Saturday, February 21, 2009

Almond Joy Cake

Chocolate cake mix with marshmallows, sweetened coconut, sliced almonds, butter, chocolate chips make Almond Joy Cake, a fabulous and well loved candy bar cake.

Almond Joy Cake

Almond Joy Cake is one of the most popular of the doctored up cake mix cakes and it's no wonder really. Chocolate cake, topped with a layer of gooey marshmallow and coconut cream, that is topped with a creamy layer of chocolate and almonds, and more crunchy almonds on top - it's really rich and decadent I promise ya.

If you like Almond Joy candy bars, just like all the other namesake cakes of candy bar fame that are out there, you're gonna love this cake too. And yeah, y'all... it uses a mix! Now that said, some mixes are much sweeter than others. Together with the sweetened coconut, the marshmallows, the sugar, the butter, the chocolate, this is quite a rich cake, so keep those serving sizes in mind. A ice cold glass of milk is a must with Almond Joy Cake.

Of course, this is not an original recipe of mine - it's certainly been around along time - so this is just my sharing it with you. So let's get on with it!

The cast of characters - A chocolate cake mix - and the eggs, oil & water for that (not pictured) - some evaporated milk, sugar, marshmallows, sweetened coconut, sliced almonds, butter, chocolate chips, vanilla extract. And see... I do use sale products and some generic products sometimes.

Look at that green Tupperware measuring cup too y'all. Can you believe I have had that set since the 70s and still use it? You may not believe this but that bright green color was all the rage for kitchens back then. I know, classy huh?

In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, water and oil to the cake mix.

And prepare it according to the package directions. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch cake pan and bake.

When cake is done, set it aside to cool.

In a medium sized saucepan, add 1/2 of the can of evaporated milk and 1/2 cup of the sugar and bring to a boil. Don't continue to boil it, just bring it to a boil. Reduce the burner to low and remove pan from the heat.

Add the marshmallows and return pot to the burner.

Stirring the marshmallows in until they are thoroughly melted and smooth.

Add the coconut and mix together. Remove from the heat.

Mixture may be a bit sticky, but drop it in dollops spread out all over the top of the hot cake and use a spatula to gently & quickly push the mixture out over the entire surface of the cake, taking care not to tear into the cake. It doesn't have to cover perfectly but try to spread it the best you can.

In a separate small saucepan, add the remaining evaporated milk, 1/2 cup of the sugar and 4 tablespoons of butter.

Bring mixture to a boil. Again, you only want to bring it to a boil, not continue boiling it.

Turn the burner down to low, remove pan from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Stir to mix in well and melt the chocolate chips, placing the pan back on the burner to prevent mixture from thickening too quickly - only if needed.

Mix until fully melted and smooth. Add in the vanilla extract.

Stir in 3/4 cup of the sliced almonds.

And immediately pour onto the cake, carefully pushing the chocolate out to the edges ...

... until the cake is covered.

Take the remaining 1/4 cup of sliced almonds and scatter across the top of the cake. Let cool completely. Slice, serve and totally enjoy ... yum! Make it for your family this weekend, you'll love it.

Be sure to check the tips at the bottom of the recipe before making this too!

Recipe: Almond Joy Cake

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 45 min | Yield: About 12 servings

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (12-ounce) can of evaporated milk, divided
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar, divided
  • 3-1/2 cups of mini marshmallows
  • 3 cups of sweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of sliced almonds, divided

Prepare the cake in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan according to the package direction. Set aside to cool.

In a small saucepan, stir together 1/2 of the can of evaporated milk and 1/2 cup of the sugar; bring the mixture just up to a boil, but do not allow the mixture to continue boiling. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the marshmallows until they melt and are well incorporated. Add the coconut, stir well and immediately spread this on top of the warm cake. Mixture may be thick; work quickly and drop in dollops and use a spatula to push the coconut layer out as evenly as possible.

In a separate small saucepan, combine the remaining evaporated milk, 1/2 cup of the sugar and the 4 tablespoons of butter; bring mixture just up to a boil - but do not let it continue to boil. Remove from the heat, stir in the chocolate chips and stir until melted and smooth. Add vanilla. Add about 3/4 cup of the almonds, stir and pour that over the coconut layer. The mixture should be fairly thick, but if it gets too thick, return it to a low burner briefly, stirring until it returns to a spreadable consistency.

Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of almonds over the top and let cool completely before cutting.

Cook's Notes: If you skipped the tutorial above and you've never made this cake before, it is rich! Some mixes are particularly sweet to begin with, but we're adding in sugar, marshmallows, coconut, butter and chocolate chips. Serve it up in modest portions and with an ice cold glass of milk! You can leave the burner on low and move the pot on and off of the burner as needed, to either loosen or thicken the mixture. Taking it off the burner will allow it to set a bit, if you need it to thicken slightly, while putting it back on the burner temporarily will allow it to warm and thin out to be more spreadable. This applies to the chocolate mixture below as well.


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Recipe Tips:

The chocolate layer should not melt off the under layer of the marshmallows and coconut - if it does that probably means the mixture was too hot. Remember that both times the mixtures are only brought up just to a boil, but not allowed to boil. When you spread the chocolate on it (and it should be more of a spread, rather than a pour) it should be hot, but not scalding hot. You only want it hot enough to keep it pliable for spreading. By removing it from the burner to add in the chocolate chips, vanilla and almonds, it should cool down just enough to thicken and be read to spread.

