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super bowl football cake pops raspberry chocolate gluten-free recipe

My favorite part of Super Bowl Sunday is the food.  I love preparing healthy gluten free Super Bowl snacks for my boys and all of their friends.

I would love to say that the cute little gluten free cake pops above were assembled by my children.  However, I made them, and as you can see my cake and candy decorating skills are on par with those of a 10 year old.  Or maybe a 6 year old.  In any event, when I was a child I loved crafty little projects like candy making and such.  Obviously, I haven’t had much practice since back then.

I hope you all enjoy these gluten free Super Bowl Cake pops!  If you make them, please take a photo, as I would like to do a post sometime soon with all of your beautiful gluten free football cake pops.

Super Bowl Cake Pops


  1. Bake Chocolate Cake as directed on page 84 of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook
  2. Cool cake completely
  3. Once cooled, crumble ½ of cake into a big bowl, making sure there are no large pieces
  4. Mix raspberry fruit spread into crumbled cake, use back of a large metal spoon to combine
  5. Mixture will be moist enough to roll into 1-inch balls and still hold a round shape
  6. After making balls, squish into an oval shape and pinch each end to make footballs
  7. Place footballs on a parchment paper lined plate and place in freezer for at least an hour
  8. Melt dark chocolate in a very small pot, over very low heat
  9. One at a time, dip about ½ inch of the tip of a lollipop stick into melted chocolate
  10. Insert the lollipop stick straight into a (football) cake ball, no more than halfway through
  11. Holding stick with (football) cake ball attached, dip entire cake ball into melted chocolate, until covered
  12. Make sure chocolate coating meets at base of lollipop stick; this helps secure cake ball to stick
  13. Twirl any excess chocolate coating off the cake pop so it is evenly coated
  14. Place lollipop stick into the Styrofoam block; allow chocolate coating to dry
  15. Pipe white chocolate stitches onto football cake pops
  16. Serve your healthier gluten free Super Bowl Cake Pops and wow your guests!

Makes 22 Super Bowl Cake Pops

(store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days)

Special Equipment:
22 paper lollipop sticks
2-4 Styrofoam blocks

Here is a fabulous post by Bakerella with her football cake pops versus football cakeblobs.  And don’t forget to take a look at Bakerella’s how to make cake pops video. It is indispensable when it comes to tips for how to make great cake pops.

Happy Super Bowl snacking everyone!

posted on January 26, 2011, 31 comments

  1. Jessica Beam @ graceinspired.com

    I made your last post of cake pops and they were AH-mazing! My husband doesn’t enjoy many of my GF snacks or sweets … but we fought over the last few. I was so sad to discover he liked them because that meant I had to share!

  2. I LOVE these Elana and I think they are beautiful!!


  3. Diane-thewholegang @ thewholegang.org

    Have I told you lately how much I LOVE you. These are super cool. They will be at my Super Bowl Party for sure. I’ll be adding them to my post on it too.

    Still living on the recipes in your cookbook. Last night drop biscuits and choc chip scones. Yesterday I changed the scones up to include bacon, daiya cheese, spinach, artichokes, garlic and onion. It was a hit. My family worships you!

  4. colormepink

    “football cakeblobs” :) I love that you posted pictures of your less than perfect candy making skills. It is tough and messy work. They are still very charming!

  5. Irene

    thank you for posting your pops! I love that you keep it real with us :) you may not be a Bakerella but who cares what they look like as long as they taste good.

  6. Jenny Eliuk @ Stay on Path @ stayonpath.blogspot.com

    It would be fun to make the team helmets too, that way when you are watching the game you could eat the opposing team.

  7. Pat Ramirez

    FUN!!!….Thanks for the inspiration!!…and of course for the WINNING recipe!!!

  8. Katie "Wellness Mama" @ wellnessmama.com

    How adorable! You come up with the cutest ideas! I might make an exception to my normal no-sweetener eating for these on Super Bowl Sunday… then again, maybe I can make substitutions… definitely going to try them though!

  9. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking @ thecomfortofcooking.com

    As a cook who doesn’t bake much, I bet I wouldn’t have much luck with candy making either, but these look super simple and delicious regardless! Great job!

  10. Maria

    Okay, those are adorable! And you probably did a better job than I could’ve.

    As my great-uncle used to say to my mother about her less-than-round tortillas: ‘They aren’t gonna be round when they get to your stomach, so who cares?’

