These chocolaty Gluten-Free Cake Pops are a delicious kid-friendly treat that can be made and decorated for holidays, bake sales, or any occasion! Grab some lollipop sticks and a few simple ingredients, because you are going to love making this easy cake pop recipe! I share easy-to-follow step-by-step photos and directions!

A plate with white chocolate and milk chocolate coated cake pops.

Have you tried making gluten free cake pops yet? They are a fun dessert and super cute and fancy!!

I also include a dairy-free cake pop option so everyone can enjoy this recipe! You can use any cake flavor to make chocolate cake pops, vanilla cake pops, or even gluten free churro cake pops! This homemade cake pop recipe can be enjoyed all year long! You can also make these pops with a store-bought gluten-free cake mix.

If you are baking a cake, you can check out my Gluten Free Baking Tips and my Gluten Free Cake Troubleshooting Guide if you need further help.

Why we love making gluten free cake pops:

  1. Cake pops are small, bite-sized treats that can be easily carried around, wrapped up as gifts, and frozen and stored so you have them on hand when you want them. They’re perfect for parties, holidays, gatherings, or even as a treat on the go.
  2. Gluten free cake pops can be made in a variety of flavors, and colors. Whether you prefer chocolate, vanilla, or something more exotic like carrot cake or lemon, there’s a cake pop flavor for everyone!
  3. Cake pops are essentially small balls of cake that are coated in a layer of frosting and candy coating. This results in a delicious, moist, and flavorful treat that’s hard to resist.
  4. Gluten free cake pops can be decorated to match any theme or occasion. Whether you want to create a bouquet of flower cake pops for a bridal shower or decorate them with sprinkles for a kids’ party, there are endless possibilities for customization.
  5. All you need is gluten free cake, frosting, and chocolate! Using leftover cake or cupcakes is also great!
A bunch of cake pops decorated with different sprinkles.

Ingredients Needed:

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

A bowl of smooshed chocolate cake.

Step 1: Add cake to a large mixing bowl. Time to get those hands dirty. I had some extra cake from when I made these Gluten Free Chocolate Raspberry Trifles, so I used that for this recipe. Use your hands or fork to smush the cake into bits.

Vanilla frosting in the chocolate cake bowl.

Step 2: Add the frosting to the smooshed cake. Mix well so that you have a pasty cake-like mixture.

Cake balls with lollipop sticks in them.

Step 3: Roll chunks of cake batter into balls and place them on a baking dish lined with wax paper. You can also use this fancy cake pop kit.

Step 4: Melt some chocolate in a microwave-safe dish and dip a lollipop stick into the chocolate. Quickly push the chocolate-dipped lollipop stick into a cake ball and allow it to set. Repeat until every pop has a stick.

Step 5: Refrigerate the gluten free cake balls with the sticks for 30-45 minutes to solidify the sticks. Dipping them into the melted chocolate will keep the sticks attached to the cake balls.

Melted chocolate in a glass dish.

Step 6: Add your chocolate melting wafers to a small microwave-safe dish. Be sure the dish is deep enough to dip the cake balls in. Melt the chocolate in 10-second increments. 

You can use milk, dark, white, or any chocolate flavor. If you want colored cake pops, use colored melting wafers, which you can find at most grocery stores, or add a few drops of food coloring.

Step 7: Dip each pop into the melted chocolate and dust with your favorite sprinkles. Place the cake pops back on the wax paper and refrigerate for 45-60 minutes. Enjoy!!

๐Ÿ”‘ Sandi says: To prevent cracking, ensure your cake balls are at room temperature before dipping them into the melted chocolate!

Chocolate cake pops in a rainbow polka dot little bucket. The cake pops are decorated with Valentine's Day sprinkles.

Here are my favorite Gluten Free Desserts for Valentine’s Day. Cake pops are great for gift-giving too!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you use store-bought frosting?

You can use store-bought frosting to make these gluten free cake pops. If you prefer homemade frosting, here is a fantastic Gluten Free Frosting recipe.

