I honestly can't even believe something like a chocolate cake milkshake (or chocolate cake shake) exists. It's so good it should be illegal. Luckily, for the human race, it is not. It's creamy, it's decadent, and the best part is sucking up the chocolate cake and icing through the straw. Life doesn't get any better, seriously. Read on if you need more convincing about why you should make this.
How to Make a Chocolate Cake Milkshake
This totally could not be easier, although with that being said, you do have to make a chocolate cake to start with. It's the perfect way to use up the cake that's been sitting on the counter for a day too long, and is starting to get a tiny bit dry. Not to worry, the milkshake will take care of that. You can also totally use a piece of store bought cake for this recipe.
Once you've got the cake taken care of, let's add all the ingredients to a blender.
- Chocolate cake
- Milk (to thin it all out and make it drinkable)
- Vanilla ice cream (the backbone of all milkshakes)
So, blend this stuff up, and pour into a large glass. For an extra indulgent treat, swap the vanilla ice cream for this homemade marshmallow ice cream. To die for. Or, up your game with homemade vanilla ice cream! Next up is the toppings.
- Homemade Whipped Cream (recipe below)
- Chocolate Sauce
- Whipped Cream
- Another (?) slice of chocolate cake
- Maraschino cherry
These are all optional, but I mean, it's not exactly like we're calorie counting on this one right? This is a chocolate cake shake. Who doesn't want a milkshake that has a giant slice of cake on top of it? Why not indulge. Oh, and if you want a different type of flavor twist (and you love peanut butter like me) try out this buckeye milkshake!
How to Make the Best Milkshake
This is of course, a matter of personal taste, but my ratio for the best milkshake is 4-5 scoops of ice cream to one cup of milk. This leaves the milkshake drinkable, but still delightfully creaming. The easiest way to figure out what you like is to experiment. Add a scoop of ice cream, add some milk, see if you like that texture. Obviously the easiest way to thicken a milkshake is to add more ice cream, while adding milk will help you thin it out.
Obviously, whipped cream and some kind of sundae sauce also makes the dream work.
Can you Make a Milkshake without Ice Cream?
While I would deeply, deeply question why you would choose to do this - maybe you ran out. Maybe you are desperate. Maybe there is a raging snowstorm outside and you can't leave the house and all you want is chocolate cake shake. You can do it. Basically, you create a sort-of ice cream substitute with ice cubes, cream and sugar.
This is a pretty basic recipe, so if you want to switch it up, by all means experiment! Birthday cake milkshakes are pretty popular. Want chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla? You do you. For me personally, I just love the contrast between the chocolate cake and the vanilla ice cream.
A Chocolate Cake Milkshake with Alcohol
If you've made it too this section, let's be best friends. Because yes, you can totally add alcohol to this. I would definitely give Irish Cream Liquor a try, there's no way that creamy flavour and texture doesn't mix well with chocolate cake and ice cream. I would try a coffee liqueur as well! Also, a frozen mudslide definitely gives the sort of boozy chocolate cake milkshake vibes you're looking for.
It's a traditional vanilla milkshake, with the addition of a slice (or two) of chocolate cake.
Totally. That would be delicious.
Chocolate Cake Milkshake with Homemade Whipped Cream
- Immersion Blender with Whisk Attachment, or Hand Beaters
For the Milkshake
- 2 slices chocolate cake
- 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 1 C milk
For the Homemade Whipped Cream
- ½ C heavy cream
- 2-3 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- whipped cream
- chocolate sauce
- another slice of cake
For the Milkshake
- Combine the cake, ice cream and milk in a blender. Blend for about 60 seconds, or until smooth and the cake is broken up into small crumbs.
- Pour into two large glasses, garnish as you like. Serve with straws and a spoon.
For the Whipped Cream
- Combine the whipped cream, sugar and vanilla into a bowl. Whisk with an immersion blender, or using hand beaters until soft peaks form (that can stand on their own). Add to your milkshake and enjoy!
Hi, I'm Cara! I'm a food writer, journalist, and recipe developer. I'm obsessed good food, good wine, good cocktails and entertaining. I've picked up a few tips over the years, and love sharing them with others.