My Gluten-Free Cake Pops are dipped in antioxidant-rich dark chocolate making the perfect low-carb dessert. On top of that, this recipe for cake pops is an adorable, show-stopping gluten-free treat that will wow any crowd.
What is a Cake Pop?
What is a cake pop you ask? A cake pop is a dessert on a stick. More specifically it is a cake ball dipped in chocolate. These treats are a cross between a tiny cupcake and a piece of candy and they’re amazing! The original cake pop was created by the lovely Bakerella. I’ve met her and she is every bit as sweet as her treats.
Easy Gluten-Free Cake Pops Recipe
You can find tons of cake pops recipes in Bakerella’s wonderful books. I love her first book, Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats. Although Bakerella’s cake pops are gorgeous, they are off limits to me since I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998 and went on a gluten-free diet right away. My son has celiac as well and when he was diagnosed I made it my mission to turn all of my favorite childhood recipes into gluten-free classics for him. He adores these gluten-free cake pops and so do his friends who have no food allergies at all!
How to Make Gluten-Free Cake Pops
If you’re wondering how to make cake pops fear not, it’s really quite easy. My husband says that everyone loves cake pops because they’re a wonderful combination of cake en-robed in chocolate candy. He says that my gluten-free cake pops taste as good as the real thing! This is an incredible compliment coming from a worldly eater like my gluten eating husband. If you are a visual learner you’ll want to check out Bakerella’s excellent video on how to make cake pops!
The Best Gluten-Free Cake Pops Recipe
Over the past month or so, I’ve worked on adapting several types of cake pops from Bakerella’s book, making them gluten-free. This recipe is based on Bakerella’s “Basic Cake Pop” recipe on page 15 of her book and they’re absolutely terrific! Cake pops are so festive that they’re a wonderful dessert for children’s birthday parties.
Low-Carb Cake Pops Recipe
Most cake pops are an incredibly high-glycemic dessert. Bakerella uses a sugar-based frosting to hold her cake pops and cake balls together. To keep this treat lower-carb, I use fruit spread instead of frosting. This also makes them a much healthier cake pop. These gluten-free chocolate raspberry cake pops are so good you won’t be able to stop eating them!
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Gluten-Free Cake Pops
- 1 Chocolate Cake, from The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, page 84
- ½ cup raspberry jam
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 package gluten-free sprinkles
- 30 paper lollipop sticks
- 2-4 styrofoam blocks
- Bake Chocolate Cake as directed on page 84 of The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook
- Cool cake completely
- Once cooled, crumble cake into a large bowl, making sure there are no large pieces
- Mix raspberry jam into crumbled cake, use back of a wooden spoon to combine
- Mixture will be moist enough to roll into 1-inch balls and still hold a round shape
- Place cake balls on a parchment paper lined plate
- Place in freezer for 1 hour
- Melt dark chocolate in a saucepan over very low heat
- Dip ½-inch of the tip of paper lollipop sticks into melted chocolate
- Insert lollipop stick straight into cake ball, pushing about ½-inch deep
- Dip cake ball into melted chocolate
- Make sure chocolate coating meets lollipop stick; this helps secure cake ball to stick
- Twirl any excess chocolate off cake pop
- Apply sprinkles
- Place stick of cake pop into styrofoam block
- Complete with remaining cake pops and allow set completely
Get The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook
Feel free to experiment with other cake recipes rather than the one I use here which is from my first cookbook, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. I’m not sure if they’ll work since I haven’t tested this recipe with them. If you do, please leave a comment and let us know how your experiment turns out!
I actually have a question after cake pops are made. Do they have to be kept refrigerated
Cass, thanks for your question! I would recommend that if you’re storing them for more than a day :-)
Hi, Elana! My youngest child wants me to make cake pops instead of cupcakes for her birthday the end of this month. Unfortunately, she is both a celiac AND allergic to chocolate, so I can’t use your chocolate cake recipe above. Can u please share with me any gluten free recipe (using no chocolate or cocoa)for the same size cake so I can follow the rest of your steps and make the same number of pops, gluten free, in time for her special day? I would be so appreciative. Many thanks, Cynthia
Cynthia, here’s a cake pop recipe that does not use a chocolate cake for the filling:
Happy Birthday to your daughter!
Elizabeth Meyer says
I needed a quick and easy cake recipe – was hosting my husbands family for a holiday dinner for 10 people, made everything from scratch. Needed a quick and easy gluten free, dairy free, rice free birthday cake for my niece. I knew Elana would have a good recipe – and sure enough, this cake was delicious!!!
I doubled the recipe, made it in one small spring form pan (increased the baking time by about 10 minutes). I cut the cake in half and filled it with store bought coconut whip topping, topped it with chocolate ganache. Everyone loved it and exclaimed how good it was.
Thanks for such a terrific web site – Elana’s pantry has become my go to website when I need a new recipe. Your recipes are reliably delicious and easy to make. I recommend you to anyone who needs some ideas about eating gluten free.
Thanks again for such a great web site!
Elizabeth, thanks for letting me know that everyone loved this recipe and that Elana’s Pantry is your go-to website!
We can now get cake pop makers like the bench top donut makers, though until I found Elana’s website I thought my baking days were over. Cake batter is cooked in these little ‘ovens’ and form perfect little balls without the need to crumble and bind a cake together. I’m definitely pinning this recipe for Miss 8’s next birthday!
The link to the cake recipe is broken, is there a way to get the cake recipe?
Erica, thanks for your comment! The link is not broken, it goes to my book which you can buy on amazon :-)
Trader Joes Recipes says
Your cake pops are adorable. My kids will go crazy over these!