Cafe Latte's Turtle Cake
Café Latte created the Turtle Cake in 1985 and are famous for this moist, rich, three layer wonder. The cake layers are dark chocolate frosted with rich fudge and caramel and generous amounts of giant pecans.
If you don't have buttermilk on hand when preparing this cake, substitute sour milk in the same amount. For each cup of sour milk needed, place 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1 cup total liquid; stir. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes before using.
A thicker caramel topping works best in this recipe. Some caramel will ooze from the cake as it chills.
If you only have two 9-inch cake pans, refrigerate 1/3 of the batter while you bake the other two layers. Clean and prepare one of the pans as directed, and bake remaining batter.