Chocolate Turtle Layer Cake

Photo by DONNA W.
Adapted from bettycrocker.com

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from bettycrocker.com

Ingredients

  • INGREDIENTS

  • Unsweetened baking cocoa

  • 1

    1

  • box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® devil’s food cake mix

  • 1

    1

  • box (4-serving size) chocolate instant pudding and pie filling mix

  • 3

    3

  • eggs

  • 1 1/4

    1 1/4

  • cups milk

  • 1

    1

  • cup canola oil

  • 3

    3

  • teaspoons vanilla

  • 1

    1

  • teaspoon instant coffee granules or crystals

  • 1

    1

  • cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)

  • 1

    1

  • cup chopped pecans

  • 1

    1

  • container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting

  • 1/2

    1/2

  • cup canned dulce de leche (caramelized sweetened condensed milk)

  • 1

    1

  • box (7 oz) turtle candies

  • 1

    1

  • jar (12 oz) caramel topping

  • 1/4

    1/4

  • cup pecan halves, toasted

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Directions

1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with shortening or cooking spray; sprinkle with cocoa. 2 In large bowl, beat cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, milk, oil, vanilla and coffee granules with electric mixer on low speed 1 minute. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Fold in chocolate chips and chopped pecans. Pour batter into pans. 3 Bake 30 to 32 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans to cooling racks; cool completely. Wrap cake layers; refrigerate at least 1 hour. 4 In medium bowl, stir frosting and dulce de leche with whisk until well blended; set aside. Cut 6 of the turtle candies in half; set aside. Chop remaining candies. 5 Place 1 cake layer, top side up, on serving plate. Spread with half of the frosting mixture; sprinkle with chopped candies. Place second cake layer, top side up, on candies. Spread remaining frosting mixture on top of cake. Cover; refrigerate until serving time. Drizzle caramel topping over top of cake, allowing some to drip down side. Garnish with pecan halves and reserved turtle candies. EXPERT TIPS Use a serrated knife to cut through the thick cake layers.

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