Almond Joy Cupcakes

Let’s talk, shall we?

I consider this an open forum, where I share my thoughts, and you can too.

We can use this as a place to voice our opinions and/or grievances.

Today, grievance is on the menu.  Hungry?


Let’s discuss the “Point-Out-What-You-Are-Doing Wrong”  mom. (POWYADW)

We all know one and we don’t like her.

Her sentences usually begin with, “I don’t know if you KNOW this, but…”

or the ever popular, “No offense, but…”

how about, “You can do whatever you want, but I…”

and a favorite of mine, “Do you know your child is…”


In the early years of motherhood you encounter the breast-feeding judgers.  The ones that talk and talk and talk about how great breast feeding is (no duh) and give you the sideways head look if you don’t/can’t/won’t breastfeed.  Then proceed to lecture you about how you are basically killing your child if you don’t.

  • Resolution: Turn to them and say, “Don’t you worry about who’s sucking on my boobs.” End of discussion, I promise you that.

Then once you hit the solid food stage there are the moms who make all their own homemade baby food and how they would NEVER feed their child the processed, cancer-in-a-jar food they sell at the supermarket.

  • Resolution: Casually say, “My husband and I have made the conscious decision to feed our child processed food as an infant so our other children won’t think we love him more”.  Conversation over.

As your children get older you will get to know, what I like to call, “The Video Game Police”.  They will let you know that you have just killed your child’s last brain cells by letting him play Mario Cart.

  • Resolution:  State with full resolve, “Children with good hand eye coordination grow to be smarter, stronger and better lovers.  I am improving their quality of life”.  Then fancy snap and walk away.


I had a run-in with the local POWYADW Mom just yesterday.  She was ALL OVER my son’s playground etiquette.

Of course I looked at her and said thank you.

I don’t think of witty comebacks until 2 hours later.

What I SHOULD have said was:  “Well thank you for focusing on my child’s playground etiquette, we know averting attention from your 80’s bangs and bad breath is quite a task and I am grateful I could be of help to you today.”

I now have my words for next time.


Now that’s off my chest we can talk cupcakes.  Almond Joy ones.

I started with a chocolate box mix and added some extras like shredded coconut and coconut milk…

Then I made some coconut buttercream.  You have to.  Your life will be happier because of it.

Then I stuck an almond on top.  These are ALMOND JOY cupcakes, after all.

Then I dipped them in chocolate.  You don’t HAVE to, but you will be happy if you do.  Believe in the power of chocolate.

Now eat.  EAT!


Chocolate Coating

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil or vegetable shortening
  • 24 raw almonds


  1. Press an almond on top of each cupcake.
  2. Put your frosted cupcakes in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile melt your chocolate chips and veg oil or shortening in a double boiler or microwave. If using microwave heat for 1 minute on 50% power, then stir. Repeat in 30 second increments (on 50% power) stirring after each until melted.
  4. Transfer your melted chocolate into a wide mouthed mug or a small deep bowl. You need your chocolate to be deep enough to dunk the entire top of your cupcake.
  5. Remove cupcakes from freezer and dunk tops into melted chocolate.
  6. When you are finished dunking all the cupcakes place cupcakes in refrigerator to set the chocolate.


Serve at room temperature, just leave in the fridge long enough for the chocolate to set, approx 15 minutes.



Almond Joy Cupcakes

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cup Lite Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients. Mix on low for 30 seconds. Turn mixer speed up to medium and beat for 2 minutes.
  4. Fill liners 1/2 full with batter.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until centers spring back when pressed.
  6. Let cool completely before frosting.



Coconut Buttercream

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) room temperature
  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 8 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/23/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut extract


  1. In mixer beat together butter and shortening until smooth.
  2. On low mix in your powdered sugar.
  3. Pour in your coconut milk and coconut extract and mix until combined. Turn up speed to medium and mix for 45 seconds.
  4. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes. If piping use a snipped off ziplock bag or a large 1A tip on a piping bag.

78 Responses

  1. I am a #1 fan of the Fancy Snap. Also, I am a quick thinker. I can comeback like nobody’s business. My husband however…not so much. Because of this, he’s not really supposed to talk to people unless I’m there to feed him his words.

