Friday, May 8, 2009

Foodie Friday! - You'll Want To Slow Down For This One!

The Famous Turtle Cake
Cafe' Latte
on Grand Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota!

I've actually made this cake 
many a times.
After searching for 43 minutes
on iPhoto I cannot find a
picture of my cakes.
So I have to confess, 
this is not my photo.
This is from their website.
They offer the recipe for the taking.
So I will share it with you today.

Café Latte’s Famous Turtle Cake 

Cake Ingredients: 

1 Egg. 

2/3 cup Vegetable oil. 

1 cup Buttermilk. 

2 cups Flour. 

1 3/4 cups Sugar. 

1/2 cup Good quality cocoa. 

1 tsp. Salt. 

1 tbsp. Baking soda. 

1 cup Hot coffee 


1/2 cup Milk. 

1 cup Sugar. 

6 tbsp. Butter 

2 cups Good-quality semisweet chocolate chips. 

3/4 cup Caramel. 

1 1/2 cups Toasted pecans. 

Prepare oven and pans:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 3 (9-inch) cake pans. 

Cover each bottom with disk of parchment paper. 

To make cake:  In bowl, combine egg, oil and buttermilk.  In large separate bowl, mix 

together flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda.  Gradually add wet ingredients to dry 

until well mixed.  Gradually add hot coffee.  Scrape batter into prepared pans. 

To bake cake:  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes 

out clean.  Let cake rest in pans for 10 minutes.  Turn out onto wire racks to cool. 

To make frosting:  Mix sugar and milk in saucepan.  Add butter.  Bring to a boil. 

Remove from heat.  Add chocolate chips to pan.  Using wire whisk, mix until smooth. If 

frosting is too thick or grainy, add 1 or 2 teaspoons hot coffee. 

To assemble cake:  Place one cooled cake layer, top-side down, on cake plate.  Spread 

with one-third of frosting, pushing it out gently from edges to make a petal effect. 

Sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans,  Drizzle with 1/4 cup caramel.  Add next layer, again 

top-side down.  Repeat frosting and sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans and drizzle with 1/4 cup 

caramel.  And final layer top-side up, frost with petal effect and finish with remaining 

pecans and caramel. 

Call your friends and enjoy!

Everyone absolutely loves this cake

and I know that you will too!

It is so decadent, so rich,

so carmel-y and chocolate-y...

Just give it a try - 

you won't regret it!

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raxx a day in the life said...

My Goodness!! I copied this recipe, it sounds sooooo good!

Happy FF!!

Martha said...

Oh, we love going to Cafe Latte whenever we visit DD in Minneapolis (actually, we love ALL of Grand Avenue).

And this cake is amazing! I made it only once after our first visit __ for my waistline< it is preferable to have it at the cafe!

Stacey said...

Believe me, I'm slowing down to print this recipe. There's no doubt that has to be delicious!

Smilingsal said...

Oh that looks so moist and delicious.

I've never heard of Tiny Dixie Dog.

"Blossom" said...

Yummy, I have a small sliver of a piece. Anything that touches my lips end up on my hips. This looks so good.

bj said...

IT sounds just luscious....

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

oh yum... I need to try this one! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great Mother's Day ~ Susan

Mrs. B. Silly said...

If I could eat such things, I'd be giving this one a try. I love turtles (the chocolate variety!)
Happy almost Mother's Day!

Helen said...

'EVERY' time I return to Minneapolis/St. Paul I make time for a quick visit to Cafe' Latte and I am remembering all the great meals ++++ desserts! I love walking up the stairs to eat and people watch.

The Muse said...

Luscious Lavender Lemon Cake was an excellent Flo~Frudie! LOL....

I see here you have some experience with your turtle cake...I'd be willing to give that one try...just to simply help you out I mean, LOL LOL

I love chocolate!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Yummy! That looks so good my mouth is watering. Thanks for visiting my green post. I will soon have a new bedroom to do for myself. I am thinking of white, creams, green, and just a touch of brown...

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Looks wonderful! YUMMMMM! Wish I was there for a slice!

Marjie said...

I smell a sugar coma coming on!!! What could be better?

Chandy said...

Robyn, I'm getting a toothache just drooling over that picture! Wow!

I'll probably make the basic part of it, my son's allergic to all nuts. Thanks for the recipe, it's in the books! ;-)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Yes! This would be worth cheating on my diet for! I'm taking this recipe. Thanks for sharing it. laurie

Joyce said...

Since this is your tried and true recipe and you say you like it I will definitely make this. Thanks for sharing this recipe. May not be your photo but it looks delicious. Happy Mother's day.

salmagundi said...

Your cake looks wonderful - everything I love - nuts, caramel, & chocolate! Yum! The Danish on my blog today is so easy it doesn't need a recipe. Just take Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry and cut each sheet into 4 squares. Run some canned pie filling down the center, fold over as the picture shows, brush on an egg wash, and bake 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. How easy is that? Have a great weekend. Sally

Tootsie said...

yummy! you commented on my doing the guy next door's grass...I love him like he is one of my kids! he is a 27 year old bachelor...just the cutest thing...he's not only allergic to grass...and lets Brayden mow for him all summer...but he found out he has cancer all over his body from the war in Afghan...I feel so bad that someone so nice and so young is so is the least I can do.
He lets me plant what ever I want...and listens when I boss him around...and he loves the kids to play in his yard with his dog and cat! Now...why not help him out? I know you would do the exact same thing...just cause you are you!

Gollum said...

Robyn, ohhhhhh, this looks like a winner to me! I love rich cakes. I love to eat them for breakfast, even. I hope you have a blessed Mother's Day, dear lady.

Jenny said...

Oh my! I wish so badly I could make that cake! My daughter is allergic to pecans, so I can't :(

I will save the recipe for the next time Grandma watches her! LOL!

Mumzie said...

Oh my, Oh my...this looks like a very good CAKE! I will save this recipe for a special occasion. Thanks for visiting my blog. Do you live near Red Wing?...I've visited Red Wing...almost moved to Minn long ago. PS: I like your music. Mumzie

Foley said...

I think I gained weight just reading the recipe!! Sounds delicious..will have to save this for a special occasion!

mbkatc230 said...

This sounds incredibly good. The list of ingredients give a hint of how delicious this must be, I'm definitely trying it! Kathy

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