My family calls this festive dessert “turtle cake” because of the delectable candy bits in the moist cake layers and the gooey-good filling. It’s an impressive-looking cake but quite easy to make, as you’ll see from the recipe.
Heavenly cakes are a hallmark of dessert time, and this lightened-up treat is no exception. “My neighbor made the scrumptious cake and gave me the recipe,” shares Vernelle Lazzarini of Upland, California. This made-over version of the original is as easy on the waistline as it is the taste buds.
Guests are sure to be dazzled by this super-moist dessert from our Test Kitchen that’s ideal for special occasions. A rich orange cream filling is spread between the cake layers for a luscious look and taste.
This recipe is a combination of two different ones—the chocolate cake from my childhood and the filling from a pie I saw in a cookbook. The flavor is reminiscent of an after-dinner chocolate mint. —Nadine Taylor, Durham, North Carolina