Birthday Cake Shake

Birthday cake blended into a milkshake makes for the perfect celebratory treat!

This is a milkshake that has birthday cake blended into it!! My super simple layered birthday cake doesn’t require any special equipment, but leaves you with some leftover cake. You might not like the fact that you have all this excess cake, but trust me, you’ll be happy you do after you try this milkshake.

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How festive are these birthday cake milkshakes?

Ice cream is one of my all time favorite desserts. Usually I’m a chocolate person, and tend to gravitate towards chocolatey/coffee-y flavors. That being said, there are some times that you just need a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream (but only if there are those little vanilla bean specks in it): 1. On anything warm and gooey- freshly baked cookies, brownies, bread pudding, etc; 2. For an affogato (easily makes my top 3 desserts). 3. This birthday cake shake.

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Oh the potential of this plain vanilla ice cream

This idea of a cake shake was inspired by Portillo’s. I lived in Chicago for 4 years, and everyone there loves Portillos. To be honest, I don’t really see the appeal of their hot dogs or Italian beef (I’m sorry if I’m offending any die hard Portillo’s fans). What really got my attention is that they have this “famous chocolate cake,” which is rumored to be made with mayo…sounds gross, but it’s just a rich source of fat that makes the cake very moist and tasty (and extra fatty). If that’s not enough, they have a milkshake where they blend their famous cake into their milkshakes…who does that? I’ll tell you who- geniuses. After my last post I had a tupperware full of leftover cake. To be honest, I ate most of it while making the cake and for breakfast the morning after (don’t judge me). Then I decided to make a birthday cake shake. It’s super simple, mighty delicious, and something festive and fun to make when you need a little extra glitter in your life. Here we go.

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First, crumble your cake. I used my fingers to just gently break up the big pieces of cake – you don’t have to make them tiny crumbs. Add ice cream, 1 cup loosely packed birthday cake crumbles, and 3/4 cup milk in a blender. Give it a whirl until well blended. Add more milk if you need (the amount of milk you use will depend on how frozen your ice cream is when you start and how watery you like your milkshake). Then mix in 1.5 tbsp of rainbow sprinkles with a spoon. Pour your milkshakes into serving cups of choice. Top with extra cake crumbles and sprinkles to decorate.

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There’s such a distinct flavor to “birthday cake,” and I wanted to make sure you taste it in this milkshake. By blending the actual cake into the shake and then topping it with some more cake, you definitely get that nostalgic taste. This thing screams celebration!

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Well, that was easy. This is such a simple recipe that requires minimal effort, but is crazy enough to catch people’s attention and delicious enough that you’ll be craving it often! If you’re celebrating anything, treat yourself to this amazing cake milkshake! I was talking to a dear friend of mine, and we were talking about how hard life can be sometimes. Hardships come in all shapes and sizes, and whatever we’re all going through, it’s all about celebrating the small victories in life. So here’s to celebrating the little things; here’s why YOU DESERVE TO HAVE A MILKSHAKE: Did you get up in the morning and brush your teeth? Milkshake for you! Did you smile at a random stranger and make their day? Milkshake for you! Did you go to the gym today after not going for 2 months? Milkshake for you! Did you not hit anyone at work today? Milkshake for you! You get the point- now go celebrate life! (:

Birthday Cake Shake
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 2 cups vanilla ice cream (about 4 big scoops)
  2. 1 cup of loosely packed birthday cake crumbles* + extra for decoration
  3. 3/4 - 1 cup milk
  4. 1.5 tbsp rainbow sprinkles + extra for decoration, optional
  1. Put ice cream, cake crumbles and 3/4 milk in a blender. Blend until well combined. Add more milk if needed.
  2. Mix in 1.5 tbsp sprinkles into your milkshake with a spoon (do not blend).
  3. Pour milkshake into cups, top with extra cake crumbles and sprinkles if desired.
  1. *Break up cake into smaller pieces using your fingers
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