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Fresno cupcake bakeries evolving with ‘cake shakes’ and ice cream

The Frosted Cakery in Fresno makes “cake shakes” by plunking a cupcake – toppings and all – into a blender with vanilla ice cream. Here, a chocolate sundae cupcake has been turned into a shake.
The Frosted Cakery in Fresno makes “cake shakes” by plunking a cupcake – toppings and all – into a blender with vanilla ice cream. Here, a chocolate sundae cupcake has been turned into a shake. SPECIAL TO THE BEE

A cupcake shake? File this one under new and different foods to try.

This concoction is one of the new and creative things local cupcake bakeries are doing. The cupcake trend is evolving and all the changes here seem to involve ice cream.

The “cake shake,” as they call it, is made with vanilla ice cream at Frosted Cakery at 1292 N. Wishon Ave. in the Tower District.

“You pick any cupcake – or anything we sell on the counter, but usually it’s a cupcake – we put it in the blender and we turn it into a milk shake,” says owner Beverly Gable.

Any treat the bakery makes can be made into a milkshake, including French macaron cookies or a strawberry mini pizza.

Even cupcakes with bacon can go into the blender, like the French toast and bacon cupcake with bacon on top and maple-nutmeg frosting.

“It’s just fun,” Gable says. “People love it.”

The cake shakes sell for the cost of the cupcake or treat that goes into it, plus $3.

Frosted Cakery also sells cupcakes a la mode – the cupcake is cut in half and served with a scoop of ice cream in a cup.

Simply Frosted cupcakes at 3367 W. Shaw Ave. near the movie theater still sells cupcakes and custom cakes. But since so many customers came in asking for ice cream, owner Kim Gutierrez decided to give it to them.

The shop sells soft serve ice cream cones and cups in chocolate, vanilla or twist.

People come in all the time asking for ice cream. I thought, ‘Shoot, let me look into that.’

Kim Gutierrez, Simply Frosted

It also has a sundae bar where customers can add toppings such as crushed Oreos and M&Ms. Root beer floats and slushies are on the menu, too.

Sugar Shack, 9525 N. Sommerville Dr., sells ice cream sandwiches made with cookies, brownies or cakey doughnuts baked in the oven.

The ice cream comes in traditional flavors such as chocolate, but also cotton candy, lemon meringue pie and birthday cake.

The ice cream is also sold by the scoop.

CupCakes Bakery, 7062 N Cedar Ave., carries Fresno State ice cream by the cone or the scoop.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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