Ugh. You know what I really want to do right now?

Sugared Toasted Almond Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting I howsweeteats.com

BESIDES gorge on tacos and watch a Felicty marathon while simultaneously going on a shoe shopping spree.*

Sugared Toasted Almond Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting I howsweeteats.com

Face plant into this frosting.

Sugared Toasted Almond Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting I howsweeteats.com

According to my cousin, it tastes “like E.L. Fudge filling on crack.” Remember E.L. Fudge? Um hello my favorite store bought cookie… ever. Well, maybe. I don’t know. Need to think about this one for a second. Really I think I’m just partial to them because Mother Lovett always had a package in her cupboard that also housed really old, yellowed recipes on newspaper, a can of Nestea to which she’d put six freaking scoops in a quart to make iced tea so sweet it would hurt your teeth and two boxes of oatmeal cream pies. Which I hated. But sort of loved. Then couldn’t stand. Then liked. I never really made up my mind about those. But I’m pretty sure I just wanted to like them since everybody else did.

So goes the mind of a first born child.

Sugared Toasted Almond Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting I howsweeteats.com

I hate to say it… but I wasn’t always a fan of the almond cake. My mom used to love this almond torte from our local grocery store when I was growing up and I’d enjoy a slice, but that was it… just a slice. After one slice, I was good for another year or so because you know I pretty much live by the motto “give me chocolate or give me death.” Oh and add peanut butter in there too. I could’ve cared less about some dumb almond stuff.

And wedding cakes… well, I’ve only been to handful that had almond cake, and mine was not one of them. Because of course I had to have over-the-top chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling and white chocolate frosting and white chocolate curls. Because I’m the queen of excess!

It’s true.

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It wasn’t until I learned about almond cake with chocolate frosting that I figured out where I had went wrong all those years… the icing. On the cake. Literally. White frosting is not my number #1 choice, so almond cake with white frosting didn’t cut it. However, right about now it sounds freaking delicious but I think that’s because I just ate pretzels for dinner. So there’s that.

Sugared Toasted Almond Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting I howsweeteats.com

But almond cake with CHOCOLATE frosting?

This I can get behind. And on top of. And in the middle of.

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Sugared Almond Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Yield: about 16 cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: about 1 hour (includes cake cooling time)

Ingredients:

Cupcakes
2 large eggs
1 large egg white
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk

Frosting
3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons milk, if needed

Sugared Toasted Almonds
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions:

Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, egg white and sugar until smooth and combine. Gradually add melted butter while whisking constantly, then add in extracts. Stir in dry ingredients until well combined, then add in milk and stir until a smooth batter forms. Using a 1/4 cup measure or ice cream scoop, fill liners 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cupcakes are set. Let cool completely.

Frosting
In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add in sugar and cocoa powder with the mixer on low, speeding up once combined. Add in extract and beat on medium, scraping down the sides if necessary, for 2-3 minutes. If frosting is too thick (I like mine thick), add milk 1 tablespoon at a time, beating for another minute or two to smooth it out. Repeat if necessary. If frosting isn't thick enough to be spreadable, add a few spoonfuls of powdered sugar while beating until it thickens. Frost and top with sugared almonds below.

Sugared Toasted Almonds
Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add almonds. Tossing and stirring constantly, toast for 1-2 minutes, just until almonds start to brown. Reduce heat to low and toss in sugar, stirring to coat. Stir constantly and cook for another minute, then remove and place almonds in a bowl. After a few minutes of cooling they will harden and you can break them apart and place on frosting.

[these cupcakes are slightly dense but soft. if you prefer a super fluffy and light cupcake, i suggest using your favorite white cake recipe and adding almond extract!]

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*someone please make this happen. puhlease.

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97 Responses to “Sugared Toasted Almond Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting.”

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    Liz — September 19, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    Shoe shopping spree? That’s my favorite :) Bring a cupcake and let’s go! haha.

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    Simply Life — September 19, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    Oh I loved those EL Fudge Cookies- they were so sweet and good! But if this is like them on crack then I need to try them!

