Cakesicles are a delicious new dessert trend and are as fun to make as they are to eat. Here is my gluten free cakesicles recipe, which has all of my tips and tricks so you can make incredible cakesicles every time. Use either homemade gluten free cake or boxed gluten free cake mix.

A pink candy coated funfetti cakesicle on a plate.

If you love cake, you will love these portable hand-held Gluten Free Cakesicles. They are popsicle-sized chocolate-covered cake slices. They are fun to decorate for any holiday or occasion.

If you love cakesicles but want a more bite-sized option, try my easy Gluten Free Cake Pops recipe!

Why This Recipe Is Great:

  1. You can make this gluten free cakes ice recipe with a gluten free box cake mix or use one of my easy recipes. I link lots of flavors of cake throughout this article! You can also check out my gluten free cake recipes for more flavor inspiration.
  2. Kids love to decorate these cakesicles, so let them take on this part!
  3. Cakesicles make great party favors and are fun to include on a dessert buffet.
  4. Nobody will know these are gluten free! They taste that good!
  5. I include lots of cake flavor and decorating options.
  6. You can make and freeze these cakesicles ahead, so you always have some on hand!

If you love making homemade baked goods as gifts, these Gluten Free Edible Gift ideas are fun to make!

Holding up a white mummy cakesicle.

You can also gift gluten free mixes like these Gluten Free Halloween Cookie Mix Jars.

Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the cakesicle ingredients.

As mentioned above, you can use homemade or gluten free box mix cake to make this recipe. I share gluten free cake recipes for flavor options throughout this post, but I link the most common flavors, vanilla, chocolate, and lemon, further below.

  • Gluten Free Cake – Use any flavor you like. Bake according to the recipe directions.
  • Sprinkles – Use any color you like. Be sure to check my Gluten Free Sprinkles List to ensure the ones you use are gluten free.
  • Frosting – Make homemade Gluten Free Frosting, or use store-bought.
  • Melting Chocolate – I like to use white chocolate because it can be colored. Many brands of melting wafers, including Wilton and Sweet Tooth Fairy, are made on shared equipment with wheat. My favorite brand is Ghirardelli Melting Wafers. The white chocolate works well with food coloring. You can also use chocolate chips.
  • Food Coloring – This is optional depending if you want a colored chocolate coating on your cakesicles or if you are sticking with white or brown.

If you love decorating sweets, try these Gluten Free Valentine’s Cookies. I will walk you through every step to decorate them with royal icing.

Tips For Success:

  1. Do not overcook your chocolate in the microwave oven. It will burn and not be usable. Always microwave your chocolate at 20-25-second intervals and stir it between intervals.
  2. Always check to be sure your candy melts are gluten free. Many brands, like Wilton, contain no gluten ingredients but are made on shared lines.
  3. I recommend not inserting popsicle sticks into the molds. It makes the cakesicles really hard to remove from the mold. I also like to insert the sticks later so I can dip the end in melted chocolate before insertion. This helps the sticks stay in and not fall out.

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Photos of steps 1 and 2.

Step 1: Cut the baked (and cooled!) cake and place it into a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to tear the cake apart. You want to shred the cake into small bits.

Step 2: If you are using sprinkles and they are not already baked into your cake, add them now.

If you are looking for a delicious sprinkle cake, try using my Gluten Free Funfetti Cupcakes recipe.

Photos of steps 3 and 4.

Step 3: Whip up some frosting in a large bowl or use store-bought frosting.

Step 4: Add 3-4 tablespoons of frosting to the shredded cake. Mix it with your hands so the frosting helps the cake bits stick together. You may need more frosting depending on how much cake you have.

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Photos of steps 6 and 7.

Step 5: Press your cake mixture into a Cakesicle Mold. I have tried this recipe with and without inserting popsicle sticks into the mold.

🔑 Sandi says: I highly recommend NOT adding them to the mold for two reasons. First, it makes it difficult to remove the cake pops. Second, I like to dip the end of the popsicle stick in melted chocolate and then insert them. This makes your cakesicles more sturdy and less likely to break.

Step 6: Refrigerate the cakesicles in the mold for one hour to harden them.

Step 7: Remove the cakesicles and insert the sticks. Dip the popsicle sticks about ¼ of the way in the chocolate before inserting.

Step 8: Melt your chocolate in one of the two ways below. Hold a cakesicle over the melted chocolate and use a spoon to coat the cakesicle in the melted chocolate.

Step 9: Hold the cakesicle carefully and gently shake it to remove the excess melted chocolate. Place on either a silicone mat or a piece of wax paper. Tip: be sure the mat or wax paper is on a cookie sheet so you can easily move them to the refrigerator.

Quickly sprinkle or decorate the cakesicle before the chocolate hardens. Place back on the baking pan and move back into the refrigerator. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then serve or freeze them. See the FAQ for freezing directions.

Ways To Melt Chocolate:

Melting chocolate in a glass bowl.

