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I know, you’ve all heard the song. But have you heard of the Cake by the Ocean Cocktail?

(Probably not, because I think I just invented it!)

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Cake by the Ocean Cocktail made with Cake Vodka, Coconut Rum, Orange and Pineapple Juices! You can whip up a pitcher of these in less than 5 minutes!

If you’re not familiar with the song, you have to listen to it. The only reason you haven’t heard it is if you exclusively listen to talk radio, because they play it almost too much. It’s the Shake It Off of this year, so I imagine we’ll all be singing along to it by the end of June.

Anyway, Jordan loves the song so I started wondering what it means. I’d never heard the term “Cake by the Ocean” before and although I was picturing me (in a bikini of course, it’s my daydream where I’m skinny) on a lounge chair in Hawaii listening to the ocean and eating a huge slice of yellow layer cake. I tend to be on the naive side and not understand true meanings of songs until it’s too late and Jordan’s signing them at top volume in the middle of Target and then I’m like, oh honey be quiet.

Cake by the Ocean Cocktail Recipe - an easy recipe that's great for a party!

So, naturally, I googled the meaning, to make sure it wasn’t a euphemism for doing crack or something. According to Joe Jonas (as reported by MTV), the Swedish producers they were working with kept confusing “Sex on the Beach” with “Cake by the Ocean,” creating the newest pop song for summer (and cocktails!)

Since a Sex on the Beach is a cocktail, I started thinking about what a Cake by the Ocean Cocktail would look like. Obviously, it could be anything, but it had to have cake vodka in it. Otherwise, it’s not cake by the ocean! And when I think of ocean, I think of Hawaii. When I think of Hawaii, I think about Mai Tais, Maui Island Breeze Cocktails, and all things pineapple, orange, and coconut, and rum.

And this Cake by the Ocean Cocktail recipe was born: a Cake by the Ocean Cocktail made with cake flavored vodka, coconut rum, and orange and pineapple juices!

Cake by the Ocean Cocktail Recipe - an easy drink made with rum, cake vodka, orange, and pineapple!

Quick and Easy Cake by the Ocean Cocktail Recipe

This cocktail comes together in less than 2 minutes. You can make a single cocktail for when you need an ocean by yourself, or you can make this into a pitcher in the same amount of time. There are no weird ingredients or messy making of any syrups or anything, you just pour, stir, and drink. That’s my kind of cocktail recipe!

Pretty much this is it: mix equal parts coconut rum, cake vodka, OJ and pineapple juice over ice. I used 2 ounces for each of these glasses but you can make as much or as little as you want. Garnish with pineapple, cherry, and orange. If you want it to go further, make it skinny, or are making a pitcher, add club soda to taste. Did you know most skinny cocktails are just watered down with club soda? It makes the drink twice as big so it takes you longer to drink it.

You’ll notice I rimmed the glass with sprinkles. That’s not required, of course, but for photo sake it shows the “cake” part and differentiates the cocktail. It also makes it fun, because everything is more fun with sprinkles! To do this, you simply rim your glass with honey, agave, maple syrup, or corn syrup (pour some on a plate and dip the glass upside down in it) and then dip the rim in a bowl of sprinkles. Instant CAKE!

Cake by the Ocean Cocktail made with Cake Vodka, Coconut Rum, Orange and Pineapple Juices! You can whip up a pitcher of these in less than 5 minutes!

I’m going to request this drink in Hawaii this summer and see if they laugh at me. Then I really will have Cake by the Ocean…but in a tankini with a tent sized cover up.

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Cake by the ocean cocktail in glass with ingredients in the background

Cake by the Ocean Cocktail

4.34 from 3 votes
Like eating cake by the ocean! This easy cocktail can be made for one or a party in just a few minutes. Cake vodka, rum, orange juice, and pineapple juice mix to make a sweet cocktail that goes down easy and tastes like you're sitting and eating cake on the beach!
Yield 1 - 12 servings
Serving Size 1 cocktail


To make a single cocktail:

  • All ingredients should be chilled, or you can shake them in a shaker with ice.
  • 2 ounces cake flavored vodka may substitute vanilla or whipped cream flavor
  • 2 ounces coconut rum
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • Club soda optional
  • Maraschino cherries sprinkles, pineapple, and orange slices for garnish (optional)

To make a pitcher:

  • All ingredients should be chilled.
  • 2 cups  cake flavored vodka may substitute vanilla or whipped cream flavor
  • 2 cups  coconut rum
  • 2 cups  pineapple juice
  • 2 cups  orange juice
  • Club soda optional
  • Maraschino cherries pineapple, and orange slices for garnish (optional)
  • Ice or frozen pineapple to keep it chilled


  • To make one cocktail: Place ice in a glass and pour vodka, rum, and both juices over the ice. Garnish with a cherry and/or wedges of pineapple and orange. To make the cocktail last longer or to dilute it, add club soda. To make the sprinkle rim: place about a tablespoon of honey or corn syrup on one plate and about a tablespoon of sprinkles on another. Dip the rim of an empty glass in the corn syrup, then dip in sprinkles.
  • To make a pitcher: Add vodka, rum, and both juices to a pitcher filled with ice or frozen pineapple. Add 2-4 cups club soda to make it more like a punch, or to feed more people, if desired. Place some orange slices and pineapple wedges in the pitcher.
  • As always with cocktails, taste is subjective. If you want it stronger, add more alcohol. If you want it less strong, add more juice or club soda.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 22mg | Sugar: 16g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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Last Updated on August 21, 2018

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  1. Really you made a new and unique recipe, I love to try and cook new cocktails, mock-tails, recipes, etc..

    I love pina colada from my college days.

    Now I am going to try your cocktail recipe. I hope this will also my favorite drink.. I have also post an blog about how to make pina colada.. If you want to know more you can take a look here :

  2. You’re so creative with your inventions and so hilarious with your delivery! Great way to start my day laughing, and this cocktail may just be the way I end my day ! :0)

  3. Cake vodka? Ummm WHAT, that sounds amazing. We don’t have flavoured vodka anywhere near as exciting as that in the UK… clearly, I need to move! Love the look of this one though!

  4. Ok I must be living under a rock because I haven’t heard that song until now.  This cocktail looks fabulous and I think I could drink many of these!! 🙂  

  5. OMG!! I have been wondering the EXACT same thing! I totally am the naive one too! I kept forgetting to google though. Thank you for clearing that up for me 🙂 I also had no idea that was Joe Jonas. And now I most certainly have my new summer cocktail! Love it!

  6. I had never heard the song because I listen to 60s music (rock & roll is here to stay)…so I clicked your link and listened; not bad.
    What does Jordan say when they drop the F bomb?

  7. I have never heard the song…but I listen almost exclusively to podcasts. Like an old person. But I think this cocktail is GENIUS! Love the flavor combo.