Almond Joy Cake Recipe (2024)

If you are a fan of chocolate and coconut, this decadent Almond Joy Cake recipe is going to become your new favorite recipe!

Inspired by the popular candy bar, this homemade Almond Joy cake consists of decadent homemade chocolate cake layers, an amazing coconut filling, rich chocolate ganache, and a smattering of almond slices!

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How to Make an Almond Joy Cake

The rich chocolate cake that we used in this recipe is one of our go-to scratch recipes. This scratch Chocolate Cake is the best!

You can find the full, printable Almond Joy Cake Recipe with complete instructions and ingredients further down in this post. Here is a quick rundown of our steps!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Grease and flour three 8 inch cake pans. We also like to add a parchment circle to the bottom of each pan.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients: sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk for 1 minute to blend.
  4. Next, add softened butter a few pieces at a time while the mixer is on low speed. Mix until the dry ingredients look like coarse sand and the dry ingredients are moistened. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, milk , vegetable oil and vanilla extract until blended.
  6. Method is important when using the Reverse Creaming Method. With the mixer on low speed, SLOWLY add approximately ½ of the egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Increase the speed to medium and mix for 1 ½ minutes at medium speed. Don't mix above medium speed. Scrape the bottom and sides of bowl. Add the remaining egg mixture in 2 pourings, beating for 20 seconds after each pour. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl.
  7. Slowly add the cup of hot coffee and mix another 30 seconds until blended. The batter will be very runny. Don't worry, this is how it should be.
  8. Pour the chocolate batter into the three prepared 8" pans and bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until the center of the cake springs back to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool the cakes 10 minutes on a rack and then turn out of the pans.
  10. This recipe makes about 9 cups of cake batter.

Coconut Filling

Thenext most important player in this Almond Joy Cake is the Coconut Filling! Some may even say it's the most important. Finding the perfect coconut filling can be tricky! But we've found it.

This coconut filling is nice and thick, but still a great consistency for spreading.

Its unique consistency is just like the filling of an Almond Joy or Mounds bar, and results from heating milk, sugar, and marshmallows in a saucepan. Then, coconut and coconut extract are added. You will love this recipe!

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Rich Ganache Frosting

We added another layer of chocolate to this recipe with aSimple Spreadable Chocolate Ganache! This is a 2:1 ratio of chocolate to cream and makes a rich, surprisingly easy filling and frosting.

Ganache may sound fancy, but if you've never made it, don't be intimidated. With just two ingredients, it's just about the easiest frosting ever (and SO good).

It can be used as is, or you can whip it to create a smoother, slightly lighter consistency. You'll want to let it cool and thicken a bit before whipping into a fluffier consistency.

Assembling the Cake

  • When it is time to assemble the Almond Joy Cake cake, place the first chocolate cake layer on the cake base or pedestal.
  • Next, spread a thin layer of ganacheonto the top of the cake layer and follow with a layer of the coconut filling. Top with the next cake layer and repeat. Top with the third cake layer.
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  • Next, we frosted the entire cake with the ganache frosting. When ganache becomes cool, it will begin to set up.
  • If the ganache becomes too thick or firm while you are frosting the cake, just pop the bowl intothe microwave for a few seconds at a time until it warmsto a spreadable consistency.

Frosting the Almond Joy Cake

When I frost my filled cakes (whether with chocolate buttercream or ganache), I apply a thin layer to the top and sides of the cake first. This is known as the crumb coat Then, I apply the second (final) layer of frosting with my offset spatula.

Decorate the cake however you like! You may prefer a textured look to your frosting (as with our ridged buttercream cake), or another style, but today we decided to frost the Almond Joy Cake around the sides with a smooth finish.

Frosting the Cake with a Smooth Finish

While rotating the cake on a turntable, I smoothed the frosting with a bench scraper. This step alone with give you a nice, smooth look.

However, for a super smooth finish to your frosting, chill the freshly frosted cake in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes or just until firm.

Then, heat your bench scraper (or spatula) in a pot of very hot water, dry off and glide it over the chilled frosting.

You may need to add a little fresh frosting here and there on stubborn places and then smooth over with the heated bench scraper. the ganache will melt just enough to give you a smooth finish. If you'd like more details, we have a tutorial on this hot knife method of smoothing.

Final Touches to the Cake

We topped off our ganache frosted cake with a layer of coconut filling and even more flaked coconut. We also pressed sliced almonds around the sides of the cake!

You can use sliced almonds in the filling alsoif you'd like! I love the look of the fluffy mound of coconut on top- I just want to dive in!

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Almond Joy Cake vs. Mounds Cake

Mounds bars are basically the same as Almond Joy, minus the almond-- and I love them both! If you're feeling more like a Mounds Bar cake, you're in luck. This cake can be that cake too.

