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Desserts

Smart-Choice Turtle Cake

Smart-Choice Turtle Cake recipe
photo by:kraft
Devil's food cake. Fat-free pudding. Caramels and reduced-fat wafer cookies. Basically, if it's scrumptious, it's in our Smarter Choice Turtle Cake!
time
prep:
30 min
total:
1 hr 50 min
servings
total:
16 servings

What You Need

1
tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping (Do not thaw.)
1
pkg.  (2-layer size) devil's food cake mix
1
pkg.  (1.4 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Pudding
38
 KRAFT Caramels
1-1/2
Tbsp.  water
6
oz.  (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
5
oz.  BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided
16
 reduced-fat vanilla wafers
16
 PLANTERS Pecan Halves

Make It

SPOON half the COOL WHIP into bowl; refrigerate to thaw. Return remaining COOL WHIP to freezer. Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 2 (9-inch) round layers, adding dry pudding mix to cake mix before mixing with liquid ingredients. Cool cakes in pans 10 min.; invert onto wire racks. Remove pans. Cool cakes completely.

MEANWHILE, microwave caramels and water in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 min. or until smooth, stirring every 45 sec. Cool slightly.

BEAT Neufchatel in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add caramel sauce; mix well. Blend in thawed COOL WHIP. Stack cake layers on plate, filling and frosting top with Neufchatel mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

MICROWAVE frozen COOL WHIP and 3 oz. chocolate in microwaveable bowl 3 min. or until blended, stirring after each minute. Cool 10 min. Meanwhile, melt remaining chocolate as directed on package. Dip half of each wafer in chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Top with nuts. Refrigerate until ready to use.

SPREAD COOL WHIP mixture onto top of cake. Garnish with wafers.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Small Changes Add Up
Small ingredient substitutions, such as COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping, JELL-O Chocolate Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Pudding, PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, and reduced-fat vanilla wafers, result in a savings of 40 calories and 3g of total fat, including 2g of saturated fat, per serving when compared to a traditional recipe.
Variation
Substitute 13x9-inch pan for the round pans and increase baking time to 35 to 38 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool completely. Continue as directed, spreading caramel mixture and chocolate mixture over cake in pan.
Make Ahead
For a more fudge-like texture, store cake in refrigerator overnight before serving. Garnish with chocolate-dipped wafers just before serving.
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