Chocolate Turtle Cake



Chocolate Turtle Cake

Ingredients:
Cake
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup dark or regular cocoa powder
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted (I used Hershey's Dark)
1 1/3 cups whole milk

Ganache
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 cups dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans, toasted, plus additional whole pecans for decorating
1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips (optional)
Caramel sauce

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat 3/4 cup butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla, until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Beat in 1 cup melted chocolate chips until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture, alternating with milk, until well combined, about 2-3 minutes.

Evenly scrape batter into prepared cake pans and smooth the surface with a spatula. Bake at 350 degrees F, for 35-40 minutes, or until cake edges pull away from the pan, and a toothpick inserted into cake comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool for 12 minutes before running a knife around edges and inverting onto wire racks to cool completely.

To make the ganache, melt 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in heavy cream and bring to a boil; turn heat off and stir in 2 cups chocolate chips until melted and smooth.

Spread ganache evenly onto first layer of cake and top with about 1/3 of the pecans. Place second cake layer on top. Spread the rest of the ganache over cake top and sides. Sprinkle and top with remaining pecans. Decorate the top with whole pecans. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the top, and drizzle caramel everywhere.

Makes 8-10 servings

74 comments:

  1. Nothing like a bit of cake to beat the blues! I reckon you deserve your celebrity status 100%!

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  2. Yum, That chocolate cake looks good!
    I will try this in the future. Thanks Chuck

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  3. sounds a little like some fun isnt it? at least they know who you are - I get the 'hey, arent you that guy' clueless - I guess I look like somebody else.

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  4. This chocolate cake is dangerous but would cure me of any "blue" days now or int he future.

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  5. Emily love This!! and i love your new header is nice!I have my playlist now in mine but I want to change my header! Im a little lazy!!

    So you a celebrity! OMG,with fans!! o really amazing!!! take with humor how you are!!! huggs!! Gloria
    Im amazing, really!!

    PS I hope you feel well with chocolate! I love chocolate too!

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  6. YUM and double YUM!

    ahhhh... i laughed hard at these lines

    Unless you don't like chocolate. And that means you're un-uhmaricuhn and need to git out of this country.

    amen sister.

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  7. Oh yum! I think the academy award performance is a good idea but how about you just enter the Pillsbury bake off and win that? They are taking entries right now along with a slew of other contests.Do you have all the info? If not, I can send it to you. Get working! I know you will win something good:)

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  8. Oh wow, this cake looks absolutely decadent. Love it and your pictures are awesome!

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  9. Well, if I saw you in the store or in a restaurant I'd totally want to touch your hand or have you kiss my baby - and that was before you were on URS.

    Your selfish smartass thing is exactly why you're so loved!

    Milk that sympathy performance. Do it for some millionaire so he or she will sponsor your cooking school education.

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  10. ...oh, and btw, I love the cake. Looks yummy. Perhaps for my mother-in-law's upcoming birthday.

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  11. This looks delicious and very, very consoling!

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  12. Chocolate cake always makes me feel better.

    Its big news to see a famous food network celebrity. I'm sure people love it. You could always wear a disguise.

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  13. LOL! Live it up and enjoy it while it lasts!
    ~ingrid

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  14. you see! you re famous even if you didn t win :) This cake looks so delicious and moist. The ideal for those sad moments , this will surely cheer me up.

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  15. Oh does the ever look good. I will want to try that sometime soon. I was cracking up about Randy Travis at 9 am.....LOL...

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  16. hah! you crack me up! i'm so glad you didn't go down the bulimia and dui road.

    this cakes look fabulous. i had a chocolate turtle cheesecake for dessert when nick and i went out this weekend. mmmmm so good. chocolate fudge = nuts = amaaaaaazing.

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  17. I feel so cool, I commented on your blog before you were famous! :D

    That cake looks awesome, turtles are one of my girlfriends favorite things. Maybe I should make it for her for Valentines...

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  18. Emily, the show hasn't aired up here yet but I'm sure I could find it online somewhere and then you'll get another 2 minutes fame!

    Keep your eye on the ball, create some more opportunities for yourself and send some cake over here already...SHEESH!

