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Turtle Caramel Cake

Turtle Caramel Cake

Dive into Deliciousness: The Irresistible Turtle Cake

Calling all chocolate and caramel lovers! This recipe is your golden ticket to flavor paradise. Introducing the Turtle Cake – a masterpiece that combines rich chocolate cake, gooey caramel, and crunchy pecans for an explosion of taste and texture in every single bite.

Forget store-bought treats – this homemade Turtle Cake is easier than you think! It's perfect for quick desserts, after-school snacks, unexpected guests, or simply satisfying your sweet tooth.


  • For the Decadent Cake:
    • 1 (18.25 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix
    • Water, vegetable oil, and eggs (quantities as listed on the cake mix box)
  • For the Gooey Caramel Layer:
    • 1 (14-ounce) bag of caramels, unwrapped
    • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
    • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • For the Crunchy Topping:
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. A Cakey Canvas: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Prepare your cake mix according to the package instructions. This typically involves combining the cake mix with water, vegetable oil, and eggs. Once you have a smooth and well-combined batter, it's time to create the layers!

  2. The First Layer Bakes: Pour half of the cake batter into a greased 13x9 inch baking pan. Bake this first layer for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While the cake bakes, you can prepare the delicious caramel layer.

  3. Melty Caramel Magic: In a double boiler (or a heat-resistant bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water), combine the unwrapped caramels, evaporated milk, and melted butter. Stir constantly over low heat until the caramels are completely melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy.

  4. Building the Flavor: Once the first cake layer has finished baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly. Carefully pour the melted caramel mixture over the warm cake layer. This creates a sticky, sweet foundation for the next layer of goodness.

  5. Crunchy Perfection: Sprinkle half of the chopped pecans and half of the chocolate chips over the caramel layer. This adds delightful texture and chocolatey decadence to the cake.

  6. The Grand Finale: Pour the remaining half of the cake batter over the top of the pecans and chocolate chips. This encases all the delicious elements in a layer of moist chocolate cake.

  7. Baking to Perfection: Place the cake back in the preheated oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  8. Turtle Time!: Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool completely before frosting (if desired) and cutting into squares.


  • For an extra decadent touch, drizzle the top of the cooled cake with additional melted chocolate or caramel sauce.
  • Chopped walnuts can be substituted for the pecans if desired.
  • This cake is best enjoyed at room temperature, but you can also store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.