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Almond Joy Cupcakes

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These Almond Joy Cupcakes are a coconut lovers dream. Rich, dark chocolate coconut cake, gooey coconut filling and topped with a decadent dark chocolate coconut frosting. Perfection!

I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #BacktoSchoolTreats week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Almond Joy Cupcakes

Before I tell you all about these amazing cupcakes, and answer some frequently asked questions about baking cupcakes, I’m going to tell you about this week. 

I’d like to take a minute to welcome you to Back to School Treats Week (known as #BackToSchoolTreats on social media).

A large group of bloggers has banded together with the help of our incredible hostess, Terri from Love and Confections and her awesome helper, Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures.

Almond Joy Cupcakes

Let’s talk about these delicious Almond Joy Cupcakes.

They start with a really incredible, moist dark chocolate coconut cake. After they cool, they are filled with coconut cream and then topped with decadent, dark chocolate coconut frosting sprinkled with coconut flakes and chopped almonds.

To fancy them up just in time for Back to School, we added some fun, primary, school color sprinkles.

Almond Joy Cupcakes

Check out these #BacktoSchoolTreats recipes:

Back to School Breakfasts:

Baked Funfetti Doughnuts from Tara’s Multicultural Table
Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins from Comfortably Domestic
Breakfast Cookies from Home Sweet Homestead
Brioche Bread Pudding from Simply Healthyish
Chocolate Chip Maple Pecan Granola from Family Around the Table
Chocolate Malt Waffles from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Coconut Oatmeal Breakfast Bars from The Beard and The Baker
Homemade Honey Buns from The Domestic Kitchen
Nutella Waffles with Strawberry Syrup from The Redhead Baker
Oatmeal Pear Bars from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
PB&J Overnight Oats from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Peaches and Maple Crunch Breakfast Jars from My Sweet Zepol
Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins from The Spiffy Cookie
Triple Berry Overnight French Toast from The Nifty Foodie

Back to School Snacks:

Lavender Rice Krispie Treats from Nik Snacks
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from Simple and Savory

Back to School Desserts:

Almond Joy Cupcakes from Daily Dish Recipes
Back-to-School Sundae from Our Good Life
Caramel Apple Back to School Cupcakes from Big Bear’s Wife
Caramel Apple Dip from The Mandatory Mooch
Chocolate Cupcakes with PB Fluff Buttercream from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Easy Chocolate No Bake Cookies from Jen Around the World
Chocolate Pudding & Caramel Parfait from Girl Abroad
Oatmeal Cream Pie Layer Cake from Love and Confections
Vanilla Bean Pudding Pops from Hardly A Goddess

Back to School Drinks:

Caramel Apple Iced Tea from For the Love of Food
Dairy-Free Apple Pie Smoothie from Frugal & Fit
Iced Apple Ginger Ale from Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
Iced Salted Caramel Latte from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Almond Joy Cupcakes

Big thank you to Sweets & Treats for the sprinkles that made our Back to School Almond Joy Cupcakes festive, Dixie Crystals sugar for both the granulated and powdered sugar used in this recipe, and to Taylor and Colledge for providing the incredible Gourmet Coconut Extract Paste which literally put these cupcakes over the top!

Also, there is a giveaway down below, so be sure and read all about that! 

Almond Joy Cupcakes

Are you ready to make these Almond Joy Cupcakes?

Almond Joy Cupcakes

Almond Joy Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 46 minutes

These Almond Joy Cupcakes are a coconut lovers dream. Rich, dark chocolate coconut cake, gooey coconut filling and topped with a decadent dark chocolate coconut frosting. Perfection!



  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup dark cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup milk




For Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add paper liners to a muffin tin. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, just until eggs are combined. Mix in vanilla and beat until blended.
  3. Add the flour, dark cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add the milk to the flour mixture a little at a time, beating just until everything is combined.
  5. Spoon batter into cupcake tins lined with paper liners or lightly greased, to ⅔ full.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 16-18 minutes, until done. Use a toothpick to test for doneness, inserting in center, if it comes out clean with no batter or crumbs, the cupcakes are ready.
  7. Let cupcakes rest in pan for 2-3 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely.

To Fill

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the sweetened condensed milk, coconut and coconut extract paste until completely combined.
  2. Using a melon baller, or tiny scoop, coming in from the top of the cupcake, remove a bit of the cake down through the center. Reserve the little cake ball. Fill the center of each cupcake with the coconut cream and place the remaining cake back on top pushing down gently to fill the hole.
  3. Repeat with all cupcakes.

For Frosting

  1. When ready to frost the cupcakes, melt the butter. In a large bowl combine the melted butter and cocoa. Add powdered sugar and milk, alternating a little at a time, until combined. Beat until frosting is spreadable or able to be piped. Add coconut paste. Mix well.
  2. Fill piping bag and pipe the frosting on top of each cupcake.
  3. Sprinkle with shredded coconut and chopped almonds. Use sprinkles for a fun back to school treat.

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Saturday 17th of August 2019

Almond Joy is one of my favorite candy bars. These look so delicious and packed with that almond and coconut flavor I love!

Anne Lawton

Sunday 11th of August 2019

These look so festive and just perfect for a back to school treat

April Tuell

Sunday 4th of August 2019

Almond Joy was one of my favorite candy bars as a child. I can just imagine how decadent these cupcakes are!


Tuesday 30th of July 2019

I love the coconut cream inside! These are soooooo adorable and they sound amazing.


Tuesday 30th of July 2019

HUGE fan of anything Almond Joy flavored!

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