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  19. You'll always be famous to your blog fans! And that's just a small piece of what you have coming to you in the future. (That sounds kind of nasty, but you know what I mean.)

    I wish I had seen this recipe before I put brownies in the oven. However, the ganache can still happen and probably will...Tell me about putting butter in your ganache. That's a bold step.

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  20. mm looks delish! and you were beautiful on the show :)

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  21. yum yum yum!!!! I'm behind on the blog reading just got home a few days ago...I'm sad I missed the show...enjoy the fame! :)

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  22. AHH fame! Stay away from Lilo. That chcolate turtle cake would sure cheer me up. Kepp om saving kiddo. Your doing great.

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  23. Enjoy the ride and recognition while it lasts SS ;0) The cake looks divine.

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  24. Ha! You are so funny. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog! I think your plan for increase tips sounds great. Go for it! :)

    And as always, your chocolate cake sounds and looks fantastic!

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  25. Wow, at least I can say that I know a celeb.....
    I am glad you enjoyed your moments of glory and I have no doubt in my mind that there will be many more of these moments if you keep baking like this....

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  26. Hell yes for well-deserved recognition!! :-)

    **Just as a heads up: I will not be able to comment on blogs as often now, during this semester, due to work overload (I'm stressed already) - PLEASE know that I'm still loyally reading, but just won't have time to comment. I hope you understand!!

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  27. Newfound fame. Love it.

    I think you should add a tip jar to your website. Maybe little old ladies (like me) will feel sorry for you and pay your way to culinary school!

    Chocolate cake... it's ok, but I prefer vanilla :)

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  28. Just wait for the all-day ultimate recipe contest marathons - then the recognitions will start all over again. Uhh, your cake is making my teeth hurt. :)

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  29. Cute post! That cake looks so gooey-yummy! Do you visit Julie at Peanut Butter and Julie was on TV Network, too... her show will air this month... thought you'd want to look her up :)

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  30. I want that cake!!! You will be fine and milk all of those suckers out of there 20 dollar bills. You'll get to school!

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  31. After reading your blog and seeing a picture or two, and then seeing your sweet little "angel-face" on URS -- I would never have guessed that smart a** talk would match. You crack me up. Set up a Pay Pal account on your blog for tips -- I think I should pay for this recipe!

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  32. Milk that tip thing as much as you can girl!! HA HA!! I loved that! Turtle cake has to be good, thats a given!

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  33. Ahh, you crack me up. Definitely milk any sympathy tips for as long as possible! Oh, and how good is Steak 'n Shake? I miss it so!

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  34. I don't think the world has heard the last of you yet. You are a star and with cakes like this one, it's only a matter of time before everyone knows it, my dear.

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  35. congrats girl...i know wht it feels like..i was too...a couple of years back..miss calcutta, India...i loved the paparazzi...

    but i digress...

    congrats n u sure hve hell of a treasure trove here...love chocolate too...so guess we cn be frends.. ;p

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  36. Ah, fame ... Lovin' this turtle cake - especially the gooey chocolate frosting. A big slice for me please!

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  37. first of all, i doubt your time in the spotlight is over. secondly, awesome cake. and thirdly, i'd like to eat with brangelina and lilo not for the company, but for the simple fact that they wouldn't eat anything they ordered and i'd get it all. :)

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  38. What a wonderful slice of cake, Emiline! I love how dark and sinful it looks. And with all those add ins, it is fantastic, I'm sure.

    Oh, I'll be giving you my address so you can send me an autograph, ok? ;D

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  39. Over from DoggyBloggy, I thought you looked familiar- just saw that show! Your sandwich did look killer!

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  40. Mmm, that looks like the perfect cake to cure just about anything.

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  41. The chocolate cake looks superb!! You are a superstar! We saw the rerun the other night. You had my vote for sure!!

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  42. It is hard work but someone has to do it! You are a celebrity now, suck it up and deal with it baby!! That cakes looks so delicious too bad I can't eat it!

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  43. Yep, I'm pretty sure that this cake would make anyone feel better.

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  44. So yeah, you're hillarious! And I totally want a slice of cake now!

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  45. Oh gosh, you have no idea how much I need this right now, and I mean the whole thing. I haven't had chocolate since last year and it shows.

