GLUTEN FREE CHRISTMAS CAKE POPS 4 WAYS – with VIDEO {gluten & soy free}

Four variations of gluten free Christmas cake pops, each one more adorable than the other. They’re both almost too pretty to eat, and too delicious not to have a bite… or ten. When you can choose between reindeer cake pops, Christmas tree cake pops, snowman cake pops and Christmas bauble cake pops, there’s something for everyone.

(Plus, there’s a video with step-by-step instructions… but you can totally watch it just to see the all the pretty cake pops being made.)

Gluten free Christmas cake pops arranged in a white stand on a white surface and in front of a light blue background. From left to right: snowman cake pop, Christmas bauble cake pop, Rudolph reindeer cake pop, Christmas tree cake pop. Small candy canes, white sprayed pinecones and Christmas baubles add to the holiday mood.

Christmas is officially less than a fortnight away and, guys, I can’t wait.

You know what else can’t wait? The weather. Yesterday, we woke to a winter wonderland. Everything was covered in snow. There might have been squealing and bouncing… and more squealing. And then, there was a snowman. And a snow-Garfield, complete with a slightly bored look and coal-drawn stripes. I felt like I was 5 years old again and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

But you know what else brings out my inner child(ishness)? (Not that it’s all that deeply hidden.)

These super duper fun and adorable gluten free Christmas cake pops.

Gluten free Christmas cake pops arranged in a white stand on a white surface and in front of a light blue background. From left to right: snowman cake pop, Christmas bauble cake pop, Christmas tree cake pop, Rudolph reindeer cake pop. Small candy canes, white sprayed pinecones and Christmas baubles add to the holiday mood.

First of all: cake pops are the best thing… ever. No, seriously. They’re both cake and frosting at the same time, on a stick, covered in chocolate. Now try to think of something better. You can’t. There is nothing better.

And what better reason for making cake pops than Christmas?!

Because we’re a bit Christmas-mad and are a bit very indecisive, this recipe isn’t just for one type of Christmas cake pops. Na-ah. This recipe is for four variations of Christmas cake pops, made from two different cakes (chocolate and cinnamon), two different frostings (vanilla buttercream and chocolate ganache) and a whole lot of different sprinkles and other colourful mishmash.

Allow me to introduce…

*drumroll*

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cake Pops

Gluten free Rudolph the red nosed reindeer cake pops arranged in a white stand on a white surface and in front of a light blue background. Small candy canes and Christmas baubles add to the holiday mood.

Made from the chocolate cake + chocolate ganache mixture, these reindeer cake pops are dipped into melted milk chocolate and decorated with pretzels, red M&M’s and candy eyes. Ridiculously simple, yet incredibly effective. And. So. Darn. Cute.

Christmas Tree Cake Pops

Gluten free Christmas tree cake pops arranged in a white stand on a white surface and in front of a light blue background. Gold star sprinkles and white sprayed pinecones add to the holiday mood.

Also made from the chocolate-packed cake pop mixture, the Christmas tree cake pops are shaped into cones and dipped into green-coloured white chocolate. After that: go crazy. Sprinkles in all shapes, sizes and colours – everything is allowed. Knock yourself out – and have fun!

Snowman Cake Pops

Gluten free snowman cake pops arranged in a white stand on a white surface and in front of a light blue background. Colourful M&M's and white sprayed pinecones add to the holiday mood.

Now these cuties are made from the cinnamon cake + vanilla buttercream mixture. The snowman cake pops are then covered with melted white chocolate and dipped into small-sized sprinkles to make a hat, with a colourful M&M as the hat’s pom-pom. The carrot nose is just orange-coloured marzipan, and the eyes are round chocolate sprinkles. Again, simple… and absolutely adorable.

Christmas Bauble Cake Pops

Gluten free Christmas bauble cake pops arranged in a white stand on a white surface and in front of a light blue background. Red and gold Christmas baubles add to the holiday mood.

Last (but definitely not least), the Christmas bauble cake pops are also made form the cinnamon cake pop mixture, and then dipped into red-coloured white chocolate. The bauble tops are made from golden marzipan and the decorations are white sprinkles of all shapes and sizes. I went with small “pearls”, white chocolate stars and white candy snowflakes to get a more elegant feel – but, seriously, anything goes.

So… four variations. And I couldn’t possibly say which one is my favourite.

Gluten free Christmas cake pops arranged in a white stand on a white surface and in front of a light blue background. From left to right: snowman cake pop, Christmas bauble cake pop, Rudolph reindeer cake pop, Christmas tree cake pop. Small candy canes, white sprayed pinecones and Christmas baubles add to the holiday mood.

