Milkshakes are the perfect treat to use up leftover cake

As delicious and filling as cakes are, they can quickly fill a crowd, leaving you not only full, but with plenty of leftovers. Although most foodies use their leftovers with a slice of cake the next day, mixing it with a milkshake gives new life to an old cake.

Once a cake leaves the oven, it begins to harden, leading to stale surfaces. Mixing it into a shake reintroduces much-needed moisture into the desiccant cake. Whether it’s triple chocolate or red velvet, the cake mix infuses your milkshake with its sweet flavor nuances. Because the cake itself already displays a rich, decadent sweetness, you don’t need to use as many agents like vanilla extract or cocoa powder to flavor your shake, saving your pastries and saving them for other culinary adventures. Plus, there’s no shortage of flavor combinations. Two of your favorite desserts mixed into one while reducing food waste: what’s not to love?

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Tips for Making Cake Milkshakes

Person sprinkling cocoa on a milkshake – Victoria Popova/Getty Images

Making a cake milkshake is as simple as combining ingredients in a blender and pressing a button. However, there are a few tips to keep in mind to maximize the taste and texture of your cake shake. You won’t end up falling into any of the common mistakes people make with milkshakes.

Cake milkshakes are great for stale leftovers, but they don’t need to be stale like cardstock. Storing your leftover cake at room temperature can slow the staling process, while storing it in the refrigerator tends to speed it up. Leftover cake stored at room temperature will stay fresh for up to three days, but know when it’s time to throw away leftover cake: you don’t want to make a shake with rotten produce. Sour smells and discoloration are signs that it’s time to throw away your leftover cake.

Ratios are key: you don’t want a milkshake that’s too runny or too dense. Use ¼ cup of milk for every cup of ice cream and blend the mixture before introducing a slice of cake and blend again until silky smooth. Whole milk and ice cream will provide the richest texture.

Tasty ideas for an unforgettable cake milkshake

Slice of red velvet cake with shake

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Classic homemade vanilla ice cream and vanilla cake are a match made in heaven, but if you want to jazz things up, there are plenty of combinations to mix up for a flavorful cake shake. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and use additional ingredients (even if it’s not required).

Leftover carrot cake with a dollop of cream cheese and French vanilla ice cream culminates in an ultra-rich, ultra-decadent cake shake with warm, spicy undertones—bonus points for topping the shake with a another slice of leftover cake.

Leftover red velvet cake mixed with a splash of cold brew coffee and coffee-infused ice cream makes a caffeinated milkshake that balances the bold flavors of a cup of coffee with the sweet, cocoa flavors of cake. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat.

Try making a smoothie cake inspired by the menu at Portillo — a hot dog chain founded in Chicago — featuring plain vanilla ice cream and an incredibly chocolatey slice of cake. This dreamy concoction is a timeless, best-selling smoothie that you can make at home. Top with a dollop of whipped cream because why not?

Next time you have leftover cake, don’t let it go to waste. Get out some ice, milk, and whatever your heart desires, and turn on the blender. Trust us; Your taste buds will thank you.

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