Caffe Latte Turtle Cake for 2 Servings Recipe

Inspired by Caffe Latte’s delicious turtle cake, an intensely rich chocolate cake with a waterfall of caramel and pecan gems. The perfect dessert for two! Or six! Or one!

We kick off our February fun series with the most fun things to do. You absolutely have our hearts and will have yours too.

So, if you’re a resident twin citizen and strolled down St. Paul’s bustling Grand Avenue and were drawn to the bright pink neon letters that read “Cafe Latte,” then you’ve definitely met. Deeply, madly, completely in love their tortoise cake. It’s an honor.

That’s the story here. Intensely rich chocolate cake with caramel cascading and giant pecan jewels. Layers of layers, there may be too many layers and not enough layers. This cake stands for business. This cake means “I love you”. This is the stuff from which date nights are made.

So obviously I had to figure out how to make it at home. Literally, a trip to St. Paul is always worthwhile, but a trip to St. Paul is not always possible. (If you don’t live right next to Grand Ave., would you like a new roommate? Children and pets also come.)

So here’s our little tortoise cake for two. or six. or one. Let your mind decide.

Candied Pecans on a Tortoise Cake

Ingredients for this turtle cake

You’ll need baking staples and baking patience to make these fun little cakes (or a pair of cakes). JK, all you need is a love of chocolate and a passion for cakes. No need for a Hollywood handshake around here. But it’s worth the promise.

  • Baking essentials (eggs, flour, sugar, oil, baking soda, salt)
  • Sour Cream or Plain Fat Greek Yogurt
  • cocoa powder
  • A little strong hot coffee (makes it richer and tastier)

For the frosting and toppings, we used store-bought caramel to save time, and we used candied pecans because we had a little extra space (plain baked is also good).

  • milk
  • suck
  • butter
  • chocolate chips
  • caramel
  • pecan
Take out a slice of Caffe Latte tortoise cake and set it next to the cake with a fork.

How to Make Turtle Cake for 2 Servings

Wouldn’t it always be more fun to make a smaller version of something? Because “Look at that cute little caaaaake!” And luckily, making miniatures is no bigger task than doing the big ones, so that’s where it starts!

  1. It crashes. Mix all the turtle cake ingredients. Grease the 3 reels’ ramekins and distribute the dough!
  2. At your sign, set, burn! 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Gently remove the cake from the ramekin and let it cool.
  3. All right, it’s time for sugar. Boil the milk, sugar and butter, then melt in chocolate chips and whip until smooth. Allow it to cool slightly so that it can be sugared easily.
  4. Start layering! Layer and arrange the cakes, frosting, pecans and caramel, then continue stacking until you have an absolutely gorgeous overtop cake.

HOT TIP HOT TIP – It is recommended to cut the pecans in the middle layer so that the cake stacks well and the texture is very satisfying. But we leave them whole for optimal beautiful fantasies.

perfect for a date night

This little turtle cake is really special. It’s fun, it feels like celebration, and it’s perfect to make your date night at home a little bit more special. As an added bonus, I like it even more if I put it in the fridge for a while and then make it ahead of time and wait. Perhaps your dog can figure out how to bring it to you at the end of a meal. Or… a robot vacuum cleaner or something? We’re thinking out of the box here, but we really want your date night to be special. You know?

If it’s yours, or, you know, just plain old Wednesday, it’s the perfect dessert for the upcoming February holiday. It’s so perfect forever and ever forever Amen.

Tortoise Cake with Wedges

Cafe Latte Turle Cake For Two: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any recommendations for cleaning up pecans?

Chop the pecans (easy to eat) for the middle layer, then use the whole pecan on top (it looks pretty).

Any tips on icing cakes with sugar?

When icing your cake, you’ll want to spread the sugar a little past the edges so it doesn’t come off completely and looks like some kind of waterfall on the edges. It is better to let it flow naturally compared to the cake. It actually spreads on the sides.

What size ramekin do you suggest to make this for?

An 8-ounce ramekin is perfect here. The ramekin in the kitchen is 4 inches wide and about 2 inches high.

What kind of pecans should I use?

Plain baked pecans also work, but how about topped with candied pecans?! You won’t regret it.


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Inspired by Caffe Latte’s delicious turtle cake, an intensely rich chocolate cake with a waterfall of caramel and pecan gems. The perfect dessert for two! Or six! Or one!

chocolate cake:

  • One egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or Plain Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon jump
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup strong hot coffee (This will soften the dough and add flavor)

Chocolate Frosting:

  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup suck
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coffee


  • caramel
  • Roasted or candied pecan slices

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whip all the cake ingredients into the dough. Grease four 8-ounce ramekins generously with cooking spray. Divide the dough between the ramekins.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Gently remove cake from ramekin and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before adding frosting.
  4. Boil the milk, sugar and butter in a small saucepan. Melt the chocolate chips and whip until smooth. Add a little thin coffee. Let it cool for a few minutes to make sure the frosting isn’t too thin (it will still flow, I just don’t want it to get too hot when I sprinkle it on the cake).
  5. This recipe can make 1 3-tier cake or 2 2-tier cakes. Layer the cake, frosting, pecans, and caramel and repeat until you have a gorgeous, gourmet cake. I use whole pecans on top to create a nice design, and finely chop the pecans for the middle layer to give them a more chewy texture.
  6. Eat the cake while it is warm (yum) or keep it in the refrigerator for a day or two (very yum)! I love it. Thank you for the cafe latte!


The variations shown in the photos can help you figure out the cake shape you want! The first image in the post shows the two-tier cake with runner frosting (feeling a little over the edges), while the last photo shows a three-tier cake with a slightly thicker frosting that doesn’t run down the sides. . Play with them and create your own!

I’ve found cooking spray to be the best way to get cakes out of the ramekin easily. I’ve struggled with other methods, but cooking spray has never failed me!

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • category: dessert
  • Way: baking
  • Cooking: American

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