Lemon Cupcake Martini

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My new favorite drink: a Lemon Cupcake Martini – only 3 ingredients in this easy martini recipe that tastes like a lemon cupcake!

Lemon Cupcake Martini - just THREE ingredients to this martini that tastes like a lemon cupcake!

Yesterday was my 39th birthday. How I got to be “almost 40” I’ll never know…I blinked and went from 25 to 39. I’m excited to be this age (except for the wrinkles, metabolism, and age spots) because I kind of just want to get to 40 already. Mel turned 40 the year we got married (15 years ago) so I’ve been kind of chasing him this whole time. (Plus, I’m going to have a kick ass party for my 40th…and I’m already excited for it.)

My 38th birthday (and the months following) were less than fun. We had some stuff going on personally that just kicked my butt and sent me into an anxiety/depression tailspin. The latter half of this year was me getting my emotional life back on track, so I kind of feel like I’ve already run the self-discovery marathon that is approaching 40.

When I was 25 and newly married I was told by my in-laws that when you get into your late 30s and 40s you start to not care about the little stuff as much. You start to find your voice and come into your own. Having this blog has helped me do the former, and the events of the past year have helped me with the latter. I still have a lot to work on, but life is long; I have some time.

That all said, I do have a sort of “40 year old Bucket List” of things I want to do before I turn 40. When I started putting together the list I realized there are just a few things I’ve really always wanted to do but never done; things that if I put my mind to them should be easy to accomplish.

After all, a few weeks ago I accomplished something I said I could never do: run a half marathon. The rest should be easy in comparison!

Lemon Cupcake Martini - only 3 ingredients!

Here are my bucket list items for before I turn 40 next September:

*I want to continue doing yoga. I started a few months ago and have fallen in love with it. I’ll be in a bad mood and do yoga, and it calms me down. It’s also giving me definition in my arms and a kick ass core. My goal: be able to do a yoga headstand before I turn 40.

*Host a charity event. This has been in my brain for several years now; I want to find a local charity and collect items they need under the umbrella of this blog. (Think: Brownies for Backpacks). I want to involve my family and make a difference in my community.

*Start my consulting business. I’ve been thinking about this one forever: I want to start a blog consulting side business where I can help bloggers reach their true potential. It marries my love of blogging and my love of teaching and I think I’d be really good at it.

That’s it: three goals. One personal, one charitable, and one business goal. Oh, and let’s not forget another goal: drink all the martinis.

Normally people have cake for their birthday. I’d rather drink my cake and have a Lemon Cupcake Martini instead!

Lemon Cupcake Martini - only 3 ingredients in this easy martini recipe that tastes like a lemon cupcake!

This recipe has only 3 ingredients: cake vodka, limoncello, and club soda. Shake over ice, then strain into your glass. I also rimmed the glass with frosting and sprinkles, because cake. Plus, birthday and all that.

Everyone who has tried this cocktail is in LOVE with it. The cake vodka gives it the cake flavor, the limoncello brings the lemon. It really does taste like lemon cupcakes!!

I think you should enjoy one tonight, even if it’s not your birthday. I know I will be! 🙂

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Lemon Cupcake Martini

Lemon Cupcake Martini – only 3 ingredients in this easy martini recipe that tastes like a lemon cupcake!


  • 1 ounce cake flavored vodka (or whipped cream vodka)
  • 1 ounce limoncello
  • Club Soda
  • For garnish: vanilla frosting (or corn syrup) and sprinkles


  1. To rim the glass: dip the glass upside down in vanilla frosting or a plate of corn syrup, then rim with sprinkles
  2. Place vodka and limoncello in a martini shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into glass. Top off with club soda.
  3. You can easily double this or make a pitcher. Just use equal parts of each alcohol and top it off with club soda.


Find cake vodka at liquor or wine stores.

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  1. I’d be your first customer in your consulting business. Seriously, I have a long way to go before reaching my full potential, but my day job gets in the way. I could always use some help!
    And yoga helps, too. 🙂
    I’m sorry last year was tough, but it sounds like you came out the other side stronger and more self-aware. It’s one of those silver lining things.
    This martini? Divine. Happy birthday, my bloggy friend!

  2. YUM!!!!!!!! This is IT! Sounds delish!

  3. Happy belated birthday, Dorothy! Sounds like you have some wonderful goals to look forward to. And the blog consulting service sounds perfect for you. And, of course, this drink does, too. So pretty and perfect for celebrating your birthday.

  4. Happy belated birthday, Dorothy! I am a sucker for martinis, and this looks right up my alley. I know you can accomplish everything on your bucket list!

  5. OMGosh…. can you make me this? Please?

    Happy 39th my friend, so happy to be celebrating it with you! Don’t be afraid of your 40’s these are the best years of my life so far! xox

  6. Happy Birthday, drinks are on me this weekend!! Although I wish I was having this drink! Every time I hear ‘cake by the ocean’ I think of your drink of the same name 🙂

    What a great list of goals, wow! Consulting biz, had no idea but yes you’d be fabulous!

  7. Great list of goals. You can do it!!! 🙂 xoxo

  8. Happy birthday girl… From a fellow 39er… I’m not 100% urge how this happened either. 🤔 But this beverage? Will be happening  waaaaay before my 40th! Lol. And my husband is 19 years older than me- boom. 

  9. I’ve never had a lemon cupcake martini but now I can’t wait to try it. I’m not much of a drinker but who could pass this up. I certainly hope that year 39 is one of your best so far without any hiccups that you have to endure.

    I too celebrated a HUGE bday this year and my kids took me to Australia to Bungee jump from one of the highest jumps in the world. I’ve never Bungee jumped before and while it was on their bucket list for me to do, I was terrified but so glad I did it. Enjoy what’s left of your 30s. Life does seem to get more complicated the older we get – I don’t know why, I thought it would get easier. Just stay true to yourself and follow your heart. Happy Birthday!!!

  10. Oh my goodness! This sounds so decadently delish! 🙂 I’d never heard of cake-flavored vodka until I saw this recipe! oh my! I need to try one of these!

  11. Dorothy:
    Don’t know all of your details that set you into a tailspin but you are too talented, beautiful and compassionate to let it get you down. Kick ass, honey, and let the rest catch up to you. I am 75 y.o., and I can tell you that you will kiss alot of frogs in your life time. Don’t worry…there are alot more princes than you could ever imagine! As a 96 y.o. lady, whom I have adopted, once told me, “Don’t give up and you want give out”! Truer words were never spoken. Love you and enjoy your recipes.

  12. Correction: “Don’t give up and you won’t give out”!

  13. I made this last night (with the “whipped” vodka) complete w/corn syrup and sprinkles on the edge of the glass and it was YUMMY, YUMMY, YUMMY!!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

  14. Wow so many goals! Good for you D! And no doubt you will accomplish them . And I can’t wait to have this martini! 💝

  15. Well, I love this kind of drink. Not juice but having taste of fruits. My kids like eating cupcake after dinner and I think they also love this. Thanks for sharing great recipes.

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