They’re just so… pretty, aren’t they? Almost too pretty to eat. But so delicious, it would be just plain stupid not to have a bite… or ten. I mean, just look at that centre…

A view into the centre of the gluten free Christmas cake pops. A bite has been taken out of a Christmas tree cake pop and a Christmas bauble cake pop, exposing the chocolate and cinnamon cake centre, respectively.

And perhaps even more importantly, they are SO MUCH FUN to make. I don’t care if you’re 9 or 90 years old, I bet you’ll love going a bit wild with too many sprinkles, too many decorations and too much chocolate. Not that there is such a thing as “too much” of any of these things.

Psst, the recipe below may seem super long, but it’s actually really simple! Pinky promise.

Gluten Free Christmas Cake Pops 4 Ways

Four variations of gluten free Christmas cake pops, each one more adorable than the other. They’re both almost too pretty to eat, and too delicious not to have a bite… or ten. There’s something fore everyone, when you can choose between reindeer cake pops, Christmas tree cake pops, snowman cake pops and Christmas bauble cake pops.

NOTE: Prep time doesn't include refrigeration time.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten Free
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 40 cake pops
Author Kat | The Loopy Whisk

Ingredients

For chocolate cake:

    WET:

    • 3 eggs
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)

    DRY:

    • 1 1/4 cups (150 g) gluten free flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
    • pinch of salt
    • 3/4 cup (150 g) caster sugar
    • 1/4 cup (25 g) cocoa powder

    For cinnamon cake:

      WET:

      • 3 eggs
      • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
      • 1 tsp vanilla extract
      • 1/2 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)

      DRY:

      • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) gluten free flour
      • 1 tsp baking powder
      • 1/2 tsp baking soda
      • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
      • pinch of salt
      • 3/4 cup (150 g) caster sugar
      • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

      For chocolate ganache:

      • 5 1/3 oz (150 g) dark chocolate, chopped
      • 1 cup double cream

      For vanilla buttercream:

      • 1 1/4 stick (140 g) unsalted butter, softened
      • 1 cup + 2 tbsp (140 g) powdered sugar, sifted
      • 1 tsp vanilla extract

      For Rudolph the red nosed reindeer cake pops:

      • 1/2 chocolate cake pop mixture
      • 5 1/3 oz (150 g) milk chocolate, melted
      • 20 gluten free pretzels
      • 10 red M&M's (be sure to check which M&M's you use - not all are gluten free)
      • 20 candy eyes
      • 10 cake pop sticks

      For Christmas tree cake pops:

      • 1/2 chocolate cake pop mixture
      • 5 1/3 oz (150 g) white chocolate, melted
      • green food colouring (Note 1)
      • 10 star sprinkles
      • sprinkles of choice
      • 10 cake pop sticks

      For snowman cake pops:

      • 1/2 cinnamon cake pop mixture
      • 5 1/3 oz (150 g) white chocolate, melted
      • small-sized sprinkles of choice
      • 10 colourful M&M's (be sure to check which M&M's you use - not all are gluten free)
      • 10 orange coloured marzipan "carrot" noses (Note 2)
      • 20 small round dark chocolate sprinkles
      • 10 cake pop sticks

      For Christmas Bauble cake pops:

      • 1/2 cinnamon cake pop mixture
      • 5 1/3 oz (150 g) white chocolate, melted
      • red food colouring (Note 1)
      • 10 golden marzipan bauble tops (Note 3)
      • sprinkles of choice
      • 10 cake pop sticks

      Instructions

      For chocolate and cinnamon cakes (2 of each):

      1. Pre-heat the oven to 355 ºF (180 ºC) and grease two 7 - 8 inch (18 - 20 cm) round cake tins.

      2. Mix all wet ingredients together.

      3. Sift together all dry ingredients and add them to the wet ingredients. Mix well until you get a smooth cake batter with no flour clumps.

      4. Divide evenly between the two greased cake tins and smooth out the top.

      5. Bake at 355 ºF (180 ºC) for about 18 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean and the cakes feel bouncy to the touch.

      6. Allow to cool.

      For chocolate ganache:

      1. Place the chopped dark chocolate in a heat-proof bowl.

      2. In a saucepan, heat the double cream until boiling hot. 

      3. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes, then stir well until you get a smooth chocolate ganache. 

      For vanilla buttercream:

      1. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer with the double beater attachment), beat the softened unsalted butter until pale and fluffy.

