Every year my mother gives each of us a calendar with everyone's birthday's marked. Mine this year is Betty Crocker's "Ultimate Cake Mix Recipes," complete with pictures.
January's recipe is a fabulous sounding and looking Chocolate Turtle Cake.
1 package devil's food cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 bag (14 oz) caramels
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup chopped pecans
1 bag (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
1. Heat oven to 350º. Grease sides and bottom of rectangular pan, 13 x 9 x 2 inches , with shortening, lightly flour.
2. Make cake mix as directed on package using water, oil, and eggs. Pour half of the batter into pan. Bake 25 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, heat caramels and milk in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted. (Or place caramels and milk in a 4-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave uncovered on high 2 minutes to 3 minutes 30 seconds, stirring once or twice.) Pour and spread caramel over warm cake in pan. Sprinkle with pecans and chocolate chips. Spread with remaining batter.
4. Bake 30 minutes. Run knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Store covered at room temperature.
DIABETIC ALERT!! A little tip at the bottom of the page suggests serving with ice cream. "Make it extra special by drizzling chocolate and caramel syrups over the ice cream and sprinkling with a few additional chopped pecans."
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