Copycat Starbucks Cake Pops


These copycat Starbucks cake pops are rich and chocolaty, just like the original. It's an easy, decadent recipe that everyone always loves.

Closeup shot of vase with copycat Starbucks cake pops

I'm a huge fan of the cake pops at Starbucks. What I'm not a fan of is the price! So I decided to make my own copycat version. They're rich and delicious, and they're a fraction of the price. A SMALL fraction!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It only takes 4 ingredients to make.
  • It's a super easy and quick recipe.
  • Everyone loves their rich, chocolaty flavor.

Top Tip

Poke holes into a cardboard box, so you can easily stand up your cake pops with the chocolate coating dries.

Closeup shot of coypcat Starbucks cake pop with bite taken out


You'll only need a handful of ingredients to make these cake pops, and you'll find them easily at your local grocery store. You'll find the exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Chocolate cake mix prepared according to box directions 
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Chocolate bark
  • White ball sprinkles
Overhead shot of inidividual cake pop ingredients on table


Making these cake pops is super easy! It uses a box mix, so there's very little effort involved at all. The highlights are here, but you'll find the exact instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Bake the cake according to the package directions and let it cool.

Overhead shot of chocolate cake in baking dish

2: Crumble the cake and mix in the frosting. Then, roll the mixture into balls.

Closeup shot of chocolate cake being crumbled with fork
Overhead shot of frosting on top of crumbled cake in baking dish

3: Dip the tip of popsicle sticks into melted chocolate and push the chocolate covered ends into the balls. Chill in the freezer.

Closeup shot of chocolate cake balls on baking sheet
Closeup shot of popsicle stick with chocolate on the end
Closeup shot of cake ball with popsicle stick in it.

4: Dip the chilled cake balls into melted chocolate and top them with sprinkles.

Cake ball being dipped into melted chocolate
Closeup shot of copycat Starbucks cake pop topped with sprinkles

5: Stand the cake pops up right and allow to harden. Then, chill until ready to serve.

Closeup shot of copycat Starbucks cake pops stuck in cardboard box
Closeup shot of Starbucks cake pop

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use your favorite variety of chocolate cake mix for these pops.
  • Make a blonde version with white, vanilla, or butter cake mix and white chocolate coating.
  • Add a dash of instant coffee to the cake mix for even deeper chocolate flavor.


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cake pan
  • Fork
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Cardboard box with holes poked into it


Refrigerator: Store for up to a week in an air-tight container.

Freezer: Store for up to a month in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag.

Make Ahead: You can make these up to 2 days in advance for the freshest flavor.

Closeup shot of vase full of copycat Starbucks cake pops

What to Serve with Cake Pops

These cake pops are a wonderful, sweet treat to serve with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee or tea. They also make a great addition to a larger dessert spread at parties, potlucks, or holiday gatherings.


  • Be sure to add a bit of melted chocolate to your popsicle sticks to ensure that your cake pops stay where they're supposed to be.
  • Chill your cake balls before coating them so the chocolate will being to set immediately.
  • Always store these in the refrigerator for maximum freshness.
Closeup shot of copycat Starbucks cake pops in blue vase.


What are cake pops?

Cake pops are a form of cake made to look like lollipops. Cake crumbs are mixed with frosting to form a ball and then coated in melted chocolate or candy melts.

What should the texture of cake pops be?

Although they're made with cake, cake pops shouldn't have the consistency of cake. Rather, they should be fudgy and doughy on the inside.

Why are my cake pops crumbly?

Crumbly cake pops are almost always caused by using too little frosting when making them. If you don't have enough frosting, the cake won't bind and hold together.

Other Tasty Cake Pops

Yield: 28 cake pops

Copycat Starbucks Cake Pops

Copycat Starbucks Cake Pops

These copycat Starbucks cake pops have all the sweet flavor you love without the price that you DON'T love! Easy and delicious.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes


  • chocolate cake mix prepared according to box directions
  • 2-3 tbsp chocolate frosting
  • 16 oz chocolate bark
  • White ball sprinkles


  1. Allow cake to cool after baking according to box directions.
  2. Crumble entire cake in a large bowl with a fork.
  3. Add frosting and work it into the cake crumbs with your hands until it forms a ball.
  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  5. Melt chocolate bark in a microwave-safe cup in 30-second intervals, stirring often.
  6. Dip the tip of each stick into the melted chocolate.  Then push that end into a cake ball.  This will help secure the cake balls onto the stick.
  7. Freeze them for 1 hour.
  8. Prepare a place for your cake pops to chill and harden.  I often use a cardboard box and poke holes into it.
  9. Melt chocolate bark again in a microwave-safe cup so cake balls can be dipped in.
  10. Carefully roll each cake pop in melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off.  
  11. Before chocolate hardens, add sprinkles.
  12. Place dipped cake pops in your prepared box.
  13. Chill before serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 109Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 4mgSodium 29mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 1g

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