Friday, August 26, 2016


Most everyone in this area has been to Cafe Latte on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul.  Without exception, their food is delicious, especially their desserts!  Many years ago their recipe for Turtle Cake was posted in the newspaper, and I immediately tore it out.  I've made the recipe a few times over the years, always to great reviews, so I recently made it for a potluck picnic.  Here is the recipe for your future enjoyment!

CAFE LATTE TURTLE CAKE - Makes 12 (big) servings.
*  1 egg
*  2/3 c. vegetable oil
*  1 c. buttermilk
*  2 c. flour
*  1-3/4 c. sugar
*  1/2 c. cocoa
*  1 tsp. salt
*  1 tbsp. baking soda
*  1 c. hot coffee
Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease a 9"x12" pan.
Combine egg, oil and buttermilk.  In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda.  Combine the egg mixture and the flour mixture, mixing well.  Slowly mix in hot coffee.  Turn into prepared pan and bake 40 to 45 minutes.  Frost when cooled.

*  1 c. sugar
*  1/2 c. milk
*  5 tbsp. butter
*  1-1/2 c. chocolate chips
*  1/2 c. caramel topping [I used Hershey's brand this time, but I don't recommend it.]
*  1 c. toasted pecans
Mix sugar and milk in a saucepan, add butter and bring to a boil.  Put chocolate chips in a bowl, pour hot mixture over them and mix until smooth.  Spread over cooled cake.  Drizzle caramel topping over the frosting, and crunch toasted pecans over caramel with your hand.

Coffee adds a nice boost to chocolate cake.

Always use the best ingredients for the best result.

Making this cake requires no electric mixer; just mix with a spoon or whisk.
The result is more dense - a good thing in a chocolate cake!

The cake is quite rich; so cut smaller portions.  Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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