Turtle Cake

I love baking and eating cake, but I wanted to make something I had never made before.  I came across this Turtle Cake in  an old cookbook.  The ingredients sounded delicious--German chocolate cake, chocolate chips, caramels, nuts.  I had to try it and it was a winner!  I've already made it several times.
WARNING:  This cake can be addictive!

Turtle Cake

  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
  • 1 (14 oz) package caramels
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 box German chocolate cake mix (I use Duncan Hines)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk


In a sauce pan, melt caramels with milk over low heat, stirring occasionally. Takes about 10 - 12 minutes.

In the meantime, mix cake according to directions, adding vanilla.

Pour 1/2 of cake mixture in a greased and floured 13 x 9 pan (I use Baker's Joy).  Bake about 10 - 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

When cake has baked for the 10 or more minutes and the sauce is ready, pour sauce over the cake.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts.  Pour remaining batter over sauce.  Bake about 20 - 30 minutes more, until done.

  • 1 box confectioners sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 1/2 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Bring butter, milk, cocoa and salt to a boil over medium heat.  Add sifted confectioners sugar (I never sift mine).  Pour over cake while both are hot.  Sprinkle with nuts. (You can mix the nuts in when you add the confectioners sugar if you'd like.)

**This cake is so moist and delicious.  You can't eat just one piece!

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