    Just kidding (I’m not kidding)

    Cupcakes look yummy as always!! Love that swirled frosting…pretty!!

  2. Yummy! I need to make some of these immediately! I am good with the snappy comebacks in those situations but have had to learn to bite my tongue because my son has picked up my snarky behavior 😛

  3. People like that drive me crazy, and I do not look forward to meeting them when I have children of my own. But, thank you for the witty comebacks, now I will know what to say!
    These cupckaes look devine! I can’t wait to try them!! 🙂

  4. I must make a confession right here on your blog. I have been one of “those” moms (ducks) please forgive me as I have also been on the receiving end of one of “those” moms as well. Trust me, I don’t become one often. What lead me to be a POWYADY last week was when I brought a basketball to the court and one little boy kept taking it from my son and I his mom was doing nothing about it. I had to take matters into my own hands and politely ask the boy to stop taking the ball, yes I was polite. LIke you however, I thought of all the things I wanted to say to the mom on my way home. 🙂 I mean my poor little boy got teary eyed. That is my confession on the playground.
    Meanwhile, back to the cupcake, this makes me feel good because it looks like the dipped cones I used to get as a child. So thanks for that I will be baking these soon

  5. Yummy, yummy in my tummy! Love these high hat cupcakes. Well, I don’t know if you know this, but I’ve always wanted to make some, however, I’m too chicken to try… the coconut makes it all the more tempting. One of these days…

  6. Hey,

    I’m a relatively new visitor – but once I found the site, I couldn’t help but scroll and drool – and pin a lot of your recipes to my “Favorite Recipes” on Pinterest….. =)

    These cupcakes look AMAZING – a fan of all of those tastes – but even more fun was your wittiness before the recipe. OH MY GOODNESS, if I could only have had the confidence I have with my kids now when I had them as infants/babies/toddlers. Now that my kids are 12 and 9 – and no where close to perfect, but perfect just to me – I recognize that none of their inconsistent sleeping habits, processed (sweet) baby food, breast milk that came pumped from a bottle, evenings spent sleeping with us, or television viewing/video game playing have made any dent in the big picture of they are today. I LOVE your comebacks, so funny – wish I could have had that kind of mentality back then!

    But, as for today – bring on the cupcakes!!!


  7. Seriously. I wish I was a gnome living in your floor boards so I can break out at night and eat all of your delicious creations…not the kids though. I’m sure they are beautiful and they certainly are your creations, but I would not want to eat them. Especially since children with bad playground etiquette have been known to taste sour. Lol. J/k. That bad breathed bitch.

  8. I LOL’d at POWYADW and ‘don’t you worry about who’s sucking on my boobs.’ ohhh funn.
    but the almond joy cupcakes. those are a serious matter. oh man oh man. i need.

  9. oh i am totally the same way i get all mad at the time and instead of being all witty and cool and fancy snapping i just give them a dirty look and think of all the way cool stuff i coulda said. love, love, love the dipping it in chocolate. i’m totally gonna steal that idea 😉

  10. I have heard your oh-so- witty comebacks in real time, and I can’t believe you just didn’t bring up the Z Z reference and scrunch your nose and purse the lips. It’ll get ’em every time. But knowing you create such awesome treats is best comeback of all!!

  11. I was laughing so hard when I got to this part “I don’t think of witty comebacks until 2 hours later.” – that is so me! I never know what to say in the moment, it’s only a few hours later that I have that aha moment and realize what the perfect comeback would have been.

  12. Amy K

    You seriously crack me up. Today, especially the breast feeding comment. My husband is very quick at comebacks. I, on the other hand, always think of something well after the fact (you know, while I’m still stewing about it). 🙂 These cupcakes certainly must have made you feel better!

  13. JoDough

    Totally brings me back to my child bearing years when an “elite” group of supermoms were frowning upon anything other than home births…with a midwife…in your bathtub. Sheesh.
    P.S. Did I mention I LOVE almond joy…because I ALWAYS feel like a nut. hehe 🙂

  14. Sheila

    Thanks for the idea to have comebacks ready for POWYADW Moms. I only have mental images of me shaking them. Lame, I know. Love the recipe. Will try this over the weekend. Coating it in chocolate is an awesome idea!

