Almond Joy Cupcakes

November 18, 2008 at 10:23 AM | Posted in cupcakes | 19 Comments
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Do you all know Almond Joy candy bars?

When I was little I always passed up almond joys for Reeses peanut butter cups, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Kit Kat or Twix. I wasn’t a coconut fan as a child. It had a weird texture. Kinda chewy and mushy. But as I’ve grown older (and wiser?) and my palate is expanding their tastebud horizons, I am not anti-coconut anymore. Its not my favorite candy but I’ll eat it now and then.

My friend, S, is the complete opposite. She loves coconut. Her favorite candy is Almond Joy. Even more than PB cups. (She’s obviously crazy!) And now that she’s preggo thats all she wants to eat are Almond Joys. Btw is it just me or tis the season to be pregnant? I have 5 friends that are pregnant! Don’t drink the water! HAHA

I was talking to her on the phone last week and we were brainstorming baby shower cupcake ideas when she suddenly exclaimed, “ALMOND JOY CUPCAKES! Can you make that happen?”

Ask and you shall receive.

(Recipe adapted from Hello, Cupcake! & | photos from me!)

Makes 18 cupcakes


For chocolate cupcake
1-3/4 cups AP flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 sticks (12 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar (I used light brown sugar)
2 large eggs
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For coconut cream cheese filling
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut

For chocolate ganache
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

almond, garnish


To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven 350F. Prepare cupcake pan with liners.

Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. In another medium bowl with an electric mixer on high, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy about 3 minutes.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the melted chocolate. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture alternatively with the buttermilk in batches, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and beating until blended. Stir in vanilla.

Fill the cupcake liners about 1/2-2/3 full. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean about 17-20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

To make cream cheese frosting—
Beat the cream cheese and butter in a mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, one cup at a time, alternating with heavy cream. Beat in the salt, coconut flavoring, and vanilla extract. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and spreadable. Add additional confectioners’ sugar if necessary to thicken the frosting, or more cream to thin. Fold in the shredded coconut.

To make chocolate ganache—
In saucepan bring whipping cream to boil over high heat. Pour hot whipping cream over chocolate and stir until chocolate melted. You can add more cream if your ganache is too thick to spread.

To assemble cupcakes—
Remove center of cupcake using the cone method. Set cone aside. Trim the excess tip of the cone. Fill the cupcake with coconut cream cheese. Replace cone. Frost with ganache and garnish with almond.


Husband rating: N/A

Wifey rating: A
It really tastes like an almond joy! The coconut cream cheese filling was yummy! Maybe next time I make it I’ll pipe the coconut cream cheese frosting and drizzle with ganache.

Other rating: A+
S flipped out! She said I should have put more filling in the cupcake b/c it was the best part. Looks like I’ll be making Almond Joy cupcakes for her baby shower. HAHA



  1. Wow, they look so good! I tried to put an actual fun size candy bar in mine. I’ll have you try your recipe next!

  2. I’m going to sing to you…

    You make me want to Bake! Throw my hands up and Bake!!

  3. I’m with you (not a huge fan of the coconut) but these look amazing!

  4. I’ve never heard of almond joys before, but if its chocolate I’m sure I would like it.. although I haven’t exactly gotten over my coconut aversion. Hmm.. maybe one way I can ensure moist white cupcakes is if I fill them with filling.. and lots of it!

  5. MSASHLEY, Cute idea putting the candy bar in the cupcake!

    NATALIE, LOL. Glad I can inspire you to break out into song.

    JOELI, I am not a fan but I have to admit that coconut cream cheese frosting was gooooood!

    STEPH, Filling definitely gives cupcakes another taste dimesion ;)

  6. So if I ask you to make these gluten free and sugar free…I wonder what would happen ;-)

  7. Oh God – how sinful- Im coming to that shower!
    You are a good friend!

  8. ZEBE, ooohhh toughie. I leave all gluten free conversions to you ol master. ;)

    SUSAN, LOL. I’ll let my friend know that there might be some baby shower crashers coming to her shower.

  9. Oh, boy! I’m all over that coconut cream cheese. I’d like that by the spoonfuls, please! You can keep the cupcake. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. INGRID, Seriously it was VERY good and I am not even a coconut fan. Definitely let me know what you think if you try it!

  11. I LOOOOOOOVE coconut and have actually been trying to think of my own version of Almond Joy cupcakes.

  12. SARAC, Very cool! I’d love to see your version of an almond joy cupcake. :)

  13. One of these days I’m going to have to learn not to read your blog first thing in the morning. Do you know how hard it is to have a sensible breakfast after reading it? I mean am I really expected to have a bowl of oatmeal or a bran muffin now? :)

  14. MARY, LOL @ bran muffin. Please keep reading my blog in the morning if you are gonna leave me hilarious comments like that. It’s awesome to start my day laughing. But I am not laughing at you. I am laughing with you…

  15. Mmmmmmmmmmm I love Almond Joys. I think you need to make me some. Thanks

  16. I love Almond Joys.. my version is a little diff as I bake a candy inside. It’s SO yum!!!

  17. NIKKI, LOL. Yeah sure. I’ll bake it for you, you just need to come over and pick it up. ;)

    MARA, Thats a good idea too.

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