Sky high and full of chocolate and caramel goodness this Chocolate Turtle Cake is the perfect sweet indulgence that you need in your life at any given moment!
CHOCOLATE TURTLE CAKE
I feel like I haven’t posted a cake recipe in forever! Sometimes life just happens! With 4 kids running around with activities and homework, a husband a house and another blog on top of this one, you try to just find the time to breathe. Well my friends, today that is over and I have this amazingly delicious Chocolate Turtle Cake for your!
Que the jaw dropping….lol jk. But seriously, this is one of my most favorite cakes! We’ve made it in the past and I finally had the opportunity to make it again, BUT there was one catch to this. I couldn’t cut into the cake! I know, its so hard, but I knew that I had to share this one with you guys.
See this cake was an order for one of my husbands coworkers. And trust me when I say that my husband and I tried to come up with every excuse as to why we couldn’t deliver this cake because we love it so much that we wanted to keep it for ourselves! Has that ever happened to you before, you make something for someone else and you know you already love it so much that you just want to keep it all for yourself?
Anyways, let me tell you about this bad boy. 3 sky high layers of moist and delicious chocolate cake is covered in a lightly flavored caramel buttercream. This is one of my absolute favorite buttercreams EVER! I could eat it with a spoon, like shovel it in and not stop. Then its drizzled in chocolate ganache, caramel, sprinkled with chopped pecans and adorned with mini pecan turtle candies.
I mean can you say indulgence? I sure can, and this is exactly what it is. If I could just eat one thing for an entire week, this cake would probably be it. Granted I would probably maybe gain a few pounds, but hey I’d 100% be happy doing so. SO NOT KIDDING EITHER!
So if you want that fun delicious cake that will seriously draw a crowd, this is it! Sadly there will be no pieces of this Chocolate Turtle Cake for you to bring home with after you take it to your next gathering, its just that good!
Chocolate Turtle Cake
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup boiling water
- Chopped pecans
- Mini Turtle candies
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 cup caramel sauce
- 7-8 cups powdered sugar
- 3-4 Tbs milk
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 6 Tbs butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In large bowl whisk together your dry ingredients until combined.
- Add in your eggs, buttermilk, oil, vanilla and eater and stir until combined well.
- Prepare 3 8" pans and pour cake batter evenly among the 3.
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until center us set and toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and let cool in pans for about 5 minutes before turning out onto cooking racks to cool completely.
- Meanwhile to make you frosting in large bowl beat together your butter and shortening until smooth.
- Add in your caramel sauce and continue beating until incorporated.
- Add in your powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until mixed in well.
- Add your heavy cream as needed to reach desired consistency.
- To assemble cake place one layer of your cake on a turntable or cake board and spread with about 3/4 cup frosting and smooth to sides.
- Place another layer on top and repeat topping with last layer.
- Frost around your sides and over top until cake is covered and smooth, reserving about 1 cup of your frosting for decorating.
- Place cake in fridge to harden slightly (helps the ganache and caramel set).
- Meanwhile to make your ganache place your chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl and add your heavy cream to a small sauce pan or microwave safe dish and heat until just simmering, pour over chocolate chips and cover for about 5 minutes.
- Remove cover and whisk until chocolate and cream are blended and smooth, let sit for about 10 minutes to cool and thicken slightly.
- Remove your cake from the refrigerator and drizzle your ganache over the sides of your cake, return to fridge to set up.
- While ganache is setting up make your caramel by adding all the ingredients to a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil stirring constantly for about 5-10 minutes or until mixture turns golden in color, set aside to cool just slightly.
- Remove cake from refrigerator and drizzle your caramel down sides over ganache then return to refrigerator to set up again removing after about 10 minutes.
- Add your remaining frosting to piping bag fitted with a 1M tip (open star tip) and pipe swirls on the top edges of cake.
- Top with pecan turtle candies and press your crushed pecans up the sides of the cake about 1 and a half inches.
- Cut and serve!