Saturday, February 28, 2009

Almond Joy Cupcakes


In early February, my coworker Meredith celebrated her annual 29th birthday. Her absolute favorite candy is Almond Joy. I had to make her almond joy cupcakes. I just had to do it. I mean, I felt a little bad. She was really being so good, following her new healthy start for 2009, eating veggies and rice and cottage cheese. Then I showed up with these...and well, how can you resist? I know. It really is a toss up between steamed rice and a moist chocolaty cupcake topping in coconut cream cheese icing, chocolate ganache, toasted almonds and toasted coconut. I was really surprised that she picked the cupcake.

If you love coconut, you will love these. By the way, have you ever just toasted shredded sweetened coconut in the oven for kicks? Man, talk about TASTY! I think I could live off toasted shredded sweetened coconut. Num num num.

So for the recipe, I used the tried and true Dreamy Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe by Paula Deen for the cake only. For the coconut cream cheese icing, I stopped over at I Heart Cuppycakes and borrowed Clara's recipe. I then whipped up a simple ganache, like this (except take my advice and use salted butter) and topped with the toasted nuts. So yummy.

I hope you are all doing very well in blog land. Thanks for stopping by!

15 comments:

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

Now I'm gonna bake! Yes!

Risa said...

These look incredible! I want them for my birthday.

Ingrid said...

Those look good. I can see why see the birthday girl went for the cupcake. I have to be honest and tell you that I want the bowl of coconut cream cheese frosting!! That sounds heavenly!
~ingrid

Culinarywannabe said...

Almond Joys and Mounds are my favorite candies ever!! I bought a bunch of them for halloween and ended up eating half the bag before the kids even got to the door. These cupcakes would be dangerous in my hands!

Mary said...

Oh what food porn! These looks gorgeous!

RecipeGirl said...

Great flavors for a cupcake indeed! Very pretty :)

Bridget said...

Oh, my goodness!!! How have I just now found your blog?!?! Wow..these look incredible!

Sophie said...

I'd definitely take these over cottage cheese any day, your friend is very lucky :).

Culinarywannabe said...

Just wanted to let you know how much I've been enjoying your site, and that I gave you a little award up on mine. Thanks for all the yummy goodies!!

Janna said...

Bumpkin- Did you bake?

Risa- When's your birthday?

Ingrid- It was so good. I think next time I make it I am going to toast the coconut and pulse it in the food processor and make toasted coconut cream cheese icing. Mmmm.

Culinarywannabe- That's why I give them away to friends and coworkers.

Mary- Thanks!

Recipe Girl- Thanks!

Bridget- Right?! We should have been blog friends long before now!

Sophie- too bad you don't live in Texas. we could bake for each other all the time (of course you would have to teach me not to use gluten).

Culinarywannabe- Awww! Thanks! You're AWESOME!

the southern hostess said...

These sound delicious! I'll have to try them!

twinkpink13 said...

These look wonderful! I love almonds and coconut and chocolate so these look like heaven!

Thanks for sharing.

CB said...

These look fabulous! I think my preggo almond joy cupcake friend is going to email you to make her cupcakes now. I've been replaced. HAHA.
/Clara

Jenny said...

Yummy, My mom loves Almond Joy's so I will definately have to make these for her:)

Anonymous said...

totally in love with the recipe and your tiffany blue muffin pan, can i ask where you found the pan?