Why did my cake pops crack?

If you dip cold cake pop balls into hot melted chocolate, it will cause cracking. When your cake balls are dipped in chocolate and warm after refrigeration, they expand a little, which will crack the chocolate.

How big should cake pops be?

Cake pops can be made in any size, but note that the larger they are, the heavier they are, and the higher the risk of them breaking off the stick.

How long do cake pops last?

Cake pops will last 4-5 days in the refrigerator. You can make them last longer by freezing them. You can freeze the cake balls, then defrost them when you are ready to dip them in chocolate and eat them.

Can you make these cake pops without the sticks?

You can skip the sticks altogether if you prefer a truffle-like cake ball!

Red and white decorated cake pops.

Storage/Freezing Directions:

Store these cake pops in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep fresh for up to 4 days. You can also freeze the cake pops in a freezer-safe bag. I recommend freezing the cake balls. Thaw, insert the sticks, and then dip and decorate them.

More Gluten Free Dessert Recipes:

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If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A plate with white chocolate and milk chocolate coated cake pops.

Easy Gluten Free Cake Pops Recipe

Sandi Gaertner
This is an easy to follow step-by-step tutorial to make and decorate homemade gluten free cake pops.
5 from 29 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cake Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 10 cake pops
Calories 334 kcal


  • 2 cups gluten free chocolate cake baked
  • ยฝ cup frosting
  • 1 ยฝ cups dark chocolate
  • sprinkles optional


  • Add the baked cake to a bowl and use your hands to smoosh it up.
  • Add frosting and mix it in with your hands or a large spoon until it forms a ball.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to break off small bits of cake pop dough and use your hands to roll it into balls. Place on wax paper.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of chocolate in a microwave safe dish for 15-20 secons.
  • Dip a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate, then stick into each cake pop. This will help keep the stick in each cake pop.
  • Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.
  • Remove the cake pops from the refrigerator. Melt the rest of your chocolate in a microwave-safe dish. I recommend doing this at 15-20 second intervals, stirring between each interval to prevent burning.
  • Dip each cake pop into the melted chocolate. Cover with sprinkles if you like.
  • Place in the refrigerator 1 hour until chilled.


  • You can use any cake flavor to make these gluten free cake pops! I have 75+ cake recipes to choose from.
  • Use any gluten free cake flavor recipe you like or use boxed gluten free cake mix.
  • Feel free to use store-bought frosting, or make your own.ย 
  • Be sure you check to ensure that your sprinkles are gluten free.
  • These cake pops will last up to 5 days in your refrigerator, or freeze them for up to 4 months.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 334kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 216mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 3gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 10IUCalcium: 39mgIron: 5mg
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Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.

This post was updated from an older February 2018 post with more details and tips.

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  1. 5 stars
    Chocolate pops?! That sounds AMAZING! I have made gluten-free chocolate balls by hand like this recipe but never thought about making in into pops. What a very creative idea!!!

  2. 5 stars
    What is it about cake pop that makes it more fun? Not sure but I know we all love them! I also love your gluten free delicious version – looks so amazing!!

  3. 5 stars
    Love how easy these sound to make. Don’t even have to turn on the oven! We area all about that! So cute for a Valentine’s Day party! Just pinned!

  4. 5 stars
    Not only have i never made cake pops (gluten-free or no) but I never knew how to do it. I love your step-by-step photos! So much easier than I imagined.

  5. Cake pops are my favorite and I never make them. They always look like so much trouble to me! You make them look totally doable!

  6. 5 stars
    I rarely have enough cake scraps to be able to make cake pops because my husband usually scurries away with them. I think I should make these for Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 5 stars
    What a great way to use up some stale cake, not that cake gets much of a chance to get stale around our house! I love how cute they are and that by changing the sprinkles they can go with any holiday!

  8. 5 stars
    Dear Sandi, these cake pops are so pretty! I love how easy cake pops are to make too..always a fun treat to have during holidays and special occasions.