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Easy Chocolate Turtle Cake

Skip the bakery and make an incredible, opulent chocolate turtle cake at home. Layers of chocolate and frosting topped with caramel and turtle pieces make for a heavenly dessert that everyone will love. Take a look at the video or written instructions below to learn how to make this unbelievable chocolate cake for your friends and family!


  • 1 box devils food cake mix
  • Unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 C. pecans, chopped
  • 1 pkg. devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 (16 oz.) container ready-to-spread cream cheese frosting
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 C. milk
  • 1/2 C. canned dulce de leche
  • 1 C. vegetable oil
  • 2 (7 oz.) pkgs. turtle candies
  • 1 (3.9 OZ.) pkg. chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 (16 oz.) can ready-to-spread chocolate fudge frosting
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 pkg. semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 jar caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/4 C. whole pecans, toasted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9″ cake pans and dust with cocoa.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the cake mix, eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract and beat for 1 minute.
  • Add instant pudding and beat again for 2 minutes.
  • Fold in chocolate morsels and chopped pecans.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans. Bake for 30 to 32 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes, then remove from pans to wire racks and cool completely.
  • Wrap and chill the cake layers for at least 1 hour.
  • Whisk together cream cheese frosting and dulce de leche in a small bowl.
  • Take packages of turtle candies and cut 6 in half and set aside for the garnish. Dice the remaining turtle candies.
  • Using a serrated knife, slice cake layers in half horizontally and make 4 layers.
  • Place 1 layer cut side up on a cake plate. Spread with ½ cup of cream cheese frosting mixture and sprinkle with 1/3 of the diced turtle candies.
  • Repeat this twice.
  • Place the final cake layer on top of the cake cut side down.
  • Spread chocolate fudge frosting on the top and sides of the cake. Spread and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Before serving, drizzle caramel ice cream topping over the top of the cake. Garnish with the remaining candies and pecan halves. Store in the refrigerator.