Monday, September 3, 2012

Pecan Turtle Cake Recipe

It's all here. Chocolate, Caramel, Pecans. Yummy turtle cake. And the best part for me was that it was all leftovers from other projects!

What You Need:
Chocolate Cake Recipe
Caramel Buttercream Icing Recipe
1 cup Pecans (toasted and chopped)
Caramel Sauce (see Caramel Icing Recipe)
Chocolate (melted)

Bake the Cake:
I recommend my Rich Chocolate Cake, but you could also Doctor a Chocolate Cake Mix.

Make the Icing:
This Caramel Buttercream is quickly becoming my second favorite icing ever. (I don't know if anything can surpass the Strawberry Icing.)
Remember to reserve about 1/4 cup of the caramel sauce for drizzling.

Assemble the Cake:
Level and "torte" the cake (cut it in half horizontally).
Spread about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of icing on the cut cake. Leave a little room at the edge to keep the crumbs out of the icing.
(You could add some extra caramel sauce and nuts here, if you want. I was nervous about doing this, because I was afraid that when I went to coat the sides, it may make the cake more slippery.)

Cover the sides with a relatively thin coating of icing. If it's too thick, when you roll/dip it in the nuts, it will squish out, and make it harder to cover the top without spreading the nuts all over the top as well.

Coat the sides with the chopped pecans. (Always toast pecans for 5-7 minutes in a 350-degree (F) oven before chopping them.)
The easiest way to do this is to hold your cake between your two palms, and gently dip or roll the cake sideways in the nuts. It can be hard if the cake is very fluffy. It will want to crack. So, never do as you see above, and let go with one hand to take a picture. It can be a dangerous idea.

Set the cake - bottom-side-up on the cake plate. Ice with a thick coating of icing. I then made the "rough icing" look by wiggling the spatula back and forth over the top of the icing.

Drizzle with caramel and with chocolate.

You can even drizzle each piece with the caramel and chocolate as you serve, if you wish.

Click the Links Below to See:
Chocolate Cake Recipe 
Caramel Icing Recipe 
Other Chocolate Recipes and Ideas

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  1. Hi Becki!
    What brand/type of cake pans do you use? I am hoping to take your baking class this fall.

    1. Cassie,
      I prefer the Wilton Decorator Preferred pans... I can buy them at JoAnn or Michaels, and they're not too expensive.
      Here's a post I made about my favorites.
      Hope to see you this fall!

  2. Cale looks wonderful on photos! Preparation is well explained too.

  3. This Pecan Turtle Cake is a winner! It sounds great and looks even better! Well donerecette poularde


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