The Country Cook: Almond Joy Cake

Monday, December 31, 2012

Almond Joy Cake

If you like Almond Joy candy bars (like I do) then you will love this cake. Coconut haters look away. Look away now. This is not the cake for you. This is only for the truly devoted chocolate and coconut lovers. I guess this could also be called Mounds Cake too if you removed the almonds from the top.  You remember the commercial, right? "Almond Joy's got nuts. Mounds don't."  It truly is the candy bar in cake form. And it is pretty darn easy to make too! I was worried when I first started thinking about making this kind of cake that it would end up coming out too sweet. I had seen some recipes that had called for quite a large amount of additional sugar and marshmallows. I wanted a simpler recipe that wasn't so sweet you would break a tooth. I think this recipe does that. It ain't the neatest cake to cut into but I promise the taste is scrumptious! Cause sometimes you feel like a nut...
1 box chocolate cake mix (chocolate fudge or devil's food work best)
(ingredients needed to make cake; eggs, oil and water)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (7 oz.) bag sweetened coconut flakes
1 (12 oz.) bag chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet)
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 (2 oz.) bag sliced or slivered almonds
1/3 cup milk (2% or higher)
Bake cake according to directions on the back of the box (using a 9x13 baking pan.) While the cake is still warm, gently poke holes in the cake using a fork.
In a bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and sweetened coconut flakes.
Pour this mixture over the warm cake.
Some of the condensed milk should seep a bit into those holes.
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter along with chocolate chips and milk. Stir until smooth and completely melted. Do not let this mixture come to a boil. You can also do this step in the microwave using a microwave safe bowl.
Take chocolate mixture off of heat and pour on top of cake.
You can use a spoon to help spread it out evenly.
Then top with sliced almonds.
To make this a bit easier to cut into, you can pop the cake in the fridge for about an hour or so to let the chocolate cool and set up a bit.  
Cook's Notes: Some folks may like this with toasted nuts on top. I prefer the raw almonds but feel free to toast them if that is your preference. 


  1. This is my kind of cake! I love chocolate and coconut together!

  2. Oh, this sounds so yummy! I'll be making this cake soon. TFS!

    Ad K.

  3. My favorite candy bar is an Almond Joy and it's my husband's favorite too!!!! Guess what cake I will be making soon????? Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Oh how I LOVE an Almond Joy! This cake looks mouth-wateringly fabulous! Thanks Cake Queen for sharing...=)

  5. My favorite candy bar is an almond joy. This cake looks great. I can't wait to make it.

  6. Oh my heavens! You had me at coconut! I'm SO making this. Thank you! Pinned. Happy New Year!

  7. This cake would be gone in a day at my house, and I would have eaten most of it!

  8. How would this be if made a day ahead,would it get mushy? Thanks

  9. I just tried this recipe. The only change I made was instead of Toll house I used Hershey. It was fabulous! It was a success at the party. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love Almond Joy's too. I was wondering if you could use the Cream of Coconut instead of the scm? On your coconut poke cake you use the coc instead of or with the scm. Or would it be to much coconut flavor? Anyway I'm going to try the switch and will let you know. lol Thanks for all the great recipes.

  11. I used a devil's food cake mix, and to the cake mix added devil's food instant pudding mix, 1 cup of milk, four eggs and 1/3 cup of oil. I followed the rest of your directions. So ridiculously delicious!

  12. Could you use white cake instead?

  13. How far in advance can you make this cake without is getting mushy?

  14. I made this cake for my husband and I think it is one of our favorite cakes now. The cake is not mushy at all. Thanks for sharing!

  15. My daughter made this cake and said it is soooooo good. Hmm...didn't save me a piece though. I will be making this one soon!!! I have tried several recipes from this website. The honey bunn cake was awesome.

  16. I also forgot to ask if the cake needs to be refrigerated due to condensed milk, milk and butter?

  17. I just wanted to say thanks for posting this! I was looking to make a cake for the hubby, who has recently been on an Almond Joy/Mounds kick. This one was easy, didn't cost much and tastes great. Only thing I would add is more almonds!


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