The Cupshake. Cupcake + milkshake.

Two delicious desserts swirled into one summer treat.

It’s a new thing I first came across on Pinterest, which led me here and here and all around the web in search of a recipe. I didn’t ever find the formula I was looking for, but the concept seems easy enough: you mix a cupcake with some ice cream, whirl everything around in a blender, and slurp it with a straw!

Might I recommend one of these nice, cheap ones from my favorite boutique, Target?


Whether or not you have an arsenal of cute stripey straws, cupshakes need to happen. I’m all for this trend! I’m only disappointed that I didn’t come up with such a fabulous invention myself.

“Cupshake.” Genius!

All you need for this recipe is a plain old cupcake (or one bursting with flavor, something I fully intend on exploring in the near future!), a giant scoop of ice cream, and a splash of milk. My vanilla bean cupcakes taste great mixed with vanilla bean ice cream!

You can make things more interesting by throwing a whole cupcake in the blender, frosting and all. I did just that. What a great way to use up leftover cupcakes (as if anyone has any…) or cakes that are a little on the dry side!

If you want to balance out the whole cupcake-in-your-drink thing, you can use frozen yogurt as a healthier alternative to ice cream. Both versions get my seal of approval, especially when used with heavily-flavored cupcakes like my favorite vanilla bean ones!

No matter what flavors and varieties you choose, cupshakes make a fun summer snack. I served mine in bottles I saved from Target’s store-brand Frappuccino knockoffs with the aforementioned stripey straws, and they looked pretty cute without much effort. You could whip these up in even less time if you used store-bought cupcakes.

Try some out for yourself! Let’s make cupshakes an even bigger thing than they already are.




Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 cupshake



  • 1 vanilla cupcake
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 Tbsp. skim milk


  1. In a blender, combine cupcake, ice cream and milk. Blend well until completely smooth. Pour into a glass and sip with a straw.


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