These adorable and simple cake pops remind me of my niece Ruby. She is the brightest light in every room and the sweetest, smartest, big-hearted little human. This tiny superhuman LOVES her Starbucks Cake Pops and she will never miss an opportunity to ask for one when Starbucks is in question. I think that this Copycat Starbucks Cake Pops recipe will get Ruby’s stamp of approval and I know you will all enjoy them too 🙂
What Are Starbucks Cake Pops Made Of?
Starbucks Cake Pops consist of a delicious vanilla cake center then coated with a thin layer of candy melts. They are sweet and the flavor is vanilla-forward. The candy melt coating has a slight “crack” in every bite but melts in your mouth for every bite. And of course, each Starbucks Cake Pop is studded with white sprinkles.
These homemade Starbucks Cake Pops are a much better option especially because you know all of the ingredients going into them. Plus, and I may be biased, but everything made from scratch is always better 🙂
How To Make Homemade Cake Pops
Making homemade cake pops can be difficult if they are not done right or if you aren’t prepared. My advice would be to read this blog and the instructions all the way through before diving into the baking process. Being prepared is so important when making cake pops so you can achieve the best results for these delicious little treats.
We start this recipe by baking our vanilla cake and then turning this baked cake into small cake crumbs. These cake crumbs are combined with vanilla frosting to create a formable dough consistency. I use a cookie scoop to keep each cake pop the same size. Cake Pops are great because this part of the recipe where we form and shape our pops is perfect for kids. Getting your kids in the kitchen is always a great idea and will help build their confidence and boost their creativity.
Always be sure that you’re allowing your cake pops enough time to chill in the freezer before trying to dip them. If cake pops are too soft, they will easily fall off the stick. The colder the cake pops, the faster the candy melts will set, so be sure to immediately allow the excess candy melts to drip back into the bowl right after dipping.
When dipping your cake pops we need to make sure we’re working with the proper consistency. A mixture that is too thick won’t leave us with a smooth finish and creates a layer too thick over each cake pop. Always be sure to microwave your candy melts in 30-second intervals mixing between each time. Adding coconut oil to your candy melt mixture will help ensure the thin, smooth consistency we want. If you ever want to recreate this recipe using white chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate in the future, be sure to use the same practice of melting in 30-second intervals and adding coconut oil to the mixture to keep the mixture thin. In addition, continue the practice of allowing the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl.
I used 6″ cake pop or lollipop sticks. I purchased them from Amazon which you can find, here! These sticks will be perfect for any cake pops recipes you embark on. Of course, there are endless variations to the cake pop possibilities and this copycat Starbucks cake pops recipe is the perfect, tastiest way to start 🙂