Are you a fan of those fun little cake pops at Starbucks? Wondering if you could make Starbucks cake pops by yourself, in your kitchen? Well, guess what? That’s actually possible!
This recipe is actually super easy, and if you’ve got a little time to spare, you can actually make these in a big batch too!
These Starbucks copycat cake pops are incredibly delicious, and are perfect to serve at a party or just to gobble down when you’re hit by a sweet craving. Ready to give them a try? Here’s what you need to know beforehand.
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Okay, so the recipe needs you to first let your Starbucks copycat cake pops cool down before you dip them in the chocolate coating mixture, and there’s a reason for that. If your cake pops are still warm, the chocolate coating will drip off the cake, and won’t harden like it is supposed to.
Ideally, popping them in the freezer for a few minutes should get them to the right temperature.
Chocolate is basically the only covering you can use to coat the cake pops. That’s simply because any other form of covering (such as frosting) would be runny and will easily melt off.
So basically, you’ll either need cooking chocolate or chocolate chips or candy melts- either of these should work just fine, and should lend your cake pops that nice, uniform coating.
- granulated sugar
- vegetable oil
- vanilla extract
- baking powder
- kosher salt
- almond bark
- vegetable oil
- cream cheese frosting
- soft pink gel food coloring
- white round sprinkles
Our recipe calls for you to create the cake from scratch, which is great, but if you’re short of time, and are looking to whip these up quickly, you can always use a ready made boxed cake mix.
It is best to stick to the basic vanilla flavor, but if you’re in the mood for something different, you can always try and experiment with other flavors too.
How to Make Cake Pops
First, you need to mix the cake batter using the instructions in the recipe card below. Once the cake is mixed together, pour the batter into a pan and cook the cake in the Instant Pot.
Next, when the cake finishes cooking, you'll break up the cake and then mix it with cream cheese frosting.
After that, form cake balls and put them in the freezer to set while you melt the almond bark coating and mix in the pink gel food coloring.
For this step, you can use the Instant Pot double boiler method to melt the almond bark, or you can use the microwave.
Insert a stick into the cake ball and then dip each of the cake balls into the pink coating. Immediately sprinkle with the sprinkles before the coating hardens.
Tips & Tricks
Cake pops can fall apart for a couple of reasons. You might have added a lot of icing into the mixture- more than needed. If that’s the case, place them on a tray lined with paper towels and refrigerate them overnight before working on them.
Another possible reason why the pops are falling apart is because you haven’t given them enough time to cool down and harden.
Make sure you allow them to freeze first before you dunk them in the chocolate. After dipping them in the chocolate, pop them back in the freezer and let them set completely before you serve them.
Ended up making these in a huge batch? Store them in an airtight container and keep them in your refrigerator- they should stay good in there for 5-7 days.
A cake pop at Starbucks will set you back $1.95. Making this copycat recipe is a cost-friendly alternative to buying store-bought cake pops.
To make cake pops using a cake mix shortcut, just make the cake according to package instructions and then follow the remaining steps in our recipe below.
A cake pop is simply a dessert on a stick. Cake pops normally have cake mixed with frosting that is formed into a ball, slightly frozen, and then dipped in a coating and placed on a stick.
Our cake pops have 120 calories each, based on the recipe making 70 cake pops. Starbucks birthday cake pops at the coffee shop have 170 calories.