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    Kim in MD — September 19, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    Is it bad that I want one of these cupcakes for breakfast?

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    Sommer J — September 19, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    Now I want almonds, cookies, fudge, cupcakes, and oatmeal cookies. Which great because the doctor told me I was little underweight today. These cupcakes look scrumptious and most certainly bathe worthy!!!

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    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — September 19, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    This seems like the PERFECT dessert for yesterday’s pizza.

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh — September 19, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    I can’t do the almond cupcake part but I’ll be slathering that frosting on anything that doesn’t move!

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    Alisa — September 19, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    Nice recipe. Unfortunately, I’m cooking bad :(.
    But my friend recommended me a site funny cooking book
    I always check out this website before making food.
    Sorry for my English. It’s my third language.

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    katie @KatieDid — September 19, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    el fudge yesssss. used to pretty much split a package with my friend in a sitting ugh.

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — September 19, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    Oh my gosh!! Your pictures look amazing! I want to grab a cupcake right now! Girl, you make the best cupcakes ever!! I made a batch of yours and I was told they were the best cupcakes!!!!

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    Tracy — September 19, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    Felicity !!! I loved that show. And I think I will join you in that face plant!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — September 19, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    I’ll let you faceplant into the frosting if I can do the same into the batter!! :)

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — September 19, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    EL FUDGE FILLING?! The best form of chocolate ever created. Probably full of bad stuff, but totally delicious.

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    Heather@SugarDish(Me) — September 19, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    I really like it when I have everything I need in the pantry to make stuff like this happen the second I see it. So excited.

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    Kim@hungryhealthygirl — September 19, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    Wowsers..these look so yum!! Remember the soft batch cookies in the red foil package? My favorite store bought cookie ever!!

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    Villy @ For the love of Feeding — September 19, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    I love that the frosting is as thick as the cake itself! :)
    How do you frost them so beautifully with the hole in the middle??

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    • Jessica — September 19th, 2012 @ 9:30 am

      I just use a spatula, plop it on the cake, go around the sides to sort of smooth it and then make a little circle on the top and twist!

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    Abby@ Totes Delish Blog — September 19, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    YUM! These look like the kind of cupcakes I would lick the frosting off of and then eat the cupcake, or just keep eating frosting, whatever works! :)

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    krysten @ mrs. schwartz's kitchen — September 19, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    I have been looking for a perfect chocolate frosting recipe and this one looks um…perfect!

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    Living The Sweet Life — September 19, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Without sounding like a weirdo – - I’d like to live in your kitchen. I guess I can throw away sounding like a total weirdo … because I just did :$ but HOLY YUM! Can I just live in these cupcakes then?

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    Devon | The Food Bitch Blog — September 19, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    Ahhh those EL Fudge Elfin cookies are like crack. I want to dive head first into a package of them right now. Or these cupcakes. Those would totally work too.

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    Jessica L. — September 19, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    Oh dear lord I want this right now. Would it be unacceptable to bail on work to go home and make them??

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    Jihane @Sinful Sundays — September 19, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    Been staring at these for the past half hour. Going to make them for my birthday next week. Good God they look so good.

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    Keisha — September 19, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    EL FUDGE COOKIES!! Wow….i remember those! They were sooo freaking good…i think I just had a food flashback! Count me in for a frosting face plant too!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — September 19, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    Whoa, do those look like a prize this morning!

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    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — September 19, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    I could never keep these around my house I’d gorge on all of them!

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    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — September 19, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    These look amazing. Like hide in the closet with 3 or 4 amazing. And I totally remember the EL Fudge cookies……..so darn good.

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — September 19, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Hello…now I want a cupcake for breakfast. Or a bowl of frosting…I’m good with either! I happen to like dense cupcakes with chocolate fudge frosting, so let’s bring on the Felicity marathon!!!! You always remind me of all the shows I loved but forgot:-)

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    Adriana @ FoodCocktail — September 19, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    How can someone not love almond cupcakes or almond…anything? These look soo great. I would eat half a dozen and have no remorse. Really!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — September 19, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Felicity was the best show ever!!! It is on Netflix Watch Istantly and I’ve pretty much watched the entire series back to back twice. I love Ben.

