Turtle Cake

I came across this recipe on the back of a cake box when living in the dorms at Columbia College with Karissa Scott.  I’m not sure why we were making a cake, but I remember making it with her.  Perhaps we needed a study break!

Anyway, we’ve kept it around because my husband is a huge turtle fan and if if something comes in turtle flavor, that’s what he orders!  This is an easy cake to make and is so delicious!

turtle cake how to
  • 1 box German chocolate cake
  • water, vegetable oil and eggs as called for on cake mix
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 (14 oz.) package of caramels
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chocolate chips or 1/2 a bag
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Game Plan:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Grease bottom and sides of 13 x 9 inch pan.

3.  Make cake batter as directed on package.

4. Pour half of the batter into the pan.

turtle cake

Pour half of cake batter into pan to bake

5.  Bake for 20 minutes.

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6.  While the cake is baking, heat caramels and evaporated milk in saucepan over medium heat or in the microwave until caramels are melted, stirring once or twice.

7.  After cake has baked for 20 minutes, pull out of the oven and pour caramel sauce over warm cake in the pan.  Sprinkle with 2/3 of the pecans and chocolate chips.

turtle cake

recipe for turtle cake

Pour caramel, pecans, and chocolate on top of baked cake

8. Pour remaining batter on top.

9. Sprinkle remaining pecans and chocolate chips on top.

10. Return to the oven and bake 30 more minutes.

11. Serve with vanilla ice cream, sprinkle with pecans, and drizzle caramel and chocolate on the plate!

turtle cake recipe

turtle cake

Owen loves to help bake because he knows what comes at the end of baking time!

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