Vodka Cake – the Perfectly Boozy Treat

Sometimes you just need a pick-me-up—and this Vodka Cake is the ultimate answer. A rich and moist sponge cake, saturated with vodka flavor, this classic dessert asks to be taken as seriously as any other cake—while packing a bit of an extra kick. It’s a recipe influenced by both Russian and American bakery traditions and it’s a great way to add a unique touch to any gathering.


– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 cup butter
– 3/4 cup granulated sugar
– 2 large eggs
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/4 cup sour cream
– 1/4 cup vodka
– 1/4 cup powdered sugar
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice


1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and lightly butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla extract and sour cream and mix until smooth.
4. Gradually stir in the flour mixture, then stir in the vodka.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
6. Let the cake cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
7. In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar and the lemon juice together to make a glaze.
8. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

This vodka cake is best served warm and pairs nicely with whipped cream and fresh berries. Make sure to serve it in small slices, as the vodka flavor will be quite noticeable; and if you’re serving to minors, leave off the glaze.

For those who are looking to add a bit of complexity to their cake, a sour cream- and- butter glaze is a great option. If you’re including the glaze, add a few tablespoons of vodka to the powdered sugar-and-lemon-juice glaze before pouring over the cake. This will create a complex sweetness that is delicate and sophisticated.

If you’re looking for a great way to celebrate any special occasion, including birthdays or an anniversary, this Vodka Cake is the perfect option. It combines many cultural influences and utilizes unique ingredients to create a cake that is both luxurious and indulgent. So make sure to give this unique vodka-infused dessert a try and enjoy the delightful flavors of this boozy treat.