Portillo's is known across the country for its savory, hot dogs and crispy french fries. But most Chicagoans know that Portillo's best kept secret is its cake. Shake it's, a shake, and it's Portillo's chocolate cake at once it's, amazing, it's, it's, an evil idea. I don't know who came up with it thumbs up love it. The Portillo's location here in summit, Illinois is known as the chain's sweetest subway in this location, depending on the day we're going to go through anywhere from 60 to 200 of these a day.
Probably on the weekends we sometimes make over a hundred cakes on a Saturday morning, that's, Kara, kroner she's been with pretells for nine years and has been making the cakes and cake shakes ever since she started working here, it's extremely Chocolatey and decadent it's, very moist, very delicious. People are still shocked when you tell them, hey, we bake these on site fresh the cake mix starts with its dry ingredients. Baking cocoa flour, baking powder and baking soda there's, always been this rumor. That tortillas cake has mayo in it to make it so moist, I ain't no culinary expert. But I heard a mayo is a big thing on that. Can you dispel those rumors if it isn't true, I can't tell you what the secret ingredient is? Okay.
Someone might kill me, no I'm just kidding. The real secret is in the mixing Portillo mixes the batter at three different rates, low medium and then high. This is to incorporate deep pockets of air into the mixture to give it that famous fluffy texture when it gets towards the end. You kind of get the start of that smell of chocolate cake you're like, oh, it's, almost done it's Portillo's chocolate cake time. You have to check on it towards the end about 28 to 29 minutes because nobody wants overcooked chocolate cake.
So when the cakes come out of the oven, we've got to pop them out of the pan, so they can finish their cooling. So they don't overcook in there. So we're gonna just give it a good, hearty tap on the side, and then we're going to flip it into our hand, and then we're going. To take it, and we're going to put it on this cooling rack here, and then we can frost it because we don't want melty frosting. The frosting that goes on a Portillo's. Chocolate cake is not homemade and is, in fact, just your traditional classic fudge frosting. So we're gonna first put a tiny little dot on the bottom to help the cake stick, and then we're going to flip it upside down.
So that the finished product has a more even look. And so the two pieces stick together. So we're almost making a hamburger. Out of the cake, and then what we're going to do is we're going to take our first pound of frosting, and we're going to spread it out as evenly as we can and did you say pound of frosting, I did okay. So there's, two pounds of frosting, two pounds of frosting on every Portillo's chocolate cake.
And then we're going to take our second pound of frosting, and we're going to put it on top and wrap it around all the sides, but we're, not really going for perfection we're going for homemade I'm, not into sweets. But. This is good it's, very good all along that I've been going to Portillo. I usually get a piece of chocolate cake.
So you have to eat beef, yeah and beer and cake. order though it's good, I like it. Yes.
Their frosting really does it in some cakes it's just kind of like too whoopee or something yeah, I'm, not a big fan of like the whipped cream. So the frosting kind of does it. And just the cake itself is super moist, it's, moist and spongy who do you want your license though it hits the spot. Every time I remember as a kid at all of our family parties, we would have Portillo's cake the cake itself isn't as overwhelmingly sweet. As you would think it would be based on what we saw in the kitchen it's like a again, a subtle taste of chocolate.
And the frosting is really what adds the sweetness to it there's enough frosting to last you the entire cake. This is literally the perfect guilty pleasure for anyone wanting to eat their feelings. This is it, but you can't just eat Portillo's chocolate. Cake, you have to try the cake shake according to car aback when Portillo's started making Gina Portillo's cake recipe, they could only serve them the day they were made because that's about how long they stayed fresh for. So a manager by the name of dale Phillips thought, it would be a great idea to utilize the leftovers.
They started putting pieces of cake into a cake shake, and they started selling it, and it's been a success ever since we're going to grab our cup. We're going to give it a tiny little of. Shake mix in the bottom. And what is that shake mix vanilla ice cream, pretty much we're going to take our whole piece of cake the entire beef, an entire piece of cake that's of this we're going to put it all in this cup with this little of vanilla ice cream? Okay, the moment people find out that we put a piece of cake in a shake. Their mind is blown.
My mind was blown today I'm from Chicago. And I feel like a lot of people don't even know that Portillo has a cake shape, no, they don't. And I only equate. The cake shake to fertilize. So the entire thing is going to go in we're going to make sure they get all their delicious frosting.
This is why I love Chicago then we're going to even add some of our chocolate syrup in there. So it's chocolate on top we're, going to add a little more shake mix a little on the bottom. So the cake doesn't get stuck in the bottom. And then you just get big chunks and then a little more, and then we're going to mix it's going to break up some chunks of that. Piece of cake that's in there.
So you can actually drink it through a straw or with your spoon on the side. You want to be able to have somebody drink this in their car when they're leaving the drive-through, you want a little of thick chunks in there, just for a bite, but not a lot, and then we're going to put a little more on to top it off. Okay.
And then we're going to mix. And voil, chocolate cake, shake it's, chewy, it's, good, it's. Good. Now, I don't know, , I like when you get the chunks in. There and especially if it's like the chunks of frosting, oh, yeah, the chunks just got stuck extra hard.
The rumors are true. They do indeed put an entire cake slice into the cake shake, which is amazing. And the best part of the cake shake for me at least is that each dip comes with bits and chunks of the chocolate cake itself.
So it really feels like you're drinking an entire cake, slice, I know that sounds like a lot to some people, but it's so yummy, it's so tasty. And I recommend it 100. The best thing. That complements the cake shake at Portillo's are the fries. You literally dip the fries in your cake shake. And you take a bite, and you get the perfect combination of sweet and savory.
You get the crunch of the fries and the soft mushiness of the cake shake itself. So good Portillo's for me as a kid was always comfort food. It was always, you know, something that reminded me of home in a place where I could come with all my friends, whether I was in high school, whether it was in college, there was just. So much variety, but also the food was just always good, especially the cake, the cake shake and the fries.
These three might not be on the iconic five list of Portillo. But to me, they're, the famous three. This is why I miss the Midwest.
No one cares about the calorie count you just taste good food, and you eat good food, and you just eat what makes you happy.