Almond Joy Cake – chocolate almond cake layers with a coconut buttercream, toasted coconut and almond filling and chocolate ganache.
Almond Joy Cake
I’m so excited about this cake! But, I have to preface it by saying I’m actually not a huge fan of the candy bar, Almond Joy. It’s the coconut. I’ve never been a fan of raw coconut. Toasted coconut, on the other hand, is a whole different story. I can eat it by the handfuls!
So, when a few of my friends requested I come up with an Almond Joy cake, I was hesitant at first. I just wasn’t excited about a raw coconut filling, like the candy bar.
But lucky for us, my girlfriends were persistent and I eventually decided to add it to my list of cakes to make.
As I thought about how I would put my own spin on this candy bar inspired cake, I knew I couldn’t use raw coconut. It had to be toasted coconut – which made me think of the coconut crack filling in my German Chocolate Cake, inspired by Milk Bar. Like this one, my German Chocolate Cake uses toasted coconut in the filling instead of raw coconut. I also decided to add some toasted almonds to the filling to give it some more texture and resemblance of an Almond Joy.
For the cake layers, you’ll see I use my go-to chocolate cake recipe and add a little almond extract. Feel free to add more extract if you like a stronger almond flavor. I use only two teaspoons for a subtle flavor, but I know some of you love almond extract and may want more. Make sure to taste test the batter along the way!
And instead of coating the cake in chocolate like the candy bar, I decided to use my coconut buttercream from my Coconut Key Lime Pie Cake. This frosting is out of this world! It’s so creamy and smooth, and the flavor is perfection.
To finish up the cake, I wanted to add a bit more chocolate in the cake. Within each layer, you’ll have some chocolate ganache, as well as a chocolate drip on top. I really like the balance of the not-so-sweet dark chocolate cake and ganache with the sweet and salty coconut almond filling and coconut buttercream.
I took one bite of this cake and about died! Honestly, I surprised myself with how much I like this coconut filled cake. Every bite is a little piece of heaven, if you ask me.
Here’s a quick stacking tutorial, with a fun little appearance by miss Avery. And, as always, instructions for assembly are in the recipe below.