To make a Mounds Cake instead, simply leave the almonds out of this recipe!

You cannot go wrong either way. This cake recipe is a keeper!

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More Chocolate Cakes

We have more fantastic chocolate cake recipes to share with you! You can find the full collection here: Chocolate Cake Recipes. We are posting a few of our favorites below.

We also have a couple more chocolate and coconut cakes, including our Chocolate Italian Cream Cake and German Chocolate Cake!

  • Brownie Cake
  • Chocolate Caramel Cake (Cake Mix)
  • Chocolate Bundt Cake
  • Chocolate Mousse Cake (Cake Mix)

Make sure to check out our full collection of delicious Cake Recipes, including our favorite cakes from scratch as well as cake mix recipes!

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Yield: 15 servings

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This Almond Joy Cake is amazing! Decadent chocolate cake layers with a thick and flavorful coconut filling, frosted in rich ganache.

Prep Time30 minutes

Cook Time25 minutes

Additional Time45 minutes

Total Time1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

For the Classic Chocolate Cake Layers

  • 2 cups (400g) sugar
  • 2 ¾ cup (322g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (82g) unsweetened cocoa (lightly spoon into cup then sift)
  • 2 teaspoons ((10g) baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon (2g) baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon (2g) salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) (226g) unsalted butter, softened (do not soften in microwave) I cut the butter into 1 inch pieces onto waxed paper leaving on the countertop for 8 to 10 minutes it will still be quite cool when adding to the dry ingredients. If it becomes too soft, just refrigerate a few minutes
  • ¼ cup (54g) vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup (220g) milk
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (220g) hot coffee, it can be instant or brewed

For the Coconut Filling

  • ½ cup (121g) milk
  • ½ cup (100g) sugar
  • 2 ½ cups (220g) sweetened coconut ( I used Bakers Flake Coconut)
  • ½ bag (144g) mini marshmallows or 24 large (155g) marshmallows (the large ones can be cut into small pieces for easier melting)
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) coconut extract

For the Ganache Frosting

  • 650 grams chocolate, chopped into small pieces (We used Trader Joe's Pound Plus Dark Chocolate which is 54% cocoa)
  • 325 grams ( 1 ½ cup) heavy cream

Instructions

For the Chocolate Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour THREE 8 inch cake pans
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients: sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk for 1 minute to blend.
  4. Add softened butter a few pieces at a time while the mixer is on low speed. Mix until the dry ingredients look like coarse sand and the dry ingredients are moistened. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, milk , oil and vanilla until blended.
  6. Method is important when using the Reverse Creaming Method. With the mixer on low speed, SLOWLY add approximately ½ of the egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Increase the speed to medium and mix for 1 ½ minutes at medium speed. Don't mix above medium speed. Scrape the bottom and sides of bowl. Add the remaining egg mixture in 2 pourings, beating for 20 seconds after each pour. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl.
  7. Slowly add the cup of hot coffee and mix another 30 seconds until blended. The batter will be very runny. Don't worry!
  8. Pour into 3 prepared 8" pans and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until the center of the cake springs back to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool the cakes 10 minutes on a rack and then turn out of the pans.
  10. *Yields approx 9 cups of batter.

For the Coconut Filling

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat add the milk, sugar and marshmallows.
  2. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the marshmallows are melted. It is a slow process because you don't want the milk to boil. Use the back of the spoon to press the marshmallow to the side of the pan while stirring to speed things along.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the coconut and coconut extract.
  4. Allow to cool completely before spreading between the layers. It can be made in advance and refrigerated.

For the Ganache Frosting

  1. Put the chocolate into a heat proof bowl. Heat the cream until it just begins to boil, remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate.
  2. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes before stirring. Stir until all the chocolate pieces have melted. You could also use an immersion blender or hand mixer to finish blending, making sure that all the chocolate pieces have melted.
  3. Allow the ganache to completely cool to room temperature. When you take out a spoon full and it holds its shape it is ready to spread on the cake.
  4. At this point you could also whip the ganache, for a lighter consistency ganache. Using a hand mixer or the whisk attachment of your stand mixer, begin on low speed gradually increasing to medium speed, whip the ganache approximately 1-2 minutes or until it has lightened in color and is smooth.

Assembly of the Cake

  1. When assembling our three layer chocolate cake, we spread the first and second layers with a thin layer of chocolate ganache followed by a layer of our coconut filling.
  2. After placing the third layer, we frosted the cake in chocolate ganache and topped off the cake with coconut filling followed by a generous mound of flaked coconut.
  3. We pressed sliced almonds here and there around the sides of the cake towards the bottom.