      2. Add 1/2 of the powdered sugar and beat for about 5 minutes, starting on a low speed and ending on a high speed.

      3. Add the other 1/2 of the powdered sugar and the vanilla extract. Beat the buttercream for a further 10 minutes, starting on a low speed and ending on a high speed. At the end, it should be super pale and fluffy.

      For chocolate cake pop mixture:

      1. Crumble up the cooled chocolate cakes into fine crumbs.

      2. Add the chocolate ganache to the cake crumbs and mix well until you get a homogeneous cake pop mixture that clumps together well.

      3. Set aside.

      For cinnamon cake pop mixture:

      1. Crumble up the cooled cinnamon cakes into fine crumbs.

      2. Add the vanilla buttercream to the cake crumbs and mix well until you get a homogeneous cake pop mixture that clumps together well.

      3. Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour before using to make cake pops.

      For Rudolph the red nosed reindeer cake pops:

      1. Using an ice cream scoop and your hands, shape 10 cake pop balls.

      2. Dip one end of the cake pop stick into the melted milk chocolate before inserting it into a cake ball. Wait for ~30 seconds, then dip the cake pop into the melted chocolate – make sure it's fully covered in chocolate. Allow the excess chocolate to drip away.

      3. Decorate the cake pop with pretzels, red M&M's and candy eyes to get a cute Rudolph cake pop.

      4. Allow to dry upright (for instance by poking some holed into a bow and placing the cake pop into the holes).

      For Christmas tree cake pops:

      1. Using an ice cream scoop and your hands, shape 10 conical cake pops (see video and pictures above).

      2. Dye the melted white chocolate green with the green food colouring until you reach the Christmas green colour.

        (if the food colouring causes the white chocolate to thicken, use a bit of coconut oil to loosen it up.)

      3. Dip one end of the cake pop stick into the green-coloured chocolate before inserting it into a cake pop. Wait for ~30 seconds, then dip the cake pop into the melted chocolate – make sure it's fully covered in chocolate. Allow the excess chocolate to drip away.

      4. Decorate the Christmas tree cake pop with sprinkles and a star sprinkle on top.

      5. Allow to dry upright (for instance by poking some holed into a bow and placing the cake pop into the holes).

      For snowman cake pops:

      1. Using an ice cream scoop and your hands, shape 10 cake pop balls.

      2. Dip one end of the cake pop stick into the melted white chocolate before inserting it into a cake ball. Wait for ~30 seconds, then dip the cake pop into the melted chocolate – make sure it's fully covered in chocolate. Allow the excess chocolate to drip away.

      3. Dip the top of the cake pop into the small-sized sprinkles (to make it look like a hat) and place a colourful M&M on top (as the hat's pom-pom). Decorate with the marzipan "carrot" nose and the small round dark chocolate sprinkles to get the adorable snowman cake pops.

      4. Allow to dry upright (for instance by poking some holed into a bow and placing the cake pop into the holes).

      For Christmas Bauble cake pops:

      1. Using an ice cream scoop and your hands, shape 10 cake pop balls.

      2. Dye the melted white chocolate red with the red food colouring until you reach the Christmas green colour.

        (if the food colouring causes the white chocolate to thicken, use a bit of coconut oil to loosen it up.)

      3. Dip one end of the cake pop stick into the red-coloured white chocolate before inserting it into a cake ball. Wait for ~30 seconds, then dip the cake pop into the melted chocolate – make sure it's fully covered in chocolate. Allow the excess chocolate to drip away.

      4. Place a marzipan bauble top on top of the cake pop. Decorate with sprinkles of choice to get beautiful Christmas bauble cake pops.

      5. Allow to dry upright (for instance by poking some holed into a bow and placing the cake pop into the holes).

      Storage:

      1. The gluten free Christmas cake pops keep well in a closed container or covered in cling film in a cool dry place (or the refrigerator) for 3 - 4 days.

      ENJOY!

        Recipe Notes

        Note 1: The amount of green and red food colouring used depends on the type of food colouring used. A food colour gel will require a smaller amount, a liquid food colouring a larger amount. Add the colouring bit by bit, until you reach the Christmas green/red colour.

        Note 2: Make the marzipan "carrot" noses by colouring a piece of marzipan orange and then forming it into small "carrots" (conical pieces).

        Note 3: Make the marzipan bauble tops from golden marzipan (or yellow-coloured white marzipan) by shaping a piece of marzipan into a small disc. Form another piece of marzipan into a slightly thicker string, and use part of it to make the "hook" of the bauble top. Stick the marzipan "hook" on top of the disc – and voila, a marzipan bauble top!

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