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. #
    Larry — April 17, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    I die.
    That’s it. I die.


  2. #
    Joanna — April 17, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    My sister ruined my day by calling me first thing to tell me about the Friends rumor, which then of course I Googled and found that it was just that, a rumor : ( Sad. I was the same way though, part of me was crazy excited but the other part was worried it’d be a letdown!


  3. #
    Eileen — April 17, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    Oh man, this cake looks amazing! Look at the beautiful milky chocolate glaze!! I love it. :)


  4. #
    Samantha @ Blissfully Bossy — April 17, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    yummy idea! I’m pinning this one! :) and great photos!


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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — April 17, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    SOOO my favorite candy bar too!! I was probably the only kid collecting all her friends’ Almond Joys at school after Halloween (when everyone brings their crap candy to trade…yeah, I’m an AJ hoarder). So, this is totally amazing. And yes…might have to go overboard!


  6. #
    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — April 17, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    Booze + cake = always good. Your cake looks so delicious!


  7. #
    Mariah & Coty — April 17, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    Umm, nothing wrong here. Looks delish!


  8. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — April 17, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    Um, holy crap. I don’t know if I’m more excited about this poundcake or about the Friends reunion.


  9. #
    Kristi @ lifesprinkles — April 17, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    Um. Incredible.


  10. #
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — April 17, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    Okay…so my mouth is watering! I want it now…loil! BTW…Friends reunion…no way!?! So excited about that!


  11. #
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — April 17, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    Such an awesome idea for a cake! I can only imagine how amazing this must taste!


  12. #
    Lacy — April 17, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    what in the hell? why did i not know about this? also gorgeous photos.


  13. #
    Toyota Smith — April 17, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    I don’t even like coconut or almonds that much but this cake looks delicious! Beautiful pictures, how do you make things look so delicious? I can’t even make them look edible!


  14. #
    Shannon — April 17, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    This. Looks. Insane. (Great…now there is drool on my keyboard…)


  15. #
    Jade Sheldon — April 17, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    Oh my, this looks heavenly. I’m a big almond joy fan (and yes, I would throw out the almond too as a child and wonder why my mom wouldn’t just by Mounds instead).

    And if there is a friends reunion, I will watch every single episode no matter how awful…


    • Marla @ SonoraWings.com — April 20th, 2013 @ 11:54 am

      or eat the almond herself, right?


  16. #
    Nicole @ InfiniteLittlePleasures — April 17, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    This looks and sounds incredible. Love the photography too!


  17. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — April 17, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

    I feel awesome about booze in my pound cake. Just awesome.


  18. #
    Lauren — April 17, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

    Totally agree on nuts in baked goods. It destroys them. That being said, I’m the pathetic one that attempts to eat around the nuts. Sigh.

    This looks amazing though. I can’t wait to try it!


  19. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — April 17, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

    I was probably the only kid that ate the almond in the Almond Joy. It was so toasty and tasty! It was one of my favorite candies and still is. This cake looks incredible!


  20. #
    Rebecca — April 17, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    Your pictures look fantastic! They always do, but I really love the four-in-a-frames. Although I can’t fathom how you captured the action the way you did. Awesome job!


  21. #
    Sigourney — April 17, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

    So first off I love your blog. Second I also love Almond Joy candy bars. I wanted to thank you for pretty much never using almond extract because I hate the flavor. This looks amazing and I want to make it.


  22. #
    tracy {pale yellow} — April 17, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    I think booze in my pound cake is a fantastic idea, fantastic! Love the almonds and chocolate, totally decadent, yet simple.


  23. #
    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal — April 17, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    Booze in baked goods is just so perfect. And the photographs are even more perfect, I love the “in progress” shots, they are so drool-worthy. Pinned. Love the recipe!


  24. #
    Casey @ A Cruising Couple — April 17, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    This sounds so different and so so delicious! Love your photos of pouring the chocolate on top :-)


  25. #
    Julie — April 17, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    I lovvvvve Friends. Wish the reunion thing wasn’t a hoax :(


  26. #
    Katie — April 17, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

    Oh man. These pictures. They’re so pretty. I’m freaking out.


  27. #
    kerri — April 18, 2013 @ 3:18 am

    oh. YUM. this is my first stop at your blog. love it. very funny.
    and WHAT? i hadn’t heard about the friends reunion. i would LOVE that.


  28. #
    Not Only Sugar — April 18, 2013 @ 4:45 am

    Oh this pictures…. I love!!!

    Not Only Sugar


  29. #
    Sarah @ AtoZiti — April 18, 2013 @ 6:09 am

    Everything about this cake, from the liqueur to the chocolate, is just glorious. I’m going to make this and shove it in my face! All for myself!


  30. #
    Lem — April 18, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    Oh Joy! I’m trying this one! Great pics and milk chocolate rocks!