There are two ways I recommend melting your chocolate. You can use either a double boiler or your microwave oven.

  • Double Boiler – You can use a double boiler, or this easy double boiler attachment fits on a kitchen pot. Fill the bottom section with water and bring it to a boil. Add the pot or attachment on top of the hot water. Add your melting chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted. Be careful not to get any hot water in your chocolate.
  • Microwave – If you use the microwave, you must go slowly to avoid burning your chocolate. Add your melting chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 25-second intervals, stirring every 25 seconds. If you cook the chocolate too long, it will burn.

Holiday Decorating Ideas:

One of the things I love most about this recipe is that you can make gluten free cakesicles for ANY holiday or occasion. You can use colored chocolate or even color your own chocolate with a little food coloring.

Decorate with sprinkles, but be sure to look at my Gluten Free Sprinkles List to be sure the sprinkles you use are gluten free!

Valentine's day cakesicles on a plate.

Valentine’s Day Cakesicles – Add red or pink food coloring to the white chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Mix it thoroughly or leave the colors swirled for a nice cake design on your cakesicles. Top with sprinkles.

Halloween cakesicles on a plate.

Halloween Cakesicles – Color your white chocolate or leave it white and then drizzle another color of chocolate on top, “mummy style.” Use sprinkles or googly eyes, too!

Try using my Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes recipe for the cake inside your Halloween Cakesicles! I love this recipe because the pumpkin cake is so light.

Christmas Cakesicles – Decorate your gluten-free cakesicles using green-colored chocolate and sprinkles. You can also make tree-shaped cakesicles with this great tree silicone mold.

You will love using my Gluten Free Gingerbread Cake or my Gluten Free Eggnog Cake if you make Christmas Cakesicles!

Hanukkah Cakesicles – Use white and blue colored chocolate and sprinkles to decorate these for Hanukkah. Try my Gluten Free Honey Cake recipe for a sweet treat.

Easter Cakesicles – Use any gluten free cake flavor and bright or pastel-colored chocolate. These Easter bunny-shaped cakesicle molds are also fun!

A white chocolate covered cakesicle with a bite taken out.

Recipe FAQ:

What chocolate is the best melting chocolate?

I highly recommend using Ghirardelli Melting Wafers. They are gluten free, and they melt nicely. You can add food coloring to the white chocolate to make colorful chocolate.

How far ahead can you make cakesicles?

I recommend making these no longer than two days ahead. Store them in the refrigerator. If you need to make them further ahead, make the cakesicles without the chocolate coating. Freeze them, then thaw and dip them in chocolate when you are ready to use them.

Do cakesicles need to be refrigerated?

There are not a lot of preservatives in gluten free baked goods, so I highly recommend storing your cakesicles in the refrigerator so they do not go bad.

Gluten Free Cake Recipes For Cakesicles:

A funfetti cakesicle with a bite removed so you can see the funfetti cake inside.

Gluten Free Cakesicles

Sandi Gaertner
An easy tutorial that walks you through every step of making gluten free cakesicles. There are tips for every occasion and holiday.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cake Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8 cakesicles
Calories 398 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups gluten free cake * see notes
  • 4 tablespoons frosting
  • 14 ounces melting wafers * see notes

Optional:

  • food coloring
  • sprinkles
  • nuts
  • chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Place your cooled baked cake in a large mixing bowl. Tear or shred it into small bits. Make homemade cake or gluten free boxed cake mix.
  • Add sprinkles if you are using them.
  • Add 3-4 tablespoons of frosting. You can use homemade or store-bought.
  • Mix the frosting and cake bits into a cake paste.
  • Press the dough into the cakesicle mold. I recommend not inserting the sticks into the mold.
  • Chill for one hour.
  • Melt your chocolate. You can use either a double boiler or the microwave. If you microwave the chocolate, be sure to microwave it at 25 second intervals. Stir between each interval. Do not overcook the chocolate or it will burn.
  • Dip a popsicle stick ¼ into the melted chocolate and insert it into a cake pop. repeat until all of the cakesicles have sticks.
  • Dip each cakesicle into the chocolate. Use a spoon to coat the cakesicle in chocolate. Gently shake it to remove the excess melted chocolate. Place onto a silicone mat or wax paper.
  • Quickly decorate with sprinkles, more drizzled chocolate, etc. before the chocolate hardens. Refrigerate for 30 minutes then serve.

Notes

  1. Please see the recipe post for lots of gluten free cake flavors to try, chocolate melting tips, etc. 
  2. If you are going to use melting wafers, know that Sweet Tooth Fairy and Wilton are made on shared equipment with wheat. I recommend Ghirardelli Chocolate Melting Wafers.
  3. If you use sprinkles, be sure to look at my Gluten Free Sprinkles List to make sure your sprinkles are safe.
  4. Store the cakesicles in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze them if you need to make them ahead.

SPECIAL NOTE

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cakesicleCalories: 398kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 9gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 633mgPotassium: 238mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 296IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 255mgIron: 2mg
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