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Pot of Gold Gluten Free Cake Pops

Pot of Gold Gluten Free Cake Pops are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!

We love making holiday themed desserts and crafts, and every once in a while those two passions come together into a super fun afternoon! My daughter came home from school talking about leprechauns and pots of gold and I got to thinking what if we could make our own pot of gold?

The idea made her squeal with excitement so we went online and started searching for ideas. That’s when we got the idea for cake pops and went to the store to get the ingredients.


Well, things did not go exactly as planned and the first attempt was a total baking fail. We baked a cake, but when it cooled and we tried to create the cake pops, they kept crumbling instead of staying firm. Adding oil and almond butter didn’t help, so we needed to come up with a Plan B….and that we did!

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! Next, we added the lollipop sticks and then dipped them in melted chocolate. It’s important to press them gently on your lined parchment paper so that they slightly flatten. 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. Once they’re dry, flip them over so that the flat side is facing up and add your yellow sanding sugar to make the gold. Here are the simple directions so you can find your pot of gold too!

How to Make Pot of Gold Gluten Free Cake Pops (Donut Pops)

This recipe is gluten free and dairy free. It makes 6 “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


  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.
  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 the pot of gold gluten free cake pops right away because the anticipation of making them meant that my kids couldn’t wait an extra minute to indulge once they were done.

Party Tip: 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’ll look great.

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