A Labor Day Dump Cake

Are you entertaining this long weekend ?  How about a dump cake for dessert.  Not just any dump cake , but a:

{caramel & chocolate} Turtle Dump Cake

1 small box (3.4 oz) Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix1 1/2 cups whole milk3/4 cup caramel sauce, divided1 box (15.25 oz) chocolate fudge cake mix, DO NOT prepare1 bag dark chocolate chips1/2 cup chopped pecans

It had me at caramel.  Here are the particulars for the cake:

You only need 6 ingredients! A boxed cake mix, instant pudding, dark chocolate chips, caramel sauce (like the stuff you put on ice cream), pecans, and some milk. Super simple and you can have this in the oven in just about 10 minutes. Maybe 5 if you’re fast 🙂 

Together as family author writes:

“I am normally not a fan of dark chocolate chips so I was hesitant to use them in this dessert. But I did it anyways and I am so glad I did. With so much other sweetness going on, the dark chocolate really balances everything else out. So please use the dark chocolate chips!

Top each serving with some vanilla ice cream and if wanted, drizzle some of the extra caramel sauce on top and/or some melted chocolate. I just melted some chocolate chips with about a teaspoon of oil in the microwave. The oil helps the chocolate be silky and smooth. Drizzle that over each serving if wanted.

I don’t think it needs the chocolate or caramel drizzle because the cake is so rich and moist by itself, but it never hurts to have more”


    • 1 small box (3.4 oz) Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix
    • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
    • 3/4 cup caramel sauce, divided
    • 1 box (15.25 oz) chocolate fudge cake mix, DO NOT prepare
    • 1 bag dark chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
optional drizzle
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon oil (canola, vegetable, coconut)
  • leftover 1/4 cup caramel sauce


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In large bowl, stir dry pudding mix and milk with a wire whisk for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of the caramel sauce, the dry cake mix, and 1 cup of the dark chocolate chips. Stir until well blended.
  • Spread batter evenly in pan. Sprinkle pecans and remaining 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips over top.
  • Bake 32-38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out almost clean. It should not be completely cooked like a cake, you want it gooey so to speak.
  • Scoop up some of the dump cake into a bowl and top with vanilla ice cream. If wanted, drizzle with the remaining caramel sauce and the chocolate sauce.
  • TO MAKE CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE : combine chocolate chips and oil in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 1-2 minutes or until it is completely melted and smooth.


I use the caramel ice cream topping. You can use any caramel you want, as long as it’s in liquid/melted form. Melt down some caramel squares, etc….


Makes my mouth water looking at that picture.  If you make one, let me know how it tastes.  Hers’s a link for more–


Author: Dennis Hickey

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