That is what the purpose of moving the pot on and off of the heat in the tutorial is about - to let whichever mixture you are using either thicken or loosen up. Taking it off the burner will allow it to set a bit, if you need it to thicken slightly while putting it back on - such as if your marshmallow mixture gets too thick to spread.

Keep in mind that depending on the brand of cake mix used, one might find this cake with the added ingredients to be sweet. My preferred brand is Duncan Hines, but I used Betty Crocker brand here because it was on sale and don't recall it being too overly sweet, but generally speaking, I do find most cake mixes too sweet for my personal taste. You can of course do a homemade cake from scratch instead of using a mix.

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  1. Oh Mary I got so excited at the title. This is one of my all time favorite cakes. You did a awesome job.

  2. Thanks. I love all the candy bar cakes!

  3. This looks like Sunday Dinner's dessert. I made the Chicken and Dumpling Casserole last night and well let's just say YUMMY!!!!!! My family loved it! It will be going into my special recipe file, you know the file for the really good stuff. Thanks. Have a great Sunday.

  4. Nana, I just love this cake but I'm a big fan of coconut and almonds anyway. Thanks so much for taking the time to come back to let me know that your family liked the C&D Casserole! We love it too. Hope you also have a great Sunday!

  5. oooooh.... yum! That looks SO good! I am going to have to try this.

  6. Thanks Laurie ... hope you do try it! It's definitely good.

  7. Geez that looks good. My hubby and I love almond joys so I'm gonna try this, sounds like a winner.

  8. I like Almond Joy bars, thanks for the recipe!

  9. Mary this cake looks killer good! I see on the side bar that you wrote no stealin'. I am thinking of doing the same thing after our little incident last week. Your fried chicken looks to die for and wow probably more spices than KFC! Looks great!

  10. OMG it IS soooooo good! All the candy bar cakes are though, so you'll see some more up here. I'm such a sugar addict LOL! Which is why I "sacrificed" sugar for Lent. It'll be hard for sure. Yeah, the "no stealin'" statement won't really stop anybody but might be a slight deterrent, dunno... I can tell you that getting rid of that other site was some work, but I will do it again and again if I need to - we work too hard to have our work hijacked like that!

    Thanks for the compliments - I sort of developed the seasonings off of the KFC concept, looking for a flavorful chicken and this combination worked for me. I always used SR flour for fried foods but I also love my fried chicken extra crispy so added in the extra cornstarch with the flour and it works well.

    Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon! When I get back to sweets I want to try your naked brownies! (I think those were your's?)

  11. Mary I found it! The other recipe of yours I wanted to bookmark. This looks amazing!

  12. You know I've been brain storming a recipe for something similar, so I'm searching around for ways to work it, and I find your recipe! =)
    Ooooh that looks good!

  13. Hey Rachelle, yeah... this is an oldie but goodie for sure.

  14. That's it. Totally it. YUMMY! Can't wait to make it. The minute I read the title I thought to myself, "Oh man, I am gonna love this cake!"


  15. Mary,
    I at work..and am so hungry..looking at all this food doesn't help. looking to see what I can make that is new and fun and tasty.and I thought of you....this almond joy cake oh my...coconut and chocolate....printing the to you soon....

  16. stopped on my way home from work to get ingredients for this...made it today...WOW...this is really
    as you say eyes were bigger than my stomach and I cut a big ol fixes your chocolate fix that's for sure..the fam liked it to..I did refrigerate open today and 75, just to firm it up a bit..

  17. Faith, for real? 75 degrees??!! Oh I dream of that. Still hot here though it didn't seem quite as humid today. Glad you enjoyed the cake! It's definitely rich and depending on the brand of cake mix, very sweet too.

  18. This is my new favorite cake...I've made it several times. I substitute a can of Coconut Milk for the evaporated milk and I poke holes in my cake as soon as it comes out of the oven so the coconut mixtures melts down into them. Yummo!

  19. My boyfriends birthday is Saturday. At dinnner tonight he commented on how much he loves almond joys and would love it if it came in cake form. I googled it, and there it was. Thank you! I am going to make it for him tommorrow to celebrate with his kids. Wish me luck!!! :)


    1. Oh I hope he enjoys it!! Just go over the step by step stuff before you print out the recipe. The tips will help a bit.

  20. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I made it for my Dad's birthday back in February- he looooves Almond Joys- and he looooved this cake! My co-workers loved the leftovers too! ;-)

    1. Oh I'm so glad he enjoyed it & that you had some folks to share the leftovers with!! Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know - I really appreciate you taking the time to do that Kara!

  21. Oh my! Saw this on Sweet Little Bluebirds facebook page and got here as fast as I could! My goodness this looks like it's about to be my new favorite cake! Thank you for sharing it!

  22. I've made this before, but with all the added sugars, I used a sugar free cake mix. Turned out perfectly fine, and was a big hit with the family

    1. That's a great idea Lisa & since I find cake mixes super sweet I'd probably love that! When I shared this recipe originally back in 2009 there weren't many, if any, sugar free cake mixes on the market. I'm glad that has changed!


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