Looking for a fabulous dessert or coffee break treat that the whole family will love? This Easter, be the hostess with the mostess and serve these scrumptious Almond Cupcakes, courtesy of my friends at Almond Breeze.
With a peek-a-boo filling and gorgeous sugar-coated almonds as garnish, they’re almost too pretty to eat! (I did say almost…)
Making sugar-coated almonds is a breeze (no pun intended). In an ungreased baking pan, roast 2 cups sliced almonds at 375°F for 10 minutes, turning pan and stirring halfway through baking time. Then, bring 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a large pan; add almonds and stir. Sugar will crystallize – don’t panic! – keep stirring and it will start to caramelize.
Remove from heat and spread almonds onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. When cool and dry, break up and sprinkle on top of cupcakes. Store any extra almonds in an airtight container. They are great for snacking, in popcorn or as a topping for ice cream.
As for the cupcakes? The recipe follows. And here’s a tip – they go great with a tall, cold glass of Almond Breeze.
3 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup Almond Breeze Vanilla
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cup sugar, divided
8 large egg whites, room temperature
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 cup prepared almond paste, divided by teaspoonfuls and rolled into balls
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place cupcake liners in a cupcake pan.
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt on a sheet of parchment paper. In a small bowl or measuring glass, combine almond beverage, vanilla and almond extract. In a large bowl beat butter until creamy (can use a hand mixer if desired). Add 1 cup sugar and beat quickly until fluffy. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with the Almond Breeze Vanilla mixture and mixing slowly after each addition.
In another large bowl, whisk egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/3 cup sugar, mixing with a hand mixer at a high speed, until peaks are stiff but not dry. Use a rubber spatula to fold 1/4 of the egg whites into cake mixture in the large bowl. Then fold in the remaining egg white mixture until batter is well combined.
Fill each cupcake liner halfway with batter and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and lightly place prepared almond paste (teaspoonfuls rolled into balls) atop each cupcake, centered. Top with batter so the liner is 2/3-3/4 full. Bake until a tester comes out clean, 15 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and move to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost if desired and top with sugar-coated almonds. Yields: 24 Servings.
La Cuisine d'Helene
I buy Almond Breeze all the time and do bake with it. Those cupcakes are looking gorgeous!
Had them this weekend Helene, they were fab!
Sounds like a yummy cupcake! Thanks for the recipe, I will have to try them out!
You’re welcome Judy!
Oh my these looks delish thanks for sharing the recipe a must try for sure , yummy i’m drooling :)
These look wonderful. Really, really lovely.
I made almond paste a few weeks ago and used it all up making Ricarelli, but I could make some more.
If you’ve got almond paste on hand (especially homemade!) this is a must-try!
Oh wow these look so good!! I think you should send me some!!
:) I don’t know how they’ll stand up in the mail, ha!
I love cupcakes with a surprise in the centre.
Me too – my favourite kind!
these look so good, would like to try
Let me know what you think!
These look so amazing! have to try.
These look so yummy!
They are! :)
I would love one of these right now.
I’ve had a lot of sweets this past weekend, so I’m on a break right now :)
Oh wow those cupcakes sound heavenly!
Never thought to use Almond milk in baked goodies. Sounds and looks delicious
These are so pretty! I use Almond Breeze in my smoothies but I’ve never thought of baking with it!
These do look lovely,the way they are decorated.I know my family will enjoy these cupcakes when I make them! Thank you for posting the recipe.
Those look really light! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
OMG,these look sinfully delicious,thanks for sharing the recipe!
We have tried and tested these beauties and they are amazingly delicious
Debbie White Beattie
I love almonds and this recipe looks really good. Although it does look a little complicated for me to do.
these look great and we love almond I must make these
kathy downey downe
I have these added to my Easter baking list they always turn out perfect and the holiday will be here before we know it !!
Making them this weekend for my Mom;s Birthday,she will be 92 !