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Healthy Cake Batter Milkshake

A sweet, creamy, and delicious cake batter milkshake that is secretly healthy!!!

Creamy, sweet, delicious, cake batter milkshake that is secretly healthy!

If the above photo didn’t get your attention, I wash my hands of you.

cake batter vegan milkshake

Today, it’s all about the cake batter.

Cake Batter Milkshake

  • 1 frozen, large banana, as ripe as possible
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut butter (you might be able to sub unrefined, melted coconut oil but it won’t be as buttery)
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup milk of choice (For an extremely rich, ice-cream-like shake, try full-fat canned coconut milk. Use more or less milk, depending on desired thickness.)
  • If you prefer smoothies in a bowl, reduce milk or add a pinch of xantham and guar gums, just like with the Mint-Chocolate Chip Milkshake.
  • Optional: 2-3 tsp butter-type spread (such as Earth Balance), melted, for a more cake-like flavor. (Or you can either add 1 tbsp macadamia or cashew butter, or very scant 1/8 tsp butter extract, which is oddly vegan. I emailed Wilton.)
  • Optional: handfuls of sprinkles

Blend everything together in your Vita-Mix or blender. Add some sprinkles, pre-blending, and throw some more on top! (No, the sprinkles aren’t raw. See note, further down in this post.)


This tastes delicious to me… but I’ve never had cake batter ice cream. So if you make this…

Please let me know:

Did I succeed in making it taste like a true cake batter shake? Tell me the truth; if I didn’t, I’ll be happy to keep tweaking the recipe. Edible experiments are always fun! Other ideas I tossed around while thinking up the recipe include:

1. Adding a few drops of coconut extract.
2. Making it un-raw and adding batter from my Single-Lady Cupcake.
3. Adding baking powder, or flour, for a cake-y taste.

cake batter shake


cake batter blender

Now I’m thinking of other ideas to try:

Cake batter oatmeal, raw ice cream… or even Healthy Funfetti Cake.

This isn’t the last of the cake-batter experiments!

cake milkshake

A word about the sprinkles:

I’d planned to find a raw substitute. And, when I asked on Twitter, some of you suggested dried fruit or veggies.

But it would’ve looked more like a crunchy granola shake than one of cake batter. Plus, I’m not a raw-foodist, and I truly believe that a small shake of sprinkles once in a blue moon will not hurt anyone. (They even make organic sprinkles now.) However, you can easily forgo the sprinkles if you make this shake. I included them more for decoration than anything else. (Same goes for the soyatoo.)

Be sure to check out my new recipe tab: Healthy Milkshake Recipes.


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Published on March 9, 2011

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  1. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says

    WOOHOO! totally deserves a new healthy shake tab! iv never had cake batter ice cream either! its deffos an american flavor! also.. you rly dont find ice cream places in london anyway- not that id go to them- not exactly vegan! im LOVING this milkshake series- and i think we all know Ive got a plentiful supply of bananas 😉

    my fave cake was when my parents made me a 3D basketball cake.. it was a sphere and it was gnarly

    • Anonymous says

      Have you been to Inspiral Lounge in Camden? They have a selection of raw vegan ice creams (as well as other yummy food, including other raw desserts).

      • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

        I second Anonymous Carrie!! I’ve been to Inspiral Lounge and it is AMAZING!! You will want to go back every day! 😀

        • Lily says

          right round the corner there’s also a place called cookies and scream, which sells vegan (and gluten free!) cookies, cakes, brownies (one of the best in London apparently), and also sell milkshakes! they use Swedish Glace ice cream in them, which, as much as it isn’t as healthy as they lovely ice cream recipes on here, is absolutely delicious!
          The Inspiral Lounge and the Cookies and Scream stall make an excellent Camden outing

  2. VeggieGirl says

    I’m glad you used regular sprinkles – they’re sprinkles! Just live and enjoy, folks, haha 😉

    Looove that milkshake!!

    My favorite cake when I was little had all the Mickey Mouse characters on it (Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Pluto, and Goofy).

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      LOL I was *this* close to publishing a whole, big essay-thing at the end of the post about how a little HFCS, food coloring, or even (gasp) a food with trans fat ONCE in a blue moon will not hurt you. But then I decided against it, because I wanted to keep the focus of the post lighthearted and positive, and let the recipe/photos shine.

      And now I’m wishing I had a pluto cake. He was my favorite!

      • Tanner says

        When I was a kid, my mom would go all out with cakes! She would make them look like whatever we wanted. She did them for other people, too. They were always the centerpiece of the party! One year I had a dinosaur island, complete with WORKING volcano! I’ve also had a rainbow unicorn, Dobby from Harry Potter (that one was especially good, it was carrot cake w/ cream cheese frosting), Winnie the Pooh (first birthday), and more that I can’t remember off the top of my head. Some I remember from other people are Power Rangers, Teletubbies, Bionicle, oh there must’ve been at least a hundred! They were all one-hundred percent from scratch, she even handmade the richest buttercream frosting and colored it herself. I always hated buttercream, though. Anyway, cake is great! And so are milkshakes, so I’m gonna make this, and I’m going to put a volcano of whipped cream spewing chocolate sauce on top! 🙂

    • Laura says

      Amen! 🙂 This looks delicious, but I would be seriously worried about the mental state of some of Katie’s readers if they were that worked up about a small handful of sprinkles. Sprinkles are fun! Many parts of life are totally crap and hard enough without stressing over a bit of coloured sugar.

