Chocolate Cake Batter Milkshake

Drinking a whole chocolate cake batter milkshake sure beats the one or two measly licks of the batter that’s on the beaters after making a chocolate cake.

Then again I’ve never met a batch of cake batter, brownie batter, or cookie dough that I didn’t love to snag a few tastes of.

Chocolate Cake Batter Milkshake - If you love cake batter, this is the smooth and creamy milkshake for you! Have your cake and drink it, too!

Plus, it’s summer and it’s hot.

And I’d rather drink my cake than turn on the oven and bake one.

Chocolate Cake Batter Milkshake - If you love cake batter, this is the smooth and creamy milkshake for you! Have your cake and drink it, too!

Have your cake and eat it, too.

Have your cake and drink it, too.

Chocolate Cake Batter Milkshake - If you love cake batter, this is the smooth and creamy milkshake for you! Have your cake and drink it, too!

But it really doesn’t have to be summer to drink cake batter.

Cake batter is a food, or drink, for all seasons.

Chocolate Cake Batter Milkshake - If you love cake batter, this is the smooth and creamy milkshake for you! Have your cake and drink it, too!

There’s a generous scoop of ice cream and a cup of whole milk in the milkshake making it plenty creamy and very rich.

Gather your all-star lineup of ingredients.

You could likely use cocoa powder, granulated sugar, and flour in proper ratios totaling one-half cup to approximate cake mix (see recipe notes) instead of using actual cake mix. However, I like cake mix and I like shortcuts.

Select whatever cake mix you have open – chocolate, vanilla, white, yellow, or strawberry cake mix – you do have at least six different boxes of cake mix open at any given time, right? You can also use brownie mix for a brownie batter milkshake.

Add one half cup of mix, a hearty scoop of ice cream, milk, chocolate sauce, vanilla, and give ‘er a whirl. Adding the milk first so the cake mix floats on top of the milk rather than sitting on the blender blade makes for better blending.

Rim the glass in whipped topping or ice cream and then dip the glass in cake batter in order to get a little extra cake batter to stick to the rim.

Only if you’re interested.

Chocolate Cake Batter Milkshake - If you love cake batter, this is the smooth and creamy milkshake for you! Have your cake and drink it, too!

Garnish with sprinkles and anything else that floats your cake batter milkshake boat.

Don’t spill sprinkles all over in your utter excitement over this milkshake.

I really had to from going crazy with more ice cream on top, whipped topping, drizzling chocolate and caramel sauce, or adding a dollop of homemade peanut butter on top.

I figured what I had in the glass was already plenty going on and it is swimsuit season after all.

Chocolate Cake Batter Milkshake - If you love cake batter, this is the smooth and creamy milkshake for you! Have your cake and drink it, too!

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Chocolate Cake Batter Milkshake

Drinking a whole chocolate cake batter milkshake sure beats the one or two measly licks of the batter that's on the beaters after making a chocolate cake. This fast, easy, and very satisfying milkshake is perfect for anyone who loves cake batter and always wants one more taste. Recipe can be made with other flavors of cake batter, as desired. Have your cake and drink it, too!

Yield: about 12 ounces, serves 1 generously or 2 modestly

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes


1 cup milk

1 cup or 1 large scoop ice cream (chocolate or vanilla)

1/2 cup boxed devil’s food cake chocolate cake mix (or another fave flavor or brownie mix)

2 to 4+ tablespoons chocolate syrup, divided

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

whipped topping for garnishing, optional

sprinkles for garnishing, optional


  1. Combine milk, ice cream (I have made this with vanilla cookie dough, vanilla, and chocolate ice cream – use what you have), cake mix, at least 2 tablespoons chocolate sauce, and vanilla in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.
  2. Optionally, before serving, dip the rim of the glass in whipped topping or run ice cream-dipped fingers around the rim so it’s moistened and sticky. Dip the moistened rim into a shallow bowl with cake mix, graham cracker crumbs, or sprinkles. Garnish milkshake with whipped topping, sprinkles, a drizzle of Nutella, peanut butter, or chocolate syrup as desired.  Tip: Make your own cake mix by combining approximately 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, and 1 tablespoon flour.

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101 Responses to “Chocolate Cake Batter Milkshake”

  1. j3nn — July 15, 2012 at 12:20 am (#

    You must read my mind because I have a post on deck that is kinda sorta similar to this (different flavor!) :) YUM!!!

