What do you think about booze in your poundcake?

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Because I feel good about it.

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Really good.

Almost as good as the fact that NBC might be bringing Friends back for a reunion show, which had me screaming s#$%^kljsdsfj(#*t!! and jumping up and down and then thinking it would be a hot mess and then not caring because every time people think reunion shows are junk I usually think they are wonderful because I have terrible taste. So I MIGHT be excited.

So excited that I watched six reruns yesterday instead of my typical four. Will this ever get old?

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Contrary to how it may appear, this is not a poundcake stuffed with almond joy candy bars. It’s just a poundcake flavored like almond joy candy bars. Which, um, happens to be one of my favorite candy bars ever. One of my favorite candy bars that I rarely got to eat because for some reason, my mom only would buy fun sized milky ways when I was little.

Such a deprived child.

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Maybe it was because every time I ate an almond joy, I took the almond off the top and threw it away? Yes. I did do that. I bet you did too. I think all kids did that. Mainly because NUTS DON’T BELONG IN CANDY.

I want to cry when I see walnuts in fudge or something. Let’s not even talk about when I accidentally bite into candy that houses nuts. It’s like when my husband tried to pile his arugula, mushroom and aioli burger with ketchup.

Stop. You’re ruining it.

Okay, enough controversy. I’ve learned the error of my ways anyway.

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Oddly enough, I also have a very firm stance on the presence of nuts in baked goods: that being that I prefer them to be… nonexistent. There are a few cases where I don’t mind. And if they are just topped with nuts, like in this case? Some extra points can be earned. Especially with these honey roasted sliced almonds from Trader Joe’s. Man. I am flying through bags of them.

They are wildly delicious and if they are ever discontinued my entire life will be meaningless.

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It also helps that the sliced almonds are piled high on a blanket of milk chocolate (I will forever love milk chocolate more than dark chocolate. I know. I lack class.) and toasted coconut. That I can totally get behind.

And the booze! We got off track. I laced the cake with some amaretto and the flavor was just perfect. I almost also combined some shredded coconut with sweetened condensed milk to make a gooey coconut layer underneath the chocolate, but I didn’t want to go overboard or anything.

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You should go overboard.

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Spiked Almond Joy Poundcake

Yield: one 9x5 cake

Total Time: 1.5 hours


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1/4 cup amaretto liqueur
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/3 cup toasted coconut
1/4 cup toasted, sliced almonds


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan liberally with nonstick spray.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix well to combine. In a smaller bowl, whisk together eggs, amaretto, vanilla and coconut extracts.

Add the butter in small chunks to the dry ingredients in the mixer bowl, and mix on medium speed until it comes together, about 2-3 minutes. Once it seems almost dough-like, add in half of the egg mixture, then beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the remaining egg mixture in two parts, beating after each addition for 30 seconds on medium speed.

Spread batter into the greased loaf pan. Place it on a baking sheet. Bake for 60-65 minutes, until the center is no longer jiggly. Check on the cake after about 50 minutes, and if the top is becoming too dark, tent it with aluminum foil until finished. Remove and let cool for at least 30 minutes.

While cake is cooling, melt the chocolate in a saucepan or the microwave (I melt mine in 30 second increments and stir). While it's still hot, stir in the coconut oil until melted.

Once the cake has cooled, remove it from the loaf pan. Drizzle the chocolate on top, then cover with the coconut and almonds. Serve!

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So fluffy!

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122 Responses to “Spiked Almond Joy Poundcake.”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — April 17, 2013 @ 6:55 am

    Holy crap does this look delicious! Almond Joys is one of my favorite candy bars and now you made it in cake form. I am soooooooooo drooling over the pictures! I want a piece NOW!!!!!!!


  2. #
    danielle — April 17, 2013 @ 6:56 am

    Oh. My. God. I am sending this to my boss so maybe he’ll buy me some butter to make this for him. Because I want it.


  3. #
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — April 17, 2013 @ 6:59 am

    I love pound cake so much it’s not even FUNNY.


  4. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 17, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    I love amaretto and and amaretto sour was the first drink I ever ordered in a bar when I was underage :) Such fond memories!

    I would LOVE to bake it into a cake and that you used coconut oil, too. Holy moly I want this!

    And nuts in baked goods, 99% of the time a dealbreaker for me but I could maybe make an exception here.


  5. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — April 17, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    I like booze, I like cake! Friends reunion… WHATTTTTT , I love reunion shows, your right they usually are a hot mess…. I’m in!


