Cake Batter Milkshakes {3 Ingredient Recipe}

Published July 9, 2013. Updated April 23, 2019

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This Birthday Cake Milkshake Recipe uses just three ingredients and comes together in under 5 minutes. This is the best homemade milkshake I’ve ever made! 

birthday cake milkshake garnished with sprinkles and a straw

Easy Homemade Milkshake Recipe

Have you tried a cake batter milkshake or cake batter ice cream yet? When we were at the ice cream shop over the holiday, my younger brother kept talking up this cake batter ice cream they had and told me I had to try it.

I did try it, and I’m so glad I did because it was amazing! It tasted just like vanilla ice cream with a white cake mix blended in.

I rarely get out the cake mix since I’m all about making things from scratch. But these homemade milkshakes wouldn’t be the same with a homemade cake mix.

They’d just be missing that flavor we all love, the flavor that reminds us of those batter-covered beaters we’d get to lick when we’d help Mom make a cake when we were kids.

The first time I made these vanilla milkshakes, I tried to make them healthier by using Greek yogurt. While it was fairly good, I couldn’t get my daughter to eat it (she said she just didn’t like them). Sometimes things are just meant to be a little more indulgent!

Hopefully you get around to making these milkshakes soon because they are so easy and so delicious, and your whole family will love them.  So forget root beer floats the next time you are looking for a refreshing, ice cold and quick dessert and make these instead!

Birthday Cake Milkshake Ingredients

For this easy milkshake recipe, you’ll need:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Milk
  • Vanilla or funfetti dry cake mix
  • Sprinkles (optional)

birthday cake milkshake in glass rimmed with sprinkles

How to Make a Homemade Milkshake

  • Add all ingredients except the sprinkles in a blender.
  • Blend until the milkshake is your desired consistency.

Can I Use a Different Cake Mix for This Recipe?

I don’t see why not! You won’t wind up with a birthday cake milkshake, but I’m sure your milkshake would still taste delicious.

Can I Make This Milkshake Dairy-Free?

I haven’t tried it myself, but I’m sure you could use a dairy-free ice cream and non-dairy milk in this milkshake recipe. And I’m fairly certain most cake mixes don’t contain dairy, but check the ingredients label on your boxed cake mix to be safe.

Tips for the Best Milkshakes

  • For a thicker milkshake, use slightly less milk than the recipe calls for.
  • You can use half-and-half or cream in place of part (or all) of the milk.
  • If you want to decorate your milkshake glasses, brush a little corn syrup around the rim then roll the glass in sprinkles.

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Birthday Cake Milkshakes

This Birthday Cake Milkshake Recipe uses just three ingredients and comes together in under 5 minutes. This is the best homemade milkshake I've ever made! 
Servings: 2
Prep5 minutes
Ready in: 5 minutes


  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup milk*
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or funfetti dry cake mix (from a boxed cake mix, I used Betty Crocker white), heat treat to kill potentially harmful bacteria
  • Sprinkles (optional)


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender except sprinkles.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Fold in sprinkles if desired.
  • Pour into cups and serve immediately, garnished with more sprinkles if desired.


  • *You can replace some of this with half and half or cream, just depending on how thick and rich you want it.
  • Note: I used light corn syrup to stick sprinkles to rim of cup (just a very thin layer). I poured the sprinkles in a container lid and rolled the corn syrup coated rim in sprinkles.
Nutrition Facts
Birthday Cake Milkshakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 552 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 571mg25%
Potassium 465mg13%
Carbohydrates 85g28%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 59g66%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 676IU14%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 440mg44%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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  • Nicalaine Brown

    A big hit with grandkids…..and the parents and grandparents!
    Easy and delicious!

  • William

    I’d never heard of cake batter milkshakes before, but my pregnant love brought them up today (while deducing what her craving for something sweet was — she said a cake batter milkshake was all she wanted). Now, we just moved to Canada for my work, from the States, and the only place that seemed to have them them was Denny’s, which was further than I wanted to drive if I could avoid it (I would have, but…). One Google search to right here, and one WalMart trip later, I had ice cream, milk, cake mix, and a brand new single serve blender. A few minutes and a couple “No, no, don’t come in here, I am doing a secret thing”s later, I had a ridiculously ecstatic love drinking a delicious shake (which she just bounced around while singing “happy little dancing cake batter shake”, so I think it is safe to assume she adores it). Spot on perfect recipe. Thanks so much! =D

  • Randee

    Just made these heavenly cake batter milkshakes for the 2nd time! My boys
    ages 5 & 7 remembered how great they
    were the last time I made them and since I didn’t want to go out to get milkshakes, they reminded Mama everything we need is right here at home. So simple, so delicious!
    Thanks Jaclyn

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