What is it about food on a stick that just makes it so much more fun than the sum of its parts? I mean, a frosted cake is delicious, but a cake bite rolled in chocolate on a stick?
Now, we’re ready to party.
(Especially because making these cake pops at home is SO MUCH cheaper than buying them at Starbucks.)
And now that you know the fun attributes of the recipe, let’s address the elephant in the room. Is it a complicated recipe?
No, it’s not. But there are a few steps involved. You make a cake, remove the crust from the cake, work the inside of the cake with your fingers, toss in some frosting, form it into balls, place them on a stick, and freeze those bad boys for 15 minutes. And then you dip them in chocolate, and cover them with your personal preference of sprinkles.
So, like I said, there are a few steps involved.
But, it’s totally worth it because you’re going to be eating cake on a stick!
Starbucks chocolate cake pops ingredients and substitutions
To make these delicious cake pops, you’ll need:
- 1 (15 oz.) box of devil’s food cake mix
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1 ¼ cups cold water
- Cooking spray
- 2 tablespoons chocolate frosting
- 1 (12 oz.) bag candy melts, divided
- 1 teaspoon candy melts melting aid, or coconut oil
- White sprinkles
If you don’t have chocolate candy melts, you could substitute compound chocolate instead. It’s made of vegetable oil and sweeteners. It melts really easily, and will be perfect for these sweet treats! And similarly – if you don’t have a melting aid for the candy melts, reach for coconut oil! It’s generally solid at room temperature, and once incorporated into the warm candy melts it will help to thin the mixture out and make it extra workable.
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Starbucks Chocolate Cake Pops (Copycat Recipe)
What makes chocolate cake covered in chocolate frosting even more delicious? Serving it on a stick and topping it with sprinkles!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Total Time: (Inactive and active) 2 hours
- Yield: 28 1x
1 (15 oz.) box of devil’s food cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups cold water
2 tablespoons chocolate frosting
1 (12 oz.) bag candy melts, divided
1 teaspoon candy melts melting aid, or coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the cake mix, vegetable oil, and water together until no lumps remain.
Grease a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
Pour in the cake mix, and using an offset spatula smooth out any uneven parts of the batter.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out cleanly.
Let cake cool completely on a cooling rack.
Once the cake is completely cooled, gently remove the top, sides, and bottom crusts. (This is an important step, because the crust will end up giving the cake pops a dry mouthfeel and will keep the cake pops from forming into balls.)
Place the cake into a large mixing bowl, and using your fingers gently break the cake down until the cake resembles fine crumbs.
Add the frosting, and stir well to combine.
Fit a large cookie sheet with parchment.
Using a medium cookie scoop, remove the pops in batches and gently roll them between your hands until they’re firm and smooth.
Place on the prepared sheet pan while rolling out the rest of the balls.
Set up a cake pop stand or Styrofoam holder, or box with holes, and reserve.
Melt ¼ cup candy melts in the microwave at 10 second intervals, stirring each time.
Dip the sticks or straws into the chocolate, and insert into the center of the cake pop.
Place each cake pop into the holder of your choice.
Freeze for 15 minutes.
Melt the remaining candy melts, and stir in melting aid or coconut oil.
Pour the melted chocolate into a tall glass.
Using an in and out motion, gently dip the cake pops into the melted chocolate. Once covered in chocolate, let any excess chocolate drop back into the glass.
Place back in cake pop stand.
Immediately top with sprinkles.
Repeat with remaining cake pops.
Let the chocolate harden at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Cake pop stand, or a large flat piece of Styrofoam, or a tall box with holes cut into it.
Candy sticks, or colorful straws
- Serving Size: 1 piece
- Calories: 167
- Sugar: 17.2g
- Sodium: 125mg
- Fat: 8.7g
- Saturated Fat: 4.4g
- Carbohydrates: 20.8g
- Fiber: 0.2g
- Protein: 1.3g
- Cholesterol: 18mg