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FAQs

What are the ingredients in Almond Joy? ›

CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, COCONUT, VEGETABLE OIL (PALM OIL, SHEA OIL, SUNFLOWER OIL, PALM KERNEL OIL, &/OR SAFFLOWER OIL), ALMONDS, LACTOSE (MILK), CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: CHOCOLATE, REDUCED PROTEIN WHEY (MILK), SKIM MILK, COCOA, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, WHEY (MILK), SALT, LECITHIN (SOY), MILK FAT, VANILLIN (ARTIFICIAL ...

What is the difference between Mounds Bar and Almond Joy? ›

Both ALMOND JOY and MOUNDS Candy feature a sweet coconut center. ALMOND JOY Candy includes a crunchy whole almond and a chocolate candy coating. MOUNDS Candy has no nuts and a dark chocolate candy coating.

What is a Paul Newman cake? ›

Paul Newman cake has also been known as Better than Anything cake. It's a Poke cake, which means holes are poked into the cake after baking and then it's filled with some sort of topping. In this cake, we fill the cake with butterscotch caramel topping and sweetened condensed milk and the results are so good!

Did Almond Joy change their recipe? ›

Almonds were once the first ingredient in Almond Joy (hence, the name). Now, Corn Syrup is the first ingredient in Almond Joy and Almonds are the fourth.

What kind of chocolate does Almond Joy use? ›

TIL I learned that Almond Joy and Mounds are the same, except Almond Joy uses Milk Chocolate & Mounds uses Dark Chocolate. If they're so similar, why does it make sense for Hershey to create two distinct brands for each candy, instead of creating Original and Dark Almond Joy as part of one brand? Archived post.

What are almond joys without almonds called? ›

Almond Joy has to have almonds in it or it couldn't be called Almond Joy. If you want it without almonds, get Mounds that just has chocolate and coconut. They're both made by the same company.

Is the coconut in Almond Joy real? ›

The coconut center is made with unsweetened shredded coconut, honey, and coconut oil to bind it together. With an almond on top and a chocolate coating, the candy bar is complete.

Are Almond Joy and bounty the same? ›

Bounty is a coconut-filled, chocolate-enrobed candy bar manufactured by Mars, Incorporated, introduced in 1951 in the United Kingdom and Canada. It is a direct emulation of the Mounds bar introduced by Peter Paul in 1936, and also copies the milk chocolate enrobing of Hershey's Almond Joy, introduced in 1948.

What is JFK's wedding cake? ›

The cake had layers of white cake with raspberry jam and raspberry frosting as the filling, and was covered with vanilla buttercream. The same cake was also served at JFK's inauguration, along with Ronald Reagan's and George H.W.

What is Elvis Presley cake? ›

An Elvis Presley cake is a single-layer classic yellow cake that's topped with a pineapple glaze. Much like a poke cake, the syrup and juices of the pineapple will seep into the cake through fork holes, resulting in a decadent, ultra-moist cake.

What is a godfather cake? ›

A two-tier Godfather themed cake featuring all hand-modeled and edible elements from the classic movie. The cake is lemon chiffon with a delicious raspberry butter-cream filling, covered in dark chocolate ganache and LMM fondant.

Why do almond joys taste different? ›

The makers of Almond Joy changed the placement of almonds in the candy bar to increase the overall almond flavor and ensure a better balance between the coconut and chocolate components. If you bit into an Almond Joy candy bar and found the almond missing, would you see about starting a lawsuit against the company?

What candy was invented in 1948? ›

1948 – Almond Joy.

While its partner candy bar Mounds has been around for almost a century, Almond Joy didn't join the game until a little later.

What is the oldest candy bar? ›

Fry & Sons and currently manufactured by Cadbury. Launched in 1866—nineteen years after Fry's created the first moulded, solid chocolate eating bar (in 1847)— Fry's Chocolate Cream is the first mass-produced chocolate bar and is the world's oldest chocolate bar brand.

Is Almond Joy a healthy snack? ›

Given its high sugar and fat content, Almond Joy is not the best option if you're watching your caloric intake. However, as with all things, it can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Does Almond Joy have high fructose corn syrup? ›

Milk, Cream, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Fudge Swirl (Sugar, Milk, Chocolate Liquor, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains 2% or less of: Skim Milk, Butter [Cream, Salt], Carrageenan, Mono and Diglycerides, Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Natural Flavor), Almonds (Almonds, Cottonseed Oil, Salt), Nonfat Dry Milk, Coconut, Whey, Natural ...

Is there real coconut in Almond Joy? ›

The coconut center is made with unsweetened shredded coconut, honey, and coconut oil to bind it together. With an almond on top and a chocolate coating, the candy bar is complete.

What chemical is artificial almond flavor? ›

Benzaldehyde is commonly employed to confer almond flavor to foods and scented products, including e-cigarette liquids. It is sometimes used in cosmetics products.

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