Simple Gluten-Free Cake Pops that are also dairy-free, deliciously fudgy, and perfect for sharing. Vegan option included.
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Gluten-Free Cake pops are a super fun way to enjoy cake. They are basically little individual balls of cake mixed with frosting, dipped in delicious, rich chocolate. You can serve them on a stick like I did here, or you can leave the sticks out.
*I have a HUGE giveaway that I’m doing with Enjoy Life Foods for a year’s supply of their baking chocolate. For more details, see the bottom of this post, below the recipe.*
Not only am I providing the recipe for these easy gluten-free cake pops but I’m also including step by step instructions throughout this post. You guys are going to love making cake pops once you see how easy they can be.
For these gluten-free cake pops you’re going to need a cake. I used my Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake recipe and cut it in half. If you need a vegan option, or to keep this top eight free you can use my Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes recipe and bake it up in a 9″ round cake pan for 35 minutes. You could also use your favorite cake recipe or box cake mix.
You’ll also need frosting, vegetable shortening, Enjoy Life Foods Semi-Sweet Mini Chips, and little cake pop sticks. If you want to get super fancy, and/or you are a perfectionist like me, you’ll want to get a foam board from the craft store that you can stick your cake pops on to dry.
The first step is to make the cake and cool it completely. Once you have your cake cooled, you’ll want to put it in a large mixing bowl and break it up into pieces. I’ve seen tutorials that tell you to cut the edges off the cake first to get rid of any hard or dry pieces but I don’t think you need to do this.
We’ll add frosting next, and that will help re-hydrate those edges so you’ll have the perfect gluten-free cake pops.
Once your cake is in crumbles you’ll need to add the frosting. You can use my recipe for frosting (below) or you can use 1 cup of your favorite frosting. Sometimes I like to add Enjoy Life Foods Semi-Sweet Mini Chips into the mix with the frosting for some extra chocolate goodness.
When mixing in the frosting, you can use a spoon but it’ll work better if you use your hands. It helps the frosting work into all that delicious gluten-free chocolate cake. Once your frosting is mixed you’ll want to line a small baking sheet or a plate with wax or parchment paper.
Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop the batter into a ball and roll it in between your hands. Place it on your lined sheet or plate. Once all the batter is rolled, placed your sheet or plate in the freezer for 30 minutes to help the gluten-free cake balls firm up a little.
Dip the tips of the cake pop sticks into the melted chocolate and then into the center of your chilled gluten-free cake pop. The reason for this is to help the gluten-free cake pops stay on the stick when you get to the step where you will dip the entire cake pop into the melted chocolate.
After all your gluten-free cake pops have sticks in them place your sheet or plate back in the freezer for 5 minutes to help the chocolate harden.
Reheat your melted chocolate for 30 second and pull your chilled gluten-free cake pops out of the freezer. One at a time, dip each cake pop into the melted chocolate and twirl the stick to make sure the entire cake pop is covered in chocolate. Tap the stick on the side of the bowl to allow extra chocolate to drip off.
Place your cake pop back on your sheet or plate, or onto your foam board stick first.
Repeat this step until all cake pops are coated. If desired, sprinkle Enjoy Life Foods Semi-Sweet Mini Chips or chocolate sprinkles on top. Leave the cake pops at room temperature to set or place them in the refrigerator or freezer.
I love using Enjoy Life Foods Semi-Sweet Mini Chips because they are made in a dedicated top allergen-free facility, they are free of the top allergens and they taste amazing. I use them to make gluten-free cake pops, in cookies, granola bars, cakes, brownies, and as a chocolate coating for ice cream sundaes and chocolate dipped bananas.
I first tried them at a gluten-free expo in Dallas, TX when my cookbook launched. I’ve been hooked since. I usually pick up a bag or two at our local health foods store, or Safeway.
They are my favorite chocolate morsel to bake with. If you don’t have Enjoy Life Foods Semi-Sweet Mini Chips on hand you can also use Enjoy Life Foods Mega Chunks for coating these gluten-Free Cake Pops. Enjoy Life Foods has a store locater to help you find both.
It only takes about 30 minutes for your cake pops to set. After that you can wrap them individually or store them all in a container or zip lock bag in the refrigerator. You can use cake pop bags or zip lock bags.
If you are serving these cake pops during the holidays you can sprinkle different colored sprinkles on top, or drizzle different colored frosting on the top.
When I make gluten-free cake pops I make several batches at once and freeze them. Then I pull them out a dozen at a time when I need them. If you aren’t going to serve them right away, you can store them in the freezer for up to six months.
You should have everything you need in this post to make gluten-free cake pops, including links to some of the things I use to make them. If you have any questions please stop back by and leave a comment and I will get back to you. If you’ve used Enjoy Life Foods Mini Chips, please make sure to hop over and leave Enjoy Life Foods a review.
Without further due, here is the recipe. Below the recipe you’ll find a giveaway sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods. We are partnering to give away a year supply of Enjoy Life Foods chocolate. Don’t for get to enter the giveaway so you don’t miss your chance to win.
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