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For Easter, I got together with my family. I volunteered to bring potatoes and a coconutty dessert (coming soon). And then I realized that I needed to make the monthly cupcakes for April birthdays. There is only one April birthday in my family – my older sister – so I thought it would be easy to figure out what to make for her. But I was completely stuck. I texted her, but didn’t get a response right away, so I did the next best thing – I called one of my other sisters!! After talking, she said that she knows that our older sister loves coconut, so she would go with coconut. But I was already bringing a coconut dessert for the whole family, and I wanted her cupcakes to be special, not something the same as what everyone else was getting.

So we came up with the idea to do an Almond Joy inspired cupcake. That way, there was still the coconut, but these were definitely different than the dessert I brought for the family.

Now, I haven’t even shared March’s cupcakes with you yet. But I had to fast forward to these, because I loved them that much. I was a little worried at first because I thought the cupcake was a little bit dry right out of the oven, but after they had been in a covered container for awhile, they were absolutely perfect. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. Just make sure you keep them in an airtight container, and they should be perfect!!

Almond Joy Cupcakes
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Almond Joys into cupcakes! A chocolate and coconut cupcake is topped with a coconut buttercream, more coconut, and almonds.
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup reduced coconut milk, cooled completely**
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coconut extract
  • coconut and almonds for decorating
Make the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 30 cupcake tins with liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa and salt. Mix until combined.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and the sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Mix in the vanilla and coconut extract.
  4. Add in one third of the dry mixture to the creamed butter mixture and mix until combined. Add in half of the coconut milk and mix. Add in another third of the dry mixture, followed by the rest of the coconut milk, and then the remaining dry ingredients, mixing in between additions. Fold in the coconut.
  5. Fill the prepared cupcake liners ⅔ full with the batter. Bake in the preheated oven until a tester comes out clean, 15-18 minutes.
Make the frosting:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, until completely incorporated. Mix in the coconut milk, salt and coconut extract. Beat until combined and smooth.
  2. To decorate the cupcakes, pipe a couple of tablespoons of the frosting on top of each cupcake. If desired, roll the top in coconut and top with almonds.
  3. **To make the reduced coconut milk: Empty one can of coconut milk into a small saucepan over medium heat. Reduce until you have about ½ cup of liquid left. You will only use ⅓ cup for this recipe.
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  5. Frosting recipe adapted from A Cup of Sugar A Pinch of Salt

Love chocolate and coconut? Check out these blogger recipes!

Gooey Chocolate Coconut Bars from Evil Shenanigans
Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons from Brown Eyed Baker
Chocolate Coconut Sorbet from Taste and Tell
Baked Chocolate Coconut Milk Custards from Dandysugar
Chocolate and Coconut Milk Cake from The Little Red House

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23 Responses to Almond Joy Cupcakes

  1. Rosa says:

    Divine! Those cupcakes look wonderful.



  2. oh yum! Coconut frosting is my most favorite!

  3. Sounds amazing- one of my fav cake flavors is coconut!

  4. looks beautiful! great way to bring a candy bar into a cupcake form!

  5. Yum! Love the fluffy mound of frosting!

  6. Bev Weidner says:

    I’d soooooooo eat about 25 of these.

  7. Lauren B. says:

    I’m almond joy fanatic…..well, chocolate and coconut is hard to resist. These look crazy good!

  8. Oooh, my favorite candy bar in cupcake form! Brilliant!

  9. Oh Yay! One of my favorite candy bars in a cupcake. I wish I had time to bake today… Guess I need to stop and buy myself an Almond Joy to squash my craving!

  10. This is a cupcake I would love. So nice of you to make them for your sis.

  11. Mmm…Almond Joys are one of my favorite treats. These look just perfect!

  12. Candy turned into a cupcake – brilliant and she must have loved it!

  13. I almost never blog about cupcakes but I made 3 Musketeers cupcakes yesterday. Between those and these almond joy’s of yours, I am in candy-cupcake heaven. These are gorgeous!

  14. Mercedes says:

    These look perfect! I love chocolate and coconut together almost as much as chocolate and peanut butter!

  15. Cassie says:

    These look amazing, Deborah! Chocolate + coconut is a dreamy combo!

  16. Leslie says:

    Almond joys are like my favorite, so I am sure I would gobble these right up!!

  17. Jennifer | Mother Thyme says:

    Can I have one of these now please? Love this combination! They look amazing!

  18. Joanne says:

    I’ve been seriously craving coconut lately…maybe it’s a spring thing? Anyway, these sound just perfect to me!

  19. mmmmmmmmmmm mmmm good!! These are the perfect intro to spring 🙂

  20. grace says:

    love the bunny ear almonds on top! 🙂

  21. Almond joys are my favorite candy bar. Have you had the coconut joy ice cream at BYU? SO GOOD. I want one of these cupcakes with a scoop of that on the side.

  22. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! They were a HUGE hit at my sister’s bridal shower!

  23. mc says:

    Yum! I made a similar one today! Except I added almond extract instead of coconut extract to the frosting, and then rolled in sweetened coconut ! Yay for cupcakes!

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