Monday, August 15, 2011

Turtle Cake

I don't usually "bake" much, as in cookies or cakes or bread.  But one day up at work, our Business Manager Gena brought a cake that she'd made for our General Manager Cindy on her birthday.  And I also don't usually eat sweets much, but that day I decided that since that was the case, I would indulge in Gena's Turtle Cake.  It was so delicious, I decided to make it for my husband Jereme on his birthday.

  • 1 Package German chocolate cake mix
  • 3/4 c. butter
  • 1 (14 oz.) package of Kraft caramels
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Pour the evaporated milk into a small saucepan over medium heat, then unwrap the caramels and add them.  Stir them to melt.
  2. Combine cake mix and butter according to directions on the box.  Pour half of the batter into greased 9 x 13 inch pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cake puffs up and is gooey.
  4. Pour caramel mix over baked layer.
  5. Top with nuts and chocolate chips. 
  6. Pour remainder of batter over all and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick tests clean.

Melting Caramels

I let the girls stand on a step ladder and do the stirring for me.  They loved every minute of it.
Halfway there.
I've made many, many meals for my husband throughout the years, but this was the first time I ever baked him a cake for his birthday.  Not so sad, though!  We have feasted on king crab legs with melted butter many of those times, in which I took the meat out of the shell for him.  I was really glad to be able to make him something special when I did finally decide to bake a cake, though.  Thanks for the recipe, Gena.... 

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