Hot fudge sauce that makes itself, pecans, and caramel M&M’s! Top it with an easy peasy homemade caramel sauce or your favorite store-bought.
So gooey and decadent and it all starts with a cake mix.
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I think just about everyone has made hot fudge pudding cake at some point. But did you know you can use a cake mix?
I’m a big fan of scratch but sometimes you want something that you can put together quicker.
I’ve been making the basic recipe for eons, but when I saw these caramel M&M’s I knew I had to incorporate them in some recipes.
FYI, some of them didn’t make it into the cake. Hey, someone had to make sure they were ok to use!
The caramel sauce that I topped this turtle cake with is a variation on my Bourbon Pecan Caramel Sauce. I just left out the toasted pecans and bourbon.
You can use store-bought sauce if you like, but this sauce is so easy and tastes so much better! Honestly, you’ll be eating it by the spoonful!
Start by spraying your 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray. It will make clean up much easier.
Next, mix up the batter.
This is my favorite cake mix. It has great chocolatey flavor and adorable little chocolate chips. It’s also my go-to cake mix for my Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake Mix.
In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, eggs, and water on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Next, stir in 1/2 cup of the pecans and 1/2 cup of the M&M’s.
Spread the batter evenly in your pan.
Then sprinkle on the rest of the M&M’s and pecans, lightly press them into the batter.
In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cocoa…
…and sprinkle it evenly over the batter.
Finally, pour the boiling water gently over the top. I like to get it as close to the oven as I can when I pour the water. DO NOT STIR. Carefully place it in the center of your oven and bake it for 40-45 minutes or until set.
Look at those pecans! And even though you can’t see them, the M&M’s have melted into the cake.
While the cake is baking, make the caramel sauce. It’s so easy! I really hope you’ll give it a try.
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