Turtle Chocolate Poke Cake

I love turtle anything.

Gooey caramel contrasted with crunchy pecans and decadent chocolate is a combination I can’t resist.

Turtle Chocolate Poke Cake - The flavor of the famous candy in a decadent chocolate cake with tons of CARAMEL and pecans!! Easy, super soft and moist, and a crowd FAVORITE! One of the BEST CAKES ever!!

Put that in poke cake form and you’ve got yourself a mega hit. This is one of the best cakes I’ve ever made and we absolutely loved it.

Poke cakes get their name because after baking you poke holes in the cake and drizzle in a sweetly satisfying mixture usually consisting of sweetened condensed milk and caramel sauce but it can vary.

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Turtle Chocolate Poke Cake - The flavor of the famous candy in a decadent chocolate cake with tons of CARAMEL and pecans!! Easy, super soft and moist, and a crowd FAVORITE! One of the BEST CAKES ever!!

The sauce seeps into the holes which renders poke cakes incredibly soft and moist and this one is no exception.

When you put a slice of the cake on a plate, you can literally see the caramel mixture oozing out of the bottom of the cake.

Turtle Chocolate Poke Cake - The flavor of the famous candy in a decadent chocolate cake with tons of CARAMEL and pecans!! Easy, super soft and moist, and a crowd FAVORITE! One of the BEST CAKES ever!!

I topped the cake with whipped topping (you can use whipped cream but whipped topping holds up better at room or warmer temps and doesn’t deflate like whipped cream), salted caramel sauce which is a great salty-sweet contrast to the sweet elements in the cake, chocolate chips, and Chopped Fisher Pecans. So many textures and flavors in every bite.

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I love the sensation of taking a bite of chilled cake on warm days. It just hits the spot.

The cake will be a guaranteed party favorite and I highly recommend putting it on your Labor Day party menu – or any party menu for that matter.

Turtle Chocolate Poke Cake - The flavor of the famous candy in a decadent chocolate cake with tons of CARAMEL and pecans!! Easy, super soft and moist, and a crowd FAVORITE! One of the BEST CAKES ever!!

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Turtle Chocolate Poke Cake

I love turtle anything. Gooey caramel contrasted with crunchy pecans and decadent chocolate is a combination I can’t resist especially in poke cake form. Poke cakes get their name because after baking you poke holes in the cake and drizzle in a sweetly satisfying mixture usually consisting of sweetened condensed milk and caramel sauce. The sauce seeps into the holes which renders poke cakes incredibly soft and moist and this one is no exception. I topped the cake with whipped topping, salted caramel sauce, chocolate chips, and pecans. So many textures and flavors in every bite and it’s a guaranteed party favorite.

Ingredients:

  • one 15.25-ounce box devil’s food chocolate cake mix (I used this one but you can double this scratch cake recipe)
  • one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • one 12-ounce jar caramel sundae topping
  • one 8-ounce container whipped topping, thawed (I used fat-free)
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Fisher Pecans
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (full-size okay)
  • 1/3 cup salted caramel sauce, or as desired (homemade or storebought, or regular caramel sauce okay)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×13-inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Make cake according to package directions (likely adding 3 eggs, water, and oil) and bake as directed (I find my cakes are done about 3 to 5 minutes faster than the box directions and if baked as long as indicated, I find the cake is too dry but bake as necessary).
  3. While the cake bakes add the sweetened condensed milk and caramel topping to a medium bowl and stir to combine; set aside.
  4. Remove cake from the oven when it’s done and using the blunt end of a wooden spoon, poke holes over the surface of the cake. I didn’t count but I estimate I poked about 60 holes, evenly spaced over the surface.
  5. Slowly pour the sweetened condensed milk and caramel mixture over the holes, taking your time to evenly distribute it so that all the holes receive some. Place cake in the fridge for about 10 minutes to cool slightly before adding the whipped topping so it doesn’t melt.
  6. Remove cake from the fridge, evenly spread the whipped topping over the surface, evenly sprinkle the pecans and chocolate chips, cover cake, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is best).
  7. Evenly drizzle the salted caramel sauce before slicing and serving. Cake will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Adapted from Better-Than-Anything Chocolate Cake

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69 comments on “Turtle Chocolate Poke Cake”

  1. My favorite summer recipes are fried chicken with cream gravy and peach cobbler with Blue Bells Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (it’s amazing) for dessert.

  2. Hope to win the contest! Love cold cakes in the summer!

  3. Turtle EVERYTHING-that’s my new motto.

  4. This is literally my favorite cake… of all time! It’s so good and so moist and… so good!

  5. I love strawberry mousse on summer, it´s really refreshing!

  6. Anything chocolate is great. Need to try this poke cake recipe.
    Thanks!!!!

  7. I love a black bean/corn/avocado salad for summer.

  8. My favorite summer recipe is a pineapple pie that I love making for my family in the summer! It’s dangerously addicting and very easy to make :)

  9. My favorite summer recipe is no-bake cheesecake with graham cracker crust! Cool and light, perfect to eat outside on the porch! 😃

  10. There are SO many wonderful things during the summer which my family loves from grilling, salads, summer fruits, etc. We try not to use the oven in the kitchen adding more heat to our already hot Florida summer days. This turtle poke cake is mouth watering & looks Amazing! I will definitely make it for the family to try. Unfortunately I won’t be able to try it or any of your fantastic banana bread recipes – I LOVE them!! Let me explain, in June 2014 I lost my tongue & lymph nodes on the left side of my neck due to cancer. However, that hasn’t & won’t stop me from being in the kitchen cooking, baking & experimenting with recipes for my family. Anyways, thank you SO much for your wonderful recipes & beautiful photos of your creations! I look forward to receiving your emails to find out what’s your latest master piece. Thanks again, Averie! #cancersurvivor

  11. My summer time favorite is any kind of fruit pie, whatever is looking best at the time. I like it served cold with whipped cream or ice cream. Every once in awhile I’ll make up a cream pie, banana is my favorite!

  12. Anything Cold! But Especially Mocha/Coffee/Espresso Ice cream :)

  13. This looks dangerous (in the best way possible)!

  14. I’d have to say my favorite summer recipe is for baked Panky zucchini fries with Sriracha aioli. It’s perfect for the bountiful zucchini in the summer and makes it worthwhile putting the oven on in the summer!

  15. I live in south Florida and the summer brings so many wonderful fruits to enjoy. I grow pineapples and this year had a record crop of 51. Homegrown pineapple is so sweet and delicious. My neighbor’s grow mangos and bananas. I love to whip up mid morning smoothies for a pick me up of fresh fruit flavor. We also enjoy fruit salsa over fish. 
    Love the poke cake, can’t wait to try it out.
    Smiles, Sue

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