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Desserts

Turtle Cake

Turtle Cake recipe
photo by:kraft
The oohs and ahhs will be for you instead of the waiter when you serve this Turtle Cake with layers of caramel filling and chocolate-dipped wafers.
time
prep:
30 min
total:
1 hr 50 min
servings
total:
16 servings
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What You Need

1
tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping (Do not thaw.)
1
pkg.  (2-layer size) devil's food cake mix
1
pkg.  (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
38
 KRAFT Caramels
1-1/2
Tbsp.  water
6
oz.  (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
5
oz.  BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided
16
 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 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 until ready to serve.

MICROWAVE frozen COOL WHIP and 3 oz. chocolate in microwaveable bowl 3 min. or until well 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. Keep refrigerated.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

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.
Healthy Living
Trim 40 calories, 3g of total fat, including 2g of saturated fat, per serving by preparing with COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping, JELL-O Chocolate Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Pudding, PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese and reduced-fat vanilla wafers.
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