How to Make Starbucks Salted Caramel Cake Pops

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Starbucks Salted Caramel Cake Pops

At Starbucks, salted caramel treats are in demand. As the weather gets chilly, patrons are looking to seasonal beverages such as Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha and Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate to help them keep warm. In addition to beverages, Starbucks has added a salted caramel dessert to their “Petite Treats” menu. Starbucks Salted Caramel Cake Pops are a small bite of sweet caramel with a sea salt crunch, dipped in milk chocolate.[1] Just one bite will have you ordering another pop. Or, better yet, try making a whole batch using this Starbucks Salted Caramel Cake Pops recipe.

Start to finish: 1 1/2 hours (Active time: 45 minutes)

Serves: Makes about 50 cake pops

Starbuckscakepops.jpgFlickr: Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake
Offered by Starbucks
Customer service phone 800-782-7282[2]
Served as Dessert
Main ingredients Cocoa, flour, raspberry jam
Cooking method Baking
Similar to Starbucks Salted Caramel Squares
Author Julie Clark

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Starbucks Salted Caramel Cake Pop Ingredients

Starbucks Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Starbucks Caramel Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter [3]
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed[3]
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract[4]
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 cups milk chocolate (for melting)
  • Sea salt

Starbucks Salted Caramel Cake Pop Recipe

Starbucks Chocolate Cake Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 baking pan.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, sour cream, vanilla, and eggs.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients; mix until smooth.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake.

Starbucks Caramel Frosting Recipe

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla. Stir continuously while the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.
  2. Increase heat to medium and continue to cook, without stirring, until the sugar syrup becomes amber in color. Approximately 3 – 6 minutes. [3]
  3. Pour the sugar syrup into a small bowl and cool to room temperature, reserving 1/8 cup of caramel syrup to drizzle on finished cake pops.
  4. Add confectioners sugar 1 cup at a time to the remaining caramel syrup, beating until smooth after each addition.
  5. Add additional milk, if necessary, 1 tablespoon at a time, to achieve the desired consistency.

Starbucks Cake Pop Recipe

  1. Using a food processor, pulse the chocolate cake until it is becomes crumbly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chocolate cake crumbs with 1 cup of caramel frosting. Stir until well-combined. Add additional frosting, if necessary, until you have reached a consistency that is moist enough to hold a ball shape.
  3. Reserve ½ cup of caramel frosting to top off the cake pops once completed.
  4. Shape the cake pops by rolling about 2 tablespoons of the cake/frosting mixture in your hands until you have a 1 ½ inch ball.[5]
  5. Place the formed balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill in the refrigerator or freezer for 5 – 10 minutes.[5]
  6. While the cake pops are chilling, prepare the chocolate coating by melting milk chocolate either in a double boiler on the stove or in the microwave.
  7. Once the cake pops are chilled, place a lollipop stick in each cake pop and dip them individually into the melted chocolate. An ideal way to preserve the shape of your cake pops while the chocolate coating is hardening is to place the lollipop sticks in an upside-down colander.
  8. Once the chocolate has hardened, top off each cake pop with a dollop of caramel frosting and sprinkle with sea salt.

Making a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato

A Starbucks Caramel Macchiato would be the perfect beverage to accompany your Salted Caramel Cake Pops.


  • There are two simple ways to melt chocolate: in a microwave or on the stove. To melt chocolate in a microwave, place chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and set the microwave for 2 minutes at 50 percent power. Stir and continue heating the chocolate, stirring every minute or so, until it is completely melted. To melt chocolate on the stove, place a heat-proof bowl over a pot of slightly simmering water. Stir the chocolate continuously until it is completely melted.[6]
  • The Caramel Frosting recipe can be easily doubled to make extra frosting and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you are planning to make your cake pops in advance, store the unfrosted cake pops in a plastic container in the refrigerator. Finish the pops with the chocolate coating, caramel frosting, drizzle, and sea salt just before serving.

Also See: How to Make a Starbucks Red Velvet Whoopie Pie, How to Make Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, How to Make a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, How to Make Starbucks Pumpkin Bread, How to Make a Starbucks Birthday Cake Pop, How to Make a Starbucks Raspberry Truffle Cake Pop, How to Make a Starbucks Tiramisu Cake Pop


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