Snickers Cake {Gooey Caramel Chocolate Cake}

This Snickers Cake is so gooey and full of chocolate and caramel. It has been a family favorite for years, and it's not hard to see why.

This week was Sister #4’s birthday (a.k.a. Steph!)… Happy Birthday Stephy. We love you.
I love birthdays. Not just my own, but really anyones. Everyone wins, when someone has a birthday, because you get cake and ice cream.
Anyway, this is the birthday cake that she requested. It is one of our family’s favorite desserts.
We have always called it “Snickers Cake”, but I have also heard it called “Candy Bar Cake” or “Gooey Caramel Cake” . . . whatever it’s name is, it’s delicious.
It doesn’t have any frosting, but trust me- it doesn’t need it because the middle is full of so much gooey-goodness.
You could always add frosting, but pair it with a scoop of ice cream, and no frosting is needed. You are going to love this simple and delicious cake recipe, full of chocolate, nuts and caramel.

could i use milk duds instead of chocolate chips and caramels?

We do love our Milk Duds, however, they are a little more thick, and less soft and chewy than most caramels. They would have a hard time melting in this cake, and staying soft.

For the best results, we highly recommend using soft caramels and chocolate chips.

would caramel syrup work?

Caramel syrup could possibly work, but it is a lot more runny than average melted caramels. We do not recommend using caramel syrup because it would just seep into the cake, and you wouldn’t get bites of caramel.

You could however, use caramel bits, found on the baking aisle at the store. They are similar to soft pre wrapped caramels, but all the unwrapping is done.

They melt perfectly, and you would still get bites of caramel in your cake, rather than using a liquidy caramel that would just sink into your cake, and minimize the caramel flavor.

how do i keep this moist?

We recommend refrigerating this cake and keeping it in a container, or tightly wrapped up with saran wrap or foil, for the best results. It will be good in the fridge for about 3 days, but recommended you eat the day of making it.

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Serves: 8-10

Snickers Cake {Gooey Caramel Chocolate Cake}

15 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 German Chocolate Cake Mix (we used Betty Crocker)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (14 oz) bag of Kraft Caramels (or any other caramels you like)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter (which is about 3/4 of a cube)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Mix together cake mix as directed on the box adding the eggs, water, and vegetable oil. Pour half of the batter into a greased 9x13 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  2. While it bakes, unwrap all the caramels (don't have your husband help- he will eat half of them. I am totally speaking from experience). Put the caramels, milk, and butter in a sauce pan and melt over low heat, stirring constantly until caramel is melted and smooth.
  3. Pour the caramel on the cake as soon as it is finished baking. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and pecans on top of the caramel. Spread the remaining half of the prepared cake mix batter on top. Bake for 20 more minutes at 350 degrees.
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47 Responses to “Snickers Cake {Gooey Caramel Chocolate Cake}”

  1. These look amazingly delicious! I am a site manager on Instructables.com, an online how-to community. Our food editor admires your work, and since you already have gorgeous photos and a write-up, I thought you might be interested in sharing your work on our site as well. You should consider submitting this (or any of your other desserts) as an entry to our Desserts Contest.

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  2. jessie hansen
    I also grew up calling this turtle cake, but I have yet to make it for my husband because he always has some lame thing to say about german chocolate always having coconut and he hates coconut even though this doesn't ahve any blah blah blah... I should make it tomorrow.
    • Terri H
      Just use a normal chocolate cake mix, the only difference usually is that the color for the German Chocolate cake is lighter, some say that the flavor is not as strong of a chocolate flavor as a normal chocolate cake is.
  3. i am DUMB.... i had a generic cake mix that was a little shy of a betty crocker box 16oz and so i just thought a 9x13 would be to big and used a 9x9 and GAHHHH i cooked it a extra 15 min on the second time/top and its still raw-ish in the middle mad at myself ill try again and FOLLOW directions #hides smells good still and its still edible for me and the kids LOL
    • The other half of the cake mix is the top layer. These are loaded with gooey goodness inside. The chocolate chips, caramel, and nuts are in between the 2 layers of cake!! It's our favorite. We have it for a lot of birthday parties and we are big frosting people. It's so good that we often skip the frosting cake and go for this snickers cake!!
  4. I made this cake and there was no cooling instructions on when to take out of the pan? I tried to do my normal and flip over and pop out and part of the cake was not cooked or still too warm? I put it back in the oven to cook more. Can you tell me do you freeze then take cake out of the pan? Leave in pan only to eat? I wanted to use this recipe for a cake dash ( donated for woman and children that have been violently abused ) and it sounded glamorous enough to choose this recipe. I will need to put a chocolate ganage on cakes and stack and decorate ( top with cut up stinkers bars and drizzle with a salted caramel and then more ganage drizzle..Can you give me any advice? I make pretty stunning cakes but this one need to be oozy gooey madness...That is why I picked your recipe...
    • Hi Alicia, this cake is not the type of cake you flip upside down and serve on another plate. It's just like the name...Gooey Caramel Chocolate cake. You may be able to loosen the edges after it is cooled and see if you can remove it carefully that way. We have this cake at so many family parties and we just serve it right from the 9 x 13 pan.

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