  11. Nicolek

    Love them! And thank you for posting your ‘very real’ cakeblobs =). I will most definitely make these for our SuperBowl party. My 6-year-old thinks it’s pretty cool to be GF because of fun things like this =). (obviously we are the ones modifying,but he just knows that at parties his gf food is fun and a hit…)

  12. these are too cute for words!!!! One of my clients has just gone gluten free – he is going to love these!

  13. The Teenie Foodie @ theteeniefoodie.blogspot.com

    Wow these look incredible! youre so creative, these look so cute :-)
    fab recipe as always

    Teenie Foodie

  14. These are super cute and look like they are dripping with delicious..Thanks for posting the cake recipe from your book!

  15. Angie Halten @ blog.glutenfreeclub.com

    Wow! What a super idea. These will be the talk of my Superbowl Party. I can’t wait to make them. When I showed my kids your photo they said they’d help me make them…..today!


  16. Brandi Schunk

    I love your recipes! I haven’t had a chance to try one yet, but they are very inspiring and creative, thank you!


  17. Heather @CeliacFamily @ celiacfamily.com

    These are so fun. When I first saw the picture, I thought they must be almonds! Appropriate for your site, but a little difficult to get a stick into them. Cake pops sound even better. :)

  18. Silvana Nardone @ dishtoweldiaries.com

    You really are obsessed with these cake pop things. I think I could easily become obsessed, too! Gotta admit, too darn cute!

  19. Elana Daley @ conceptsintraining.com

    Isn’t it so much fun! There are molds that can be used also after the cake and frosting are made, you put the cake into the mold prior to the refrigeration/freezer. Then slide it out of the mold and dunk into the chocolate or flavored topping.

    Also I have a great cookbook you may or may not have already in your collection. My neighbor just brought it over,
    The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre.

    Thanks for turning me on to the cake pops. It’s all over the school that Sam goes to now. So much fun!

  20. LOL – You are adorable Elana! This post totally cracked me up… I think your cake pops look great! I sure would love to eat one;)

  21. SO

    Way cute treat! I can’t find a contact form, other than media, I am sure you would be overwhelmed with that. I am wondering if you ever posted the recipe for chocolate wafers. You mentioned it in your vegan chocolate frosting recipe, that went on top of your vanilla cupcakes. Both were very yummy, as well as the lemon poppyseed muffins!

  22. These look SO fun! I’ve just started playing with chocolate, so this will definitely go on my list to try.

  23. Elana

    Just wanted to thank you for your cookbook, the recipes are brilliant!! You have made my 15yr old son one very happy boy to be allowed baked goodies again. Thank you:) You really have no idea how this has transformed him. Actually he just wrote a blog post about your book
    In his typical style he has even experimented a little.
    One problem we are having is getting the bread to rise, although I do wonder if the problem is that we are using an ordinary loaf tin as we haven’t found a small one yet?

    • Erin,

      So great that your 15 year old son is cooking and blogging!

      In order to get the bread to “rise” (it doesn’t really rise much since it has no yeast), it is important to use the recommended loaf pan size, which will yield a bread with a better height.

      Happy baking :-)

  24. Thank you once again, Elana, for tackling a food event in detail! Food is NOT my specialty and although I have gotten better at feeding me, I often overlook myself when attending a function outside of my home! Then I feel deprived and that is just so NOT me! Now, I feel empowered to make several of these to bring with me so that I can freely partake in the eating frenzy that is part of Super Bowl Sunday!

  25. Your food always looks amazing Elana. And, seeing the footballs actually makes me want to continue reading your blog because I can see you are willing to show us that everything you attempt does not turn out perfectly. It shows me as a reader that there is a learning curve for all of us in the kitchen.

    I decorated a cake once for my sister’s birthday that my ENTIRE family saw and it was hideous! It was a chocolate bundt cake and I decided to decorate it with alternating yellow and blue stripes and covered it with red sugar sprinkles. I wanted so desperately to tell everyone that my little nieces did it! I took the fall, reluctantly, and everyone had a good laugh! :)

  26. Al Shiliata @ nfl.com

    OMG It’s great! Thanks! :) Also 2012 Superbowl Champs

  27. gluten free veg @ wheatlessandmeatless.com

    i don’t even know how football is scored (i know, un-american!) but these are some of the all-time cutest sports-themed items i’ve ever seen!

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