    These cupcakes look marvelous!! I love chocolate and almond together. Please send some my way!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 19, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    Someone puhleeeease shove that cupcake in my face.

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — September 19, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    I’m pretty sure I could just drink almond extract. Is that weird?! It just smells so amazing! Love these!

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    • Jessica — September 19th, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

      Okay wait. I often taste the pure vanilla extract from Trader Joe’s because it’s like delicious vanilla syrup, but I accidentally taste the almond extract made with alcohol and almost threw up. Oh man. So not good.

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    bridget {bake at 350} — September 19, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Cupcakes plus shoe shopping is pretty much the perfect day, right? Especially if it means THESE cupcakes!

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    Kristen — September 19, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Oh my heavens girlfriend! Seriously? I’m in love with EL Fudge… completely. If these taste like those, I’m a HUGE fan already!

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    Morgan @ moments of mmm — September 19, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    I have always loved E.L. Fudge cookies so I am going to put this on my “to make this weekend” list. Let’s hope I actually get to it this weekend!

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — September 19, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    I think I’m in love. Oh my goodness these look amazing.

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    Dalila G. — September 19, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    OMGOSH!!! Totally my kind of cupcake!!!
    This recipe is going to be hard to top, thanks!!

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    Sharyn Dimmick — September 19, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    Yum. I’m all about the frosting and the almond topping. Who even likes cake?

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    • Jessica — September 19th, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

      Seriously.

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    Kerry — September 19, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    I totally forgot about E.L. Fudge cookies! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — September 19, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    please open a cupcake bakery where i can come camp out and “taste test” your recipes ALL.DAY.LONG.

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    Ashley — September 19, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Hmmm, what about Dunkaroos? Totally all about applying my own frosting to each cookie! But the EL fudge were delicious as well. I am an almond cake lover. These sound spectacular!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 19, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    Oh they look awesome and you always make the best cupcakes! They are all so perfect and pretty!

    And I happen to LOVE oatmeal cream pies. I used to be able to take down nearly a box in like 2 days when I was a kid!

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    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — September 19, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    Almonds with chocolate, absolutely! i can´t understand white frosting except for cream cheese frosting. And Felicity marathons? You make me crack up Jessica!

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    • Jessica — September 19th, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

      Ditto. Cream cheese frosting is what dreams are made of.

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — September 19, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    The almonds on top speak to me

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    sarah — September 19, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    my eyes perked up at “Felicity marathon”. that is happening!

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    Michelle — September 19, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    Yep. Totally taking a bath in the chocolate frosting.

    (Confession: have been on a Grey’s Anatomy marathon since the boyfriend is out of town while gorging on corn bread. So very similar)

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    • Jessica — September 19th, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

      Totally appropriate.

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    Colette — September 19, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    Wow!
    YUM.
    *drooling here*
    Must try.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 19, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    Cupcakes and shoe shopping sprees….ahhhhhh that sounds so lovely :)

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    Andrea — September 19, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    Oh my goodness. Almond. Don’t know what it is about almond-themed desserts, but I can’t get enough. Does that make me a grandma? Wonder if you’ve ever tried whole foods’ berry chantilly cake? It contains no chocolate, but it does have the most fluffy, almondy delicious frosting covered with more toasted almonds. And then stuffed with berries. As you would say… Ugh. Can’t get enough! haha.

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    • Jessica — September 19th, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

      It’s cool… I like grandmas.

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 19, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    i am OBSESSED with that EL fudge chocolate filling. My sisters and I would fight over the last EL fudge cookie! I have GOT to make this for them! And it’s one of their birthdays today. PERFECT!

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    Esther — September 19, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    I need these in my mouf. I love almond cake. Also, how do you do the frosting like that? It’s very Magnolia bakery and very irresistible.

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    Mara @ martialartsnchocolate.blogspot.com — September 19, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    OMG, now those cupcake photos are really what I like to call “Food Porn”!!! YUM! I want one now!!! I just want to make the frosting and grab a spoon!

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