Texas Turtle Sheet Cake

This Texas Turtle Sheet Cake makes an amazing chocolate cake with a turtle topping, this one is hard to resist!

Cake:

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups self rising flour

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup hot coffee or use hot water

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 eggs, at room temperature

Chocolate Frosting:

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup buttermilk

3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Turtle Topping:

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup caramel sauce, for drizzling

To prepare Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 10 x 15 inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray sides with non stick spray, if needed.

In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar and set aside.

In a saucepan, combine 1 cup butter, 1 cup coffee, and 1/3 cup cocoa. Bring to a slow rolling boil, stirring constantly.

Pour the warm butter mixture into the flour mixture. Using a mixer, mix until ingredients are fully combined, about 30 seconds.

Add buttermilk and eggs. Mix on medium speed another 30 seconds, or fully combined.

Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.

To prepare Chocolate Frosting: In a medium saucepan, combine 1/4 cup butter, 4 tablespoons buttermilk and 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder. Bring to a slow rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and use a wire whisk to gradually mix in powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time.

Spread or pour warm frosting over the cake.

To prepare Turtle Topping: While the cake is still warm, sprinkle with chopped pecans and the mini chocolate chips. Drizzle with caramel sauce.

Serves 24

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