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turtle cake

(10 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Charlotte Barrett
London, KY

We LOVE this cake! It is so delicious and it is even better when chilled overnight in the refrigerator. I made this year for my birthday and it was yummy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We love caramel, chocolate, and nuts together and this is one decadent dessert. It's oozing with caramel... simply heavenly. There are two layers of chocolate with caramel and nuts sandwiched in the middle. This recipe has nuts as optional. We didn't add them to the caramel but did use pecans as a garnish on this amazing cake. You have to have nuts when something is turtle!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(10 ratings)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For turtle cake

  • 1 box
    German chocolate or plain chocolate cake mix
  • 1 bag
    bag caramels, 8 oz
  • 1 stick
  • 1 can
    sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 bag
    (small) bag walnuts or pecans (opt.)

How To Make turtle cake

  • Mixing the cake mix according to box directions.
    Mix cake mix as directed on box.
  • Half the batter poured into a greased baking dish.
    Pour half of the batter in the pan and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Caramels and butter in a saucepan.
    Mix butter and caramels together in a small saucepan. Let caramels melt.
  • Pouring condensed milk into the melted caramels.
    Then add sweetened condensed milk and stir well. Stir often and do not let burn. Cook and stir this for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Pouring melted caramel over baked cake.
    Remove from heat and pour the caramel mixture over the cooked first layer of cake. Note: If you use nuts, just stir them in the caramel mixture after you have melted the caramels, butter, and condensed milk together. Then spread this onto your first baked cake layer.
  • Remaining cake batter poured over caramel.
    Then pour the remaining cake mix batter on top of the caramel mixture and spread gently and evenly.
  • Baking the remaining cake batter.
    Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until done.
  • Letting the cake cool.
    Let cool before serving.
  • Caramel and nuts added to the top of the cake for decoration.
    Optional: Drizzle extra caramel and nuts on top for serving.