Chocolate Turtle Cake

Chocolate Turtle Cake


Layers of chocolate cake, piles of frosting and drizzled caramel, topped with turtle candies and pecans. A Chocolate Turtle Cake recipe from The Southern Cake Book by Southern Living.
  • Shortening
  • Unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 (18.25-oz.) package devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 (3.9-oz.) package chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 11/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1 (6-oz.) package semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (16-oz.) container ready-to-spread cream cheese frosting
  • ½ cup canned dulce de leche
  • 2 (7-oz.) packages turtle candies
  • 1 (12-oz.) jar caramel ice-cream topping
  • ¼ cup pecan halves, toasted
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with shortening; sprinkle with cocoa.
  2. Beat cake mix and next 6 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Fold in chocolate morsels and chopped pecans. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30 to 32 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 1 hour). Wrap cake layers in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  4. Stir frosting and dulce de leche in a medium bowl with a whisk until well blended; set aside. Cut 6 turtle candies in half; set aside for garnish. Chop remaining candies.
  5. Place 1 cake layer, top side up, on serving plate. Spread with half of frosting mixture; sprinkle with chopped candies. Place second cake layer, top side up, on candies. Spread remaining frosting mixture on top of cake. Cover; refrigerate until serving time. Drizzle caramel topping over top of cake, allowing some to drip down side. Top cake with pecan halves and reserved turtle candies.

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