For my birthday this year little cupcake made me a turtle cake. This was one of my favorite cakes my mom used to make when I was growing up. It's a rich chocolate cake, and baked inside is all the yummy stuff of a turtle candy... caramel, pecans, and chocolate chips. SO yummy! It was the perfect birthday and perfect cake!
Edited to add the family recipe I've used for years.
here's what you'll need:
1 german chocolate cake mix (and all ingredients to prepare cake)
1 Cup chopped pecans
1 Cup chocolate chips
1 bag of caramels
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven 350*. Prepare cake according to box. Pour 1/3 the cake batter in a 13x9 pan (i actually used a spring form pan for this cake but we typically use a 13x9 pan) bake cake for 15 minutes and remove from oven. While cake is baking, unwrap all the caramels and place in a small pot on the stove with sweetened condensed milk and cook on low until all caramels are melted in with the milk. Stiring often. Once it's melted remove from stove. Pour over the baked cake, top with the pecans, and chocolate chips, then pour remaining batter over the top and bake an additional 40 minutes. It's a little hard to tell if the cake is done because the toothpick will come out dirty with all the yummies that are inside the cake. So just keep an eye on it and make sure the center is set. Let cool completely then cut and fall in love!!! :)