These chocolaty Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Pops are a delicious kid-friendly treat for Valentine's Day, bake sales, or anytime! Grab some lollipop sticks because you are going to love making this easy cake pop recipe!
This cake pop recipe makes a fun project to do with young kids because there are so many easy steps! If you love chocolate as much as we do, you will want to check out all of my delicious gluten free chocolate dessert recipes.
Have you tried making gluten free cake pops yet? They are a wonderful dessert that is great if you only want a small portion of dessert. (Not to mention they are super cute and fancy!!)
Valentine's Day is around the corner, so I couldn't resist decorating these chocolate cake pops for the holiday. You can use any type and color of sprinkles you like. This chocolate cake pop recipe can be enjoyed all year long!
Here are my favorite Gluten Free Desserts for Valentine's Day. Any of these desserts would be awesome anytime though :-).
What are cake pops?
Cake pops can be linked back to lovely donut holes. Donut holes are usually glazed or covered in delicious chocolate. They are a tasty breakfast treat we have loved for years. They started the idea and helped it spread.
The main purpose of cake pops is to use up a stale or extra cake! The good news is that cake pops are more dense and sweeter than the original cake. They are perfect for kid’s parties, birthdays, holidays, special treats or just a little snack for yourself.
Cake pops benefits:
- reduce food waste (aka use up a leftover cake!)
- gives you a second dessert
- will make you a hit of the party
- lets you play with your hands :-).
Dress them up in melted chocolate of any flavor or color, add sprinkles or piped frosting. Even turn them into characters. Since they are on sticks it is less mess and more deliciousness.
Making cake balls is perfect for those who like to play with their food!
You take gluten free chocolate cake (like in this easy Gluten Free Chocolate Cake recipe) and smoosh it up with your hands. Trust me, kids love this part!
There are lots of types of vanilla frosting for cake pops. For this recipe, I used vanilla frosting to bind the smooshed up cake. You can use this chocolate buttercream frosting recipe or this vanilla cream cheese frosting recipe.
(And if you don't feel like making frosting, you can buy frosting at your store. Just make sure you choose a good gluten free frosting.
First, add broken up cake to a 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.
Next, add vanilla frosting to the smooshed cake. Mix well so that you have a "cake paste" mixture.
Can you use store bought frosting?
You can definitely use store-bought frosting to make these cake pops. If you prefer homemade frosting, I recommend the homemade frosting in this Gluten Free Vanilla Cake or this Gluten Free Chocolate Raspberry Cake recipes.
Roll chunks of cake batter into balls and lay out on a baking dish lined with wax paper. Add lollipop sticks. Now here is the secret...take the sticks back out and spoon some melted chocolate into each hole.
Put the sticks back in and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes to solidify. This will keep the sticks attached to the cake balls when you dip them into the chocolate.
Melt chocolate. Dip each pop into the melted chocolate and dust with your favorite sprinkles. Place back on the wax paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Enjoy!!
TIP: Make sure your cake balls are room temperature before dipping them into the melted chocolate to prevent cracking!
How long do cake pops last?
Cake pops will last up to 4-5 days in the refrigerator. You can get them to 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.
Why did my cake pops crack?
If you dipped cold cake pop balls into hot melted chocolate, it will cause cracking. When your cake balls are dipped in chocolate and warm a bit 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.
Any frosting will work to make cake pops but it is important to check ingredients to ensure you use a gluten free frosting.
More Delicious Gluten Free Dessert Recipes:
Easy Gluten Free Cake Pops
- 2 cups gluten free chocolate cake baked
- ½ cup frosting
- 1 ½ cups dark chocolate
- sprinkles optional
- Add cake to a bowl and use your hands to smoosh it up.
- Add frosting and mix with your hands until it forms a ball
- Break off small bits of cake pop dough and roll into balls. Place on wax paper.
- Melt chocolate.
- Dip a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate, then stick into each cake pop.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Remove from the refrigerator, re-melt the chocolate.
- Dip each cake pop into the melted chocolate. Cover with sprinkles if you like.
- Place in the refrigerator 1 hour until chilled.
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