Friday, March 6, 2009

Almond Joy All Grown Up

Well look at me all on the ball and everything for this month's Iron Cupcake Challenge! This month the challenge is to use nuts and/or seeds. The very first thing that popped in my mind when thinking cupcakes and nuts was one of my favorite candy bars: the Almond Joy! I decided to kick it up a notch and make an "All Grown Up Almond Joy Cupcake." Which basically means I added booze!


This is basically a super moist devil's food cupcake spiked with Amaretto to give it a great hint of almond flavor.


Before adding the Amaretto Cream Cheese Frosting I brushed a bit more Amaretto on the top of each warm cupcake just to make sure it had enough of that almond flavor I was hoping to achieve.
After frosting each of these little guys with homemade amaretto cream cheese icing, I topped them with toasted coconut and toasted almonds to finish them off!
I love how the toasted almonds cut the sweetness of the cream cheese icing...and made for such a pretty decoration!

These are definitely going in the keeper file! I think they look so pretty and sophisticated with their toasted coconut and almond decorations!

Once again, I'm competing with fabulous bakers around the world for the following great prizes:


A Bunnycake Easter Plushie by DOGBONEART, http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21636297.
A whimsical piece by CAKEASAURUS, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5729584.
as well as a pair of cupcake earrings from LOTS OF SPRINKLES at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6057281.
a collection of all new printed cupcake liners, 200 in all from Sweet Cuppin' Cakes Cupcakery, http://www.acupcakery.com/
PLUS, IronCupcake:Earth can not forget our good friend, CAKESPY, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5243382, who is now going to be doing a piece for our winner each month until further notice - sweet!Last and certainly not least, don’t forget our corporate prize providers: HEAD CHEFS by FIESTA PRODUCTS, http://www.fiestaproducts.com/, HELLO CUPCAKE by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, http://blog.hellocupcakebook.com/, JESSIE STEELE APRONS http://www.jessiesteele.com/; TASTE OF HOME books, http://www.tasteofhome.com/; a t-shirt from UPWITHCUPCAKES.COM http://www.upwithcupcakes.com/. Iron Cupcake:Earth is sponsored in part by 1-800-Flowers, http://www.1800flowers.com/ . And as a special thank you, we would like to once again thank DIANAEVANS - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5599270 for her participation in the February challenge. An incorrect link was posted and we want to be sure that she gets the recognition she deserves. Thanks again Diana!

Voting will begin no later than Sunday, March 29 at 8 p.m. at NO ONE PUTS CUPCAKE IN A CORNER, http://www.ironcupcakemilwaukee.com and will be open through Friday, April 3 at 12 noon.

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