Welcome to the ultimate guide for whipping up no-bake cake pops that taste like Starbucks’ iconic sweet treat!
If you’ve been craving those deliciously moist and perfectly coated cake pops but want to skip the coffee house line and prices, you’re in the right place. You can recreate Starbucks magic in your kitchen with our easy-to-follow recipe and pro tips.
Why Copycat Starbucks Cake Pops Are the Best
Making Starbucks Cake Pops at home has never been easier, and there are many irresistible reasons why making cake on a stick is worth it.
No hard-to-find elements are required, making this a straightforward and stress-free no-baking experience.
Unleash Creativity in the Kitchen: Why settle for the limited options available at Starbucks when you can let your imagination run wild in your kitchen? Incorporating various colors (food coloring) or flavors (almond extract, peppermint extract, or vanilla extract) and then decorating to match a specific theme (like a gender reveal dessert) is simple.
- Lofthouse frosted sugar cookies
- Cream cheese (softened – not melted)
- White almond bark or candy melts.
- rainbow nonpareil sprinkles
- 6″ lollipop sticks
Lofthouse-style cookies are sugar cookies that are soft, thick, and cake-like in texture. They are sweet and commonly topped with a layer of frosting and sprinkles. These cookies are often found pre-packaged in grocery stores, but they can also be made at home.
Crumble the Cookies
- Creating Uniform Balls: Using a cookie scoop, portion out the mixture. Roll the mixture into balls between your palms, aiming for smooth balls. Place them on a cutting board or sheet pan lined with parchment paper or wax paper.
- Refrigeration: Firm up the cake balls in the refrigerator for about an hour.
Assembling Cake Pop Balls
- Melting the First Batch: Add 1/4 portion of white bark or candy melts to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat at 50% power for 60 seconds and stir until smooth.
- Stick Insertion: Remove cake balls from the refrigerator. Dip one end of each lollipop stick into the melted vanilla almond bark. Insert the dipped end into the center of each cake ball.
- Second Refrigeration: Return the prepped cake pops to the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to allow the candy coating at the base to harden.
Coating and Decorating Homemade Cake Pops
- Melting the Remaining Batch: Add the rest of the almond bark or candy melts to the bowl—microwave at 50% power for 60 seconds. Stir until smooth, returning to the microwave if necessary.
- Coating: Dredge each cake pop into the melted candy, shaking off the excess candy coating.
- Decorating: While wet, immediately sprinkle the cake ball pops with sprinkles. Set aside to harden.
Serving Starbucks Cake Pops
- Immediate Enjoyment: Serve immediately with a sweet drink like French Hot Chocolate, homemade strawberry milk, or viral TikTok Cafe Dalgona Coffee.
- Storing for Later: If not consumed immediately, store these bite-sized treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to indulge.
Must-Have Tools for Cake Pop Creation
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- Cookie Scoop or cake pop mold (for chocolate): To measure the perfect amount of cake mixture for uniform cake balls.
- Cake Pop Sticks: These are essential for turning cake balls into pops.
- Layered Cake Pop Stand: A specially designed holder with pre-drilled holes or slots, perfect for securely displaying your cake pops upright. Another way to sit them upright is to use a foam or Styrofoam block.
How to make Cake Balls without Cake (or an oven)
- Ingredients: Brownies, frosting, or cream cheese
- Method: Crumble brownies, mix with frosting or cream cheese, and roll into balls.
Rice Krispie Treats
- Ingredients: Rice Krispies, marshmallows, butter
- Method: Prepare Rice Krispie treats, let them cool, and then form them into balls.
- Ingredients: Oreo cookies, cream cheese
- Method: Crush Oreos into crumbs, mix with softened cream cheese, and form into balls.
- Ingredients: Leftover donuts, frosting or Nutella
- Method: Crumble donuts, mix with frosting or Nutella, and shape into balls.
Angel Food Cake
- Ingredients: Angel food cake, fruit puree or jam
- Method: Crumble the cake, mix it with fruit puree or jam, and form it into balls.
- Ingredients: No-bake mini cheesecakes
- Method: Scoop out cheesecake portions, including the crust, and roll into balls.
Food challenge: If you want to get weird with it, try making a mix for cake pops using a Ketchup Cake recipe.
Delicious Cake Recipes You Won’t Want to Miss
Are you tired of the same old cake recipes and ready to mix things up?
We have a collection of unique, easy-to-make cake recipes that are perfect for any occasion—or no occasion! From the movie-famous Cuppa Cake to a Biscoff Cake, these recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Takes “Chill Desserts” to a Whole New Level: Ice cream and cake—a match made in dessert heaven! This Ice Cream Sandwich Cake is as simple as it is delicious.
Layer ice cream sandwiches with whipped cream and crushed Oreos, then freeze until it’s time to serve. This 20 million-viewed viral dessert has the internet talking!
Your Childhood Favorite, All Grown Up: Imagine the soft, spiced oatmeal cookie you loved as a kid combined with the creamy richness of cheesecake. It’s a unique dessert, with everyone asking for seconds—and for the recipe!
No-Bake Cake Pops (Better-Than-Starbucks)
- Baking Sheet or other flat transfer surface like cutting board
- Cookie Scoop tablespoon portion scoop
- Lollipop Sticks 6 inch
- Parchment Paper
- 13.5 oz. Lofthouse frosted sugar cookies
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese please see notes on amount of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
- 12 oz. white almond bark candy melts can substitute
- rainbow nonpareil sprinkles
- 36 6" lollipop sticks
- Prepare the Cake Pop MixtureBeat the Ingredients: Place Lofthouse-style cookies and softened cream cheese into the mixing bowl of a stand mixer (a hand mixer works, too).Blend Until Smooth: Turn on the mixer and beat the ingredients until the dough is uniform.
- Shape the Cake PopsScoop: Scoop out portions of the blended mixture using a tablespoon portioned cookie scoop.Roll into Balls: Use the palms of your hands to roll each scoop into a smooth ball.Place on a flat surface: Line a cutting board or cookie sheet with wax paper for easy removal later, and place the rolled balls on it. Wax or parchment paper prevents sticking.
- Chill the Cake BallsRefrigerate: Place the cutting board with the cake balls into the refrigerator for about an hour. This helps them firm up, making it easier to insert the lollipop sticks later.
- Prepare the Initial Candy CoatingPortion the Candy: Place 1/4 of the white almond bark or candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl.Microwave: Heat in the microwave for 60 seconds at 50% power.Stir Until Smooth: Use a spatula to stir the melted candy until it's smooth and lump-free.
- Attach the SticksRemove Cake Balls: Take the cutting board out of the refrigerator.Dip Sticks: Dip about an inch of one end of each lollipop stick into the melted white bark.Insert into Cake Balls: Push the dipped end of the stick into each chilled cake ball.Chill Again: Place them back in the refrigerator for another 10 minutes. This allows the candy on the stick to harden, securing it in the cake ball.
- Prepare the Final Candy Coating:Melt More Candy: Add the remaining almond bark or candy melts to the microwave-safe bowl.Microwave Again: Heat for 60 seconds at 50% power.Stir: Mix until smooth, reheating in the microwave to melt any stubborn pieces.
- Coat and Decorate the Cake Pops:Dip in Candy Coating: Hold each cake pop by the stick and dip it into the bowl of melted candy, ensuring it's fully coated.Remove Excess: Gently shake off any excess coating for a smoother finish.Add Sprinkles: While the coating is wet, sprinkle your rainbow sprinkles.Set to Harden: Place the coated cake pop on a stand to harden.
- Immediate Enjoyment: You can serve the cake pops when the candy coating hardens.
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