Turtle Caramel Cake: Indulgence Redefined

The Turtle Caramel Cake is the pinnacle of dessert decadence, with layers of rich chocolate cake, creamy caramel, and crunchy pecans. Inspired by the classic flavors of turtle candies, this cake features a symphony of textures and flavors that will leave you wanting more. Whether for a special occasion or just to satisfy your sweet tooth, this decadent dessert promises to transform any moment into an unforgettable experience.


For the Chocolate Cake Layers:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot water

For the Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Turtle Topping:

  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the Whipped Cream Frosting:

  • 2 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the Chocolate Cake Layers:

  1. Preheat the Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans.
  1. Prepare the Dry Ingredients:
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  1. Mix Wet Ingredients:
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  1. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
  • Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until smooth and well incorporated.
  1. Add Hot Water:
  • Stir in the hot water until the batter is smooth. The batter will be thin, but this is normal.
  1. Bake the Cakes:
  • Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cake pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  1. Cool and Remove from Pans:
  • Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.

For the Caramel Sauce:

  1. Prepare the Caramel:
  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the granulated sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon. The sugar will clump and eventually melt into a thick, amber-colored liquid.
  1. Add Butter and Cream:
  • Once the sugar has melted completely and turned amber in color, add the butter, stirring constantly until melted. Be careful as the mixture will bubble vigorously.
  • Slowly pour in the heavy cream while stirring continuously until smooth and combined.
  1. Finish the Caramel Sauce:
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and salt. Let the caramel sauce cool slightly before using.

For the Whipped Cream Frosting:

  1. Whip the Cream:
  • In a chilled mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.


  1. Layer the Cake:
  • Place one cooled cake layer on a serving plate or cake stand. Spread a layer of caramel sauce over the top of the cake, then sprinkle with toasted pecans and chocolate chips.
  • Repeat with the remaining cake layers, caramel sauce, pecans, and chocolate chips, stacking them on top of each other.
  1. Frost the Cake:
  • Frost the top and sides of the cake with the whipped cream frosting.
  1. Garnish:
  • Drizzle additional caramel sauce over the top of the cake and sprinkle with more toasted pecans and chocolate chips, if desired.
  1. Chill and Serve:
  • Refrigerate the Turtle Caramel Cake for at least 1 hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld and the frosting to set.


  • To toast pecans, spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and lightly browned.
  • For a deeper flavor, you can add a splash of bourbon or rum to the caramel sauce.
  • Ensure that the heavy cream for the whipped cream frosting is very cold before whipping to achieve stiff peaks.

The Turtle Caramel Cake is the ultimate indulgence, with layers of rich chocolate cake, creamy caramel, toasted pecans, and chocolate chips encased in luscious whipped cream frosting. With its harmonious combination of flavors and textures, this decadent dessert is sure to impress at any gathering or celebration. Give yourself and your loved ones the ultimate dessert experience with this irresistible Turtle Caramel Cake!