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Chocolate Cake Shake

Now, you can have your cake and drink it too!  This creamy Chocolate Cake Shake is blended with real pieces of chocolate cake, for a cold treat you can’t pass up.

Use chocolate ice cream or my homemade vanilla ice cream recipe to whip up this delicious treat!

Chocolate milk shake with chocolate cake and whipped cream in sundae glass.

Cake Soup

Every family has its quirks. Sometimes you don’t realize what your family’s quirks are until you grow up and find out that no one else was eating “cake soup” on their birthdays.

I grew up thinking “cake soup” was normal.

We put our slices of chocolate cake into bowls, poured milk on top and ate it with a spoon. That is cake soup.

Portillo’s Cake Shake

For those of you outside the midwest, Portillo’s is the BEST fast food in Chicago. They have the BEST Italian beef sammies, Chicago hot dogs, french fries and chocolate cake.

Guess what they did with that chocolate cake?

Yep, they blended it right into a chocolate shake.

Want to know what it tastes like?

A bowl of cake soup.

Finally, I feel like people get me. When they give me strange stares, all I have to say is, “It tastes like a Portillo’s cake shake.”

Next time you make a cake, instead of throwing away the leftovers (the horror!) stick a few slices of cake in the freezer for making Chocolate Cake Shakes.

Ingredient Notes

Only three ingredients needed for chocolate cake shakes.

Just three easy ingredients in today’s chocolate milkshake recipe.

  1. Chocolate Cake- homemade chocolate cake is incredible, but really any leftover birthday cake will suffice. Stale? No problem. And make sure you grab a slice with lots of frosting!!
  2. Chocolate Ice Cream
  3. Milk– you’ll just need a splash, so use what you have in house!

How to Make a Chocolate Milkshake

Step by step photos showing how to make chocolate cake shakes in a blender.

Making Cake Shakes is no more difficult than making a typical chocolate milkshake.

You start with a big slice of chocolate cake and chocolate frosting in a blender. Add in some chocolate ice cream with a splash of milk. Blend until smooth.

If you want it thinner, add a little more milk. For a thicker shake you can eat with a spoon, start with the teeniest splash of milk and go from there.

Don’t forget to garnish your cake with an extra slice of chocolate cake (haha) as well as some whipped cream!

What Chocolate Cake to Use

I like a plain, straight up slice of chocolate cake best for this recipe.

Leftover Wacky Cake with a layer of The Best Chocolate Buttercream Frosting works beautifully here. Those recipes are easy enough to whip up without much notice if a sudden Chocolate Cake Shake craving strikes.

I’ve also made my copycat Portillo’s Cake Shake with leftover pieces of my go-to Dark Chocolate Cake.

Chocolate Cupcakes work well here too! The amount of cake in this chocolate milkshake should be equal to approximately 2 cups.

That’s one giant slice of regular cake or about 2 normal sized cupcake’s worth.

Chocolate milkshake in a blender.

Variations

Me? I love chocolate cake shakes the very best. But all kinds of cake and ice cream combos work here. Live your best cake shake life with whatever flavors you choose! Try these ideas:

  • Birthday Cake Shake – Vanilla ice cream and white or yellow birthday cake. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles!
  • Strawberry Cake Shake – Strawberry ice cream and cake. Chocolate cake will make the shake taste like chocolate covered strawberries!
  • Black and White – Vanilla ice cream and chocolate cake for those who love both!

I’m so excited that cake soup is socially acceptable now. . . at least when you blend it up and call it a Cake Shake instead! I hope you enjoy it too.

Chocolate cake shake in a sundae glass with whipped cream.

More Ice Cream Desserts

Yield: 2 servings

Chocolate Cake Shake

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Now, you can have your cake and drink it too!  This creamy Chocolate Cake Shake is blended with real pieces of chocolate cake, for a cold treat you can't pass up.

Ingredients

  • 6 scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 1 big slice (about 2 cups) chocolate cake, prepared with chocolate frosting
  • splash of milk

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine ice cream with chocolate cake, crumbled.
  2. Add milk and blend. Makes two servings.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate cake. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • FOr delicious results, use my chocolate cake recipe! Or use leftover chocolate cupcakes (you'll need at least two)!
  • If you want it thinner, add a little more milk. For a thicker shake you can eat with a spoon, start with the teeniest splash of milk and go from there.
  • Don't forget to garnish your cake with an extra slice of chocolate cake (haha) as well as some whipped cream!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1 milkshake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 644Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 282mgCarbohydrates: 88gFiber: 3gSugar: 76gProtein: 9g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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About Aimee

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Posted on April 29, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. This is such an amazing treat!! I am so excited to make this for my kids!! SO YUMMY!

  2. Before I even got through your post I thought “like a Portillo’s shake”… Then you said it too. Nice!

  3. People always think I’m crazy because I love to take a bowl of cake & ice cream and immediately smash all of it together until it’s just cake ice cream. Sooooooo good!

  4. Growing up we put our cake right in a glass of milk. I preferred a tall glass of Nestle’s Quik with my cake. I still eat it today as a special treat. Mom said, “this was how we ate stale cake and crackers during the depression.”

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