    Ahh, the pictures in this whole post. Want it all. Now.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 15, 2012 at 12:37 am (#

      It’s funny when I saw your last post and that choc avo shake..I was thinking the same thing about you b/c I knew I had this post going out!

    • j3nn — July 15, 2012 at 1:40 am (#

      It’s milkshake season. :)

  2. Ellen — July 15, 2012 at 1:01 am (#

    Hot diggity dang that looks good! And thank you for giving a make-your-own cake mix recipe, I never have it on hand!
    I am not a milk drinker(though I was raised drinking it I prefer it in things like shakes and cereal), but I love a good shake.

    Either it is the summer heat or we are on the same blogger wavelength because my Saturday blogpost was a shake too! It is a take on the Brandy Alexander. Boozy and ice creamy:
    If you want to try it;)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 15, 2012 at 1:24 am (#

      The cake mix approximation I gave will be point you in the right direction for this recipe. Obviously you can’t make a cake with it but for this purposes, a little cocoa powder, sugar, and flour – good enough :)

      Your shake with the Creme de cacao looks great!

  3. Jess — July 15, 2012 at 2:40 am (#

    You are a genius! Looks amazing!! I would never think to put cake mix in a milkshake!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 15, 2012 at 10:34 am (#

      It’s really just gloried sugar and cocoa powder and flour, but in the perfect ratios – such a time saver that makes it taste delish :)

  4. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 15, 2012 at 4:13 am (#

    Whooaaaaa this sounds so delicious!! Awesome idea!!

  5. katie @ KatieDid — July 15, 2012 at 4:20 am (#

    I agree about cream in my coffee these days, nothing compares and please don’t give me almond milk in there! Also I want that milk glass so bad… it’s SO cute!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 15, 2012 at 10:32 am (#

      Well they’re selling them! Follow the link I gave at the bottom of the post :)

  6. Heather (Where's the Beach) — July 15, 2012 at 5:34 am (#

    Not really a milk drinker. When I did drink real milk I was the oddball that only liked skim. We didn’t get lots of shakes as a kid, but there was one place that made malted shakes and that was always a treat.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 15, 2012 at 10:32 am (#

      Dairy Queen was the ultimate summer treat for us – Blizzards and milkshakes and fond memories!

  7. Sam @ Fit for My Fork — July 15, 2012 at 7:40 am (#

    Wow. Just wow. This looks incredible! I love cake batter and cookie dough… sometimes more than the actual cake or cookie!

  8. Anna @ On Anna's Plate — July 15, 2012 at 8:09 am (#

    Haha…I love the cake mix rim. Too cute.

  9. Stefania @ Revitalize with Stefania — July 15, 2012 at 8:15 am (#

    looks fabulous- going to have to try it with your cake mix substitute! I will use almond milk, but that’s just me :)

  10. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 15, 2012 at 8:18 am (#

    This looks so delicious, Averie! I love the cake batter rim – totally puts this over the top for me!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 15, 2012 at 10:29 am (#

      whipped cream and chocolate sauce dripping all over the place would have made this more over the top but since I was actually going to drink this and did – I didn’t ‘need’ any more over the top-ness :)

  11. marla — July 15, 2012 at 8:30 am (#

    Fabulous!! And love the photos :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 15, 2012 at 10:28 am (#

      I always pick the hottest stretch of weather to shoot cold/chilled stuff. It never fails! And then it wants to get all melty and condensation and well, you know the drill!

  12. Kris — July 15, 2012 at 8:54 am (#

    I can almost taste this… and I probably WOULD have added peanut butter! ;)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 15, 2012 at 10:27 am (#

      And okay, I did add a little bit as I was portioning this into glasses to split with the family. Skylar wanted choc sauce and I wanted PB and Scott wanted both :)

  13. Jen @ Savory Simple — July 15, 2012 at 9:29 am (#

    This looks SO decadent! I may have to go make a milkshake now!

  14. Sue/the view from great island — July 15, 2012 at 9:42 am (#

    This looks crazy good, Avery, so frothy and frosty. Your photos are so creative and VERY persuasive!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 15, 2012 at 10:26 am (#

      creative and VERY persuasive! <– thank you! That’s my goal and although whipped cream and chocolate sauce dripping all over the place would have made this even more “wow factor” like I see on many sites with ice-cream or smoothie drinks, I was actually going to drink this and did – and didn’t ‘need’ all that whipped cream and more sauce. Lol

  15. Jolene ( — July 15, 2012 at 10:11 am (#

    I’ve been baking waaaay too much for how hot it is. This looks like a much better alternative … although not as easy to deliver to friends homes :-)

  16. Cassie — July 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm (#

    Ok, if you insist, I’ll eat a milkshake that tastes like cake mix…and I’m sure I will LOVE it!

