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Gooey Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cake Roll

Gooey Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cake Roll. This cake roll is an irresistible combination of rich chocolate cake, creamy caramel, crunchy pecans, and smooth chocolate ganache. Perfect for special occasions or whenever you need a show-stopping dessert, this turtle cake roll is as delightful to eat as it is to make.

The first time I made this cake roll, it was for a family gathering, and I wanted something that was both impressive and comforting. The process of rolling the cake, filling it with luscious caramel and pecans, and drizzling it with ganache was almost therapeutic. The end result was a beautifully swirled cake that was a hit with everyone. The layers of flavors and textures—the soft, moist chocolate cake, the gooey caramel, and the crunch of the pecans—created a harmony that had everyone reaching for seconds.

What I love most about this cake roll is how it combines simplicity with elegance. It’s a bit of a labor of love, but the steps are straightforward and the payoff is immense. Each slice looks like a piece of art, with its beautiful spiral of chocolate and caramel. This cake is perfect for any occasion where you want to impress your guests and indulge in something truly special.

Recipe Summary

This Gooey Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cake Roll features a rich chocolate sponge cake filled with gooey caramel and crunchy pecans, all rolled up and topped with a decadent chocolate ganache. It’s a dessert that looks as impressive as it tastes.

Exciting Story

One holiday season, I decided to try something different from the usual pies and cookies. I stumbled upon a turtle cake roll recipe and thought it sounded perfect—who doesn’t love chocolate, caramel, and pecans? As I unrolled the baked cake and spread the caramel and pecans, I was filled with anticipation. When I finally served it to my family, the ooohs and aaahs around the table were priceless. This cake roll has now become a holiday tradition, bringing joy and indulgence to our celebrations.

Why This Gooey Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cake Roll?

Selling Points:

  • Show-Stopping Presentation: The rolled cake with its beautiful swirl is sure to impress.
  • Rich and Indulgent: Combines chocolate, caramel, and pecans for an irresistible flavor combination.
  • Perfect for Special Occasions: Ideal for holidays, celebrations, or any time you want to treat yourself and your loved ones.


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup caramel sauce
1/2 cup pecan halves, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Extra pecan halves for garnish

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Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease it.
In a bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add the vegetable oil and vanilla extract to the egg mixture and mix well.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
Pour the batter onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it evenly.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cake is set.
While the cake is still warm, carefully roll it up in the parchment paper and let it cool completely.
Unroll the cake and spread the caramel sauce over it. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top.
Roll the cake back up, this time without the parchment paper, and place it seam-side down.
In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream until it just begins to simmer. Pour over the chocolate chips and let sit for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
Pour the chocolate ganache over the cake roll and garnish with extra pecan halves.
Let the cake set before slicing and serving.

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