Chocolate Turtle Cake
Total TimePrep: 3 hours Bake: 20 min. + cooling
Inhad so much fun making this cake and tasting everything. The icingbis amazing. I can wait to give this to my friend for her birthday.
I have made this cake several times. I place the Caramel in the fridge to set harden a little before I put it on the cake. I also use smaller cake pan for the caramel so it slightly smaller and edge the cake with frosting so the caramel want come out.
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I have made this cake twice, and I agree with the others it is very time consuming. It took me several hours to make and the caramel does ooze, but you just scrape it off the sides and frost it. The frosting holds it all in. This was everyone's favorite layer! I dont know if the above person did something wrong when making the cake but both times I have made this cake everyone said it was the most delicious chocolate cake they have ever had. I feel this cake serves more people than it states. I served 12 and still had half a cake left. I think it is very rich and a small serving does the job, and with so many calories per piece its a good idea to maybe cut back a little. :) I will make this cake again but only on special occasions its to time consuming.
While this is a time consuming cake, I think the efforts were worth it. It is extremely good, but not too sweet. I made 2 cakes for a birthday (the other was a white cake with a creamy custard filling and buttercream frosting), this was by far the favored cake. The only complaint I have is that the caramel layer did not completely set and I had to scrape it off of the foil...it ended up oozing out of the sides of the cake...not very pretty for presentation, but still tasted good. The caramel layer is very good, though. Make sure your candy thermometer is accurate and possibly chill the caramel layer as well as the ganache layer.
It took me much longer to make this cake than the time listed in the recipe. I spent most of the day on it. I won't make it again. The caramel was weird and the cake wasn't all that good. I'd rather spend half as much time and make a really good basic chocolate cake.