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A homemade copycat of the perfection that is Portillo’s Chocolate Cake Shake! A rich, thick chocolate shake with frosted chocolate cake blended right in.

A chocolate cake shake with a red and white striped straw next to chocolate cake

Lately, I’ve been pretty homesick. The recurring cravings for deep dish pizza, Italian beef, and the magic of Oberweis milk home delivery have really been interfering with my day-to-day life.

Even worse? My craving for a Portillo’s Chocolate Cake Shake

I try to plan dinner, and my thoughts are consumed with the idea of making dessert. Just dessert, no dinner. And not just any dessert – a chocolate cake shake.

It’s taken me this long to finally pull the trigger because it means I need to make a friggin’ chocolate layer cake. To throw in a blender (aff link). Sounds weird, right?

It’s not. It’s genius and delicious and if you don’t agree with me you’re WRONG. Okay, I’m sorry, you’re not wrong, you’re just… misinformed.

Two layer chocolate cake with a slice removed to show the layers of cake and frosting

How to make a chocolate cake shake

Make my favorite double chocolate layer cake, and then toss a slice into the blender (aff link) with ice cream to make this shake. 

I know, I know – it means you’re making an entire cake just to use a slice, but don’t look at it that way. You’re making an entire cake, which means you could make 8-16 chocolate cake shakes (depending on the size of of the slices – I recommend a big slice).

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the perfect reason to throw a party.

A blender full of chocolate ice cream and frosted chocolate cake

Don’t go store bought with the cake!

You might think you could just buy a little grocery store chocolate cake and chop off a piece to throw in the blender (aff link), but I promise you… you don’t want to do that. It will be nowhere near as good.

You also want a good quality chocolate ice cream — seriously, don’t skimp on this. Even better? Make your own!

A chocolate cake shake with a red and white striped straw next to chocolate cake

Nothing will ever compare to sitting down with the classic red and white cup at a Chicagoland Portillo’s, but this will have to do until my next trip home.

And fair warning – the next time I fly home, I’ll be the one with my luggage spilling out onto the terminal floor as I sprint to the nearest Portillo’s. Just try to stay out of my way, k? K.

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Chocolate Cake Shake

5 from 1 vote
A homemade copycat of the perfection that is Portillo's Chocolate Cake Shake! A rich, thick chocolate shake with frosted chocolate cake blended right in.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 1 shake

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a blender, combine ice cream and cake and blend until just combined - the beauty of this recipe is that it's not completely smooth.
  • Pour into glass and enjoy with a straw or spoon!

Notes

To make the math easy, just add 1 slice of cake to each 1 cup of chocolate ice cream.
  • If you slice your cake into 8 large slices, you'll have a thicker shake that likely warrants a spoon.
  • If you slice your cake into 16 thinner slices, it will be less thick.

Nutrition

Calories: 1420kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 549IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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