I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Almond Joy Cake

If you like Almond Joy Bars, you will like this cake.  Yummy!  Very rich, but oh so good.  You can omit the almonds if you don't care for nuts.




ALMOND JOY
(serves 12)

Ingredients:
*1 (14 ounce) bag sweetened cocoanut, shredded
*1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk*2 cups granulated sugar

*1 cup unsweetened cocoa
*2 cups granulated sugar
*1 3/4 cup flour
*1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
*1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
*1 teaspoon salt
*2 large eggs
*1/2 cup vegetable oil
*1 cup butter milk
*3/4 cup boiling water
*1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

*1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
*1/4 semi-sweet chocolate chips
*1/2 cup heavy cream
*1/4 cup light corn syrup
*1 cup slivered almonds

*2 sticks of butter, room temperature
*1/4 cup heavy cream
*3 cups powdered sugar
*1/2 teaspoon coconut extract

Directions:
~In a medium bowl, mix cocoanut and sweetened condensed milk, until well mixed.
~Refrigerate until ready to use.
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~Grease & lightly flour a 9x13 inch cake pan.
~In a large mixing bowl, sift sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt.
~Add eggs, one at a time.
~Add oil & buttermilk, mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.
~Add boiling water  & vanilla extract and mix well (batter will be watery).
~Pour batter into prepared pan.
~Bake for 30-35 minutes or until done.
~Allow cake cool in pan until completely cooled.
~In a microwavable bowl, combine milk chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips & heavy cream.
~Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir well.
~Repeat for another minutes and a half, stirring every 30 seconds.
~Remove from microwave and stir in light corn syrup.
~Refrigerate until it cools a little and thickens up.
~In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, heavy cream & coconut flavoring, until smooth.
~Slowly add powdered sugar and mix on low speed.
~When sugar is starting to mix in, mix on high speed for 1-2 minutes.
~Once cake is cooled spread cocoanut mixture over cake.
~Frost cake.
~Sprinkle slivered almonds over frosting.
~Drizzle chocolate ganache over top.
~Store in refrigerator.



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