Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I don’t know about you, but I do not personally do a ton to celebrate this holiday. I will occasionally go out with friends to dinner or maybe have a small get together. Drinking is not something I regularly do, so going to the bar and grabbing a beer, isn’t my go-to activity. But the best and biggest way I know to celebrate any holiday, is with food! I like baking and cooking delicious things, and then sharing them with friends and family.
These Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Pops are so fun, festive, and you can get really creative with the decoration and colors. Of course, I decided to use green candy melts for the top, with some cute gold sprinkles too in honor of St. Paddy’s Day.
If you’ve never made cake pops before, dont fret, they take some time, but are easy and fun. There are a few steps to this recipe, but I promise it is worth it. Cake pops are perfect for a meriad of events. Here are some ideas of events to serve these gluten free chocolate cake pops at:
- Bridal shower
- Baby shower
- Bachelorette party
- Gender reveal
- Birthday party
- Any holiday party
Here are some tips when making these cake pops:
- Candy melts can be bought at almost any grocery store. Wilton is my favorite brand. I wouldn’t suggest using just regular melted chocolate, candy melts are made to set and not melt at room temperature.
- I bought reusable and washable Wilton sticks, that way you can use them over and over and there is no waste.
- Make sure to freeze the cake balls in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before dipping them into the candy melts, or the cake ball will fall off the stick into your chocolate and make a mess.
- There are “cake pop molds” you can buy, but from my experience, I have used it before and it doesn’t work as well as just making a ball yourself and rolling it in your hands. It yields basically the same results.
- If you don’t have Styrofoam or a cake pop stand, you can try using a glass full of oatmeal, quinoa, or even coffee beans. Just something to keep the pops from falling over as the set.
These Gluten Free Cake Pops are the perfect addition to any party or gathering. Adults and kids love them. They’re bite sized fun for everyone!
Chocolate Cake Pops:
- 1 cup gluten-free flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ⅔ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened almond milk
- 12oz bag of pure white wilton candy melts
- 6oz of dark green wilton candy melts (if you want to drizzle green on top, optional)
- ⅛ teaspoon coconut oil
For the cake:
- Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease a round 6-inch cake pan.
- In a small bowl, whisk together gluten free flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a stand up Kitchen Aid (paddle attachment) or hand mixer, mix the butter and sugar together using an electric mixer, about 2 minutes. Add egg and continue to beat until fully combined.
- Add in one third of the dry mixture to the wet ingredients, beat until just combined. Then alternate with half of the almond milk. Continue alternating dry mixture and milk to the batter until fully mixed.
- Pour cake batter into the greased 6″ cake pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Allow the cake to cool in the cake pan for 20 minutes, then remove from pan and place on wire rack until completely cooled.
- Whisk together all frosting ingredients until a smooth consistency.
- Put candy melts and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and melt in 30 sec increments until complete melted. Transfer to a medium-tall glass.
Making the Cake Pops:
- Once the cake is fully cooled, crumble the cake into the Kitchen Aid bowl with the frosting, mix together until fully combined. Take a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop and scoop out 18 balls. Use your hands to roll and form into a round circle/ball. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
- Take the cake pop stick sand dip the tip into the melted coating and stick halfway into each frozen cake ball. Then slowly and carefully dip the cake pop into the glass full of the melted candy coating. Fully cover with the coating and then place on Styrofoam or a cake pop stand to let them set. Drizzle with the melted green candy melts if you want a fun festive design. Repeat with remaining cake pops. Recipe should make 17-18 cake pops.
- Keep in an air tight container and store in the fridge. You can also store them at room temperature but they will last longer and I think they taste better at a refrigerated temperature.
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
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Recipe adapted from: https://www.aheadofthyme.com/vanilla-cake-pops-from-scratch