Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Green Velvet Cake Lollipops {Gluten-Free}



Remember when I told you on Monday that I had to walk 3 miles to get my car.  Here is the story:

My husband goes to the field every day at 7am.  We only have 1 car during the season, so he always takes the car to the field.  Sometimes I drop him off if I know I will need the car while he’s away, but that’s not too often.  I always wake up when he leaves to say goodbye, but then I normally go back to sleep for at least one more hour.  So its hard to get out of bed and drive him to field if I know I can have at least one more hour of sleep.  I’m sure you would do the same thing {especially if you’re not a morning person, like me} :).


It’s hard sometimes while I’m stuck at the house with no car.  Especially when I’m making cookies and don’t have eggs.  Or when all I want to do is run errands and I can’t do anything.  I either have to make do with what I have, or sum up the energy and will power to walk over to the field and pick up the car.  The field is about 3 miles away so that option isn’t picked that often!

But the Confetti Cookies I posted on Monday made me walk 3 miles to get the car, and then drive to the grocery store.  It’s nothing big or exciting, but just a story about something I have to do if my husband takes the car and I want that extra hour of sleep.


Well because you read that whole story, you deserve a reward.  And the reward is these Green Velvet Cake Lollipops!  I made these for St. Patricks Day, and hopefully you make them for your big and festive celebration. 

It’s a Gluten-Free Green Velvet Cake, mixed with Cream Cheese Frosting.  I dipped the lollipops in a green candy coating, and sprinkled some green and white sprinkles on top.  They are the perfect treat to give away to friends and family on St. Patricks Day, or to have out during the big green party. 

Enjoy!  And Happy {early} St. Patricks Day!  






Green Velvet Cake Lollipops {Gluten-Free}
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Makes: About 40 Cake Lollipops

Green Velvet Cake
2 cups Sugar
½ cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, at Room Temperature
½ cup Greek Yogurt
2 Eggs
1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
1 tablespoon Green Food Coloring
2 ½ cups All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour
1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Milk
1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces Cream Cheese
¼ cup (½ stick) Unsalted Butter, at Room Temperature
1 cups Confectioners Sugar
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

40 Lollipop Sticks
1½ lbs. Green Candy Coating
Green and White Sprinkles, Optional
Wax Paper

To make the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Generously grease the cups of 2 cupcake pans. *  Set aside until needed.

Place the sugar, butter, and greek yogurt in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until creamy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly between each addition. 

In a small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder and food coloring.  Add this mixture to the batter and mix until the food coloring has colored the batter. 

Sift together the GF all purpose flour, xanthan gum, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the batter in three additions, alternatively with the milk (starting and ending with the flour).  Mix in the vanilla.  Add the baking soda the batter, but do not mix.  Pour the apple cider vinegar on top of the baking soda; this will create a bubbly reaction.  Mix the batter until all the ingredients are fully incorporated and it is smooth. 

Pour the filling into the cups of the prepared cupcake pans.  Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into the center of a few cupcakes come out clean, about 25 minutes.  Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Carefully remove the cupcakes and place on a cooling rack to cool completely. 

*I bake the cake in cupcake form because it easier to count how many cake lollipops the cake batter will make (1 cupcake makes about 2-3 cake lollipops).  The cake also bakes faster when it’s smaller in cupcake form instead of a larger cake. 

While the cakes are cooling, make the cream cheese frosting.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream together the cream cheese and butter.  Add the confectioners sugar in 2 additions, slowly mixing in-between each addition.  Mix in the vanilla, and whisk until the frosting is smooth and creamy.

When the cupcakes are done cooling, place a few of the cupcakes in a food processor.  Pulse until the cupcakes are broken down into small crumbles.  Pour the crumbs into a large bowl.  Continue pulsing the remaining cupcakes until there is none left. 

