Turtle Pumpkin Cake

This Turtle Pumpkin Cake is easy to make, moist and full of flavor! It’s filled with pumpkin, pecans, chocolate, and caramel!

This Turtle Pumpkin Cake is a great for something different from the traditional pumpkin pie. Filled with pecans, chocolate chips, caramel and pumpkin!

Turtle Pumpkin Cake

You guys….you have to try this cake before pumpkin season is over!!  This turtle pumpkin cake is AWESOME!!!!!  It’s a nice change of pace from the traditional pumpkin desserts.  The cake is moist and full of pumpkin, warm fall spices, pecans, chocolate chips and salted caramel!!  I know you guys are probably thinking how on earth do all those flavors go together, trust me, they do!

I used my homemade salted caramel sauce which I think makes it so much better!  It’s really easy to make and tastes so much better than the store bought so just do it.  My husband really really liked this cake.  And maybe even more than his beloved pumpkin pie!  Some other yummy pumpkin recipes I have are these Savory Pumpkin Rolls, Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, and Easy Pumpkin Butter just to name a few.  Just use the search bar on my site and search “pumpkin” to see all of my pumpkin recipes.

This Turtle Pumpkin Cake is great for something a little different. The chocolate, pecans and caramel all go beautifully with pumpkin. This Turtle Pumpkin Cake is a great way to change things up! The pecans, chocolate, caramel and pumpkin make for an extra tasty cake!

A few things about this turtle pumpkin cake:

  • I found this recipe on the Better Homes and Garden site and made some minor changes.  It looked too good to not try it out!
  • It does require a 15×10 inch baking pan.  But it’s because they are calling these bars.  I thought it was too cake like to call them bars and so I change the name.  🙂
  • I am leaving the ingredients for the drizzle a little loose because my salted caramel sauce may be a little thicker than the store bought and so you may not need as much.  Just mix in enough caramel sauce to make the frosting drizzling consistency.
  • Be sure to cool the cake completely before frosting because if you don’t the frosting will just soak into the cake.
  • This can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

This Turtle Pumpkin Cake is easy to make, moist and full of flavor! It's filled with pumpkin, pecans, chocolate, and caramel!

I’ll warn you this cake is very addictive and I found myself taking a little bite every time I walked by.  So, if you are on the lookout for something a little different than the traditional pumpkin confections you must try this cake out!!

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This Turtle Pumpkin Cake is a great for something different from the traditional pumpkin pie. Filled with pecans, chocolate chips, caramel and pumpkin!
Turtle Pumpkin Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
This Turtle Pumpkin Cake is easy to make, moist and full of flavor! It's filled with pumpkin, pecans, chocolate, and caramel!
Course: Cake
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 -24 pieces
Author: Malinda Linnebur
Ingredients
  • CAKE TOPPING:
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup salted caramel sauce
  • CAKE BATTER:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • CARAMEL DRIZZLE:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • salted caramel sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 15x10 inch baking pan, set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine the cake topping ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and cloves. Stir in the pumpkin, eggs, oil, and vanilla until combined. Spread into prepared pan. Sprinkle with reserved cake topping. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely in pan before frosting.
  4. To make the frosting drizzle stir in just enough caramel sauce to make the frosting a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cake.
Recipe Notes

1. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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