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Portillo's Chocolate Cake Shake Copycat Recipe

Ever tried a chocolate cake shake? This is one recipe you've got to taste to believe!

Updated June 20, 2018
Portillos Chocolate Cake Shake Copycat Recipe
Portillos Chocolate Cake Shake Copycat Recipe
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You can now have a milkshake and eat your cake too! Combine them and make this delicious cake shake. Our Copycat Portillo's Chocolate Cake Shake is a delicious chocolate milkshake made with real chocolate cake. It sounds as great as it tastes! Fans of the original tasty chocolate cake milkshake will absolutely adore our easy-to-make but decadent version of this Portillo's favorite. Whether you're from the Chicagoland area or just want to make a shake in a brand new way, this copycat dessert is not one you want to pass by! 

This Portillo's chocolate cake shake recipe requires a lot of ice cream and a full piece of chocolate cake. That means prep can truly take some time. If you want to create a low-effort version of this treat, consider picking up a single serving (or two) of chocolate cake from the grocery store.

This delicious milkshake was inspired by this blogger copycat version of Portillo's Chocolate Cake Shake.


Preparation Time5 min

Cooking Time10 min


Total TimeUnder 15 minutes


  • 6 scoops of chocolate ice cream
  • 1 big slice of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, crumbled
  • 1 shot of espresso (optional)
  • A few splashes of milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate sprinkles


  1. In a blender, add the ice cream, cake, espresso (optional), and a few splashes of milk.

  2. Blend until smooth.

  3. Pour in a glass and top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkes. Enjoy!

Did You Know?

The first Portillo's opened as a small shack called the Hot Dog House in the 60s in the west suburbs of Chicago! After the small shack grew in popularity, the owner, Dick Portillo decided to rebrand, naming the restaurant after himself. Known for their delicious hot dogs, decandent chocolate cake, and refreshing chocolate cake shakes, Portillo's soon became a staple of the Chicagoland food scene.

Eventually the company became more ambitious and started opening stores across the U.S., including expanding to Wisconsin, Indiana, Arizona, and Florida. For a brief period in the 80s and 90s, they even had multiple locations in Japan!

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SO GOOD! And it tastes just like the original from Portillo's.

WHAAAT! A chocolate cake...SHAKE?! Now that is what I'm talking about! I have had one of these at Portillos and it was the bomb diggity dog.

Ooooooh! The famous cake shake! There's a Portillo's right down the road from me. I'll have to make this and then do a taste test )


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