  6. #
    Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries — April 17, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    You are really good at making drool worthy food Yum!


  7. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — April 17, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    Friends?! Where?? God how i miss it.
    Love the one with the cheese cake, too bad they did not do an episode about cake love.
    Chocolate and almonds are made for each other. I made a batch of ameretto and salted Spanish brownies a few weeks ago and I am in love with the combo ever since.


  8. #
    ashley - baker by nature — April 17, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    Booze in my pound cake?! Well I think heck yes. Heck – YES!


  9. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — April 17, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    Now THIS is a pound cake!! I’m so excited about Friends. When the show was originally airing, I had to sneak into our TV room downstairs and watch it on super low volume because my mum was of the mind that my pre-teen ears shouldn’t be listening to how the female characters on the show were sleeping around with a random new guy every episode (exaggeration of the century – it wasn’t EVERY episode!) Now that I’m a responsible adult (maybe?) I don’t have to worry about that!! ;) Maybe I’ll eat boozy pound cake while I’m at it. #rebel ;)


  10. #
    christin — April 17, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    this is pretty much all of my dreams come true.


  11. #
    Eddie — April 17, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    Not just a reunion show but….wait for it…….an entire season!


  12. #
    Taylor — April 17, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    I feel amazing about booze in my pound cake. And Almond Joys? My fave too. And those action pics? Love ’em.


  13. #
    DessertForTwo — April 17, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    I love the photos of the chocolate dripping and coconut cascading! You’re a dessert artist :)


  14. #
    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — April 17, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    I feel good about booze in my poundcake, for sure. Your photos are changing! Very cool!


  15. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — April 17, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    This looks perfect! And thank you, thank you for sharing that whole Friends thing. I had no idea and that totally just made my day. And yes, I’m pretty sure it will suck too (and yet, I don’t care and will probably end up scheduling my life around it).

    Absolutely loving these photos and all the action shots. You are the queen of toppings! :)

    PS. I like an occasional snickers, can we still be friends?


    • Jessica — April 17th, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

      snickers are actually my all-time #1 fave. almond joys are a close second. :)


      • Marla @ SonoraWings.com — April 20th, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

        Did you Snickers Girls see the Snickers cake at BrownEyedBaker.com on 4/11? Truly amazing!

  16. #
    misschelsmangia — April 17, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    ummmmmmmmm ya, so you definitely have my heart on this one. Geez. Almond Joy’s are my fave. I actually take the almond off and eat it separately…i know? I love some nuts in my candy at times so I cannot relate, however, I’m sure it is equal to my pet peeve when I make a perfect grilled steak and one of my younger, naive, culinary-ily amateur relatives asks me for ketchup. Oh dear Lawd. This coming from the girl who asks for about 5 dressings on the side of her salad when eating out. :) Oh, and those Trader Joe almonds are amazing whirled in a food processor to make almond butter…ahmazing!


  17. #
    Tieghan — April 17, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    Wait. What? Their bring Friends back?! This is crazy awesome! I never got into Friends until they were already constantly airing reruns, so This greatly excites me!!!

    Normally, I am not a pound cake person, but seriously you have made this look amazing!! These photos are awesome!! Plus, I am all about the milk chocolate it is cover in!


  18. #
    Mari — April 17, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    Wait, isn’t a “Mounds” bar an almond joy without the almond?? They already did the work for ya!

    Looks incredible btw!


    • Jessica — April 17th, 2013 @ 9:50 am

      i think mounds had dark chocolate though? which i loooooathed as a kid. i could be wrong though!


  19. #
    Alyssa — April 17, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    What do I think of booze in pound cake? I think it sounds like the only kind of pound cake I want to eat! haha


  20. #
    Jenny — April 17, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    I say booze makes everything better!

    A Friends reunions?? Even though I’m not crazy about those types of “come-backs”, doesn’t mean I won’t be watching every minute if it happens….


  21. #
    Cookbook Queen — April 17, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    Over the past year, I’ve found myself preferring nuts in my baked goods. That’s how I know I’m old.

    When you put pecans in chocolate chip cookies, you are officially a senior citizen. Just you wait.


    • Jessica — April 17th, 2013 @ 9:49 am

      i’m scared.


  22. #
    Danny Knight — April 17, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    You are hilarious. I didn’t know there were many people out there who still had a passion for Friends like me… or booz. :-) My husband LOVES almond joy so this will be happening. Thanks!


