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Starbucks Cake Pops

Vanilla Cake pops 15

This cake pops recipe is just a copycat of Starbucks’birthday cake pop. If you’ve ever visited Starbucks you almost certainly saw their famous pink “birthday cake pops” through the glass of sweet goodies. This little treat is a mix of vanilla cake, frosting, and pink candy coating. If you’re planning to make these bite-sized treats for a party, be sure to try my easy red velvet cake pops (VIDEO) or my no-bake oreo cake pops (VIDEO)!

This easy to follow video tutorial can help you learn most of the tips and tricks on steps to make the best copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops right at home. Or you are able to always refer to my ultimate cake pop guide for more tips!

How to Make Cake Pop Recipe

  • Bake the vanilla cake, allow it to cool and take away the outer brownish layer with a knife.
  • Crumble the cake into small pieces and mix it with the frosting.
  • Form the crumbs into cake balls. Dip the conclusion of a meal pop stick into melted candy melts and insert the stick halfway through each cake ball.
  • Freeze the vanilla cake pops for 15 minutes.
  • Pour melted candy melts into a tall narrow cup and dip each cake pop in to the candy melts. Then tap off excess candy and sprinkle with nonpareils.
  • Place the finished vanilla cake pops into a block of styrofoam such that it can cool and stiffen.

What’s a Cake Pop
A dessert pop is virtually a baked cake that’s crumbled into fine pieces, then it is blended with frosting. From then on, it is compressed into a meal ball. Then it is placed on a stay and dipped in melted candy melts.
TIPS to make perfect Starbucks cake pops
A great way to learn if the frosting and cake crumbs are well combined is by compressing a handful and checking to be sure there’s forget about marbled frosting visible.
Remove and discard the outer layer of the baked cake. It is commonly drier compared to the remaining portion of the cake, therefore it may cause the cake ball to fall apart.

TIPS on dipping the cake pops
Once you dip the cake pop in to the candy coating, don’t swirl the cake pop around. Instead carry it straight down, dip, and slowly carry it back up, therefore it doesn’t break apart.
Following the cake pops have already been dipped in to the melted candy, quickly tap the hand that’s holding the cake pop to greatly help release any excess candy melt.


Starbucks Cake Pops

Vanilla Cake pops 15

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This cake pops recipe is really a copycat of Starbucks’birthday cake pop. If you’ve ever visited Starbucks you’ve more likely seen they’re famous pink “birthday cake pops” through the glass of sweet goodies. This little treat is a combination of vanilla cake, frosting, and pink candy coating. #StarbucksCakePops #Starbucks #CakePops

  • Author: Oliwia
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cake pops 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • 24 cake pop sticks
  • cake pop former 11/4 inch in diameter or small cookie scoop
  • deep narrow cup
  • white sprinkles
  • Styrofoam


  • 1 box Pillsbury classic white cake mix
  • 2 tbsp Pillsbury creamy supreme vanilla frosting
  • Candy coating:
  • 1 12 oz bag Wilton candy melts
  • 1 1/2 tsp Crisco shortening


  1. Bake the cake according to the package and leg it cool down to room temperature.
  2. Cut the cake into 4 pieces and peel away the browned outside layer of the cake. I peel off the outer layer because it tends to be too dry to form the cake pop.
  3. In a large bowl, crumble the cake with your hands. Add 2 tbsp of frosting to the crumbled cake and mix with a spoon or your hands.
  4. Shape the cake into balls and place them into the cake pop former. Make sure the cake ball is a little bit bigger than the size of the press. Once the cake ball is pressed tightly, remove extra cake from the sides and roll the ball with your hands to smooth any imperfections.
  5. Melt about 1/4 cup of candy melts in a small bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals to avoid overheating the candy.
  6. Dip the tip of each cake pop stick into the melted candy and poke it into to ball about half way through. Place each cake pop onto a baking sheet and transfer to the freezer for about 20 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, melt the rest of the candy in a bowl. Make sure you melt them in 30 second intervals with mixing in between. Once it’s melted well, add 1 1/2 tsp Crisco shortening and mix well with a whisk or fork. Then pour the melted candy into a tall narrow cup.
  8. Sprinkle the pop right away so that the sprinkles stick to it before the candy hardens.
  9. Place in a Styrofoam block and let it stand for about an hour.


Store the cake pops at room temperature. Refrigerating will cause condensation to form over the cake pop.

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