Nanaimo Bar Cupcakes

I lived on the island for a few years when I was younger and I will never forget the first time my Ma handed me a delicious Nanaimo bar as a welcoming gift to my new home town island.  It was sweet, smooth, and each layer contributed the most amazing flavor that turned each bite into the biggest flavor bomb I have ever tried.  This yummy Nanaimo Bar Cupcakes recipe combines each flavor that you love from the traditional Nanaimo bar in an equally as delicious cupcake.

Nanaimo Bar Cupcakes

Nanaimo Bar Cupcakes


1 box chocolate fudge cake
(of course you can use a from-scratch recipe!  There’s plenty on this site to choose from, I just went this route for simplicity.)
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup slivered almonds, optional

Make the batter as per manufacturers instructions.  Fold in the shredded coconut and the slivered almonds.  Place a cupcake liner in your cupcake pans and fill each one 3/4 full.  Bake as per the instructions on the box.  Remove from the oven once finished and allow to cool completely before icing.


1 cup butter, room temperature
1/3 cup whipping cream
1 package vanilla instant pudding
4 cups icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cream together the icing sugar, whipping cream and instant pudding.  Slowly add in the icing sugar until it’s fully incorporated then finish with the vanilla extract.  Continue beating on med-high until it’s fluffy and creamy.

Place icing into a piping bag fitted with your chosen tip and pipe onto the top of the cupcakes.  Top with slivers of almonds, a pinch of coconut, or drizzle some melted chocolate onto the top of your cupcakes for a picture perfect finishing touch!  

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