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Caramel-Pecan Chocolate Cake

No one will believe that Ruth Lee’s ooey-gooey chocolate cake is actually light. The Ontario, Canada reader’s decadent treat features two chocolate cake layers with creamy caramel between.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    24 servings


  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1 can (14 ounces) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar


  • In a small heavy saucepan, heat the caramels, milk and butter over low heat until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth, stirring frequently; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine chocolate and oil. Beat in the water, applesauce, egg whites, egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, sugar, sugar blend, baking soda and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture until blended.
  • Pour half of the batter into a 13x9-in. baking pan well coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 14-18 minutes or until center is set. Spread caramel mixture evenly over cake; top with remaining batter. Sprinkle with pecans.
  • Bake 18-23 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the top layer comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with Splenda sugar blend.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 318 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 243mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • jdh0731
    Mar 8, 2014

    The chopped chocolate didn't make sense, I melted it and the bars came out great.

  • grammie75
    Nov 20, 2011

    Its death its so good

  • Joy V
    Nov 27, 2010

    Recipe to just chop chocolate, which I did, chocolate did not melt, nasty. Will never make again.