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cafe latte's turtle cake

(36 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Carole F
Here, FL

I found this recipe in 2005 Midwest Living magazine. It has been on Cafe Latte's Menu since 1985...Decadent, to say the least! Cafe Latte's is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. PLEASE read this NOTE: So many have questioned on the Coffee in this recipe...many of you don't like coffee. It can be omitted by using just water, BUT..just so you know, you do not taste the coffee in this cake at is only added because it enhances the chocolate cake and give it a very RICH chocolate flavor, it does not affect the taste at all. Do what you think is best for your situation, coffee or not...Enjoy this decadant cake!!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This cake recipe may be a restaurant favorite, but it's also a family favorite now too! My clan went wild for this nutty, sweet delight. Try it out for your next bake sale or special dinner!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(36 ratings)
yield 12 -16
prep time 30 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For cafe latte's turtle cake

  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1
  • 1 c
    buttermilk or sour milk
  • 2/3 c
    vegetable oil
  • 2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 c
  • 1/2 c
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 c
    brewed hot coffee
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 6 Tbsp
  • 1 pkg
    12 ounce.. semi sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1-2 tsp
    freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1 1/2 c
    pecan halves, toasted
  • 3/4 c
    caramel ice-cream topping

How To Make cafe latte's turtle cake

  • 1
    Grease three 9-inch round cake pans*. Line the bottom of each pan with parchment paper. Grease the paper; dust with unsweetened cocoa powder. Set pans aside.
  • 2
    In a small bowl, combine egg, buttermilk and oil; set aside. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, beating with an electric mixer until combined. Gradually beat in hot coffee. Pour batter into prepared pans; spread evenly. (Layers will appear shallow)
  • 3
    Bake in a 350 oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pans, invert cakes on racks. Peel off paper; cool thoroughly.
  • 4
    CHOCOLATE FROSTING: In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup milk. Add 6 Tablespoons butter. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add one 12 ounce pkg. semi sweet morsels (2 cups). Using wire whisk, mix until smooth. If frosting is too thick or grainy, stir in 1 to 2 teaspoons freshly brewed hot coffee. Makes 2 1/2 cups.
  • 5
    When cake is cool, place one cake layer top-side down onto a serving plate. Using an icing spatula or wide knife, work quickly to frost top of this layer with one-third of the frosting, pushing it out slightly from edges to make ripple or petal effect. Arrange one-third of the pecans on top and drizzle with 1/4 cup of caramel topping. Top with second layer, top sided down. Repeat with frosting, pecans,and caramel topping. Top with Third layer, right side up. Repeat with frosting, pecans and caramel topping.
  • 6
    Chill cake 1 to 2 hours before serving. *Note: If you only have two 9 inch pans, chill 1/3 of the batter while you bake the other two layers. Clean and prepare one of the pans as above and bake remaining batter.