Turtle Chocolate Cake

Turtle Chocolate Cake

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Cook Time 2 hrs  30 mins
Temp High

Decadent turtle chocolate cake made easy! Simply combine German chocolate cake mix with caramel tidbits, eagle brand milk, and pecans into the slow cooker.


  • 1 Package German chocolate cake mix
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/3 Cup Oil
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1 Cup Pecans
  • 1 Package Caramel tidbits
  • 1/2 Can Eagle Brand milk
  • Bakers Joy cooking spray or oil and flour


  1. Step One

    Spray crock with Bakers Joy heavily.

  2. Step Two

    In a large bowl, mix the cake mix according to directions, adding the water, oil, and eggs.

  3. Step Three

    Add pecans to the batter and mix well

  4. Step Four

    Pour batter into the slow cooker.

  5. Step Five

    In a small saucepan on the stove, melt caramel tidbits and Eagle Brand milk.

  6. Step Six

    Once melted, add to the German chocolate batter and swirl with a butter knife. If your German Chocolate box includes the extra coconut and pecan mixture, it is your discretion to fix according to package directions and add to the batter.

  7. Step Seven

    Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 hours or until a toothpick, when inserted, comes out clean.

  8. Step Eight

    Once finished, remove crock from slow cooker and let cool for 20-30 minutes.

  9. Step Nine

    Take a spatula and run around the edges of the cake to loosen from the crock.

  10. Step Ten

    Place of piece of foil on top of the cake and place your hand on top (you may need some assistance for this step.) With the other hand, flip the crock over and the cake will land on your hand.

  11. Step Eleven

    If it does not come out, run the spatula around the edges again and repeat the flipping process.

  12. Step Twelve

    Serve with Cool Whip and chocolate syrup or ice the cake. We made this in a 6-quart oval shape crock so it would be shaped like an Easter egg! Enjoy!

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  1. Stacie

    Your review has been submitted and should appear on the site shortly.

    Does Eagle Brand Milk mean condensed or evaporated?

  2. CrockinLover4Ever

    This was super yummy! My hubby couldn’t believe I made it in the crock pot :)

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  3. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Sounds delicious, Karen. Thanks for your review!

  4. Karen D.

    Like my earlier post said, I made this the other day with Toffee Bits and it turned out great! Very “sweet”. And crunchy! I also added pecans. The cake did stick and came out in two pieces but I didn’t have Bakers Joy or shortening so I had to use oil and flour. (I wasn’t serving it to company so I didn’t care that it broke). I served it with slow churned vanilla ice cream and a little whip cream on top. My husband and (adult) children loved it! I will look for the caramel bits and try it again. =)

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  5. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Karen, we use Caramel Tidbits. You can find them on the baking aisle, and you won’t have to unwrap a bunch of candies! They also melt easily. Watch this video as we make it. I love how you quickly found a sub! Yum! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23NzFJ4ZU2Y

  6. Karen D.

    I’m making this right now but doing a little differently. I didn’t want to unwrap an entire bag of caramels (got about 6 done and said, “nope”) so I had a bag of Heath English Toffee Bits, used those instead. Increased the Eagle Brand milk to about 3/4 of the can to make up for lack of melted caramels.
    I’ll let ya’ll know how it turns out!

  7. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Oh no! I hate it when a recipe flops, Cari :( All I can think of: did you make it in a 6 quart crock, did you spray the bottom with Baker’s Joy, does your crock cook hot? All of those things can make a big difference in the outcome. Better crockin’ luck next time :/

  8. Cari E.

    I tried this on Father’s Day and it was a total bust. Not sure if I did it wrong but the caramel seeped to the bottom and caramelized around the edges. The cake stuck and burnt.

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