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No Bake Cake Pops (Starbucks Version)

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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.

best starbucks cake pops at home.

The best part? Pre-made, soft Lofthouse cookies mean no baking is required!

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.

Simple Ingredients: All it takes is some Lofthouse cookies, cream cheese, and candy melts to create these delicious sweet treats.

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.

Ingredients

  • Lofthouse frosted sugar cookies
  • Cream cheese (softened – not melted)
  • White almond bark or candy melts.
  • rainbow nonpareil sprinkles
  • 6″ lollipop sticks

What are Lofthouse Cookies?

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.

premade lofthouse style cookies in a mixing bowl.

How to make Cake Pops with Lofthouse Cookies

Crumble the Cookies

  1. Mixing the Base: Add Lofthouse cookies and cream cheese to a mixing bowl. Beat the ingredients until well incorporated and a dough forms.
  2. 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.
  3. Refrigeration: Firm up the cake balls in the refrigerator for about an hour.
ingredients that make up starbucks copycat cake pop recipe.

Assembling Cake Pop Balls

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 no bake cake pops with white candy melts.

Coating and Decorating Homemade Cake Pops

  1. 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.
  2. Coating: Dredge each cake pop into the melted candy, shaking off the excess candy coating.
  3. Decorating: While wet, immediately sprinkle the cake ball pops with sprinkles. Set aside to harden.
better than starbucks cake pops with sprinkles.

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.
easy homemade cake pops with premade cookies and cream cheese.

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)

Cake balls can be made from various bases besides Lofthouse cookies and extra cake.

Brownie Base

  • 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.

Oreo Balls

  • Ingredients: Oreo cookies, cream cheese
  • Method: Crush Oreos into crumbs, mix with softened cream cheese, and form into balls.

Donut Holes

  • 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.

Cheesecake Balls

Food challenge: If you want to get weird with it, try making a mix for cake pops using a Ketchup Cake recipe.

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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.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

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!

Oatmeal Cream Pie Cheesecake

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!

Chocolate Dump Cake

A Cake So Easy, It Practically Makes Itself:  If you’re looking for an effortless yet delicious cake recipe, Chocolate Dump Cake has got you covered.

Dump” all your ingredients into a pan—no mixing required.

easy copycat starbucks cake pops at home.
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No-Bake Cake Pops (Better-Than-Starbucks)


Prep Time 15 minutes
Experience the magic of no-bake cake pops made with Lofthouse cookies and cream cheese, which are less expensive than a Starbucks version but just as good! These simple, kid-friendly treats with a cookie-infused center and luscious white outer shell are all made without turning on the oven.

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet or other flat transfer surface like cutting board
  • Cookie Scoop tablespoon portion scoop
  • Lollipop Sticks 6 inch
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients
 

  • 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

Instructions

  • Prepare the Cake Pop Mixture
    Beat 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 Pops
    Scoop: 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 Balls
    Refrigerate: 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 Coating
    Portion 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 Sticks
    Remove 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.

Notes

We have had a few reports of “sticky” dough and remade this recipe in 2024 to test it. It worked fine for us. We believe people may be melting the cream cheese in the microwave to quickly soften. Cream cheese should be counter softened so its pliable, not melted. 
The dough DOES have some sticky to it which is partially what keeps the cake pop soft, but nothing unmanageable. 
If you find your batter is too soft to roll, add extra cookies one at a time to slightly firm. It’s normal for the mixture to be slightly sticky initially. Remember, cream cheese will firm up in the fridge and will be encased by the outer shell. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cake pop

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5 Comments

  1. Brittanykajdhdh says:

    Only Use a couple tablespoons cream cheese the whole pack was too mushy for me

  2. Janet Weldon says:

    The batter was sticky. Is a block of cream cheese too much.

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      It shouldnt be – did you softened cream cheese get too soft (like melted) because that would def change the consistency. There are two fixes – either add additional cookies to thicken the batter or pop the entire mixture in the fridge and let it chill for about 30 minutes. Cream cheese naturally hardens back up so if your cream cheese was too soft, this should fix the issue. Let me know if that helps! In the mean time, Ill remake the recipe and make sure its fine.

  3. This recipe can not be right!! It has waaay too much cream cheese in it! The consistency is like a mushy cheesecake and not a cake pop! So disappointing that I pitched a double batch before wasting my melting wafers! Please revise this recipe so others don’t make the same mistake!

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      I wanted to say I got your comment and this had been made a few times with no issues. That being said, I consulted with a team member here and she was concerned that the lofthouse cookies that are out now have less volume than they used to from when this was published. Cream cheese is one of those ingredient items that simply firm back up, so even if you have a sticky dough, you can place the bowl in the fridge to firm it OR add more cookies.

      However, we are going to redo this and double check that our cookies (the ones that you can currently buy) are the same volume as they used to be. This recipe relies on storebought ingredients and any change in those cookies could have resulted in a change in the recipe. If you still have your dough you can salvage easily though by adding up some cookies to even the cream cheese.

      I havent gotten this comment in the past but did have another person reach out this week plus your comment- so I fear there may have been an overall recipe change in those cookies.
      Trisha