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Pot of Gold Gluten Free Cake Pops

I try to do an arts and crafts or cooking project with my kids every weekend. This weekend we decided to theme it for St. Patrick’s Day since it’s a few days away. To get inspiration, I went on Pinterest and entered the terms “St. Patrick’s Day kids dessert” and I found so many awesome ideas. One thing that kept popping up was pot of gold cake pops in so many varieties and I thought to myself this would be something simple enough for the kids to make, not to mention they look adorable.

We started off by baking a cake. While it cooled, we went to the store to pick up some lollipop sticks and yellow sanding sugar. We always have chocolate chips in the house, so we didn’t need to pick those up.

When we got back from the store, we blended the crumbs and then attempted to form little balls of cake. Sadly, it didn’t work. The cake was too crumbly. We tried adding coconut oil and almond butter to make it stickier but it just didn’t work. The cake just kept falling apart. So, I went on to plan B. We had some gluten free donut holes in the freezer which were already in circular shapes so I knew they wouldn’t fall apart. They worked perfectly, so I’m sharing the directions for how we made our gluten free, dairy free version.

How to Make Gluten Free Pot of Gold Donut Cake Pops


  1. 6 gluten free donut holes (we used Katz Gluten Free which are delicious)
  2. 1 cup Enjoy Life Foods chocolate chips (these are top 8 allergen free)
  3. 1 tsp coconut oil
  4. Sprinkles of yellow sanding sugar
  5. 6 lollipop sticks
  6. Parchment paper


  1. Melt the chocolate chips – we put them in a heat safe glass bowl on top of a small pot of boiling water and it melts in a couple of minutes.
  2. Add the coconut oil to the melted chocolate and stir. This is to make the chocolate a bit thinner.
  3. Dip the lollipop stick in the melted chocolate and then place the lollipop stick about 2/3 through a donut hole. The reason it’s important to dip the lollipop stick in chocolate first is because it helps it stick to the donut better.
  4. Spoon the melted chocolate over the donut (already on the lollipop stick) and make sure that you coat it on all sides.
  5. Place the chocolate covered donut hole face down on the parchment paper (so the stick is facing up) and press gently into the parchment paper to slightly flatten the top of the donut. This will create the flat top of the pot of gold. You’ll see some of the chocolate collect at the bottom and that’s a good thing because it will make the rim of the pot.
  6. Repeat until all of your donut pops have been made.
  7. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from the fridge and carefully lift them off of the parchment paper, one at a time.
  9. Flip over and dust the sanding sugar on top to create the look of a pot of gold.
  10. Repeat for all of them.
  11. Enjoy your delicious pot of gold donut pops!

We ate them right away because the anticipation of making them meant that my kids couldn’t wait an extra minute to indulge once they were done. But, if you are having a St. Patrick’s Day party at home or at school, you could fill a mason jar with sand and then place the sticks in (like you would in a flower vase) and they should hold.