Once all the crumbs are in the large bowl, add the cream cheese frosting, starting with ½ cup.  Stir the cream cheese into the cake crumbs until the crumbs have “soaked” up all the frosting and the mixture can hold together.  If the mixture doesn’t hold together, add more cream cheese frosting.  Be sure not to add too much frosting - You don’t want the frosting to be too wet, it just needs to be moist enough that you are able to make a ball and it sticks together.   If you do have any frosting left over, you can place it in a sealed container in the refrigerator and use it for later use. 

To make the cake balls, roll small round balls, a little smaller than the size of a golf ball, out of the cake and frosting mixture.  Place the cake balls on a baking sheet.  Once you have finished creating all the cake balls, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to firm up the cake balls (no longer than 15 minutes).

While the cake balls are in the refrigerator, melt the green candy coating.  Place the candy coating in a heatproof bowl and set it over a pot of simmering water.  Stir the candy coating until they have completely melted and are smooth.  Remove the bowl from the pot and place it on the counter. 

Now you are ready to create your cake lollipops.  Remove the cake balls from the refrigerator and place it next to your bowl of melted candy coating.  Also place the lollipop sticks and wax paper next to the candy coating; lying out the wax paper on a flat surface.  I think it’s easiest to create an assembly line on the counter – lollipop sticks, cake balls, melted candy coating, wax paper.  

To make the cake lollipops, stick the end of a lollipop stick into the melted candy coating (abut ¼ inch up).  Place the stick into the top of the cake ball.  Dunk the cake lollipops into the candy coating until the cake ball is fully covered in the candy coating.  Carefully tap the excess candy coating off of the cake lollipop.  Place the cake lollipop onto the wax paper (with the cake ball right onto the wax paper, and the cake lollipop sticking up).  If you are adding the sprinkles to your cake lollipop, sprinkle it over the top of the cake ball now.  Continue with the remaining cake balls, and allow them to harden completely before removing from the wax paper.

Enjoy! These last up to 7 days in a sealed container.

Cake Recipe adapted from Key IngredientFrosting recipe from Annie Eats who adapted in from Confections of a Foodie BrideCake lollipop idea from Bakerella.  Method from my own experience. 

19 comments:

  1. If this is the same recipe from your original cake lollipop posting, than I made these this past weekend for my son's birthday! They do take some time, but the kids loved them. These are definitely a hit. I can't wait to make them again for Easter with an assortment of pastel colors! (:

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  2. These are so stinking fun Krissy! I love the bright green color! 

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  3. CUTE! St. Patrick's day colors :)
    Stinkin Steve! Making you walk all the way to  the field in that Florida heat just to get the car! ;)

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  4. they look so good and great job on making then GF, too!

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  5. These look amazing and perfect. Great job on them!! Haha, I don't know if I would've walked 3 miles..I'm such a lazy butt...but I guess when you're in dire need of a car, it's good exercise and you can polish off more of these cake pops due to that exercise, right? ;)

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  6. Jaime @ Jaim's KitchenMarch 14, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Aww...how cute are these! Perfect St Patty's Day treats x

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  7. I am falling in love with these treats!  What a way to celebrate :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  8. Some patience is required when making these pops and you have it!  These are beautiful and perfect.

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  9. What gorgeous looking cake pops!  I love it!

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  10. I'm pretty sure I'd opt to sleep an extra hour if I were you, too!  We also share a car so I can relate!  Love these cake pops for the weekend:-)

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  11. see, I think i would sleep an extra hour...then walk...and then use that walk to justify eating an extra five green velvet cake pops.  Gotta get back those calories somehow!

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  12. These are really pretty and festive Krissy! Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

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  13.  Patience is required, but it's worth it! :)

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  14. wow, that was a good walk, i do the same, within a 40-50 minute time, however its on a treadmill watching Greys Anatomy episodes from netflix...so i think your way was much more rewarding...a time for clarity and nature...mine is full of nonsense and surgical procedures that i will never use ;-) , but thanks for the effort and the outcome of the cakes are great...i needed a good gluten free velvet cake

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