Turtle Chocolate Layer Cake

Updated: 5 days ago



For the month of April we are celebrating birthdays for our John L. Scott Bothell and Mukilteo real estate brokers! Our birthday recipe pick this month is this Turtle Chocolate Layer Cake which starts with rich, decadent and moist chocolate cake layers that are filled with a caramel pecan sauce and covered in a smooth caramel frosting, then finished off with a caramel and ganache drip and chopped pecans!




This Turtle Chocolate Layer Cake features four layers of moist and fudgy chocolate cake layers, filled with salted caramel buttercream frosting and a homemade salted caramel pecan sauce! The outside is covered in more salted caramel frosting with a delicious ganache and salted caramel drip and chopped pecans to finish it all off!







CARAMEL PECAN FILLING


Aside from the chocolate, the main flavor of a Turtle candy is the caramel and pecan filling. So sitting between these layers of fudgy chocolate cake is a pecan caramel sauce filling!


We start by making a double batch of my Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, which is totally fool-proof. We've included a detailed explanation about how caramel sauce is made in the post, but basically it requires 4 ingredients: granulated sugar, butter, heavy cream and salt.


Start by melting the sugar in a medium saucepan, then stir in the butter, let it boil, slowly pour in the cream, let it boil some more, then remove from the heat and add the salt. Super easy!


After making the caramel, we added a cup of chopped toasted pecans and let it cool in the refrigerator overnight. Yes that means you can make it ahead of time, hooray!


Turtle Chocolate Layer Cake

This Turtle Chocolate Layer Cake starts with rich, decadent and moist chocolate cake layers that are filled with a caramel pecan sauce and covered in a smooth caramel frosting, then finished off with a caramel and ganache drip and chopped pecans! PREP TIME1 hour COOK TIME45 minutes ADDITIONAL TIME1 hour TOTAL TIME2 hours 45 minutes Ingredients Caramel Pecan Filling:

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

  • 1 cup pecan halves

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 3/4 cup salted butter, cut into cubes

  • 1 cup heavy cream, room temperature

  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)

  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt


Salted Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 6 Tbsp salted butter, cubed

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, room temperature

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt


Chocolate Cake Layers:

  • 2 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 and 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 and 1/4 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 and 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 2 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar