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Starbucks Cake Pops Copycat

Starbucks Cake Pops Copycat (Birthday Vanilla Cake Pop Recipe)

Learn how to easily make the fun and cheerful treat, the Starbucks cake pops, perfect for any party or just a quick sweet thing to enjoy during the day.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Freezing Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cake pops
Calories 166 kcal


For the vanilla cake:

  • 1 box of vanilla cake mix
  • Water/oil/eggs according to instructions on the box

For the frosting:

  • 7 tablespoons of unsalted butter left at room temperature
  • 1 ¾ cups of confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons of heavy cream ( you can also use milk)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the coating:

  • 36 ounces of pink candy melts ( you can also use white chocolate with red food coloring)
  • 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
  • White sprinkles


Making of the cake:

  • Start by making the cake batter by following the instructions on the package.
  • Pour the batter on a baking pan greased with butter or oil.
  • Transfer the pan into a preheated oven at 350F. Bake according to instructions (30-35 minutes) till the toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cake.
  • Cool the cake on a wire rack till it reaches room temperature.

Making of the frosting:

  • Using a stand mixer or any mixer, beat the butter in a bowl until it softens completely.
  • Add to the butter ½ cup of the sugar while the mixer is running, then add the vanilla, heavy cream, and the rest of the sugar gradually. Make sure all the sugar is well incorporated in the mix.

Assembling the cake balls:

  • After removing the brown edges of the cake. Start crumbling the cake with your hands in a large bowl so that it can be easily rounded into balls.
  • Add the frosting to the cake crumbs gradually until you reach the perfect consistency.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out a full scoop and try to round it using your hands, then place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the whole cake mix.
  • Melt some of the candy melts in the microwave (2-4 ounces). Every 30 seconds, stir the melted candy melts until they are all melted.
  • Dip each pop stick in the melted cake melts, then insert them halfway into each cake ball.
  • Place the candy sticks in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Coating of the cake balls:

  • Before taking the cake pops out of the freezer, melt the rest of the candy melts and add vegetable oil once they are all melted. Pour the melted candy melts into a large bowl.
  • Dip each cake ball in the melted candy melts and remove any excess by tapping the bowl with the candy stick.
  • Sprinkle some white sprinkles on top. Place each stick on top of a Styrofoam or cardboard box to dry.
  • After leaving it to sit for at least an hour. Serve and enjoy!
Keyword Starbucks Cake Pops