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

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  • 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.

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Almond Joy Cupcakes

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  • 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.

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Coconut Buttercream

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  • 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.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Apr 22, 2016 11:53 am

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!!

Pamela G
Feb 20, 2015 6:12 pm

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… Read more »

Oct 18, 2012 12:17 pm

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!

Oct 21, 2012 3:07 pm
Reply to  Shelly

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!!

Ana g
Oct 1, 2012 6:02 pm

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?

Ana g
Oct 2, 2012 11:14 am
Reply to  Shelly

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 😉

Ana g
Oct 1, 2012 5:38 pm

For the batter do you follow directions on box and then add the coiner milk, etc?

Jul 25, 2012 7:52 am

Love you wit and humor! Love your almond joy recipe even more than that!

Feb 21, 2012 1:31 pm

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.

Feb 15, 2012 7:55 pm

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.

Oct 4, 2011 7:46 pm

Coconut buttercream! Oh my gosh! And, I hate those kind of people even though I’m not a mom yet…

Jennifer S E
Sep 27, 2011 11:23 pm

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!

Sep 27, 2011 1:15 pm

Thanks for the recipe, but more importantly thanks for the LAUGH!

Sep 24, 2011 6:17 pm

best flavor combination of all time. well, one of ’em, anyway. 🙂

Sep 24, 2011 2:55 am

My husband would really love these cupcakes!

Sep 23, 2011 6:20 am

Yummy totally! my daughter would kill to eat it.


Sep 22, 2011 11:29 pm

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!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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