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Turtle Cake (VRP 200)

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Turtle Cake is a rich, indulgent dessert that combines the irresistible flavors of German chocolate, gooey caramel, crunchy nuts, and chocolate chips into a treat guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth. This layered delight is perfect for celebrations, holidays, or any time you crave a luxurious dessert.

Turtle Cake

Turtle Cake

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  1. 9-inch Round Cake Pan: You’ll need this to bake your apple cake; ensure it’s non-stick for easy removal.
  2. Mixing Bowls: Have a few on hand to mix the cake batter and prepare ingredients.
  3. Whisk: Use a whisk to beat the eggs, sugar, and butter for the cake batter until smooth.
  4. Double Boiler: Easily melt ingredients with a specialized melting pot.
  5. Electric Hand Mixer: An electric hand mixer makes mixing the cake batter easier and faster.
  6. Measuring Cups and Spoons: Precise measurements are essential for baking; use these to measure ingredients like flour, sugar, and milk accurately.
  7. Silicon Spatula: Use a spatula to spread the cake batter evenly over the fruit layer in the pan.
  8. Oven Mitts: Protect your hands when handling hot pans and dishes from the oven.
  9. Cooling Rack: After baking, let the cake cool on a rack to prevent it from becoming soggy on the bottom.
  10. Cake Server: To serve your delicious cake to your guests or family.
  11. Cake Stand: Give your cake a visual boost to showcase your baking masterpiece.
  12. Storage Containers: If there are leftovers (though there might not be!), store them in airtight containers to maintain freshness.

A Short History:

  • Turtle Candies Origin: The concept of ‘turtle’ in desserts originates from the turtle-shaped candies made of pecans and caramel dipped in chocolate, first created in the early 20th century.
  • Evolution into Cake: Over time, the beloved flavors of turtle candies inspired various desserts, including this Turtle Cake, which incorporates similar ingredients into a baked treat.
  • Modern Variations: Today, Turtle Cake enjoys popularity across many regions, with bakers adding their twists, such as different types of nuts or chocolate for a personalized touch.


  • Early 20th Century: Turtle candies debut, instantly becoming a hit due to their unique shape and combination of flavors.
  • Late 20th Century: The Turtle Cake emerges as a beloved dessert, inspired by classic candies and showcasing the timeless appeal of chocolate, caramel, and nuts.
  • Present Day: Turtle Cake remains a favorite for its rich flavors and versatility, appearing in home kitchens and bakery menus alike.

Tips for Making Turtle Cake:

  • Quality Ingredients: Use the best quality caramel and chocolate you can find for a richer flavor.
  • Layering: Be meticulous with your layers to ensure each bite has the perfect balance of cake, caramel, nuts, and chocolate chips.
  • Melting Caramels: Melt caramels with milk over low heat to prevent burning, stirring constantly for a smooth texture.
  • Serving: Allow the cake to cool before cutting into bars. Serve at room temperature for the caramel to be at its gooey best.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container to keep the cake moist and the caramel soft.

Turtle Cake Recipe

Turtle Cake
Yield: 2 Dozen

Turtle Cake

Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 German chocolate cake mix
  • ¾ cup margarine (melted)
  • 1 cup nuts (walnuts)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 14 oz. bag carmels


  1. Mix together cake mix, ½ cup milk, and ¾ cup margarine. Batter will be thick.
  2. Pour ½ of batter into a greased 13 x 9 cake pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool!
  4. Melt caramels and ½ cup milk. Pour over cake.
  5. Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts on top of caramels.
  6. Top with teaspoonfuls of remaining cake mixture. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
  7. Cut into bars to serve.

The Turtle Cake is a testament to the delightful combination of textures and tastes—soft cake, creamy caramel, crunchy nuts, and melty chocolate chips all in one decadent dessert. Whether for a special occasion or a treat for yourself, this cake promises to deliver satisfaction and a touch of luxury to your dessert table.

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