Turtle Poke Cake

Dark chocolate, caramel, pecans: this gluten-free Turtle Poke Cake has everything going for it! Especially because it's next-level easy to make with Pamela's Chocolate Cake mixes. Recipe and photo by Katie from Wheat by the Wayside.


    Yield: 24

    • 1 pkg Pamela's Chocolate Cake Mix
    • 3 eggs
    • ½ cup canola oil
    • 1½ cups water
    • 1 (13.4 ounce) can dulce de leche
    • 1 pkg Dark Chocolate Frosting Mix
    • ½ cup butter, softened
    • 4 tablespoons milk or water
    • ½ cup caramel syrup, or caramel sundae sauce
    • ½ cup chocolate syrup, or hot fudge sauce
    • ½ cup pecan pieces, toasted
    1. Heat oven to 350°F.
    2. Whisk the eggs, oil, and water together. Add the Chocolate Cake Mix and stir to combine. Don't overmix.
    3. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake 24-30 min or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cake from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Using a straw, poke holes all over the top of the cake
    4. Transfer the dulce de leche to a microwave-safe bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until pourable. Pour the dulce de leche over the top of the cake and spread evenly, allowing the caramel to fill in the holes on the cake. Set the cake aside to cool completely.
    5. Once the cake is completely cool, make the frosting: Place the softened butter in a mixing bowl. Add the Dark Chocolate Frosting Mix and blend at low speed until combined. Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time, blending well after each addition.
    6. Spread the chocolate frosting over the cooled cake. Drizzle with caramel syrup, then chocolate syrup, and top with pecan pieces. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until serving.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Kathleen S.
Easy to make & delicious!

I wanted to make a dessert for Derby day and I specifically wanted to use my Pamela's chocolate cake mix. I saw this one and it sounded perfect - easy to make and delicious. It was a winner for the Derby day volunteers. Even people who are not gluten free loved it! Because of timing, I used a can of chocolate icing and it was still very good. Enjoy!