    Celeb status, eh? Must be good for the blog.

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  46. This cake looks like it would cure an infinite number of ills... good call!

    Now about this celebrity thing... it's not over 'til it's over, honey! We love your smartass schtick!

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  47. That chocolate cake looks totally decadent, Em.

    I'm glad you're enjoying your celebrity status, even if you did have to feature on country music stations. (spit)

    I think your idea of going for the sympathy factor with your customers is brill. You can do this, you have the acting experience. Just remember to stuff your pockets with kleenex. :-)

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  48. I have to laugh when you say that you are shy, because from your writing, you don't come across as shy at all. In fact, you always make me laugh!

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  49. Your cake looks awesome, and hello!!!! STEAKNSHAKE!! You must be midwest or something. I lived in Chicago for a summer and for some reason I love that place. YUM! I still watch for the Paula's Party epidodes we were on. No one cares, but us, but wahoooo!!

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  50. I printed this recipe and gave it to my aunt. She was looking for a killer dessert for her dinner party Friday and this will be IT!!

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  51. I just stumbled upon your blog and am drooling over these pictures :) I look forward to trying some of your recipes which are a little more complicated than I'm used to, but not too convoluted to prevent me from making them. Thanks and please keep it up!

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  52. You crafty little minx. You are doing exactly what I would do: work people's sympathy, honey! Sympathy tips don't last forever, don't I know it. I had to pay for my cat's surgery when I was a part-time barista and full time student, and the picture of Bock with his surgery cone really raked it in.

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  53. heyyy.
    so, of courrrrse, like everyone else, i saw you on URS!...honestlyy, i'm sure you've heard this 1000000 times, but you should've won! your food looked AMAZING, and the judges loved you.
    Oh well, there's, AND TGIF's loss....haha.
    POWER TO YOUNG ASPIRING CHEFS!!
    =D
    you go girl.

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  54. Charge 'em for autographs darl' and soon enough you'll be on your way to NYC. Keep cooking with all your heart and one day you'll be a star. :)

    Chocolate turtle.. mmmmmmm

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  55. Just make that cake for people and you'll get into culinary school!

    Besides, maybe it's like American Idol. The ones who compete but don't win go farthest!

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  56. Wow this looks decadent. And love the fame while you have it. I least they will listen and eat your great recipes.

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  57. Aaaahhhh... I've been missing so many of your posts that I don't know what happened and why you became a celeb!

    You made me laugh with your "addictions" :D, Yes, I guess you can not be a celebrity if you don't behave funny.

    Also, Happy New Year darling! HOpefully, I'm back in the track again and anxiously waiting for more of your fantastic recipes!

    That cake is a killer!!!!

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  58. The cake looks soooo delicious! Look, you're a local celeb. Awesome. Just keep cooking. You're amazing at it! Plus, you were on TV, it gets better from there. Trust me. :-) I have my own stories... :-)

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  59. That looks like the most delicious cake I have ever beheld. I am going to try and make it for my dinner guests, tomorrow.

    You stopping by my Twilight blog, made my day!

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  60. Did you go out with big sun glasses and all?! I've check on the foodnetwork site to see if I could see the full episode but no luck on that :( Maybe I need a slice of that cake then...

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  61. Lol I like the 'academy performance' idea as a way to fund your dream :D! I'm also a big fan of this cake..chocolate turtles just so happen to be one of my favorite chocolatey treats.

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  62. Wow!!! This looks great. i know lots of people who would really like this.

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  63. Sooo sorry about the loss. But we all know how talented you are...umm, that cake alone qualifies you! Don't lose sight of the dream...this is just the first step :)

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  64. You make so laugh so hard with your writing...you seriously are one of the only blogs I actually READ! Plus, your recipe looks divine too!

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  65. my brother hates chocolate! Go figure. Oh, and he thinks your hot and wants your autograph!

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  66. Emiline, I would totally be eating up all this attention if I were you. Don't you love it!?!? haha I need to get on a show!! I'd love to kiss random baby heads in Walmart.

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  67. Oh my.. I wish I was at home so I could start making this, instead of at my cube at work. Looks amazing!

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