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 9x13 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. Erin 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. Moonbeam says:

    These look amazingly delicious! I am a site manager on, an online how-to community. Our food editor admires your work, and since you already have gorgeous photos and a write-up, I thought you might be interested in sharing your work on our site as well. You should consider submitting this (or any of your other desserts) as an entry to our Desserts Contest.

    I would be happy to feature it on our site if you decide to post the instructions there and help get it noticed among our 13.8 million viewers. Let me know if you have any questions!


  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

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