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Turtle Cake

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16 servings

Serve this tasty Turtle Cake tonight! Earn oohs and ahhs from everybody around the table with the sweet layers of this Turtle Cake recipe.

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  • 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 caramels are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring every 45 sec. Cool slightly.
  • Beat cream cheese 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 cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate while preparing chocolate glaze and garnishes.
  • Melt 2 oz. 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.
  • Microwave frozen COOL WHIP and remaining chocolate in microwaveable bowl 3 min. or until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after each minute. Cool 10 min.
  • Spread COOL WHIP mixture onto top of cake. Garnish with wafers. Keep refrigerated.

Special Equipment Needed


Use 1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) JELL-O SIMPLY GOOD Chocolate Flavor Pudding

Healthy Living

Trim 40 calories per serving by preparing with COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping, 1 pkg. (1.4 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Sugar Free Fat Free Instant Pudding, PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese and reduced-fat vanilla wafers.


Substitute 13x9-inch pan for the round pans, and increase the baking time to 35 to 38 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool completely. Continue as directed, spreading caramel mixture, then chocolate mixture over cake in pan.

Make Ahead

For a more fudge-like texture, store cake in refrigerator overnight. Garnish with chocolate-dipped wafers just before serving.


  • 16 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 16 servings
Calories 430
Total fat 23g
Saturated fat 9g
Cholesterol 50mg
Sodium 360mg
Carbohydrate 54g
Dietary fiber 2g
Sugars 39g
Protein 5g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 6 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 6 %DV
Iron 8 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMGoodness! OMGoodness!!!! This is so good and so easy to make! I made it for our Christmas dessert and it was a huge hit. Besides being so beautiful that I could have claimed it to be a bakery made cake, it was the best cake I believe I have made in a while. This will most definitely be a go too cake when I need something easy and elegant. I decided to add the extra touch of drizzling some melted white chocolate on top.
Date published: 2014-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would give this recipe 10 stars out of 5. I would give this recipe 10 stars out of 5. Each slice was a piece of heaven on my tongue. My favorite part was the chocolate whipped topping layer on top. It tastes just like fudge and its flavor lingers long after the last bite. Everyone at my New Year's party loved this cake but even if they hadn't, I don't care. I will be making more of these in the future, even if they are all for me. Exceptional recipe!!
Date published: 2012-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tasted wonderful. Tasted wonderful. Fairly easy to make, but I greatly disagree with the 1 hr 50 minute time frame to make it in. With mixing the cake batter, baking it, then cooling it and refrigerating after adding the caramel frosting and before adding the chocolate frosting and wafers, I racked up 4 hours intermittedly. Will make again - my guests really loved this!
Date published: 2010-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was very easy and very good. This was very easy and very good. I didn't add the pudding to the cake since the mix I used already had pudding in it. The caramel/cream cheese filling was delicious. The chocolate overpowered the caramel some, but I always find that to be true since I love caramel so much. The cookie decorations were simple and a nice touch.
Date published: 2014-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I made this recipe for a family gathering and everyone loved it. I did a little variation though. I made it in a 9x13 pan and baked it as box cake mix said. I didn't use the vanilla wafers but instead chopped up pecans and covered the top. We are nut fans. Worked out very well. Will definitely include it in my favorites.
Date published: 2016-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was a super yummy, very elegant looking dessert for very little effort! This was a super yummy, very elegant looking dessert for very little effort! I made it for our annual Christmas Eve sledding party and it got wonderful reviews from everyone. And my 5-yr-old daughter helped prepare the dipped cookies, which made her feel special. This one was a winner :)
Date published: 2011-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This cake is absolutely fantastic. This cake is absolutely fantastic. I made it for someone's birthday at work and everyone loved it. Then Easter came around and it was time for our annual cake auction for Relay for Life and it brought $75.00 for the auction!!! It is fantastic and so easy to make!
Date published: 2011-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made this for my office Christmas party and everyone loved it. Made this for my office Christmas party and everyone loved it. Of all the things I've made this was the biggest hit. I'm tripling the recipe and making it in cupcake form for an engament party this weekend! Can't say enough good things about this recipe.
Date published: 2012-01-25
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