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3 layer brownie cake with caramel frosting

Turtle Brownie Cake

This decadent Turtle Brownie cake is made with layers of brownie, chocolate ganache, salted pecans, and a smooth caramel buttercream frosting. 
Course Dessert
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 20
Author Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell


Brownie Cake

  • 2 18.3 oz boxes Brownie mix + ingredients listed on back of package
  • 1 c Turtle Candies chopped
  • ¼ c Dulce de Leche

Caramel Frosting

  • 8 oz Butter softened
  • 4 c Powdered Sugar
  • ½ c Dulce de Leche
  • 1-2 Tbsp Milk

Chocolate Ganache

  • 2 c Dark chocolate finely chopped
  • 1 c Heavy cream

Salted Pecans

  • 1 c Pecan halves
  • 2 tbsp Butter salted, melted
  • 1 tsp Salt finely ground



  • Mix the brownie batter up and pour it into 3 greased and parchment lined 9-inch round pans. Bake brownies following the instructions on the packaging for 8x8" brownie pan. Bake until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean then remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Caramel Buttercream

  • In a mixer combine the butter with the powdered sugar until it is smooth.
  • Add Dulce de Leche continuing to mix.
  • Add milk one tablespoon at a time until the buttercream is a smooth spreadable consistency.

Salted Pecans

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Melt butter and toss pecan halves in it.
  • Lay pecans on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until pecans begin to dark slightly.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Chocolate Ganache

  • Heat the cream in the microwave until it begins to boil then pour over the chopped chocolate stirring until completely melted and smooth.

Assemble Brownie Cake

  • Start with a layer of brownie.
  • Spread caramel buttercream over the brownie and top with the next brownie layer. Add another layer of frosting and another layer of brownie.
  • Pour warm ganache over the top brownie and sprinkle with salted pecans and chopped Turtle candies.
  • Heat ¼ cup of dulce de leche in the microwave for about 15 seconds or until it is pourable and then drizzle over top of the cake.
  • Enjoy!