  15. I stumbled onto your blog this morning….you are really FUNNY! Into the bookmarks you go because it looks like you bake really well too.

    Thanks for the bright spot today–

  16. Oh how I despise POWYADW moms. As moms we are seriously SO hard on each other–it kills me. I was told to say about breastfeeding, “How about I won’t ask about what kind of action your boobs see, and you can extend the same courtesy.” 🙂 And, I must try these cupcakes!

  17. Donna D.

    Is there someway I can contact you in a comeback emergency, my awesome comebacks usually come about 2 days later 🙂 I’m not even a mom and I’ve gotten the POWYADW comments. I was with my (well behaved) nephew checking out at a store when he asked for some candy, I said not this time which he was totally okay with (well maybe not but he didn’t make a fuss) old lady in front of us turns around and says “now you listen to your mother young man” uhhhhhhh thanks lady. Our solution…we ignored her I mean we didn’t know she was even talking to us as I’m not his mother 😉 I was desperatly trying to think of some witty thing to respond to her though, but the best I came up with was “I’m his aunt not his mom”…yeah, thats a great comeback.
    So I would like to thank you for the comebacks that will most certainly come in handy when I have my own kids and of course thanks for the recipe as I NEED those cupcakes, I love, love, love coconut and chocolate!!!

  18. megan

    Going backward: this will be one of my favorite recipes…I already know it!! Me LOVES chocolate and coconut, especially when incorporated into buttercream!! I bet some almond extract added with the coconut extract will be good too…thats how I make my oatmeal: with almond and coconut extract, toasted coconut and almonds, if I have them…I leave the chocolate out to make myself feel healthy 🙂

    ANYHOO, I’m so sorry about that Mother…I have BEEN there and, even though it’s annoying, it’s also just plain hurtful…we put so much pressure on ourselves, we do NOT need it from anyone else…maybe the kill her with kindness option would be to make her these cupcakes and attach a note telling her how you thought this might put some sweetness into her words/thoughts next time!!!

  19. tiffani

    while these cupcakes look amazing…i mean who wouldn’t love anything with almond joy in the title….i must say that youu crack me up. great recipe…and great post!

  20. sheri

    Video Game Police…tell them that children with good hand eye coordination also make great surgeons
    as always you make me hungry with your yummy goodies!

  21. Sadly those POWYADW mom continue with there behavior through high school. By that time I was able to stare them in the face and just say “Oh really”. Very effective for shutting them up.
    The cupcakes look divine.

  22. Dear Shelly ~
    Oh fancy snap! The hubs so ?s Almond Joys — you’re his new favorite blog, methinks…

    As a (former) teacher, I encountered way too many a POWYADW mom who was sticking her bad breath into everybody’s business; while her own darling was lying or stealing or bullying…
    Hate not having a rapid-fire come-back — I also am struck with THE brilliant retort of the century… afterwards…


    1. Sooooo, I mentioned this post to the hubs & he checked my Pinterest board & told me I hadn’t pinned it. Ok – now it’s pinned. (He wants to make sure I make Almond Joy Cupcakes for his lunchbox…)

  23. I found your post very useful and beautiful. We are always trying to create delicious cakes with new look. And baking tricks will help us a lot.

    I will be happy if you will visit out online cake store and send me your Comments

  24. These look so good!

    I don’t have kids myself, but I once dated a man whose entire family was convinced that his sister-in-law (who had been struggling to get pregnant for several years) didn’t REALLY want another child. The family’s proof? She hadn’t breastfed her first baby, so therefore she couldn’t possibly WANT children.

    I was appalled that my bf’s mother and sister would spread this rumour, and that the men in the family were stupid enough to believe it. Sure, breastfeeding is great, but it’s a choice. When did it become okay to judge someone for this incredibly personal decision? And some women just can’t breastfeed…it’s too painful. So, mothers who have been judged, I feel your pain.

      1. I know! Needless to say, with visions of how the women in this family would try to control our decisions and judge us at every turn, I decided this was NOT the man to marry and have children with.

