Starbucks Secret Menu: Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino (Taste, Ingredients, Caffeine, Calories, Copycat Recipe & More information)

The Starbucks Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino makes for an excellent summer treat. You can also make a cup at home; read on to find out how.

Bored of my regular two frappuccino alternatives, I searched TikTok for inspiration the other day. So you can imagine my glee when I came across the strawberry shortcake frappuccino and realized it had been around for some time and had been undiscovered by my family and me.

Since we also like to replicate Starbucks beverages at home as a hobby, we researched, discovered a recipe we liked, and added some nuances to make it even more interesting. In this post, I will share our recipe; feel free to borrow and use it. Enjoy!

Brief History of the Starbucks Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino

The Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino debuted at Starbucks on August 27, 2015. It was supposed to be available in selected stores in the US and Canada for about ten days, until September 7. Not surprisingly, as with many beverages at Starbucks, fans found a way to order it beyond that date, aided to a large extent by baristas. This drink has been shared hundreds of times on social media, making it one of the most enduring Starbucks Secret Menu Frappuccinos.

Starbucks strawberry shortcake frappuccino Overview

What’s in a Starbucks Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino? (Ingredients)


According to, the strawberry shortcake frappuccino is made of strawberry juice, milk, vanilla bean powder, crème base, toffee nut syrup, white mocha syrup, ice, and whipped cream.

You can reproduce this Starbucks beverage in the following way:

  • Strawberry puree: Starbucks strawberry puree can be replicated by blending fresh strawberries with fresh lemon juice and a sweetener. I like that I do not need to heat any ingredients for this simple puree.
  • Vanilla Bean Powder: You can buy vanilla bean powder from the store or make it inexpensively by drying it in the oven and then crushing it to get the vanilla bean powder.
  • Crème base: Starbucks crème base is made of water, salt, sugar, natural flavor, xanthan gum, citric acid, and potassium sorbate. You can replicate this by making simple syrup, just dissolved and boiled sugar in water till it turns golden, then adding the xanthan gum and citric acid.
  • Toffee nut syrup: You can easily get Starbucks toffee nut syrup on Amazon and use it for many other recipes.
  • White mocha syrup: I find Fontana’s white mocha sauce to work, as well as sauces served at Starbucks, and you can get a bottle from Amazon or Walmart.
  • Whipped cream is easy to make at home using cold heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Alternatively, you can get good-quality whipped cream from the store, such as the great value packs from Walmart.
  • Milk: Starbucks uses whole milk for this Frappuccino, and so did I. You can quickly get this from your local dairy.

Starbucks Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino: Sizes, Nutrition, Caffeine, & Calories

Starbucks Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino

What Sizes Are Available?

Starbucks serves its Frappuccino mainly in the following cup sizes: a 12-ounce tall cup, a 16-ounce Grande cup, or a 24-ounce venti cup. For this beverage, I recommend trying it in a tall cup before deciding if you like the taste and sugar and going bigger.

Nutritional Facts

A Grande Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino has over 410 calories, with 130 calories coming from Fat alone. You get over 62 grams of sugar from that one cup, which exceeds the 50 grams of sugar recommended on a 2,000-calorie daily diet by more than 20 percent. It is also low in protein and minerals, but most of us love it for its delicious and refreshing taste, especially on a hot summer day. My family enjoyed it at least a couple of times this summer as an occasional treat at Starbucks.

Below is a table summarizing the preceding nutritional fact:

 Calorie count (out of 2,000 calories daily intake)410
Nutrient Content ( 16 fl oz Grande serving)% of Daily Value
Total Fat (15g)


Saturated Fat (9g)




Total carbohydrates (65g)


Sugar (62g)

Dietary Fiber (0 g)

Proteins (4 g)0%
Sodium (200mg)3%

Caffeine Information

The Strawberry Shortcake contains no caffeine, using caffeine-free ingredients, including white mocha sauce and a crème base. This makes it a go-to drink for people cutting on caffeine and kids. However, you can add caffeine by requesting an espresso shot which amounts to 75mg.

So what does Starbucks’ Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino taste like?

The Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino is deliciously sweet with a tangy strawberry flavor. It has a light texture, which reminded me of a strawberry ice cream shake.

Ways to Customize a Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino at Starbucks

One of the popular ways to customize this beverage is by adding a caramel crunch to the topping. I have friends who also swap the White Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks for the Strawberry Frappuccino and customize it by removing the classic syrup and adding a scoop of vanilla bean powder. 1 pump toffee nut syrup and 2 pumps white mocha sauce.

How to make Starbucks Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino at home: Starbucks Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

Starbucks Secret Menu: Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino

Starbucks Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

Kai JordanKai Jordan
Course Drinks
Cuisine American


  • Blender


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnut syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • A pinch of Xanthan Gum
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • Whipped cream
  • 2 cups of ice


  • Blend half the strawberries with all the other ingredients except the whipped cream until smooth.
  • Top with whipped cream and the rest of the strawberries, and serve.


  • You can use strawberry syrup instead of strawberry sauce.
  • We include hazelnut syrup because it makes the taste more balanced.
  • To make a caffeinated version, replace a quarter cup of milk with brewed black coffee.

Informative Section

How Do You Order Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino from the Starbucks App?

Order a Grande White Mocha Frappuccino. Edit the syrup by adding one pump of toffee nut syrup. Add in extra strawberry puree.

Is the Starbucks Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino Still Available?

Yes, the Starbucks strawberry shortcake is still available.

Does Starbucks have Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino All Year Round?

Yes, Starbucks has Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino all year round, subject to the availability of all the ingredients.

Is the Starbucks Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino healthy?

No, the Starbucks Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino is not healthy. It has a lot of empty calories from the Fat and sugar and should, therefore, not form part of a regular daily diet.

How Much Is the Starbucks Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino?

Depending on how you customize your drink, a Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino will cost you at least $4.95 for a tall cup, $5.45 for a Grande cup, and $5.95 for a venti cup at Starbucks.

Is Starbucks’ Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino good?

Although the Starbucks Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino tastes good, it should only be had occasionally as a treat, as its high sugar and fat content are not suitable for your health when taken regularly.

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