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turtle ooey gooey cake

(19 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Wendy Weber
New Orleans, LA

OMG! They can't stop eating and asking for this cake! My lazy family members will not take the recipe. They just want me to make it. Gotta love them!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Oh my, what a cake! The name really says it all... one ooey gooey bite and you can't stop. It has all the flavors of turtles (pecans and caramel) in cake form. Light, creamy, and crunchy, the turtle cake starts with a boxed cake mix and is made with ingredients you probably have in the pantry.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(19 ratings)
yield 15 -20
prep time 35 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For turtle ooey gooey cake

  • 1 box
    yellow cake mix
  • 1 lg
  • 1 stick
  • 16 oz
    softened cream cheese
  • 2 stick
    unsalted butter
  • 3 c
    powdered sugar
  • 4 lg
  • 2 tsp
    real vanilla extract
  • 2 c
    chopped pecans
  • caramel ice cream topping (generous amount)

How To Make turtle ooey gooey cake

  • Cake mix, egg, and margarine combined in a bowl.
    The Base: Blend the cake mix, 1 egg, and the stick of melted margarine in a bowl to form a thick dough.
  • Dough pressed into a baking dish.
    Place the dough into a 9x13-inch pan and press it evenly onto the bottom. Set that aside.
  • Cream cheese whipped until creamy.
    The Filling: Preheat your oven to 325F. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until free of lumps.
  • Whipping in butter.
    Then add the room temperature butter and cream them together.
  • Adding eggs and vanilla extract.
    Add the eggs and vanilla.
  • Slowly adding powdered sugar.
    Then add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
  • Batter poured over the base.
    Pour the mixture over the base and spread evenly.
  • Pecans sprinkled over the cake and ready to bake.
    Sprinkle the pecans on top of the cream cheese mixture. Place in the center rack of the oven and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The top should be golden brown.
  • Caramel sauce drizzled over cooled cake.
    Cooling: Sit the cake pan on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes. Drizzle the top of the cake generously with your favorite caramel sauce. This cake may be served warm or cold. Please refrigerate any unused portions. Microwaving the leftovers is OK.