Almond Joy Cupcakes Recipe

Julianne Bayer | Beyond Frosting

Almond Joy Cupcakes are a sweet, sweet way to celebrate Saturday. Just like your favorite candy bar, sometimes you feel like a nut – and great cupcakes!

I love to celebrate birthdays, unless they’re my own, but other’s people birthdays? The best! There is nothing better than surprising someone on their birthday with a homemade treat.

Well, Valentine’s day happens to fall the same week as my fiancé’s birthday, so there’s a whole lot of celebrating going on this week. However, he’s not eating any sugar right now, so I can’t even make him his favorite chocolate cake for this birthday. What’s a birthday without cake?

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I guess I will be eating these Almond Joy Cupcakes by myself. He probably wouldn’t eat these anyway because he wants just basic chocolate cupcakes and tells me that I stuff too many things in my desserts sometimes.

He’s probably right but that’s what makes them awesome!

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Take these cupcakes for example. These are chocolate cupcakes with a sweetened coconut filling, topped with an airy coconut frosting, rolled in sweetened coconut and garnished with chocolate and almonds. Wow, that is mouthful, but it’s so worth it.

Make it easy on yourself and grab a box of chocolate cake mix. I doctored up the cake mix a bit, adding some cocoa powder to intensify the chocolate flavor and used milk instead of water. I also added a touch of vanilla extract.

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Once these are cooled, you need to cut out the center of the cupcake because we’re filling these cupcakes with a rich coconut filling. It’s pretty much like the center of an Almond Joy bar.

It consists of just sweetened coconut and sweetened condensed milk. The sweetened condensed milk coats the coconut and makes a nice thick filling.

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To fill the cupcakes, you need to cut a hole in the center of your cupcake using a knife or spoon. Then we will fill them using a heaping teaspoon of filling for each cupcake.

Then seal the cupcake back up using the piece you previously removed to plug the hole.

Then we’re topping these cupcakes with the most light and airy coconut frosting ever. Seriously, it’s so whipped, it’s almost like whipped cream.

I started with room temperature butter and beat it for several minutes until it was almost white. This helps add volume to the butter, which in turn adds air bubbles to the frosting.

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I slowly mixed in the powdered sugar, continuing to beat the frosting each time and once all the ingredients had been added to the frosting, I again, whipped it for a few minutes. Lots of beating of the frosting here, my friends.

I used a large cookie scoop to frost the cupcakes. Then I rolled the frosting in more shredded coconut. To garnish these cupcakes, I drizzled some hot fudge sauce and sprinkled some crushed almonds on top.

If you love coconut, these Almond Joy Cupcakes are the perfect cupcakes for you. 

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Almond Joy Cupcakes Recipe

    22 Servings


For the Cake:
  • 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix, 15.4 ounces
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
For the Filling:
  • 2 cups Sweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
For the Frosting:
  • 3 sticks Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 6 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Coconut Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pure Almond Extract
  • 3 cups Sweetened Shredded Coconut
For Garnish:
  • Hot Fudge Sauce
  • Almonds


For the Cake: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line cupcake pans with 24 cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine cake mix, cocoa powder, water, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat on medium–high speed until all ingredients are well blended.
  3. Divide the batter evenly, filling each liner about 2/3 full and bake for 14 to 16 minutes until the cupcakes are set.
  4. Test the cupcakes for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cupcakes are done. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely after removing from the oven.

For the Filling:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combined the sweetened condensed milk and the shredded coconut and stir until well combined. The texture should be thick.
  2. Hollow out the center of each cupcake using a knife or teaspoon. Do not discard the tops.
  3. Fill the center of the cupcakes with about 2 teaspoons of the coconut mixture, pressing down into the center of the cupcake. Then reinsert the top of each cupcakes back into center and press gently.

For the Frosting:

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter at a medium-high speed for approximately 5 minutes until the butter is almost white. Scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  2. Next, add the powdered sugar, 2 cups at a time, continuing beating the frosting until the powdered sugar is incorporated. After 4 cups of sugar have been added, add the extracts and the milk.
  3. Add the 2 final cups of powdered sugar and once incorporated, beat the frosting on medium-high speed for another 3-5 minutes. The frosting should be very whipped and airy in texture.
  4. Using a large (3-tablespoon size) cookie scoop, scoop the frosting onto each cupcake. Then gently tap each cupcake on the counter to make sure the frosting sticks.
  5. Invert each cupcake into a bowl of shredded coconut to cover the frosting with the shredded coconut.
  6. To garnish, drizzle with hot fudge sauce and top with crushed or whole almonds. 


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Author: Julianne Bayer
Recipe Yields: 22 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cupcake
Servings Per Recipe 22

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 228
Calories 517

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g
  Saturated Fat 16g
Sodium 80mg
Total Carbohydrate 62g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 45g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Julianne Bayer

About Julianne

Julianne loves all things dessert, and shows it on her blog, Beyond Frosting. She's sharing shortcuts to create decadent desserts using cake mix as our Cake Mix Fanatic!