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Devil’s Food Caramel Torte

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


12 servings

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.


  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 package (7 ounces) milk chocolate turtle candies, chopped, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
  • Additional milk chocolate turtle candies, broken, optional


  1. Line two 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, buttermilk, oil and eggs. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Combine 1 cup candies and cocoa; fold into batter.
  2. Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Remove waxed paper.
  3. In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add caramel topping; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in remaining candies.
  4. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with chocolate frosting. Top with remaining cake layer; frost top and sides of torte with cream mixture. Garnish with additional candies if desired. Refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 643 calories, 36g fat (12g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 502mg sodium, 74g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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