How to make Starbucks Brownie Cake Pops at home

How to make Starbucks Brownie Cake Pops at home

I don’t drink coffee at the moment because I am pregnant but I love Starbuck’s because of their delicious treats and signature drinks. In fact, I even collect Starbuck’s coffee mugs just so I can have the Starbucks experience at home without the cost.

I always purchase the Starbucks coffee mug with the city’s name of every city I visit providing I like the city!


This week I tried bringing these Starbucks brownie cake pops into my kitchen for the festive season. I wanted to serve them with our Christmas dinner and thought it would a perfect opportunity to compare the cost of  homemade Starbucks Brownie Cake Pops vs the real store-bought variety.

The store-bought variety is a mix of chocolate cake combined with butter cream icing and candy cane pieces, dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with candy cane bits.

Most of the ingredients needed to make Starbucks Cake Pops can be found in your pantry. Amazingly, these cake pops where easy to make with just a little time you too can have these delicious Starbucks Cake Pop treats at home.

Not all people like peppermint so choosing chocolate covered cake pops over peppermint sounded like a sure thing, I can’t go wrong with chocolate because everyone that was coming for dinner loves chocolate. Some of the recipes I found suggested using white chocolate however for some strange reason I cannot melt white chocolate properly.  I had a bag of the Hershey chocolate chips I picked up a couple weeks ago with my Shoppers Drug Mart Mega Redemption Optimum points in the pantry as well as the Cadbury Chocolate bars anyway.

Originally I had thought to use skewers, but I bought some lollipop sticks from the dollar store that had been sitting in the kitchen tools drawer. My plan was to make these brownie cake pops at some point.

Making the brownie mix was the easiest part. I made a brownie mix from The Happy Baker Cookbook (A daters guide to emotional baking). Erin Bolger provides some of the best recipes for anything sweet. I love this cookbook!

Starbucks Cake Pops Recipe:

To make the brownie ball, I cut the baked brownie into small squares and use my hands to shape the balls into something round-shaped. I then placed the lollipop sticks into the balls before placing them into the freezer so they become firm and not soft for approx. 2 hours.

I managed to make a total of 23 brownie cake pops with the brownie mix. Once the cake pops where cold it was time to melt the chocolate. Using a double boiler on the stove I melted the chocolate, string the chocolate. I then dipped each ball into the melted chocolate until each brownie ball was covered in chocolate. To finish them off, I sprinkled coconut flakes to make it look like snow flakes. You can be extremely creative here or just use crushed candy canes.

Price Savings of 70% making a do-it-yourself cake pop

Cost of a Starbuck’s Cake Pop = $1.60

Cost to make a Homemade Starbuck’s Chocolate Brownie Cake Pop = $0.48 each

  • 1 kg of brown sugar = 5 cups of brown sugar cost is $3.25
  •  I used only 2 cup which = $1.30/bag
  • 1 lb of butter =  2 cups of butter is $3.49
  •  I used 1 cup = $1.75
  • Costco Vanilla Extract (473 ml) is $12.99
  • I used 1.5 tsp vanilla = $0.21 (473 ml = 96 tsp)
  • 12 eggs is $2.29 = I used 4 eggs
  •  I used 4 eggs = $0.80
  • 10kg of all purpose flour $9.99 (10kg /128g (1 cup) = 78 cups in 10 kg)
  • I used 1-1/4 cups = $0.16
  • 1kg (2.2lbs) of Cocoa Powder – Extra Brute – Cacao Barry $18.95 (1000g/128g = 7.8 cups and $2.43/cup)
  • I used 3/4 cup of cocoa = $1.82
  • Hershey chocolate chips 300g $3.99
  • 2 x Cadbury chocolate 100g, 2/$2.50

Total: 2 cup brown sugar $1.30+ 1 cup of butter $1.75 + 1.5 tsp of vanilla $0.21 + 1-1/4 cups of flour $0.16 + 3/4 cup of cocoa = $1.82 + Hershey chocolate chips 300g $3.99 + 2 x Cadbury chocolate 100g, 2/$2.50

Total for batch of 23 = $11.19
1 Homemade Starbucks Chocolate Brownie Cake Pop = $0.48 each


Dream Bars less the topping
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Erin Bolger The Happy Baker – made by Lina Zussino
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 45 mins
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1-1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of cocoa
  1. Grease an 11×14-inch baking dish and preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl mix sugar, butter, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, bean until smooth.
  4. Stir in the flour and cocoa to egg mixture, blend well. [br] [img src=”” ]
  5. Spread mixture into the prepared dish. [br] [img src=”” ]
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until cooked. [br] [img src=”” ]

Lina Zussino

Lina Zussino, is a co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. encourages real whole foods cooking while helping Canadians save money with grocery deals and coupons.