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  18. sally @ sallys baking addiction — July 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm (#

    OMG YES!!!! I’ve been out of town Averie and over the hot sunny weekend at the lake, I would’ve DIED for one of these babies! I think you may have made this milkshake with me in mind? ;)

    “Have your cake and drink it too.” Love it. And yes, I have about 4 open cake mix boxes in my pantry. I wonder how this guy would taste with yellow cake mix? Amazing. And brownie? Glorious.

    I’m not really a milk drinker. In fact, I sort of hate the stuff. I like almond milk or soy milk, but I never actually pour myself a glass. I put them IN things like smoothies or milkshakes. And I know we’ve talked about it before.. almond milk IN coffee is disgusting! Ahh! Gotta have my creamer for that. :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm (#

      There are sooooo many ways to go with this little milkshake from yellow to funfetti to sprinkles (yes, so you)…lots of them have already been done. Relayed, parlayed, Pinterested and played out but I kind of didn’t care and did it anyway. And yes, you and I with the cake mixes…always something open :)

  19. Pam — July 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm (#


    Sponsored by the milk lobby?

    Pretty sad to see this on this blog — thought you promoted a responsible plant based diet, not the milk lobby.

    • Jan — July 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm (#

      Ditto! Thank you, Pam!

  20. vanillasugarblog — July 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm (#

    Great way to use up cake mixes.
    I’m out of jimmies, thanks for the reminder! lol

  21. luv what you do — July 15, 2012 at 4:45 pm (#

    You had me at cake batter milk shake. This looks as good as the Chocolate Cake Shake from Portillo’s. Yummy!

  22. Marina@ Picnic at Marina — July 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm (#

    Hi Averie! I love milk and milk products, including milkshake. and my favorite would be coffee, we all love coffee milkshake… :)

  23. Paula — July 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm (#

    Another great use for cake mix!! This looks really rich (just the way I like my sweet stuff)! I never would have thought to use cake mix in a shake so this is really clever. I like regular milk and cream, but I’ll also drink coconut and almond milk. I don’t really care for some of the other alternative milks on the market like hemp, soy or rice though.

  24. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — July 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm (#

    oh my gosh Averie! this sounds so amazing! i LOVE cake batter — or at least, GF cake batter! haha my fav milkshake must include peanut butter, and lots of it! haha

  25. Ashley - baker by nature — July 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm (#

    Oh Averie, this looks sooooo creamy! I want it for lunch!

  26. Katie — July 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm (#

    I wouldn’t drink milk ever as a kid, so my mom would buy me chocolate milk – it was the only way she could get me to drink it. My siblings all still have a glass of milk with their dinners.

    And milkshakes? My favorite tradition growing up was popcorn and milkshake night. Once a month or so, on a Sunday night, we’d have poporn for dinner and a milkshake made with Carnation Malted Milk powder. Oh, so good.

  27. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm (#

    That blender picture is perfection! And usually, I don’t drink glasses of plain milk… I have lactose issues so I typically shy away from them, and ice cream (sadly) unless I want to suffer. Soy just doesn’t do it for me! But after seeing that tall, frosty glass of milk, that’s ALL I want to drink right now! So good.

  28. Patrick Timpone — July 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm (#

    Wow this looks absolutely incredible. Do you think I could make it with raw milk or raw cream and almond butter instead of peanut butter?

    I’m drooling over this…

  29. Leonor@FoodFaithFitness — July 16, 2012 at 11:03 am (#

    Great idea! I can’t do that much dairy anymore. It makes my tummy angry. :(

  30. Hannah — July 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm (#

    This looks beyond delicious!

  31. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — July 17, 2012 at 6:52 am (#

    Cake batter. YES PLEASE. Your photos are stunning. Milkshakes rock. I love those glasses! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 17, 2012 at 9:49 am (#

      Thanks, Dorothy. I love the glasses, too. They are almost vintage-ey and I dig that.

  32. Rhiannon-Baked In The South — July 17, 2012 at 9:04 am (#

    Delish! Thanks for sharing! We would love to have you link up with our party!

