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Did you know that there’s actually a term for over-the-top milkshakes? They’re called freakshakes, and they’re downright magical. I had one for the first time at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen in Orlando, and my mind was blown. Who knew you could turn a simple milkshake into a three-foot-tall dessert tower?! Things got pretty crazy before the wedding (understatement of the century), so I decided to treat myself to my own version of a freakshake– this strawberry shortcake milkshake! Kyle and I loved it so much that I just had to share it with y’all, too! It’s super simple (in fact, there are only four ingredients) and one of the most delicious frozen treats I’ve ever made. Keep reading for the full strawberry milkshake recipe, including a step-by-step video tutorial!
Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake
This strawberry shortcake milkshake isn’t just tasty– it’s also pretty fun to look at. The key, though, is getting creative, so remember that the sky’s the limit with your toppings! The more, the merrier!
Can you believe you only need FOUR ingredients to make this strawberry shortcake milkshake?! Here’s everything you need–
- 3 scoops of natural strawberry ice cream– My personal favorite is Breyer’s.
- 1/2 cup strawberry milk– I personally love Promised Land Dairy! It’s affordable, sustainably sourced, and downright delish.
- 1 cup chopped pound cake– I use Sara Lee pound cake, which you can find in the dessert freezer aisle. It’s budget-friendly, freezable (obviously), and also delish.
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped– The sweeter the strawberries, the better!
Of course, they’re not official ingredients per se, but toppings are a must. Here are a few that pair perfectly with this strawberry shortcake milkshake recipe: whipped cream, strawberry syrup, rainbow sprinkles, pound cake crumbles, chopped strawberries, mini strawberry donuts (Little Debbie’s are delicious), donut holes, marshmallow fluff or colored marshmallows, shortcake cookies (whole or crumbled), graham crackers (whole or crumbled), and strawberry Twizzlers and/or red licorice. Really, the sky’s the limit, so get creative!
One of the best things about this strawberry shortcake milkshake is that you’ve got a lot of wiggle room as far as ingredients go, which is good considering this milkshake is pretty darn high in calories. Here are a few successful substitutions I’ve made–
- Shortbread cookies– If you don’t have or enjoy pound cake, you can use 3-4 shortbread cookies instead. This is a great way to cut calories without sacrificing flavor! I personally prefer the texture of pound cake, but I mean– you can’t go wrong with shortbread cookies in a strawberry shortcake milkshake. You just can’t.
- Low fat strawberry milk– Promised Land’s Very Berry Strawberry Milk is my personal favorite, but it’s whole milk. There are lots of low-fat options out there, such as Horizon’s Low Fat Organic Strawberry Milk and Nesquik’s Low Fat Strawberry Milk, if you’d like to cut calories.
- Light ice cream– To cut carbs and calories, use a light strawberry ice cream, such as Halo Top Strawberry Ice Cream, instead of regular.
Also, this is more of an addition instead of a substitution, but if you want to make your strawberry shortcake milkshake boozy, you can also in two ounces of strawberry vodka or Bailey’s Strawberry and Cream! I’m not much of a vodka drinker, so I personally prefer Baileys, but hey?! Why not try both?
Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake Recipe
The recipe here is pretty simple– combine all the ingredients in a blender and then blend until smooth. Easy peasy. The fun part, though, is coming up with toppings. Top your strawberry shortcake milkshake with whipped cream, strawberry syrup, sprinkles (I love these!), pound cake crumbles, chopped strawberries, or whatever you like. As a general rule, the bigger (and higher) the toppings, the better!
For an added “freakshake” touch, I also used these adorable pink heart cocktail picks to skewer two powdered donut holes and stuck a strawberry glazed mini donut on a pink striped paper straw. Side note– if you love strawberries and haven’t tried Hostess Glazed Strawberry Mini Donettes, you’re missing out!! They’re limited edition, unfortunately, so if you see them in stores, grab them while you can.
One of my favorite things about milkshakes in general is that they’re super easy to store. Here are the best ways to keep this strawberry shortcake milkshake fresh if you can’t dive in right away–
- Freezer– Transfer your milkshake to an airtight container and store it in the freezer, preferably away from the freezer door so that fluctuations in temperature don’t affect the consistency. When you’re ready to enjoy it, transfer it to the fridge and let it thaw for about 30 minutes before enjoying.
