My daughter Zoie wants to be a pastry chef, so when the opportunity came to a) make an Amish recipe for Amish Wisdom and b) make a dessert, I got her involved. This cake is so simple to make and it is DELICIOUS. Be careful, though. It’s also addicting, especially if you love chocolate, caramel, nuts, cake, sugar, etc.
This recipe is from the Amish America website, and was adapted from a recipe by Pollyanna Hochstetler in the January/February 2011 edition of Ladies Journal.
½ cup butter (the real stuff)
1 (14 oz) pkg. caramels
7 oz. Eagle Brand milk or evaporated milk (we used condensed milk, which I recommend)
6 oz. chopped pecans
1 c. chocolate chips
Mix the cake mix according to package instructions. Zoie used devil’s food cake, but you can use any chocolate cake mix you prefer. You could even make it from scratch if you’d like. Bake half of this batter in a greased and floured 9 x 13 pan. We used cooking spray instead of grease and flour and it worked fine. Pour half of the batter into the pan and bake for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
While baking, melt butter, caramels, and milk. We did this in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave, but you could use a double boiler over the stove. Cool this slightly. Remove cake from oven and then pour the caramel mixture over the baked cake. Pour the remaining cake batter over this, then sprinkle with chocolate chips and pecans. Return to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
If the cake is too gooey in the middle, then cook for another 10 minutes. Once the cake is cool, it will still be gooey, but in that delicious melt-in-your-mouth way that turtle candy is. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or eat it on it’s own.
Kathleen Fuller was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and now makes her home in beautiful Geneva, Ohio. She’s been married to James for 15 wonderful years and they have three terrific children, three dogs, and an overwhelmed cat. She started writing in 2000, and published her first short story a year later. Since then she has authored several short stories, novellas, and novels. Her latest novella, Flowers for Rachael, releases June 17th.
She has a Masters degree in Special Education and a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. A few of her favorite things: her relationship with Christ, chocolate, autumn, a satisfying book, good friends, a sense of humor, people who don’t take themselves seriously, haunting melodies, and NFL football.
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