  25. Heather

    Now I want some Almond Joy cupcakes. AND candy bars. And it seems like I’m seeing that commercial evey time I turn the channel.
    PLUS I’m using that breastfeeding come back. I have chosen to NOT breastfeed my daughter and the craziness that ensues from that. My gosh you’d think these people would have more important things to think about and discuss.

  26. BAAAHH HA! I’m not a mother (mainly because I would totally say the comebacks you wrote – in my outside voice) but I am sharing this with all my mommy friends and soon-to-bes. Also, I read your blog almost everyday and this cupcake recipe is one of my absolute favorites: I’m stealing it ~ THX!!!

  27. Denise

    You go girl!!! Hold your hand up high next time (and then quickly show your “backside”) and tell “the Mom”, “Speak to the booty because the hands off duty”. Works well and will leave her with her mouth open and fumbling for her own comeback. 😉

  28. I need to work on my fancy snaps. I need like 3 good go to responses to those moms.

    These look amazing but, when I saw you dipped in chocolate I lost my mind. YUM.

  29. Your post about snooty know it all moms makes me laugh 🙂 And I can relate to not being able to come up with witty remarks on the spot.. I feel your pain. Those cupcakes looks SO YUMMY!

  30. Jennifer S E

    You are one pretty funny lady! I NEVER think of anything good to say when I’m approached by morons. I do however have pretty snazzy comebacks for my husband when he is driving me nuts! Why is that?

    Anyway, love the cupcakes but REALLY love your wit! Thanks for the laugh tonight. Keep blogging – I love funny people in my life!

  31. Laura

    These were easy and fun to make. Hubby texted me from work and said, “…it was a decadent moment of culinary bliss!” This is a very good recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  32. I found this recipe last week and made it for my book club and it was a huge success. I used a german chocolate cake mix instead of chocolate and I really like it. The coconut buttercream is to die for! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Ana g

    Sorry what I meant to say was, for the batter do you prepare the mix according to the box instructions and then add the coconut milk, etc. and mix?

      1. Ana g

        Awesome good thing I asked would’ve followed the box and added your extras! I usually work from scratch but I wanted to try these since they sound so good and I didn’t want to mess them up 😉

  34. Sara

    Hi, I love your site! I just made these and they totally collapsed in the oven! 🙁 Quick question, are the ones in the pictures mini cupcakes? I’m super excited to eat them, I just want to make them look as cute as yours! Thank you!

      1. Sara

        Thanks! I just made them again and mixed by hand, instead of the mixer and they’re perfect! I think I over mixed last time! Thank you!!

  35. Pamela G

    Even though this posting occurred over three years ago I just came across your site today. It was a link from another baking site and some items looked good so just like Hansel and Gretel, I followed the crumbs to the “house of goodies”. When I read your comments about the POWYADW mom I just cracked up. I am NOT a mother. However, I have spent enough time in close relationships with enough children (niece, nephew, little sister as in Big Sister program, cousins, neighborhood children,etc.) in my life that I know what type of “mother-figure” I am and when I come across these types of women, OR fathers, there are a few of those too, they just astound me. My family owned for about 8 years a retail store where amongst many other things we sold some high-end children’s toys. What we were known for in a 4-state area was having everything Thomas the Tank Engine known to mankind. Among my duties as store manager I did storytimes every Saturday, Thomas play days, etc. My mother, who is naturally a generation older than me would help out at times and work there when needed. I had one mother who’s little girl would NOT shut her mouth whenever I tried to read Thomas stories to the group of children there. Finally, I VERY kindly, very politely,and in a very sweet voice told the little girl that she needed to stop talking because no one could hear the stories. Now these children varied from ages 3 years old to about 7 or so. This child was old enough to know better. This was on a Saturday.