- Fridge– Unfortunately, milkshakes don’t keep for very long in the fridge. The ice cream will melt, and it’ll affect the consistency (and taste frankly) of your milkshake. So, as a rule of thumb, only store your strawberry milkshake in the fridge if you plan to consume it within a few hours.
- 3 scoops natural strawberry ice cream (roughly 1 1/2 cups)
- 1/2 cup strawberry milk, such as Promised Land's Very Berry Milk
- 1 cup chopped pound cake
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
- Combine the natural strawberry ice cream, strawberry milk, cubed pound cake, and chopped strawberries in a blender. Blend until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
- Pour the strawberry shortcake milkshake mixture into a tall soda glass or large mason jar. Top with whipped cream, strawberry syrup, sprinkles, pound cake crumbles, more chopped strawberries, or whatever other strawberry milkshake toppings you like and pop in a straw.
- Serve cold and enjoy!
- Shortbread cookies- If you don't have or enjoy pound cake, you can use 3-4 shortbread cookies instead. This is a great way to cut calories without sacrificing flavor! I personally prefer the texture of pound cake, but I mean-- you can't go wrong with shortbread cookies in a strawberry shortcake milkshake. You just can't.
- Low fat strawberry milk- Promised Land's Very Berry Strawberry Milk is my personal favorite, but it's whole milk. There are lots of low-fat options out there, such as Horizon's Low Fat Organic Strawberry Milk and Nesquik's Low Fat Strawberry Milk, if you'd like to cut calories.
- Light ice cream- To cut carbs and calories, use a light strawberry ice cream, such as Halo Top Strawberry Ice Cream, instead of regular.
- Strawberry liqueur- To make this a boozy summer milkshake, throw two ounces of strawberry vodka or Bailey’s Strawberry and Cream liquor into the blender, as well, and enjoy responsibly!
- Extra milkshake toppings- In addition to whipped cream, strawberry syrup, rainbow sprinkles, pound cake crumbles, and chopped strawberries, other yummy strawberry milkshake toppings include mini strawberry donuts or donut holes, marshmallow fluff or colored marshmallows, shortcake cookies (whole or crumbled), graham crackers (whole or crumbled), and/or strawberry Twizzlers or red licorice. Really, the sky's the limit!
- Freezer- Transfer your milkshake to an airtight container and store it in the freezer, preferably away from the freezer door so that fluctuations in temperature don't affect the consistency. When you're ready to enjoy it, transfer it to the fridge and let it thaw for about 30 minutes before enjoying.
- Fridge- Unfortunately, milkshakes don't keep for very long in the fridge. The ice cream will melt, and it'll affect the consistency (and taste frankly) of your milkshake. So, as a rule of thumb, only store your strawberry milkshake in the fridge if you plan to consume it within a few hours.
Nutrition InformationYield 1Serving Size 1 milkshake
Amount Per ServingCalories 846Total Fat 41.9gSaturated Fat 21gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 235mgSodium 411mgCarbohydrates 104.1gFiber 4.9gSugar 86.1gProtein 14.5g
Nutritional information isn't always accurate and can vary based on a number of factors, including but not limited to discrepancies among brands, precision of measurements, and freshness of ingredients.
More Frozen Summer Treats to Try
Here are a few more frozen summer treat recipes to try–
- Boozy Bellini Popsicles– These yummy bellini popsicles are perfect for brunch and/or bridal parties, especially in the summertime! They’re made with frozen peaches and champagne, and you can easily omit the champagne to make a yummy (and healthy!) peach popsicle.
- Boozy Coconut Lime Popsicles– If you like coconut, you’ve got to try these boozy coconut lime popsicles! They’re made with creamy coconut milk, lime, and rum, and they’re to die for. Omit the rum for a yummy (and also healthy!) creamy coconut lime popsicle!
- Blueberry Basil Popsicles– These deliciously refreshing and Maine-inspired blueberry basil popsicles are the perfect family-friend summer treat! Keeping on theme with the two recipes listed above, you can make them boozy by substituting white rum for water, too.
If you tried this strawberry shortcake milkshake at home (especially if you made any noteworthy substitutions), let me know how it goes! Also, as always, please let me know if you have any questions about this recipe or any of my others. I love hearing from y’all, and I’m happy to help!
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