  3. Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) says

    Oh this looks so good! I love how you have turned something that would otherwise be soo unhealthy and full of calories into a nutritious treat!

    I totally agree with you about the sprinkles. A few sprinkles aren’t going to matter, and they’re sooo cute, too!

    Don’t mind me….I’m off to freeze a banana! 🙂

    • Melissa says

      Peel it first!!! Seriously. SERIOUSLY.

      Trying to peel a frozen banana hurts with the coldness of a thousand blazing cold icy suns.

      • Gabriela says

        Hello. just a suggestion on bananas: peel them first , than cut them into little pieces than freeze them. It is much easier and they blend easier too. Enjoy

      • Natalie says

        If you DO need to freeze it without peeling (as in, “Oh crap, I’ve got to leave for a week and I have 1 minute, but 20 bananas that need to br frozen!!!”) you can still throw them in the freezer, and just run them under warm water for a minute when you’re ready to blend them. The water will melt the peels from the fruit, and they’ll slide right off. 🙂

  4. Freya says

    That looks too pretty!
    I don’t remember any of my cakes 🙁 I don’t think cake was really a big deal in my family – heck, last birthday I made my own carrot muffins as a sub!! Oh the wild life :/

  5. A.Cook says

    WOW that looks amazing! Definitely going to try it out. I like the idea of adding cupcake batter to the mix as well, so I *guess* I’ll just be *forced* to try it both ways haha 🙂

    My mom made me a cake once (for either my 5th or 6th birthday) that was Raphael from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Just his head. It was AWESOME.

  6. Jennifer JCD says

    It’s so pretty!! And sounds so delicious. You’re genius, as always.

    Birthday cakes my mum made for me: a girl sleeping in a sleeping bag (for my first sleepover birthday party), a care bear, ice cream cake, plain chocolate cake with white frosting and sprinkles, and a marble white/chocolate swirl cake. My husband bakes me a cake or special dessert each year for my birthday: mango jelly roll cake, chocolate cake with raspberries, rootbeer float cupcakes, and many apple crisps. 🙂 Birthdays are such a fun celebration.

  7. Stefanie says

    That looks really good. It does remind me of cake batter by the way it is served. I don’t remember much about my birthday cakes. I think they were mostly the average store bought cakes with cheap toys on top. My favorite “cake” was not a cake but an edible arrangment. That was the best “cake” I have had.

  8. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete says

    This is so cute Katie!!!

    When I was a kid, my parents would always make us Jello Cakes for our birthdays — make a yellow cake, let it cool, poke holes all over it with a fork, then pour jello (mixed with the hot water and cold water) over the cake, let it cool, then place in the fridge to cool completely. Top with cool whip for frosting 🙂

    • Kristin says

      OMG, me, too! She’d make them for me and my cousin, we both have birthdays near Christmas so she’d use red and green jello. Yum!

  9. Veronica says

    I’m pretty sure the sprinkles are required in a cake batter milkshake! If you got the look, it doesn’t matter so much if the taste isn’t exactly spot on. 🙂 If I were to make this, I think using this or this would be essential to getting the cake batter flavor, and I personally don’t believe adding a little extract is going to make the whole thing unhealthy. (And I don’t believe for one second the places that make cake batter ice cream achieve the flavor naturally, unfortunately–I just don’t think it is completely possible!) I love your recipes Katie! You rock!

  10. Joy says

    Dear Katie,
    How about you move to Massachusetts and make me this every day? I will pay you in ummmmmmm idk what but the pup will pay you in kisses and running partnership!

      • Joy says

        The pup and I are only 15 minutes north of Boston! And you’d love pupster he is mostly vegan (allergies) though he occasionally has fresh salmon (from whole foods) so his kisses aren’t stinky and gross!

  11. [email protected] says

    That milkshake looks so good! The childhood birthday cakes I can remember were The Little Mermaid, Lion King, and My Little Pony haha 🙂 As I got older, I wasn’t a big icing fan, so birthday cakes were ice cream cakes, chocolate of course!

  12. Kaitlin says

    I love all of your recipes! You are so inventive! I can’t wait to try think shake – it looks amazing. Some of my memorable cakes include: a gumball machine, wakeboard, and Simba.

  13. Alyssa says

    Oh man, I almost licked my computer screen!!!!!!! That looks SO GOOD! Can’t wait to try it out.

    When I was a kid I LOVED pistachio cake, which my mom made for me every year on my birthday. She made it again last Christmas for the first time in…well, a long time, lol!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hey Tara,
      You can find it in the natural-food section of most grocery stores (if they have a natural food section), near the oils. Or look in the oil section at Whole Foods. But it MUST be virgin coconut oil, as the other type doesn’t have a coconutty flavor.

  14. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says

    Annnnd you just posted my afternoon snack. I can’t wait to try this!!! With sprinkles, FTW.

    My birthday cakes were ALWAYS Baskin-Robbins ice cream cake – cookies ‘n cream ice cream with chocolate cake. My favorite part was the icing they wrote “Happy Birthday” in. It tasted different/special for some reason.

  15. Erika says

    Katie! I made it!!!! And OMG it was as fab as could be! I went through a phase where I ate cake batter ice cream like it was my job, so I’m a pretty good judge. And I think ya got it down! Awesome recreation!!! 🙂

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