author: Jessica Pinney
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Category: Shots
  • Cuisine: American
Close up of a single layered pineapple upside down cake shot on a black background. Bottom layer red, top layer yellow.


5 Maraschino Cherries

1.5 oz Grenadine

2 oz Pineapple Juice

3 oz Cake Vodka


Prepare 5 shot glasses. Add one stemless maraschino cherry to the bottom of each. Distribute the grenadine evenly among the 5 shot glasses.

Add the pineapple juice and cake vodka to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to combine, then strain and very slowly pour into each of the shot glasses. (It helps to use one of these to separate the layers.)

Serve immediately.


  • Calories: 80


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