Starbucks Cake Pops Recipe

Craving those irresistible Starbucks cake pops but want to enjoy them from the comfort of your own kitchen? Look no further! With our easy-to-follow recipe, you can recreate the magic of Starbucks cake pops right at home. Moist cake crumbs blended with creamy vanilla frosting, dipped in luscious pink candy melts, and adorned with delicate white sprinkles – these delectable treats are perfect for parties, gatherings, or simply indulging in a special dessert moment.


  • 1 box classic cake mix (plus ingredients listed on the box)
  • 3 tablespoons pre-made vanilla frosting
  • 24-36 Cake Pop Sticks or Lollipop Sticks
  • 12 ounces Pink Candy Melts
  • White Sprinkles


  1. Begin by preparing the cake according to the instructions on the box. Once baked, allow the cake to cool at room temperature.
  2. Remove the cake from the pan and discard the outer brown layer. Crumble the remaining cake into a large bowl.
  3. Add the vanilla frosting to the crumbled cake and mix until thoroughly combined, creating a moist, dough-like consistency.
  4. Shape the mixture into approximately 24-36 cake balls, depending on your desired size, and place them on a lined cookie sheet.
  5. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the pink candy melts in 30-second intervals until smooth and creamy, stirring in between.
  6. Dip each cake pop stick into the melted pink candy, then insert it halfway into each cake ball. Place the sheet in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to firm up.
  7. Once chilled, dip each cake pop into the melted candy melts, ensuring they are fully coated. Allow any excess candy to drip off gently.
  8. Place the cake pops upright in a block of styrofoam to dry, adding white sprinkles immediately before the candy coating sets.
  9. Repeat the dipping process for each cake pop until all are coated and decorated to perfection.
  10. Once dry, your homemade Starbucks-style cake pops are ready to be served and enjoyed!

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: N/A | Total Time: 55 minutes | Servings: 24

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Presentation: Showcase your homemade Starbucks cake pops on a decorative platter or cake stand for a visually appealing display at gatherings.
  2. Dessert Spread: Pair the cake pops with other sweet treats like cookies or brownies to create a delightful dessert spread for guests to enjoy.
  3. Individual Servings: Serve each cake pop in colorful cupcake liners for easy handling and a fun presentation.
  4. Customization: Provide a variety of toppings such as sprinkles, crushed nuts, or coconut flakes for guests to personalize their cake pops.
  5. Dipping Sauces: Offer dipping sauces like chocolate ganache or caramel for guests to dip or drizzle over their cake pops.
  6. Personalization: Add small name tags or decorative flags to the cake pops to label flavors or add a special message for guests.

Storage Tips:

  1. Room Temperature: Store leftover cake pops in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days to maintain freshness.
  2. Refrigeration: Refrigerate cake pops for up to one week in an airtight container. Allow them to come to room temperature before serving.
  3. Freezing: Freeze cake pops on a baking sheet until firm, then transfer to a freezer-safe container for up to 1-2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
  4. Avoid Heat: Keep cake pops away from direct sunlight or warm areas to prevent the candy coating from melting.
  5. Refreshing: If cake pops become too soft, re-dip them in melted candy melts to refresh the outer coating before serving.


  1. Chocolate Lover’s Dream: Use chocolate cake mix and frosting, drizzle with dark chocolate, and top with chocolate sprinkles.
  2. Funfetti Explosion: Mix rainbow sprinkles into the cake batter, coat with white chocolate, and add more sprinkles for a colorful twist.
  3. Lemon Zest Delight: Add lemon zest to the batter, dip in yellow candy melts, and garnish with lemon zest for a refreshing flavor.
  4. Red Velvet Elegance: Use red velvet cake mix, cream cheese frosting, dip in cream cheese candy melts, and decorate with red velvet crumbs.
  5. Almond Joy Bliss: Mix almonds and coconut into the batter, coat with milk chocolate, and sprinkle with more coconut and almonds.
  6. Cookies and Cream Obsession: Mix crushed cookies into the batter, dip in white chocolate, and roll in more cookie crumbs.
  7. Salted Caramel Heaven: Add caramel bits to the batter, dip in caramel candy melts, and sprinkle with sea salt for a sweet and salty treat.


  1. Can I use homemade cake instead of boxed cake mix?
    • Yes, you can use homemade cake for this recipe. Simply bake your favorite cake recipe and crumble it into fine crumbs to proceed with the recipe.
  2. How can I prevent the cake pops from falling off the sticks?
    • Make sure to dip the cake pop sticks into the melted candy coating and insert them halfway into the cake balls. Chilling the cake pops in the freezer before dipping also helps to secure them onto the sticks.
  3. Can I use different colors for the candy coating?
    • Absolutely! You can use any color of candy melts to coat your cake pops, depending on your preference or the theme of your event.
  4. Can I make the cake pops ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can make the cake pops ahead of time and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. However, for the best taste and texture, it’s recommended to serve them within a few days.
  5. How can I thin out the candy coating if it’s too thick?
    • If the candy coating is too thick, you can add a small amount of vegetable oil or shortening to thin it out until it reaches the desired consistency for dipping.
  6. Can I use a different type of frosting for the cake mixture?
    • Yes, you can use different types of frosting such as chocolate, cream cheese, or flavored frosting to mix with the cake crumbs according to your preference.
  7. Do I need to refrigerate the cake pops after dipping them in candy melts?
    • Once the cake pops are fully coated and decorated, you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container. However, if your kitchen is warm or if it’s a hot day, you may prefer to store them in the refrigerator to prevent the candy coating from melting.
  8. How can I make gluten-free cake pops?
    • To make gluten-free cake pops, use a gluten-free cake mix and ensure that all ingredients used, including the frosting and candy melts, are certified gluten-free.
  9. Can I use regular sprinkles instead of white sprinkles for decoration?
    • Yes, you can use any type of sprinkles or decorations you like to customize your cake pops and make them uniquely yours.
  10. How far in advance can I freeze cake pops for an event?
    • You can freeze cake pops for up to 1-2 months before your event. Just make sure to thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

Indulge your sweet tooth with these delightful homemade Starbucks cake pops that capture the essence of the beloved café treats. Whether you’re hosting a party, celebrating a special occasion, or simply treating yourself to a delicious dessert, these cake pops are sure to delight your taste buds and impress your guests. With just a few simple ingredients and easy steps, you can create bakery-quality cake pops that rival those from your favorite coffee shop. Try out this recipe today and elevate your dessert game with a touch of homemade goodness!