How Much are Cake Pops at Starbucks? Let’s Clear The Myths

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How Much Do Cake Pops Cost at Starbucks?

Starbucks sells cake pops in three classic flavors: chocolate, birthday cake, and cookies-n-cream. These cake pops sell for an average of $2.95. Starbucks specialty and seasonal cake pops, such as owls, reindeer, and unicorns, cost an average of $3.25. The cheapest cake pops are sold in Miami, Florida, where classic flavors cost $2.75, and specialty and seasonal flavors are $2.95. The most expensive cake pops are sold in Manhattan, New York, where classics cost $3.55, and specialty and seasonal flavors are $3.75.

Since cake pops are small, you’d expect them to cost less, but that is different.

Starbucks cake pops fetch a higher price than some other places because people are willing to pay more for the iconic look, quality, and brand recognition.

And, let’s admit it, they taste excellent!

Key Takeaways

  • Starbucks cake pops sell for an average of $2.95 for classic flavors and $3.25 for specialty and seasonal varieties.
  • Prices for cake pops sold by licensed retailers, like Target or Randall’s, can be higher than average
  • Starbucks can charge a premium based on popularity, production process, and design of specialty flavors

Starbucks Cake Pop Price Comparison Table

I polled 25 cities across the US to determine average cake pop prices. The 5 cities in the table cover the middle, low, and high costs. 

Starbucks Cake Pop Categories

There are two categories to consider when looking at prices: Classic and Specialty & Seasonal. Knowing the difference will give you foresight into costs ahead of time.

Classic Cake Pops:
Classic cake pops come in more traditional flavors you might expect, like strawberry, chocolate, cookies-n-cream, and birthday cake. 
Specialty and Seasonal Cake Pops:
Specialty cake pops are usually seasonal. They have unique flavors from time to time and are more often than not made in a fun shape or are more ornate than the classics. They’ll range in shape and appearance from a glittery blue Earth to a colorful unicorn. 

Starbuck’s Cake Pop FlavorAustinPhoenixLos AngelesMiamiNew York
Birthday Cake$2.95$2.95$2.95$2.75$3.55
Table of Average Starbucks Cake Pop Prices by flavor and city

How Much Are Starbucks Cake Pops At Licensed Retailers?

The price of Starbucks cake pops sold by licensed stores you find in places such as Target can vary wildly.

I’ve seen classic cake pops like cookies-n-cream cost more than Starbucks retail stores. How much more? A whopping $3.45 each in comparison to the national average of $2.95.

Take their “bullseye” specialty cake pop. It’s shaped to appear like their doggie mascot. 

It has white chocolate icing and a red Target logo bullseye around one of the eyes. It costs around $2.95. 

Which is less than the average specialty cake pop across the board.

Why Do Starbucks Cake Pops Cost So Much? 

3 bucks for a ball of cake is a lot (to me). Whether it’s stuck on the end of a stick or a cake ball all on its own. 

Part of the reason these sorts of desserts are so expensive comes down to popularity.

The production process is more tedious than baking dozens of chocolate chip cookies. And cake pop designs are intricate and require a fair amount of labor.

However, if you compare them to other popular Starbucks bakery items, they are close in price. 

After all, you can get any bakery item for 100 Starbucks stars.

Note that Starbucks increased the amount of stars for bakery and basic coffee to 100 from 50 in early 2023)

Starbucks Cake Pop Prices vs. Bakery Items

Starbucks Bakery ItemAverage Price
Classic Cake Pop$2.95
Specialty & Seasonal Cake Pop$3.25
Plain Bagel$2.25
Iced Lemon Loaf$3.75
Cheese Danish$3.45
Blueberry Muffin$3.25
Double Chocolate Brownie$3.25
Starbucks Cake Pop Price Comparison Table vs. Other Starbucks Bakery Items

My Thoughts On Starbucks Cake Pop Cost

If my sugar tooth is screaming for sweets, I’ll spring for a cake pop or two. Especially if I have the stars for an extra. The $2.95 is worth it.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How Much Are Two Cake Pops from Starbucks?

Is there a discount for buying more than one at a time? What if you buy 2 or 3 in one shot?

I’ve read that buying more than one cake pop at a time will save you money. But I haven’t been lucky enough to experience this myself. 

You can see in the mobile app that the price is the same whether you buy multiple cake pops or individual ones. My local Starbucks confirmed this to be correct.

Are cake pops less expensive at other retailers?

Yes and No. Cake pop prices can vary significantly. Some large Retailers, such as Costco and Walmart, are sometimes less expensive. 

But you are going to find only some recipes. So expect flavors (even the same ones) to be identical since the recipes and ingredients are proprietary to each.

Are Starbucks cake pops more expensive than boutiques?

Boutique dessert and coffee shops can charge a hefty price for their desserts. However, they can also cost less. For example, cake pops cost as much as $7.50 in these places and as low as $1.50.

Christopher Mize

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