Chocolate Stout CakeShakes

Chocolate stout cake milkshakes with stout whipped cream and chocolate stout ganache.

Somehow it’s already Thursday and this is the first recipe I’m posting this week? Whoops!

If you like chocolate, stout beer, chocolate cake with stout beer in it, and ice cream, you’re going to love this recipe.

Chocolate stout cake milkshakes with stout whipped cream and chocolate stout ganache.

You may remember this Chocolate Stout Cake that I made for St. Patrick’s day. You may also remember that it was four layers and too tall for the cake dome that goes with that cake stand. Actually, I couldn’t find anything tall enough to cover it, so I cut it into slices and put them in the freezer.

Then I may or may not have forgotten about them. May or may not have. Key words, y’all.

But you won’t put your cake in the freezer and forget about it so it’s okay.

Chocolate stout cake milkshakes with stout whipped cream and chocolate stout ganache.

This milkshake, or cakeshake as I’m calling it, starts with chocolate ice cream and chocolate stout cake. I used this recipe, but you will definitely not need 4 layers of cake. Unless you’re planning on serving like 38 people. I’ve halved my original recipe in the recipe below, but you still may end up with some cake leftover. Which is definitely not a bad thing.

Chocolate stout cake milkshakes with stout whipped cream and chocolate stout ganache.

Once the you’ve blended up the cake and ice cream in your blender that is hopefully better than the one I got at Walmart for 8 dollars, you add some more cake crumbs on top, pipe some whipped cream on there, and then drizzle it with ganache.

(I’ve realized that I put ganache on everything these days, but I’m okay with it.)

But the whipped cream and ganache aren’t just regular old whipped cream and ganache. Stout cakeshakes call for stout everything, right? Of course!

Chocolate stout cake milkshakes with stout whipped cream and chocolate stout ganache.

I really love all of the textures in this milkshake. There’s the creaminess of the ice cream, which is mixed with the soft cake. Then there’s the thicker layer of cake crumbs. Fluffy whipped cream and silky ganache add more layers of flavor and are completely necessary. I eventually went at my milkshake with a spoon because the paper straw just wasn’t cutting it. It’s not too thick for a straw it was just weird because it’s…paper. Anyway, when you get all of those textures in one spoonful, it’s seriously wonderful.

Chocolate stout cake milkshakes with stout whipped cream and chocolate stout ganache.

Chocolate Stout CakeShakes

Yield: 6 shakes


    Chocolate Stout cake:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cup stout beer (I used Guinness)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 gallon chocolate ice cream
  • Stout Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp stout beer (I used Guinness)
  • Chocolate Stout Ganache:
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2-3 tbsp stout beer (Guinness)


    Chocolate Stout Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray two 8 inch cake pans with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper.
  2. Combine sugar, oil, and egg and, using a handheld mixer, mix on medium speed until combined.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and stout beer. Mix until incorporated.
  4. Add buttermilk and mix until completely combined.
  5. Divide batter between the two cake pans and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean.
  6. Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Once cakes are cool, cut one layer into slices. The number of slices will depend on how many milkshakes you will be making.
  8. Cut the second cake layer into small cubes, or crumbs. These crumbs will be sprinkled on top of the milkshakes.
  9. Stout Whipped Cream:
  10. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and, using a handheld mixer, mix on medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
  11. Transfer whipped cream to a piping bag and store it in the refrigerator.
  12. Chocolate Stout Ganache:
  13. In a microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and heavy cream. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir vigorously. Microwave for 20 seconds and stir. If the chips aren't all the way melted at this point, let the ganache sit a few minutes and stir again. Microwave for 10 more seconds if they're still not melted.
  14. Add 2 tablespoons of stout beer and stir. The ganache should be a drizzly consistency at this point, but you can add another tablespoon of beer if you think you need it.
  15. Assembly (for one shake):
  16. In a blender, add one slice of cake and three scoops of ice cream. Blend until mostly smooth and there are no large lumps.
  17. Pour into a glass or jar and sprinkles with cake crumbs.
  18. Pipe whipped cream on top and drizzle with ganache.

Recipe from bethcakes. All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without permission. If you would like to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.

Do people actually use paper straws for things other than photos?


    • says

      Thanks, Ashley! I’ve been storing some paper straws for awhile and finally used them. Not very practicing for actually drinking out of them, haha. :)

    • says

      Thanks, Jenn! I’ve had some paper straws stashed away for awhile, but this may actually be the first time I’ve used them, haha. Thanks for pinning! :)

  1. says

    Forget regular milkshakes, cakeshakes are where it’s at! I could totally go for one of these right now. I’m with you on drinking out of a paper straw…it’s just weird. Love the pictures!

  2. says

    I’m pretty sure no one really drinks out of paper straws, but they sure do look pretty and the paper straw makers have food bloggers to thank for keeping them in business :)
    I am loving everything about this cakeshake!! It is amazing!

  3. says

    Okay, pretty pretty please come to my house and take all of my photos! Seriously drooling over here Beth! All that chocolate sauce…MMM! And I LOVE when I forget I have something delicious in the freezer – win! Pinned this :)

    • says

      Chelsea, you do NOT need me to come take your photos!! Seriously, yours are insanely gorgeous! Thanks for pinning. :)

    • says

      Thanks, Helen! I served mine in jam jars, but now that I think about it, beer mugs totally would have been a better idea!

  4. says

    I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS CAKESHAKE. Especially the name: cakeshake. How do you not smile when you say cakeshake?! πŸ˜€ Beth this is just the coolest thing ever. <3 For reals. Love it!

  5. says

    This is one decadent ‘cakeshake” (love that word, btw). I can just imagine how thick and creamy these must be — they’re making me want ice cream for breakfast. Oh, and I know what you mean about paper straws. I’ve tried drinking out of them, but usually I take just a few sips before ditching the paper straw. They taste like cardboard (since they are!)

  6. says

    A CAKE shake? Oh my gosh, this is genius! I’m in love with those pudding-cake style desserts and absolutely love milkshakes so this is way, right, up my alley. And an eight dollar blender?? What a deal!

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