With Halloween over, the celebrations still continue! My sister in law’s birthday is coming up in over two weeks but due to our busy schedules, we celebrated her birthday early. We enjoyed some much needed family time yesterday to catch up on things and also talk about upcoming holiday plans. Overall, a wonderful time as usual! My mother in law, Marnee, insisted we not bring anything – which was hard for me to do – but I’m also glad we listened. Kind of. (We brought some lemonade lol.) I should have known, Marnee has always has her dinner menus perfectly planned and this dinner was no exception. The showstopper? Dessert of course!
The birthday girl’s favorite candy is Almond Joy so Marnee made the most perfect cake to celebrate with – an Almond Joy Cake. This cake is a rich and chocolately dessert that will have you coming back for more. Very much like the candy bar, a chocolate cake is topped with a rich coconut and marshmallow topping, then covered with a chocolate frosting, garnished with toasted almond. Heaven! So if you’re still on a candy high from Halloween, this cake will have you overdosing on sugar!
1 box of chocolate cake mix
1 cup of granulated sugar, divided
3-1/2 cups of mini marshmallows
3 cups of sweetened coconut
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups of chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 cup of sliced almonds, divided