October 3rd, 2008

almond cupcakes with dark chocolate frosting and toasted coconut

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if you search for “almond joy” or “mounds” cupcakes, you’ll either find recipes that have chocolate cupcakes with coconut frosting and almonds on top, or cupcakes that you hollow out and fill with something else. while they may be delicious, i wanted to focus on an intensely almond cupcake with rich dark chocolate frosting and top it with crispy toasted coconut.

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you might recall that i’m not a fan of wimpy cupcakes, and this one is no exception. these are decadent and indulgent. this recipe makes 24, so you might want to share them with someone you love or else you’ll find yourself indulging more than a few times a day.

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the beauty of using almond extract is that you can tweak the flavor as you go. after i initially mixed the batter, a taste test told me that they needed more of a kick. quarter teaspoon by quarter teaspoon, i adjusted until i knew the cakes would have the rich taste i was after.

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i don’t typically make chocolate frosting, but this one really blew me away. i think the difference  was using higher quality chocolate than i’m used to. typically it’s simple nestle tollhouse morsels (which are excellent), but this time i went a different route – shaving down ghirardelli baking bars bit by bit. it was a labor of love that resulted in me getting chocolate all over my clothes and apartment, but it paid off in spades.

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almond cupcakes with dark chocolate frosting and toasted coconut
makes 24 cupcakes. these are SO GOOD.

3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups milk

dark chocolate frosting
2 2/3 cups confectioner’s sugar
6 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups shaved ghirardelli baking chocolate (unsweetened 100% cacao)
1 cup cream
1 tsp vanilla

1 cup shredded coconut for toasting and topping

1. make the cupcakes: cream the butter and sugar until smooth. add the eggs, almond and vanilla extract and milk. in a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt, then mix into the wet ingredients.

2. fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter and bake for about 20 minutes at 375F. remove from the cupcake tray and let cool on a rack completely before frosting.

3. make the frosting: soften the butter in the microwave for about 40 seconds and mix in the confectioner’s sugar. add the vanilla and cream. shave the chocolate directly into the butter mixture, stirring to combine. you can test as you go and add more chocolate if you’d like.

4. move the frosting to a heatproof bowl and place over a saucepan with about 2 inches of water in it on medium heat. you want to really get the frosting smooth and creamy without direct heat from the flame, but it should not take long (maybe 5 minutes). you can continue tasting and adding chocolate or a bit more cream. let it cool at room temperature before frosting the cupcakes.

5. in a non-stick frying pan, heat up shredded coconut on low-medium heat, stirring constantly, until the coconut begins to brown. immediately take it off the heat and continue stirring. top the frosted cupcakes with the toasted coconut.

50 Comments for almond cupcakes with dark chocolate frosting and toasted coconut - why not leave some love?

  1. Dad says:

    Pete, you are your Mother’s son…thank goodness. I’m glad you didn’t bake at home or I would be on my third bypass surgery. Your creations look yummy. I bet you have the best aromatic apartment on the street. Keep baking, Dad

  2. sara angel says:

    these are great! i like how they are predominately almond :]

  3. the girl says:

    Move over Hello Cupcake, Sticky Fingers, blah blah blah, here come’s petey!

  4. cheers pete
    they look positively yummy!
    did you eat them all yourself?!

  5. Bunny says:

    these look wonderful!

  6. Mary says:

    I love almond in pretty much anything and your cupcakes look amazing.

  7. Dicentra says:

    Gorgeous! Absoulutely gorgeous!!

  8. Kristina says:

    I’ll definitely have to give these a try soon!

  9. Kristina says:

    I’ll definitely have to give these a try soon!

  10. Bob Mitchell says:


    Unlike your dad, I wish you had baked so your next door neighbors could have smelled what you were baking. Your dad always knows when I have the oven on because the smoke alarm always seems to go off when I’m baking (or just turn on the oven).

    I agree with your dad’s post. I think you have the gift of baking from your Mom. I remember stopping by your parent’s house and smelling something wonderful baking…apple pie was the smell that greeted me most often at your parent’s kitchen door.

    All the best to you and your new Web site.

    Bob Mitchell (your next door neighbor).

  11. Y says:

    Those look like the perfect cupcakes! Nice photos too, by the way 🙂

  12. Sarah says:

    Hi Pete,

    I wanted to let you know that I made the almond cupcakes and they were really amazing! I am embarrassed to confess they did not make it to the frosting stage as I tested one (or five, but who’s counting) and decided they were so good they didn’t need it! I am checking out the other recipes on your blog now, I am excited to see what else you have created. Keep on doing what your doing! It’s delicious!

  13. jo says:

    These look delicious. Am definitely going to try these out.

  14. Belinda says:

    Mde these but my frosting came out too thin. I added an extra 3/4 cup of powdered sugar but it’s still too thin…what do you think?

  15. Macy says:

    The “cupcake” is delicious, but tastes more like a muffin. Skip the frosting and coconut and serve plain for breakfast with some fresh fruit — that would be a better combination. The frosting directions, as is, will result in the following frosting: sweet, thick, & white, with chocolate shavings mixed in. The chocolate will not incorporate. I would melt the chocolate with the butter and go from there, if you do opt to make these the traditional way.

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  17. Kelly says:

    I made these today, and I agree that the frosting recipe is a little off. I used only half the cream and the texture turned out great, but next time I will use less sugar and more chocolate. I followed the rest of the directions for it, though, and the “double boiler” technique worked great!

  18. Shellei says:

    These sound awesome- and they make me think: what about almond paste? You could cut some some of the butter to make room for it. It makes things incredibly almondy ( totally a word BTW) and gives amazing texture. It’s my new obsessed-with-it ingredient. I have no need for cupcakes today, but this recipe is going in a file for when I do.

  19. nelly says:

    i like cook desserts

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  25. Peta says:

    In searching for some interesting cupcakes for an Alice in wonderland party I stumbled across this recipe on google. They look positivey decadent! I can’t wait to try them. I’m thinking of skipping the coconut and topping each one with a big red marzipan heart. Do you think that would take too much away from the overall taste?

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  31. hey! ill be dong this in 3 days for my sons first day. will be using another frosting which is more economical…

    just wondering if the cupcake itself without the frosting is sweet or not too sweet?? im afraid that if my frosting is sweet and the cupcake is sweet that it will be an overkill!


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