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Starbucks Birthday Cake Pop Recipe

Ever since I released my ultra easy cake pop recipe (that now has over 19.7 MILLION views on social) I’ve been getting requests to make a Starbucks Birthday Cake Pop. This recipe for Starbucks cake pops is the perfect copycat and is SO easy.

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A pink starbucks birthday cake pop copycat on a plate with a bite taken out of it.

Copycat Starbucks Cake Pop Recipe

Not to toot my own horn, but my popular method for making cake pops is insanely easy and this Starbucks cake pop recipe is no different. Here’s the secret: making homemade cake pops doesn’t have to be difficult to be beyond yummy! All you have to do is throw AN ENTIRE CAKE into your mixing bowl straight out of the oven. Mix it with your paddle attachment and add a little powdered sugar and vanilla to create the best dupe for the popular Starbucks cake pop you’ll find on the internet.

Starbucks Cake Pops Price

In the name of research, I bought two cake pops and it was over SEVEN DOLLARS. For two! So obviously, once I had perfected my Starbucks cake pop recipe, I calculated how much my homemade version cost. With this recipe, you can make 24 cake pops for only $8, which means each individual cake pop is ONLY $0.35 FOR EACH CAKE POP. And if we’re being honest, I liked my cake pops better.

Two cake pops (starbucks copycat) on a striped towel.

 Starbucks Cake Pop ingredients

  • Vanilla cake mix – You’ll also need all of the ingredients on the back. Bake this as normal! 
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Light pink color melts – You can choose a different color if you’d like, but to be the Starbucks dupe you need it to be pink. 
  • White nonpareils sprinkles – This is optional, but again, to stay true to Starbucks you’ll need these! 
  • Lollipop sticks
A boquet of starbucks cake pops (homemade) on a plate.

How to make Starbucks Cake Pops

  1. Prepare and bake the cake mix according to the boxed directions.
  2. Immediately after taking the cake out of the oven, pour the hot cake into the bowl of a stand mixer. (Do not over cook the cake! if so, it will have a harder time coming together)
  3. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and using the paddle attachment, mix on low speed until a dough forms that can be pressed together into a ball.
  4. Portion out the dough and press into a ball in the palm of your hands or with a cake pop press.
  5. Place the cake balls on a cookie sheet and then into the freezer to chill. 
  6. Melt the colormelts. 
  7. Once the chocolate coating is melted, remove the cake balls from the freezer.
  8. Dip each lollipop stick into the candy melt and then press the stick into the center of each cake ball. This will help avoid the cake pop falling off of the stick.
  9. Return to the fridge or freezer to help speed up the process of the stick and chocolate setting.
  10. Once the chocolate is set on the sucker sticks, pour the remaining melted candy melt into a tall, skinny jar or glass.
  11. Dip the cake pops one by one in the candy melt and gently shake the cake pop to remove any excess melted chocolate. Tip right side up and add sprinkles, if desired.
  12. Allow the candy melt to set while the cake pop is right side up, you can poke holes into a cardboard box or foam block to help them stand up straight to dry, if desired.
  13. Serve as is or package up individually in bags with ribbon if desired.
  14. Enjoy! Store at room temp for up to 3 days.
Two cake pops prior to being dipped.

How to store this Starbucks Birthday Cake Pop Recipe

Once your cake pops have set, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Starbucks Birthday Cake Pop FAQs

What flavor is the birthday cake pop at Starbucks?

It is a delicious moist, tender, vanilla cake with a white chocolate candy melt coating.

How much does Starbucks charge per cake pop?

The Starbucks cake pop is $3.75 a pop!

How many cake pops can you get out of one cake mix?

This recipe makes 24 cake pops out of one cake mix. That means each cake pop comes out to $0.35!

A pile of homemade starbucks cake pops on a plate. One has a bite out of it.

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A pile of homemade starbucks cake pops on a plate.

Birthday Cake Pop (Starbucks)

Ever since I released my ultra easy cake pop recipe (that now has over 19.7 MILLION views on social) I’ve been getting requests to make a Starbucks Birthday Cake Pop. This recipe for Starbucks cake pops is the perfect copycat and is SO easy.
5 from 17 votes
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Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24 cake pops
Calories: 85kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix (plus the ingredients on the back)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 oz light pink color melts
  • white nonpareils sprinkles
  • 24 lollipop sticks

Instructions

  • Prepare and bake the cake mix according to the boxed directions.
  • Immediately after taking the cake out of the oven, pour the hot cake into the bowl of a stand mixer. (Do not over cook the cake! if so, it will have a harder time coming together)
  • Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and using the paddle attachment, mix on low speed until a dough forms that can be pressed together into a ball.
  • Portion out the dough and press into a ball in the palm of your hands or with a cake pop press.
  • Place the cake balls on a cookie sheet and then into the freezer to chill.
  • Melt the colormelts.
  • Once the chocolate coating is melted, remove the cake balls from the freezer.
  • Dip each lollipop stick into the candy melt and then press the stick into the center of each cake ball. This will help avoid the cake pop falling off of the stick.
  • Return to the fridge or freezer to help speed up the process of the stick and chocolate setting.
  • Once the chocolate is set on the sucker sticks, pour the remaining melted candy melt into a tall, skinny jar or glass.
  • Dip the cake pops one by one in the candy melt and gently shake the cake pop to remove any excess melted chocolate. Tip right side up and add sprinkles, if desired.
  • Allow the candy melt to set while the cake pop is right side up, you can poke holes into a cardboard box or foam block to help them stand up straight to dry, if desired.
  • Serve as is or package up individually in bags with ribbon if desired.
  • Enjoy! Store at room temp for up to 3 days.
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Nutrition

Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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14 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      10 out of 10. This was not only delicious but so much fun to make with the kids. We will definitely make them again. Thank you so much

  1. 5 stars
    I’m assuming this method would also work with a cake made from scratch? Are there any other frosting options you could recommend?

    1. It should work with a cake made from scratch! I have a lot of frosting recipes- you can use the search bar and search ‘frosting’ to find what I have. 🙂

  2. Hi Karli!

    Thanks for the fun idea and such an easy method! I’m going to make a batch of these by using a simple home made sponge sheet cake.

    Since I have never come accross these ‘color melts’ (I live in Northern Europe) I wanted to ask – would the taste profile of the colour melts match with a shell made from white chocolate+dried strawberry powder+coconut oil for example? Or would you recommend something else, like melting some strawberry candy to white chocolate?

    I’m not a customer of Starbucks, so I don’t mind if the taste is not one-to-one, but I’m trying to find a close alternative to the recipe. A quick googling didn’t give me much info on the ingredient’s taste, hence asking you here.

    Thank you in advance! ❤️

  3. 5 stars
    These are both toddler and mom approved…my son gets one of these everytime we go to target and I 100% made them so I can give him these instead. I also froze some to see how they defrost so I can save them for later!

    1. I’m so interested to know if they can be frozen. I want to try this for my son since he loves those pops and I can’t buy them every time. If you can please share to let us know how did they do after defrosting. Thank you.

  4. I know it said bake as directed … So you keep the oil and water in the cake mix ?
    Or do you use a box mix that is not oil ?
    Or do you substitute milk and butter ?

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