  33. Rhiannon-Baked In The South — July 18, 2012 at 8:29 am (#

    thanks for linking up! hope to see you next week!

  34. Back For Seconds — July 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm (#

    Good heavens that sounds too good to be true! It’s so hot out, I could really use one of these right now. Stunning photos as well (as usual)!
    I just sent you an email about a fun idea I have….can’t wait to hear what you think! :)

  35. Emily — July 19, 2012 at 11:42 am (#

    Oh my… milkshakes are my new fav thing because 1) its super hot out in Texas right now and 2) I’m almost 9mo preggo and milk is good for the baby right? haha!! Will have to try this!!

    Would love for you to link up at my Pin It Thursday party–

  36. Kayli — July 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm (#

    This is a spectacular idea! Chocolate + Cake + Icea Cream = Heaven!
    I am a constant sucker for milkshakes, but I have this tendency to put Oreos into EVERYTHING. This recipe was also a bit to thin for my taste, but it could be because I used frozen yogurt not ice cream.
    So to kick up this recipe I added 3 crushed Oreos and about 1/3 of a cup more frozen yogurt :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm (#

      Thin? Yes it had to have been the fro-yo because I used full-fat Haagen Dazs and cream (not milk) as I indicated in the recipe and holy thickness! Do real ice cream next time AND the Oreos (fun!) and you’ll be happy!

  37. Kate — July 26, 2012 at 8:24 am (#

    I’ve been looking at your website for a while. It helped a lot when I was trying to do a raw diet, or when I’ve had periods of wanting to just be Vegan…I’ve been a vegetarian for the past 15 years or so. And when I browse your desserts I die. Just dead. All of the ones listed above I’ve been coveting all day. Thank you for these and your continued experimentation in the dessert department.

  38. Sarah C — July 28, 2012 at 3:51 am (#

    I love this recipe and your blog. I would love if you could link to Thursday Food Fest. I open Wed at 7pm. Sarah

  39. Sofia @ Poppet's Window — August 15, 2012 at 12:38 am (#

    I want to CRY after reading this and looking at all of those recipes (in the BEST way).

    Craving sweets like never before, thanks for sharing : )

  40. Anne — August 16, 2012 at 10:12 am (#

    You are BRILLIANT!!!!!!!

  41. Patricia — August 17, 2012 at 10:41 am (#

    Great photos, but why repeat them? The one milkshake photo with the straw leaning to the right is shown 3 times in the post.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 17, 2012 at 11:29 am (#

      Because I felt like posting the pics I did. My photos, my blog, my decisions. Thanks for reading!

  42. Morgan — August 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm (#

    Absolutely in love! Going to try this very soon, and the rest of the recipes I just saw on the side also! In love with your blog now!! :D My stomach and taste buds thank you.

  43. Erin @ The Emerging Foodie — July 12, 2013 at 6:31 pm (#

    Umm, yes please! This looks amaaaaazing. Have you ever tried any other cake flavor before?

    • Averie Sunshine — July 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm (#

      Vanilla & Funfetti! They’re all good – use what you have on hand!

  44. Rosemary Green — July 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm (#

    Where do we find directions to make other flavors? The ingredients would vary a little bit, right? Thanks

    • Averie Sunshine — July 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm (#

      Other flavors? Just use other types of cake mix, from Funfetti to strawberry – and doctor it up with things you think would work like extra sprinkles, chunks of strawberries, etc.

  45. Sara Gepp — August 2, 2013 at 11:47 am (#

    This will make you really fat. WOAH

    • Averie Sunshine — August 2, 2013 at 11:51 am (#

      I’m sure it would if you drank one every day. Just like most people who drink any other type of milkshake or eat ice cream, if you ate it every day, you probably will gain weight.

      It’s a treat. Enjoy it every now and then.

  46. Joanna — June 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm (#

    Can’t wait to make this! I was just wondering if I wanted to make this with yellow or white/vanilla cake mix, what would I use instead of the chocolate syrup?

    • Averie Sunshine — June 8, 2014 at 11:49 pm (#

      You can just omit it, or you could try butterscotch sauce, melted white chocolate, peanut butter, there are no rules – whatever sounds good to you, or omit.

  47. Frances Joyce Barker — August 15, 2014 at 7:09 am (#

    I don’t have opened boxes of cake mix but i will open one just to try this shake I have cake mixes in my pantry so i will open one and give it a whirl Thanks For The Post / Blog……

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