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Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino

This blended iced drink will entice you with its vanilla bean flavor that’s topped with whipped cream, colorful sprinkles, and birthday cake-flavored cake balls. It’s an easy copycat version of Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino!

Hero shot Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino topped with sprinkles and extra cake balls

If you have a hard time staying away from Starbucks during hot weather, simply because you can’t do without a refreshing and cooling Frappuccino, I’ve got good news: you can make this creamy and delicious drink yourself, right at home. It’s so simple, and it’s a budget-friendly way to indulge in a favorite sweet treat.

Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino ready to drink on a board with sprinkled cake balls

Oh! And your kids will love these, too. This is a non-caffeinated drink that you can quickly make and enjoy on a hot afternoon. These also make awesome beverages for a party or BBQ.

Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino frosty beverage with a striped yellow straw ready to drink

What is a Frappuccino?

A Frappuccino is a blended beverage that’s made with ice, milk, cream, and the addition of either coffee, ice cream, and/or flavored syrups. There are lots of variations to work with when it comes to making a Frappuccino, but the inclusion of ice, milk, and cream are the foundations of this drink that were made popular by Starbucks.

Delicious and creamy Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino

Here, we’re using vanilla bean ice cream, milk, and ice as our basic flavor canvas that we’ll build on to create this yummy birthday cake-inspired drink.

Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino creamy ice cold refreshing dessert beverage with extra cake balls

Do I need a blender to make this drink?

Yes, you will need a high-powered blender that’s capable of easily blending ice along with liquid or other semi-liquid ingredients.

Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino topped with sprinkles surrounded by a circle of more cake balls

What ingredients do I need to make the Copycat Starbucks Birthday Frappuccino?

Ice – essential to blend into an icy drink

Milk – essential for a creamy texture

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream – essential for cream, flavor, and sweetness

Cake Ball (store-bought or make yourself) – an awesome garnish that makes this a birthday cake drink

Vanilla Extract – to amp up the vanilla flavor

Whipped Cream – for the topping

Sprinkles – garnish for the whipped cream topping

Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino icy cold birthday treat

How do I make the Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino?

Before you make the drink, make sure you’ve either purchased or made the birthday cake-flavored cake balls. You can actually purchase birthday cake-flavored cake balls from Starbucks and keep them in the freezer so you’ll have them on hand.

You can also make the cake balls yourself. I use the Betty Crocker no-bake cookie dough bites mix and store them in the freezer and just pull them out when I need them for this drink.

top shot of Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino with extra sprinkles and a cake ball over the straw
  1. To make the beverage, just add the ice, milk, ice cream, vanilla, and a cake ball to your high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add a few sprinkles to the drink and stir with a spoon to incorporate them.
  3. Pour into a glass, and top with whipped cream and extra sprinkles. Add a straw and enjoy this delightful birthday cake Frappuccino!
Horizontal shot of delicious Copycat Starbucks Birthday Frappuccino

Easy Flavor Variations

This recipe is so simple that it’s a cinch if you want to try some other flavors. I like to keep things easy so switching out ice creams and a few garnishes will give you some other flavors to experience without changing the basic recipe too much.

  • Strawberry – use strawberry ice cream instead of vanilla. If you want to add a few fresh or frozen strawberries to the blender, that would elevate the flavor, too.
  • Chocolate – use chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla. If you want to add chocolate chips to the blender or stir them in after you’ve blended, that would delicious. Add some chocolate syrup as a garnish on the whipped cream along with the sprinkles.
  • Coffee – use coffee-flavored ice cream instead of vanilla.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip – use mint chocolate chip ice cream instead of vanilla. If you want to add chocolate chips to the blender or stir them in after you’ve blended, that’s an option, too. Add some chocolate syrup and/or chips as a garnish on the whipped cream along with the sprinkles.
place ice in a blender when making Copycat Starbucks Birthday Frappuccino

Topping Suggestions

Obviously, sprinkles are always a wonderful choice, but here are some other easy ideas.

  • Store-bought syrups such as chocolate, caramel, strawberry
  • Melted peanut butter
  • Chocolate chips
  • Crushed nuts
  • Crushed candy bars
  • Crushed graham crackers/cookies
next step pour in cream when making Copycat Starbucks Birthday Frappuccino

Non-dairy versions

If you want to make a non-dairy Frappuccino, you can totally do this with no problem.

  • Ice Cream – There are so many non-dairy ice creams on the market these days and they all have the basic vanilla flavor as a starting point, so just substitute your favorite brand for the ice cream.
  • Milk – With regard to milk, the same principle applies. Use almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, oat milk, or whatever non-dairy milk you choose.
  • Whipped Cream – Whipped cream can be made with coconut milk or check your store’s freezer section. They will most likely have a non-dairy version available for purchase.
next step add vanilla when making Copycat Starbucks Birthday Frappuccino

Ice-cold, full of vanilla flavor, and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles, this Copycat Starbucks Birthday Frappuccino is a frozen drink that will keep you cool and refreshed this summer and beyond.

next add in extra sprinkles in the blender

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Nettie is a wife and mother who is passionate about cooking and baking. With 5 children, Nettie insists that all meals, snacks, and desserts come together quickly! You will find a wide variety of easy yet scrumptious recipes on her very popular website Moore or Less Cooking

Be sure to follow me on Instagram and tag #mooreorlesscooking so I can see all the wonderful recipes that YOU make from this site!

Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino with cake balls
Yield: Seves 2

Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ice-cold, full of vanilla flavor, and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles, this Copycat Starbucks Birthday Frappuccino is a frozen drink that will keep you cool and refreshed this summer and beyond.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 3 scoops Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • 1 cake ball
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Whipped Cream
  • 1/8 cup of sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Using a blender, add ice, milk, ice cream, cake ball, and vanilla and blend until smooth.
  2. Next, add sprinkles, stir, and pour them into a glass.
  3. Top with whipped cream, cake ball, and extra sprinkles. enjoy!

Notes

Begin with making or buying birthday cake-flavored cake balls. I love the Betty Crocker cookie dough bites.

Just place them in the freezer to keep on hand when you are craving this drink when making it at home. You can also buy cake balls from Starbucks and place them in your freezer.

Nutrition Information

Yield

2

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 497Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 86mgSodium 261mgCarbohydrates 59gFiber 1gSugar 50gProtein 11g

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