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Turtles® Cake I

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"Chocolate cake with melted caramels, nuts, and chocolate chips in the middle."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9x13 inch cake Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9x13 inch pan.
  2. Mix cake mix according to package directions. Pour a little less than half of the batter into prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) remove from oven.
  3. Melt caramels, margarine, and milk in the microwave on high (takes about 10 minutes), stirring a couple times. Or alternately melt in a sauce pan over medium low heat. Pour melted caramel mixture over cake, sprinkle with pecans, and chocolate chips, and pour remaining cake batter over the top.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 to 35 minutes.
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  • TURTLES® is a registered trademark of DeMet's Candy Company.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 08, 2003

YUMMY!!!! This cake was really easy to make and tasted SO good! I used 2/3 cup evaporated milk and 1/4 cup butter and I got a great consistency with the caramel. Also, I would recommend after baking the first layer to trim the top off, so that the cake remains even because once you pour the caramel on, it tends to pool at the edges. Next time I will definitely do that!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 08, 2011

This sounded like a great recipes but truthfully I wasn't all that impressed with it. It wasn't horrible, but I wouldn't rave about it either. We could barely taste the carmel or the chocolate. It just tasted like cake. Maybe with a little trinkering it would be better, but as is I'd say so-so.

Jul 22, 2003

I've made this exact recipe for, I hate to say it but, 20 years. The cake is always a hit. The second baking does need to be 25-30 min, to get the center done. This is not a cake to serve hot. It tastes better cooled and then the filling is solidified. A great cake to make the evening before you serve it. My kids love to help unwrap the caramels...of course a few never make it to the cake, but that doesn't matter. Enjoy!!

May 11, 2005

Yummy! If you have an Air Bake cake pan, use it for this recipe. It will help keep the first cake layer from forming a raised center...as one other review pointed out, if the cake is raised in the center, the caramel pools into the corners and edges, leaving the center without much of the good stuff. I also used only 1/4 c. butter in the caramel mixture, in fact I wonder if the 3/4 c. is a typo. There's just no reason for that much butter. I also substituted 1/2 c. milk instead of the 2/3 c. evaporated milk. The caramel mixture seemed alarmingly thin when I first spread it on the cake, but it worked out just fine. Next time I'll try baking it just a little longer for the second cake layer. It is hard to tell when it's done, and I don't think 20 minutes was enough. Regardless, it was a HUGE it at my most recent family gathering! I'm going to make it again this weekend.

Sep 11, 2003

Wow, this is great! I took suggestions from the reviews for Turtle Cake II and adjusted the butter/milk mixture to the following: 1/4C. butter, 2/3C. milk and the caramel mixture was thick and delicious. This couldn't be easier. The only thing that took any time was unwrapping the caramels. Great recipe!!

Jul 13, 2003

Wonderful cake! It was a bit hard to tell when it was done because the toothpick test doesn't work well with caramel. Thanks for the recipe!

Jul 23, 2003

Per my boyfriend's request, he asked that I incorporate some "sweet stuff" into our dinner menus. I'm not a fan of sweets so I scoured this site high and low looking for a recipe that we could both enjoy. Since we both like the turles candies, I thought this would be great to try. Boy was it heavenly! And since I don't bake much, this was really easy. Even my daughter (5yrs old) helped me! My boyfriend topped it off with ice cream...very good and deserves 5 stars. It was esspecially tasty after having lemon mushroom herb chicken, also found on this site...first sour followed by sweet! The only thing, it was hard to tell when it was done baking because of the carmel (as others have stated) but still very good! Thanks Debbie...my boyfriend sends his compliments!

Jul 13, 2003

Very good. I used devils food cake mix as I didn't have german chocolate. I also used one or two tablespoons less butter than it asked for in the caramel mixture. Delicious. Some people wondered where the icing on top went. It looks unfinished without something so I sprinkling just a bit of powdered sugar on top. I was asked to make this again. It's a hit.


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  • Calories
  • 270 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.5 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 14.1 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 246 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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