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Turtle Cake
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Turtle Cake

1 Hour 50 Minutes
30 Min Prep
1 Hr 50 Min Cook
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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16 servings
Original recipe yields 16 servings
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 Flavor Instant Pudding
38 KRAFT Caramels
4-1/2 tsp. 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
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Let's Make It
1
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.
2
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.
3
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.
4
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.
5
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.
6
Spread COOL WHIP mixture onto top of cake. Garnish with wafers. Keep refrigerated.
Kitchen Tips
Substitute
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.
Variation
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.
Nutrition
Calories
430
Calories From Fat
0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g
29%
Saturated Fat 9g
45%
Trans Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 50mg
17%
Sodium 360mg
16%
Total Carbohydrates 54g
20%
Dietary Fibers 2g
7%
Sugars 39g
78%
Protein 5g
10%
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
6%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Servings
16 servings
* 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.
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