These are absolutely delicious! However, a few adjustments need to made to the recipe to make it work. You need to use half of the can of condensed milk with the caramels and the other half with the cake mix. DON’T prepare the cake mix first, use the cake mix like flour for this recipe. And the butter should be melted, not softened. Also, baking it for 15 more minutes instead of 10 results in a more firm bar and not so gooey.
These are really yummy as-is. However, they are more like turtle brownies. To make them actually taste like german chocolate bars, substitute pecans for the walnuts and add 1 cup of coconut. One point of clarification is needed in the recipe… The cake mix is to be used as flour, not made as directed on the box.
These bars taste fab!! The cake mix batter is more like the consistency of brownies –I pressed ½ of the mixture in the pan then baked it for 8 minutes. Instead of walnuts, I used pecans and I also added coconut which makes them stick together better. I crumbled the rest of the cake mixture on the top, and then used a piece of wax paper to spread it out a little bit. I also refrigerated them overnight –and brought then to room-temp before serving. Everyone loved them!!
I absolutely love this recipe. I changed a few things though. I didn’t add walnuts and instead of using a 13×9 pan I used a 8 x 11.5 2 quart baking dish instead. I also used a smaller bag of Werther’s rather than the 14 ounces of caramels. I used half of the sweetened condensed milk with the cake mix and half of the can with the caramels. When the dessert comes out of the oven it will look like it isn’t done. Let it sit for about 2 hours and you’re good to go!
I mAde These Bars for A friend for a VERY big Gathering…Everybody LOVED them. One person at the party kept telling me how great they were, And right away asked for the recipe. I did however change it just a little i added 1/2 a cup of cream and 1/2 cup of water to the cake mix along with the butter and condensed milk otherwise it would have Been really dry.The results were Great..Thanks for Sharing this wonderfull recipe. I am sure it will be used quite often.
According to my taste-testers (ie my housemates), they were delicious. When I made this, the consistancy of the cake mix was very crumbly and thick. However, I flattened 1/2 of the mix onto a baking pan, cooked as directed, added the carmel mix, sprinkled on chocolate chips, then flattened the remaining cake mix (pref with a rolling pin) and placed it on top (as if it were a sheet). This was sorta makeshift first attempt but it turned out pretty well and stayed together due to the chocolate and carmel. Extremely sweet!
1-¾ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
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