How to Make a Birthday Cake Shake


Start to Finish: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Even if it’s not your birthday, the flavor of a birthday cake shake will make you feel like it is. This thick, creamy concoction brings together the flavors of vanilla ice cream with the cake batter you licked off the beaters as a kid -- or even as an adult. Rainbow sprinkles add to this celebratory drink that you can whip together in minutes.


    • 2 large scoops vanilla ice cream (about 1/2 cup each)
    • 1/4 cup whole milk
    • 2 tablespoons vanilla cake mix
    • Rainbow sprinkles
    • Whipped cream


  • Place the ice cream, milk and cake mix into the jar of a blender. Start the blender on low and slowly increase to high speed until all the ingredients are fully mixed. Alternatively, mix with a hand blender. Pour into a glass, and serve topped with a generous mound of whipped cream and a shake of sprinkles.

Embellish the Shake

  • Experiment with other flavors and garnishes. Use chocolate ice cream and chocolate cake mix, for example. Add a cookie straw; use colored sugar rather then sprinkles; or top with berries and mini chocolate chips.

    If you prefer a thick shake that requires a spoon, add less milk; for thinner shakes add a bit more milk. Avoid adding ice to the shake in hopes of thickening it; you'll end up with a watered-down flavor.

    Premium ice cream will create a shake with the creamiest texture and richest flavor. If you don't have whole milk on hand, low- or nonfat will work, but may make the shake slightly more watery.

Special Touch

  • Rim the glass for the shake with sprinkles for an extra festive flair. Paint a light layer of corn syrup on the upper rim of a glass with a pastry brush. Then, dip the glass into a shallow bowl of sprinkles. Pour the shake in and, of course top, with more sprinkles.

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