  23. #
    Ashley — April 17, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    Ahhh the inside shot of that poundcake!!! I luuuuuurve pound cake! Awesome creativity with this one. :)


  24. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — April 17, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    I would have to say that pound cake would never be my first choice for dessert. BUT….if you top it like that I would have to jump right in.


  25. #
    elizabeth — April 17, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    Whoa I must make this NOW! p.s. Nuts definitely don’t belong in candy, but if you want to grind them up to make a nut butter and stuff that inside some chocolate, I am totally okay with it.


  26. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 17, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    Dying a little bit inside right now. I want this SO. BAD.


  27. #
    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — April 17, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    I’m all for nuts in my baked goods!!! This IS a pound cake, looks amazing and can’t wait to try it. And Friends reunion??? There is no way that won’t be good!


  28. #
    Gaby — April 17, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    I watched so much Friends while I was abroad last semester. I still kind of can’t deal with the fact that it’s now on Nick at Nite, because when I was a kid (when Friends was still airing new episodes), the shows on Nick at Nite were the Brady Bunch, the Facts of Life- shows that were on when my parents were kids. I’m not that old yet!!
    I just discovered Fiber One Protein bars (not an ad, not sponsored, I promise!), and the Coconut Almond flavor tastes just like an Almond Joy. If you need a new snack, I’d suggest trying those!


  29. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — April 17, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    YUM these sound amaaazing! I actually loved Almond Joys with the Almonds as a kid, but I’ve always gone to the beat of my own drum :)

    Btw sort of dying to see this combo over Blondie Brownies… yes? YES!


  30. #
    Danijela — April 17, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    I am drooling over this…


  31. #
    Nancy C — April 17, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    Hate to break it to you, but the Friends reunion thing. Not happening. Just heard it on the radio. False alarm..


  32. #
    Caryn — April 17, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    When I saw the article about the potential Friends reunion I hyperventilated. Truth. It needs to happen.


  33. #
    Amanda — April 17, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    I love reading your posts. Your food aways looks great..but most of all, you make me laugh.


  34. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — April 17, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    I want to go to there.


  35. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 17, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    I thought I was the only whacked out kid that hated the almonds on top of my Almond Joy. I didn’t throw them out, I picked it off and ate it on it’s own – I know, I’m a fraud, but it still had no business being mixed with quality milk chcolate and condensed and formed gooey coconut!! EVER.


  36. #
    Julia Jolliff — April 17, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    Wow this looks amazing!! I love almond joys–and then put that on top of a pound cake–oh man!


  37. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 17, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    Best. poundcake. ever. That milk chocolate!!!!!


  38. #
    erin @hooleywithaz — April 17, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    i think great things about booze in anything i bake. however, i am not on the nuts in baked goods train yet.


  39. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — April 17, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    Something about the name of this recipe makes me giddy. Fun take on a traditional dessert. :)


  40. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — April 17, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    spiked pound cake? now this i MUST try


  41. #
    Alexis @ Hummusapien — April 17, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    I seriously die over all of your recipes. I’m down to spike my pound cake any day! Totally getting those honey roasted sliced almonds next time I’m at TJ’s.


  42. #
    Jackie — April 17, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    serious YUM! Almond Joy’s are one of my favorite candy bars!

    Saw this today @ A Cup of Joe and though of you…



  43. #
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — April 17, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    Oh man I feel the same about nuts in my baked goods….I REFUSE. That is all.


  44. #
    Emily — April 17, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    OMG, I must make this! I have everything in my pantry now except the amaretto so obviously it was meant to be!

    BTW, you can never watch too many Friends reruns… They are comfort food for the soul!


  45. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 17, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    YES, it wouldn’t be normal if you didn’t booze up your recipes. Looks great Jessica.


  46. #
    deva by definition — April 17, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    Holy cow this looks amazing. I love the almond topping.


  47. #
    Katie @ Veggie and the Beast — April 17, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    I feel really good about booze in my pound cake, but I usually feel pretty good about booze in anything. This looks incredible. Your photos are so beautiful! I love the action shots.


  48. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — April 17, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    Delicious poundcake!!!! Another amazing recipe!!


  49. #
    Michelle — April 17, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    I feel like I’m telling a kid Santa isn’t real -which is devastating- but I work in television and sadly Friends reunion is just an elaborate rumor. :(


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