CUPCAKE MILKSHAKE SMACK-DOWN.
So last weekend I assembled the ingredients, and a distinguished panel of judges. The ingredients for both recipes included, of course, a really great cupcake. Fairway had these vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting that looked like they were pleading to be made into milkshakes.
The Serious Eats version, which they call a CakeShake and credit back to Squareburger in Philadelphia, calls for blending the cupcake with vanilla ice cream. So I picked up some Ben and Jerry’s, because who is better than they are? The CakeSpy version calls for blending the cupcake with an ice cream cone (sugar or wafer is fine)…
So I had all my ingredients at the ready. I started with the Serious Eats version — one cupcake, about a cup of vanilla ice cream, into the blender: bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (blender sounds). It was very, very thick. I added about 1/2 cup of milk, bzzzzzzzzz. Looked like perfect milkshake consistency, so I poured it into a glass, popped it into the fridge and went on to the CakeSpy version. One cupcake, one ice cream cone, 1/2 cup heavy cream, bzzzzzzzzz. Also very thick, so added 1/2 cup of milk, bzzzzzzzzzz. This one came out a little thinner than the ice cream version, but still thick enough to look milkshake-ish. Into the glass it went.
Hey, wait a minute. I’m not falling for that again.
My two legitimate judges sampled both versions without knowing which one was which, and both unanimously voted for the ice cream version. In their expert opinion, it was sweeter, and more milkshake-like. The ever-helpful Southern husband, who was the back-up judge in the event of a tie, also voted for the ice cream version. Although to be totally fair to the runner-up, both milkshakes were quickly demolished after the taste-test, so I would call the other one a VERY close second-place finisher. In both versions, I was impressed that the milkshake was not at all grainy – the blender did a good job of mixing it up very smoothly. If you’ve ever had cake-batter flavor ice cream, that’s pretty much what this tastes like. And I’m guessing that it works on any flavor ice cream/cupcake combo you want…
So there you go, I have now done all the difficult research for you, and you can now go forth and confidently make your own cupcake milkshakes. Unless of course you want to do your own taste-tests, in which case I have included both recipes below.