This Turtle Brownie Cake is a delicious chocolate cake is made using chocolate cake mix and brownie mix and topped with melted chocolate frosting, a simple caramel glaze, and topped with chopped candied pecans. This easy and delicious fudgy chocolate cake recipe can be made for any occasion.
For the longest time, I didn’t like chocolate cake. It’s not that I don’t like chocolate. I am a chocolate head! I love almost anything with chocolate. However, when I would have chocolate cake, it would always taste dry and boring. So over the years, I have tried several variations of chocolate cake just to get it to the point where it was moist and super chocolatey. After several tries, I found and adapted this recipe for the best chocolate cake. Trust me when I tell you that it is super dense and addicting. When I make that recipe, all I need is a fork and a cold glass of milk. But let’s talk about this Turtle Brownie Cake recipe.
How to make this Turtle Cake
Making this recipe, I tried a few different ways to get that dense brownie texture as the cake. The first method I tried was creating a flourless chocolate cake version. Although it came out delicious, It would’ve been a whole lot of eggs to turn this into a bundt cake and I thought it would be a bit overwhelming.
The second method I used to create the cake I wanted, which was the Chocolate Brownie Cake recipe I adapted from I Am Baker, combined chocolate and brownie mix together to give a moist brownie-like cake. I am never afraid of using a cake mix for any dessert. Using cake mix can shorten the time, provide less cleanup, and takes the intimidation out of the dessert you are making. It came out perfectly! I am glad I found that version. The only thing I did that was slightly different than the adapted recipe which was to use warm coffee instead of water. Using coffee when baking chocolate deserts deepens that chocolate flavor and makes the flavor of the cake even more glorious.
Toppings on the cake
I wanted to continue to keep things simple for this recipe. Typically, I would make a simple chocolate ganache recipe to cover the cake. Instead, I bought a container of chocolate frosting and melted it in the microwave until it was nice and melty. Then, I poured the chocolate sauce all over the cake.
Second, I made a simple caramel sauce that is perfect for glazing cakes using a few simple ingredients:
- Light Brown Sugar
- Heavy Cream
Then, I drizzled the caramel sauce all over the cake. Finally, I topped the cake with chopped pecans to give the cake that delicious nutty crunch that you love when you eat chocolate turtle candies.
Commonly Asked Questions
For sure! You don’t have to use this recipe at all. If you want to stick to your preferred chocolate bundt cake recipe, go right ahead.
Yes! I can see how it would be easier to make this cake in a sheet pan. Especially if you plan on taking the cake to a group gathering.
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