Coconut Filled Chocolate Cake – AKA: Almond Joy Cake! #BundtaMonth

by Kate on October 4, 2013

Coconut Filled Chocolate Cake -

Ah, candy season is officially upon us. Everywhere you look shelves are filled with gigantic bags of candy for you to scoop up in preparation of the impending rush of trick-or-treaters bound to show up at your door in a few weeks. Halloween is almost here! It happens to be my favorite holiday. I love getting dressed up as different things and trying to get creative. I love helping the girls think of what they’d like to be and then make it a reality.

Inevitably at the end of the festivities, we’ve gathered far too much candy than any one human being can (or should) eat. What to do. What to do. Well, turns out that this month the BundtaMonth bakers are here to give you a few nifty ideas of how to transform those candies into cake creations. Yep, candy is the theme for this month. When it comes to Halloween candy I always love Almond Joy and Mounds the best. Tender coconut draped in chocolate. Yum! I never have any of those left over but if I did, I would use them in this cake.

Coconut Filled Chocolate Cake

The moist, decadent chocolate sour cream cake has a sweet coconut center just like an Almond Joy or Mounds bar. I thought about doubling up the chocolate factor with chocolate ganache on top to fully represent the candy but instead decided to finish it off with vanilla bean glaze and Almond Joy bars. I’m so glad I did! Chocolate and coconut are perfect partners in this Almond Joy cake and are a great way to use up some leftover Almond Joy bars. But I’m not the only one using up leftover Halloween candy this month. I cannot wait to feast my eyes on all these other candy cakes! They all sound crazy good.

Banana Butterfinger Bundt Cake by Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

Candy Corn Bundt Cake by Holly at A Baker’s House

Caramel Apple Milky Way Bundt Cake by Heather at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Chocolate Hazelnut Candy Bundt with Nutella Glaze by Anita at Hungry Couple

Chocolate Mini Bundts with Candy Coated Chocolates by Alice at Hip Foodie Mom

Coconut Almond Bundt with Chocolate Drizzle by Kathya at Basic N Delicious

Honeycomb Crunch Honey Bundt Cake by Stacy at Food Lust People Love

Kit Kat Cream Cheese Bundt Cake by Anuradha at Baker Street

M & M Nutella Cake by Kim at Ninja Baking

M&M Cream Cheese Pound Cake by Laura at The Spiced Life

Pumpkin Bundt with Salted Caramel Chocolate Sauce by Lora at Cake Duchess

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bundt Cake by Felice at All That’s Left Are The Crumbs

Snickers Bundt with Chocolate Caramel Peanut Sauce by Tara at Noshing With The Nolands

Twix and Tween by Sandra at Sweet Sensations

Here’s how you can be a part of Bundt-a-Month:

  • Simple rule: Bake us a bundt using your favorite candy
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Coconut Filled Chocolate Cake



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Coconut Filled Chocolate Cake – AKA: Almond Joy Cake!

1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Coconut Filled Chocolate Cake – AKA: Almond Joy Cake!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Filling:
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 3 Almond Joy bars, cut in half (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10-cup bundt pan with nonstick baking spray containing flour. Set aside.
  2. Make Cake Batter:
  3. In a small saucepan, add butter, cocoa powder, salt and water. Place over medium heat and stir until ingredients are combined and butter has fully melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and baking soda. Add half the cocoa mixture and whisk, just until combined. Add the remaining cocoa mixture and again, whisk just until combined. Next, add eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition until incorporated. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract. Whisk again until combined. Set aside.
  5. Make Filling:
  6. In a clean, dry glass bowl whip the egg white until soft peaks form. Sprinkle sugar gradually into egg white and continue whipping egg white until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the coconut, flour and vanilla extract.
  7. Add half the chocolate cake batter to the prepared bundt pan and spread evenly. Dollop coconut filling over batter being sure to keep the coconut in the center and not letting it touch the sides of the pan.
  8. Spread the remaining cake batter into the bundt pan over the coconut and smooth top evenly.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, until a tester inserted comes out clean. Remove cake from oven and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. Make Glaze:
  11. In a small bowl, stir together heavy cream and confectioners' sugar starting with 2 tablespoons cream and adding more to achieve desired consistency. Stir in vanilla bean paste.
  12. Assemble:
  13. Drizzle cake with glaze and top with Almond Joy bar halves, if desired.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious October 4, 2013 at 7:48 am

Adore your tunnel o’ coconut in here. I’d go after that first!


Stacy October 4, 2013 at 8:44 am

I love Almond Joys, Kate, and I would have made an Almond Joy cake except we don’t get them here. We get the British equivalent of Mounds but the almond is the best part! Beautiful cake and I especially love the white glaze with the little bitty vanilla seeds. And that coconut filling! Yum.


Jennifer | Bake or Break October 4, 2013 at 10:48 am

I’m drooling over this cake. I love chocolate and coconut together! And, seeing little specks of vanilla beans always makes me happy. 🙂


Kate October 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Thank you Jennifer! And you and I are in the same boat, I adore seeing little flecks of vanilla beans in sweets. It’s almost like it makes it more special.


The Ninja Baker October 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Your bundt does look exactly like Almond Joy would look like in cake form, Kate. Looks like you make the dreams come true of little girls with costumes. And you realize the fantasies of chocolate foodies!


Barb | Creative Culinary October 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Love the name of your Foodie collection…and I can not lie!

Also love this combination; I made some coconut ice cream with chocolate chunks this past summer and it was devoured so it seems it’s a favorite of lots. And those little ones sticking up;; well they look a bit like gravestones Kate; so PERFECT!


Kate October 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm

HA! I thought that was funny 🙂 It seems well received by people who’ve seen it.

And now I’ll need to go look for that coconut ice cream recipe! Hoping it’s on your site and wondering how in the world I missed that. And yes!! After I posted, I had the very same thought about the candies looking like gravestones. I wish I had realized sooner because I think I would have decorated the cake differently and utilized the gravestone feature of the cake more.


Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction October 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Almond Joys are one of my favorites! Love this!


Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate October 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Umm I love this idea! You can never go wrong with chocolate and coconut!


Kate October 6, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Thank you Mallory! I’m so happy you like this.


ChristineM October 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm

oh wow….. my neighbor would love this, she is an almond joy freak. That was what she wanted all the time when she was pregnant.


Kate October 6, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Oh, they’re just SO good! Now you’ll have to make this for her 😉


Vicki @ WITK October 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Ooo, this looks yummy. I love almond joy so much, but my BF always makes fun of me and says no one else likes them 🙂


Kate October 6, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Well now you can tell your boyfriend that you AND I like them 😉 Almond Joy Lovers Unite!!


Anita at Hungry Couple October 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Love the center, love the candies on top. Yum!


Hezzi-D October 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Your Bundt looks awesome! Lov the candies sticking out of the cake.


Lora @cakeduchess October 4, 2013 at 8:42 pm

So cute the way you decorated with the candies on top. I haven’t had an Almond Joy in ages and now I want a slice with a piece on top:) The coconut filling is just divine! Perfect for our fun theme this month, Kate!


kathia Rodriguez October 4, 2013 at 9:13 pm

We like the same candy.. Good!! Your bundt look delicious.


Holly October 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Oh Barb left just the comment that is on my mind– those candy bars look like tombstones and make a perfect Halloween scene. Have a fun Halloween with your girls!


Kate October 6, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I know! I didn’t even realize they looked like tombstones until after the post went live. I wish I had made that connection because I would have gone a totally different route for decorating the cake and made it very “halloween-y”


Alice // Hip Foodie Mom October 5, 2013 at 1:29 am

I like big bundts and I cannot lie .. hahah I love it!! Kate, I love almond joys! LOVE everything about this bundt- dude, you had me at the vanilla bean glaze. This is gorgeous!


Kate October 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Thank you Alice!! That glaze is amazing and happy you like my slideshow name 😉


Tara October 5, 2013 at 10:17 am

What a gorgeous cake this is and your photos are beautiful. That is a great idea with the almond joy, nicely done!!


Felice/All That's Left Are The Crumbs October 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I love the idea of Almond Joys in a bundt form. I can see my shopping cart is going to have at least one bag of Almond Joys in it this week. I certainly wish I could reach through my computer screen and grab a slice of this.


suzanne October 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

It’s a toss up for me between almond joy and snickers as my favorite candy bar. This cake could easily become my favorite, I love coconut and chocolate together, your photo is gorgeous and love those almond joy bars on top of the cake. Looks like a wonderful cake.


Kate October 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Thank you Suzanne! I adore Snickers also. I love them frozen! But because of Maddy’s peanut allergy, sadly I can’t even remember the last time I had one.


Angie February 20, 2016 at 11:11 pm

Hi Kate,
I love this cake but I’ve made it twice and the coconut ends up on the bottom of the cake. Do you have any idea what I am doing wrong? Thanks for your help….


Kate February 21, 2016 at 8:07 pm

Hello Angie! I’m SO sorry to here of the trouble you’re having with this recipe. I’m not sure why that would be happening. I really wish I could shed some light on the matter. The only thing I could think of is maybe that you’re adding too much of the filling to certain spots? As long as it’s evenly distributed without touching the sides of the pan, it should stay put. Again, I’m so sorry for the trouble and wish there were more I could do to help solve the problem.


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