  31. #
    Julie — April 18, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    OK I want to be clever and witty but I have a stupid question. You used coconut oil. Is that for flavor? I have coconut oil but it’s the kind that doesn’t taste like coconut (strained, pressed, extra virgin, fake, whatever…). Is the coconut oil used for OIL reasons or for COCONUT FLAVOR reasons? Or maybe both so it won’t matter that my poor coconut oil is deficient?


    • Jessica — April 18th, 2013 @ 9:22 am

      no you are correct! coconut oil doesn’t REALLY taste too coconutty, especially once it’s been cooked/baked with. the reason i used it here (and i do this in all my recipes where i melt chocolate, even if they have nothing to do with coconut) is because when the melted chocolate and coconut oil are mixed, it firms up nicely, sort of like a homemade magic shell. i always mix the 2 if i’m doing a melted chocolate topping!


  32. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — April 18, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    What a joyful little poundcake loaf. Perfect indeed! And the spiked touch takes it over the top!


  33. #
    Heather Christo — April 18, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Oh My God


  34. #
    Colette — April 18, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    Love the action shots.
    Did you save me a slice?


  35. #
    Hannah Jayne — April 18, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    I came home from TJs with the honey almonds yesterday thinking that they would be great with Greek yogurt and fruit and stupid stuff like that. Even then I knew something wasn’t quite right about the combo.
    Almond Joy Pound Cake is their true calling.
    Sometimes the world just comes together like that.


  36. #
    Barb | Creative Culinary — April 18, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    You and my daughter share the no nuts thing. I tried to not be TOO excited when she left for college but that I could once again have walnuts in my brownies was something to celebrate!

    So funny…love the Almond Joys too…give me milk chocolate any day.


  37. #
    Auntie Em — April 18, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    First. I would absolutely watch a Friends reunion…why, Internets, why must you tease us with awesome, only to crush our hopes?

    Second. I don’t even like Almond Joys, but this cake looks abso-frickin’-lutely devine! I think this needs to be in my future…


  38. #
    Auntie Em — April 18, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    Third. (I very nearly forgot this…though, how, I’m not sure…) That picture of the bowl with the chocolate running down the side? Yeah, I totally wanted to lick my screen (is that gross?)…sooo good!


  39. #
    Stacey — April 18, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

    Hahaha! You’re such a goofball, Jess! If you didn’t like the nuts on Almond Joy, you should’ve gotten a Mounds! ;)

    I’m not really a pound cake girl, but as usual, you’ve managed to make something that usually doesn’t appeal to me into something i have to have RIGHT MEOW. This is gorgeous.


  40. #
    Arlene Diehl — April 18, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    If I didn’t live so far from the grocery store, I would get the stuff to make this tonight!
    Oh, and what you say about nuts???
    You, dear, are nuts.
    i LOVE NUTS!


  41. #
    Deanna Ritz — April 18, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    Oh my, this sounds incredible!! I love almond joy and who would love it spiked?!?! Thank you so much!! :)


  42. #
    Courtney @ BakeMeBetter — April 18, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    I agree with you on the nuts. And, yes I took the almond off the almond joy when I was a kid, but then I discovered mounds. Wouldn’t work for a milk chocolate lover, but worked great for the dark chocolate lover :)


  43. #
    dervla @ The Curator — April 18, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    WAIT WAIT WAIT, that’s chocolate dripping down the pound cake? And yes to milk chocolate, it’s my guilty secret too … Love the photos on this post.


  44. #
    Jackie W — April 19, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    Made the poundcake last night and will put the chocolate and other toppings on it this afternoon. Had to point out that THIS POUND CAKE (and it’s batter) SMELLS LIKE HEAVEN! I want to use it as a home scent/body lotion/smelling salts to wake me up to go to the gym in the morning. So amazing. Also, I’m hosting family for dessert tonight and am serving this plus the cannoli tart you blogged on Tasty Kitchen. I’m counting on the fact that everyone will like amaretto in their baked goods because WHO WOULDN’T?!


  45. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — April 20, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Holy moly, this is absolutely gorgeous! These are really wonderful photos :) this pound cake looks heavenly!


  46. #
    Noreen — April 20, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    Will NEVER get tired of Friends reruns! Almond Joys my favorite too! I love to make chocolate dipped macaroons with toasted almonds. Addictive!


  47. #
    Holly — April 22, 2013 @ 1:12 am

    *is dead*



  48. #
    Denise — April 22, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    YUM! I adore AJ candy bars and I always ate the nut. I’m a nut for nuts in everything and I adore chocolate and coconut. I will be making this sometime this week. Can’t wait to taste this heavenly pound cake.


  49. #
    Whitney — April 23, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    FINALLY someone who shares my dislike for nuts ruining dessert. The TJ almonds are the only ones I really like, but I am too cheap to buy them very often. However, despite the nuts on this I would still eat it (I would probably take the almonds off and lick them clean of the topping, don’t tell my husband that’s where his extra almonds came from!) looks delicious!


  50. #
    Monica P — April 25, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    Oh, I gotta make this .. I like to think I’m the Queen of quick breads, cake .. anything in a loaf pan – I’ll try !!




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