Friday, October 5, 2018

{caramel & chocolate} Turtle Dump Cake

Turtle dump cake is an easy, decadent dessert that is for the serious chocolate caramel lover. Only a few easy ingredients combine in one bowl and then pour into a baking dish. So simple to prepare! Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for one of the best desserts ever. 
The best part of this turtle dump cake dessert is that you only need 6 ingredients! A boxed cake mix, instant pudding, dark chocolate chips, caramel sauce (like the stuff you put on ice cream), pecans, and some milk. Super simple and you can have this in the oven in just about 10 minutes. Maybe 5 if you’re super fast 🙂 

If you’re not familiar with turtle desserts (think those Turtle candies) they are just a combination of chocolate & caramel and usually with something salty. Like pretzels or in this recipe today, there are chopped pecans. It’s basically sweet & salty perfection!


  • 1 small box (3.4 oz) Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup caramel sauce, divided
  • 1 box (15.25 oz) chocolate fudge cake mix, DO NOT prepare
  • 1 bag dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • optional drizzle
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon oil (canola, vegetable, coconut)
  • leftover 1/4 cup caramel sauce


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, stir dry pudding mix and milk with a wire whisk for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in 1/2 cup of the caramel sauce, the dry cake mix, and 1 cup of the dark chocolate chips. Stir until well blended.
  4. Spread batter evenly in pan. Sprinkle pecans and remaining 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips over top.
  5. Bake 32-38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out almost clean. It should not be completely cooked like a cake, you want it gooey so to speak.
  6. Scoop up some of the dump cake into a bowl and top with vanilla ice cream. If wanted, drizzle with the remaining caramel sauce and the chocolate sauce.
  7. TO MAKE CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE : combine chocolate chips and oil in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 1-2 minutes or until it is completely melted and smooth.

I use the caramel ice cream topping. You can use any caramel you want, as long as it's in liquid/melted form. Melt down some caramel squares, etc....

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