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Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops

This copycat recipe makes the perfect Starbucks Birthday Cake Pop at home. It is the perfect treat to serve up at a baby shower, birthday parties and even weddings!

Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops in glass jar of sprinkles

While you can certainly get a cake pop at your nearest Starbucks coffee shop, when you have kids that love eating these too, buying cake pops for the entire family can become quite expensive.

Making these copycat cake pops at home will save you so much money in the long run because you can make them for a fraction of the cost. Plus, you’ll have enough to enjoy more than one!

This copycat Starbucks cake pops recipe is so easy to make. It’s a combination of vanilla cake, pink colored white chocolate and vanilla frosting to make a treat that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth.

Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops in glass jar with rainbow sprinkles

Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops

Ingredients:

  • White Cake Mix – I used Betty Crocker but Duncan Hines works well too. You will also need the ingredients listed on the back of the cake box.
  • Vanilla Frosting – I used Betty Crocker
  • Wilton Pale Pink Candy Melts
  • Crisco Shortening – This helps thin out the candy melts to make it easier to dip.
  • White Nonpareil Sprinkles – to sprinkle on top
  • White candy sticks 
Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops in glass jars ready to be served

Directions:

Prepare the Cake Mix according to the directions on the back of the box. Grease a 9 X 13 dish, and pour the Cake Batter into the dish. 

Bake the cake at 350 degrees, for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the dish from the oven, and set on a wire rack to cool. 

When the cake cools, use a fork and break up the baked vanilla cake into small crumbs, scraping the bottom of the dish, and sides. 

Place the cake crumbs in a large mixing bowl, and continue breaking up the cake until fine crumbs form. 

white cake mix crumbles in large white bowl

Add the can of frosting to the mixture of cake crumbs, and using your hands, mix the crumbs and frosting until you have a well mixed gooey mound of Cake mixture.

Place a large piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and place it close to the bowl on the counter. 

Roll the cake mixture into cake balls using the palm of your hand about 1 1/2 inches in size and place on the parchment paper that is placed onto a baking sheet. Continue until you’ve used all the cake mixture. You can also use a cookie scoop to ensure they are all the same size.

cookie scoop to make cake balls

In a microwave safe bowl, place about half of the delicate pink candy coating pieces, and melt them at 30-second intervals, until you can stir them smooth. 

Using the lollipop sticks, dip the sticks into the melted candy melts, and immediately into one of the cake balls then place onto the cookie sheet. Repeat until all the cake balls have a stick. 

vanilla cake ball on lollipop stick

Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes to make sure the sticks adhere to the cake pops.  

After 30 minutes, remove the cake pops from the freezer, and place the remainder of the candy melts in with the melted candy melts bowl, and melt in the Microwave.

When you remove the melted candy melts, stir in about 1/2 a teaspoon of Crisco, and stir well to blend. 

Holding the sticks, dip the entire cake pop into the melted pink candy melts, and place the cake pops, with the stick, into a large block of styrofoam, and sprinkle the white sprinkles on top of the cake pops. Repeat until all cake pops have been dipped and sprinkled. 

cake ball being dipped into pink melted chocolate

Allow the cake pops to sit for 1 hour, while the candy coating sets or hardens.

Place in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for best results.

Serve and Enjoy!

Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops in a glass jar filled with rainbow sprinkles

If you’re looking for another Copycat of Starbucks, check out these Starbucks Chocolate Cake Pops and Starbucks Cool Lime Refresher recipe.

Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops

Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops

Yield: 24 Cake Pops
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Box White Cake Mix - I used Betty Crocker
  • 1 can of Vanilla Frosting
  • 1 bag of Wilton Pale Pink Candy Melts
  • 1 teaspoon of Crisco Shortening
  • White Nonpareil Sprinkles - to sprinkle on top
  • White candy sticks 

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Cake Mix according to the directions on the back of the box. Grease a 9 X 13 dish, and pour the Cake Batter into the dish. 
  2. Bake the cake at 350 degrees, for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the dish from the oven, and set on a wire rack to cool. 
  3. When the cake cools, use a fork and break up the baked vanilla cake into small crumbs, scraping the bottom of the dish, and sides. 
  4. Place the cake crumbs in a large mixing bowl, and continue breaking up the cake until fine crumbs form. 
  5. Add the can of frosting to the mixture of cake crumbs, and using your hands, mix the crumbs and frosting until you have a well mixed gooey mound of Cake mixture.
  6. Place a large piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and place it close to the bowl on the counter. 
  7. Roll the cake mixture into cake balls using the palm of your hand about 1 1/2 inches in size and place on the parchment paper that is placed onto a baking sheet. Continue until you've used all the cake mixture. You can also use a cookie scoop to ensure they are all the same size.
  8. In a microwave safe bowl, place about half of the delicate pink candy coating pieces, and melt them at 30-second intervals, until you can stir them smooth. 
  9. Using the lollipop sticks, dip the sticks into the melted candy melts, and immediately into one of the cake balls then place onto the cookie sheet. Repeat until all the cake balls have a stick. 
  10. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes to make sure the sticks adhere to the cake pops.  
  11. After 30 minutes, remove the cake pops from the freezer, and place the remainder of the candy melts in with the melted candy melts bowl, and melt in the Microwave.
  12. When you remove the melted candy melts, stir in about 1/2 a teaspoon of Crisco, and stir well to blend. 
  13. Holding the sticks, dip the entire cake pop into the melted pink candy melts, and place the cake pops, with the stick, into a large block of styrofoam, and sprinkle the white sprinkles on top of the cake pops. Repeat until all cake pops have been dipped and sprinkled. 
  14. Allow the cake pops to sit for 1 hour, while the candy coating sets or hardens.
  15. Place in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for best results.
  16. Serve and Enjoy!

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