    On Monday morning my mother just so happened to be there at the cash register as she had been during the storytime on Saturday and who HAD heard what I said to the little girl. This mother storms in proceeds to tell her (assuming mom is the manager) just HOW rude I had been to her child and blah, blah, blah, completely trashing me. Now my mom had heard the entire exchange and knew the truth how I had handled the situation. This woman also did not know we were mother and daughter. After the woman has her tamtrum I walk in the store and my mom says, “Oh, here’s my daughter, she’s the manager and can help you?” You should have seen the look on the woman’s face. You see, I have a Master’s Degree in Management which is why I was the store manager. The woman just assumed the older person….therefore…the manager, the younger… the bad employee. She wanted to try and get me fired because I had actually told her child not to do something, no matter how bad her behavior. More than once I had to ask the parent not to bring a child to storytime or play dates until they could “play well with others”. Some were insulted and never came back. For some it was a wake-up call and the child would come back a few weeks or months later, MUCH improved in their behavior. The things I saw in parents and their children was mindnumbing. I saw parents BEG their children to let them buy them something. I saw children SOCK..hard…the sweetest grandmother who had already spent over a $100 on them but they some more at the register they DEMANDED and grandmas said no. That grandmother was devasted and left the store in shock and tears. I couldn’t count the number of kids who didn’t have a clue what the words “please and thank you” meant let alone ever used them. Parents who APOLOGIZED for discliping their children in the restroom so they wouldn’t be seen. We told them you do what you need to do, it’s fine around here for a parent to BE a parent. That’s the saddest thing today, we make parents feel wrong for trying to disclipine their children. More than once I corrected a child who was busting up merchandise and the parent did nothing. We had parents leave infants sleeping in cars in front of the store on Main Street. We had what looked like very “well-to-do” women shoplift little train cars.
    As someone who also has a degree in Child Psychology it was quite an “on-the-spot” learning situation and window on the world for me of parents and children in the 21st century.

    I think the worst was the children hitting their grandmother. My brother and I would have no more thought of treating an older relative like that than we would have of cutting off our own heads. I can’t even fathom what our parents would have done to us if such a thing had happened. In church, all my mother had to do was give us “the look” from the complete other side of the sanctuary if we weren’t behaving correctly while in the choir or something and boy we knew to straighten up fast. If you grew up with “the look” which is definitely a female thing, you know exactly what I mean. I’ve had boyfriends say I have “the look” and most men will often know exactly what you mean by that.
    But when it comes to people, I’m EXACTLY like you, I think of the perfect “comeback” two hours or even two days later. Don’t you hate that, boy I do. It all has to do with the type of category of personality you fall into. There is an entire psychological test that can tell you all of this but I can’t think of the name now, college was far TOO long ago. What I want to know is… did society get like this? As a child raised in the 60s and 70s you’d better believe parents disclipined. At this point though they could no longer “paddle” someone in school. I guess in a way that’s was a good thing in some ways. But boy you could still be sent to the principal’s office. What I have NEVER understood though, even as a kid, is WHY is suspension used as a form of punishment in school systems? I don’t know about anyone else but a few days or a week or two off of school would have been a vacation to me or any other kid I knew, NOT a punishment. Although, all hell would have occurred at home if that would have happened to us. We were told as children that if we were “punished” at school then we would be when we got home too. Now in my middle school years we had those teachers who made us write 200 times or something, “we will not chew gum” or some other such silly thing and by the time you got to humber 40 or 50, then that DID become punishment. Can anyone explain to me why giving a kid a vacation is considered punishment? Especially today, many of the kids that this happens to have parents who couldn’t care less if it happened to their child anyway. Well…..there is my thoughts and your poor child’s bad playground ettiquette set it all off. I bet your spunky child is more fun than all of the “perfect kids” put together. He’ll probably turn out far better in life than all of the other “perfect” children too. I look forward to finding more recipes on your site and I’m glad I followed the link to the Almond Joy Cupcakes. That has always been one of my very favorite candy bars and unfortunately it’s always gone in just a few bites, far too soon. Hopefully the cupcakes will last a bit longer.

    1. Shelly

      Isn’t the 2 hours later thing the worst?! You have me cracking up..yes I would imagine being suspended is a total vacation! Glad you found my site!

  36. Sally

    Cupcakes look amazing however WHERE were you when I had little kids? I love your comebacks. I was so out of the loop with the organic,home schooled, over cautious , no my child knows better Moms. Now all the kids are raised and in their 20’s and guess what they are all the same lol , guess my way wasn’t a total wash. You are hysterical!!

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