The Texas Turtle Sheet Cake you're about to make is a decadent treat that combines the rich, deep flavors of chocolate and coffee with the sweet crunch of pecans, the smoothness of caramel, and the richness of chocolate chips. It's a celebration in a pan, perfect for any gathering or to satiate those intense dessert cravings. Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating this indulgent dessert:


For the Cake:

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups self-rising flour

1 cup butter

1 cup strong black coffee

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

For the Chocolate Frosting:

1/4 cup butter

4 tablespoons buttermilk

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

For the Turtle Topping:

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup caramel sauce


1. Preparing the Cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour your baking pan, or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.

Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the self-rising flour and granulated sugar. Set aside.

Cook the Chocolate Mixture: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 cup butter with 1 cup strong black coffee and 1/3 cup cocoa powder. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.

Combine: Pour the boiling chocolate mixture over the dry ingredients. Using a hand-held mixer, blend until thoroughly combined. Add in the eggs and 1/2 cup buttermilk, continuing to mix for another minute until smooth.

Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

2. Making the Frosting:

Cook: While the cake bakes, prepare the frosting. In a medium saucepan, combine 1/4 cup butter, 4 tablespoons buttermilk, and 3 tablespoons cocoa powder. Bring to a boil, stirring consistently.

Finish the Frosting: Remove from heat. Gradually whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth.

Frost the Cake: Once the cake is baked and while still warm, spread or pour the frosting over the top evenly.

3. Adding the Turtle Topping:

Sprinkle and Drizzle: Sprinkle the warm frosting with chopped pecans and chocolate chips. Then, drizzle generously with caramel sauce.

4. Serving:

Cool: Allow the cake to cool slightly before serving, letting the toppings set a bit for easier slicing.

Enjoy: Serve warm or at room temperature, cutting into squares to reveal the layered decadence of this Texas Turtle Sheet Cake.

This cake is a crowd-pleaser, perfect for potlucks, family gatherings, or as a special treat to enjoy at home. Its combination of textures and flavors—crunchy, gooey, sweet, and chocolatey—makes it a memorable dessert that's sure to earn requests for repeat performances. Enjoy the process and the delicious outcome!

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