My husband's favorite thing ever is the chocolate turtle ice cream from Brusters. It was his birthday last week so we wanted to make him a turtle cake. The kids of course wanted to shape it like a turtle as well. They also wanted it green, but their daddy is not big on food coloring. We thought we would stick with turtle ingredients...chocolate, caramel, and pecans.
My mom used to make the best Snickers Cake (that is what she called it) so we decided to use that recipe. We used German chocolate cake mix, a bag of caramels, 1/3 cup of milk, 8 T butter, 6 oz. chocolate chips, 1 cup of chopped pecans, pecan halves (for the shell and face), and chocolate frosting. We chopped the nuts very fine because that is the way the kids like it.
Preheat oven to 350
We used a 8 inch round pan, a muffin pan, and a souffle dish to bake our cakes. Spray the pans with non stick cooking spray..set aside. Make the cake mix according to package directions. Fill up the pans with half of the batter. We filled up 5 muffin pans in case one of them messed up. Put in the oven at 350 for 15-20 minutes. While that is baking...melt the caramels, butter, and milk in a sauce pan on low heat until melted. Pour over each cake.
Pull the cakes out of the over and pour the caramel sauce on top of each cake. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and the nuts. Pour the remaining cake batter on top and put back in the oven for 20 minutes at 250 and then bring the temp back up to 350 for 5-10 minutes.
Cool the cakes and then pop them out onto a plate to decorate. This is what it will look like....
After you have the cakes on the plate, frost them with chocolate frosting. We cut our pecan halves in half down the middle to make our shell design. Use scraps to make the face.
This has always been one of my favorite cakes and the turtle turned out so cute! I will also add that I usually do not frost this cake because it is rich. However, it will look a lot better frosted if you are making the turtle!
It is soooooo good!!!
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