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Snickers Cake {Gooey Caramel Chocolate Cake}

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This week was Sister #4’s birthday (a.k.a. Steph!)…
Happy Birthday Stephy! We love you!
Anyway, this is the birthday cake that she requested . . . it is one of our family’s favorite desserts! We have always called it “Snickers Cake”, but I have also heard it called “Candy Bar Cake” or “Gooey Caramel Cake” . . . whatever it’s name is, it’s delicious! It doesn’t have any frosting, but trust me- it doesn’t need it because the middle is full of so much gooey-goodness!

1 German Chocolate Cake Mix (we used Betty Crocker)
3 eggs
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 (14 oz) bag of Kraft Caramels (or any other caramels you like)
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup butter (which is about 3/4 of a cube)
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans

Mix together cake mix as directed on the box adding the eggs, water, and vegetable oil. Pour half of the batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
While it bakes, unwrap all the caramels (don’t have your husband help- he will eat half of them. I am totally speaking from experience). Put the caramels, milk, and butter in a sauce pan and melt over low heat, stirring constantly until caramel is melted and smooth.
Pour the caramel on the cake as soon as it is finished baking. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and pecans on top of the caramel. Spread the remaining half of the prepared cake mix batter on top. Bake for 20 more minutes at 350 degrees.

Here are more of our favorite cake recipes:
Pumpkin Pie Cake
German Chocolate Lava Cake
Boston Cream Poke Cake
No Bake Eclair Cake
Chocolate Caramel Toffee Crunch Cake

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  1. says

    Holy macharoly! That sounds like heaven. I am so pinning this so I can make this (and eat the entire thing myself!) Thanks!

  2. says

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  3. jessie hansen says

    I also grew up calling this turtle cake, but I have yet to make it for my husband because he always has some lame thing to say about german chocolate always having coconut and he hates coconut even though this doesn’t ahve any blah blah blah… I should make it tomorrow.

    • Terri H says

      Just use a normal chocolate cake mix, the only difference usually is that the color for the German Chocolate cake is lighter, some say that the flavor is not as strong of a chocolate flavor as a normal chocolate cake is.

  4. Janice S. says

    I just made this with devils food cake mix and my husband and I sampled a piece each. Oh my! This is decadent cake – a true dessert. So good still warm from the oven; I’m hoping it’s as good tomorrow night for my guests.

  5. Candace says

    Just to make sure I have it right … I add all the ingredients it says on the cake box plus the extra oil, eggs and water?

    • Cyd says

      No, the cake mix we used asked for those amounts of eggs, oil and water. Just add what your cake mix box says. But don’t add double of those ingredients.

  6. karen stroup says

    I have a friend who makes me a HOME MADE German chocolate cake for my birthday every year AND wouldn’t this be DELIOUS WITH the home-made version? yum yum !!!

  7. Lisa says

    I’m so disappointed! I tried making the cake tonight and it was just mush! I followed the directions to a tee. What a waste of ingredients! :(

    • Cyd says

      Oh no! So sorry.Not sure what could have gone wrong. We have never had a problem with this. We have it for family birthdays all the time!

  8. Brittany says

    My Family Loves this cake! I poke holes in the bottom layer and then pour the caramel on. Delicious! Also great using dark chocolate cake mix. Thank you.

  9. kelly says

    i am DUMB….

    i had a generic cake mix that was a little shy of a betty crocker box 16oz and so i just thought a 9×13 would be to big and used a 9×9 and GAHHHH i cooked it a extra 15 min on the second time/top
    and its still raw-ish in the middle
    mad at myself ill try again and FOLLOW directions #hides

    smells good still and its still edible for me and the kids LOL

    • Cyd says

      The other half of the cake mix is the top layer. These are loaded with gooey goodness inside. The chocolate chips, caramel, and nuts are in between the 2 layers of cake!! It’s our favorite. We have it for a lot of birthday parties and we are big frosting people. It’s so good that we often skip the frosting cake and go for this snickers cake!!

  10. Michelle says

    I think the next time I make this I WILL use double the recipe, because it comes out looking more like Bars in a 9×13 pan

  11. Michelle says

    **Update, I spoke too soon…after i let the second half of the cake finish cooking it looks GREAT, i wouldn’t change anything at all :)

    • Cyd says

      Oh good! I was a little concerned. It’s always pretty thick like a piece of cake. I couldn’t figure out how it came out thin like bars! Hope it all turns out ok and tastes yummy! We love this dessert! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

  12. Grace says

    Hi guys-
    Anyone from the UK or Ireland made this? If so what caramel did you use? I’m thinking the carnation caramel dessert topping? Also are the caramels chewy ones like milk duds? Thanks!

    • Cyd says

      Caramel dessert topping like you put on top of ice cream is too runny. Kraft caramels are soft and chewy, and also hold their shape. Milk duds are firmer than the caramels we used.

      • Grace says

        I’ve bought everything except the caramels as I couldn’t find anything similar here- gonna try it with the tinned caramel and see what happens! Anyone in the uk if you’ve made this please let me know what caramel you used thanks!

  13. says

    I made this cake and there was no cooling instructions on when to take out of the pan? I tried to do my normal and flip over and pop out and part of the cake was not cooked or still too warm? I put it back in the oven to cook more. Can you tell me do you freeze then take cake out of the pan? Leave in pan only to eat? I wanted to use this recipe for a cake dash ( donated for woman and children that have been violently abused ) and it sounded glamorous enough to choose this recipe. I will need to put a chocolate ganage on cakes and stack and decorate ( top with cut up stinkers bars and drizzle with a salted caramel and then more ganage drizzle..Can you give me any advice? I make pretty stunning cakes but this one need to be oozy gooey madness…That is why I picked your recipe…

    • Cyd says

      Hi Alicia, this cake is not the type of cake you flip upside down and serve on another plate. It’s just like the name…Gooey Caramel Chocolate cake. You may be able to loosen the edges after it is cooled and see if you can remove it carefully that way. We have this cake at so many family parties and we just serve it right from the 9 x 13 pan.

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