Easy Texas Turtle Sheet Cake

Get ready to indulge in this decadent Easy Texas Turtle Sheet Cake! This rich and moist cake is topped with a luscious chocolate frosting, crunchy pecans, gooey caramel sauce, and sweet chocolate chips. It’s the perfect dessert to impress your friends and family, and it’s surprisingly simple to make. Let’s dive into this sweet treat!


For the Cake:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup strong black coffee
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

For the Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

For the Turtle Topping:

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup caramel sauce, to drizzle


Make the Cake:

  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a baking pan, or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the self-rising flour and granulated sugar. Set aside.
  3. Cook Wet Ingredients: In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of butter, 1 cup of coffee, and 1/3 cup of cocoa. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour the hot mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
  4. Combine Ingredients: Using a hand-held mixer, mix on medium speed until the wet and dry ingredients are thoroughly combined. Add the eggs and 1/2 cup of buttermilk. Mix on medium speed for another minute until well combined.
  5. Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick or fork inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Make the Frosting:

  1. Cook Frosting Ingredients: In a medium saucepan, combine 1/4 cup of butter, 4 tablespoons of buttermilk, and 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Add Sugar: Remove from heat and gradually mix in the powdered sugar using a wire whisk, adding 1/2 cup at a time until smooth.

Assemble the Cake:

  1. Frost the Cake: Spread or pour the warm frosting over the warm cake.
  2. Add Turtle Topping: While the frosting is still warm, sprinkle the chopped pecans and chocolate chips evenly over the top. Drizzle generously with caramel sauce.
  3. Cool and Serve: Allow the cake to cool slightly before serving, so the frosting and toppings set. Cut into squares and enjoy your delicious Texas Turtle Sheet Cake!

This cake is sure to become a favorite with its rich flavors and delightful toppings. Enjoy every bite!

Easy Texas Turtle Sheet Cake

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