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Better than Sex Cake

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Better than Sex Cake is a rich chocolate cake that is topped with sweetened condensed milk, caramel sauce, Cool Whip and crushed Heath bars for the ultimate treat!
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Table of Contents
  1. BETTER THAN SEX CAKE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS BETTER THAN SEX CAKE RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
  6. MORE DESSERT RECIPES
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This easy better than sex cake is one of my favorite desserts. We start with a simple chocolate cake and then use a wooden spoon to poke holes in it. Sweetened condensed milk and caramel sauce are poured over the cake and then it’s topped with Cool Whip and crushed Heath bars before being served. It’s irresistible!

And if you’re looking for more popular cakes, check out our oatmeal cake, chocolate poke cake and chocolate pudding cake.

A large chocolate cake

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BETTER THAN SEX CAKE INGREDIENTS

A piece of cake on a tray

You will need:

  • Devil’s food chocolate boxed cake mix plus ingredients listed on the cake box
  • 1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • jar of caramel sauce
  • 16-ounce tub of Cool Whip
  • 4 Heath candy bars

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CAKE MIX: Try making this with a different type of chocolate cake mix such as German chocolate cake instead of devil’s food cake mix. Or, when you mix the cake, only use two eggs and add a half-cup of whiskey.

SAUCE: Substitute hot fudge topping for the caramel sauce.

TOPPINGS: There are lots of sweet nothings that can be added to top of the cake: chocolate chips, Reese’s peanut butter cups, Skor bars, Butterfingers, Snickers, Oreos, heath toffee bits.

WHIPPED CREAM: You can either use a whipped topping such as Cool Whip or make your own homemade fresh whipped cream using our recipe found here.

HOW TO MAKE THIS BETTER THAN SEX CAKE RECIPE

STEP ONE: Bake cake according to the package directions for a 9×13 cake. When the cake is done baking, use the end handle of a wooden spoon and poke holes all throughout the cake.

PRO TIP: It’s best to make the holes in the cake while it is still slightly warm because as it cools, the crust on top of the cake will crumble more easily.

STEP TWO: Pour the sweetened condensed milk all over the top of the cake and spread it out.

PRO TIP: When you’re pouring the cream into the holes, tap the pan on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles and make sure the cream fills the holes completely.

Better than sex cake

STEP THREE: Then pour caramel sauce over the top of the cake and spread it out to cover the entire cake.

STEP FOUR: Refrigerate the cake for at least two hours.

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STEP FIVE: Spread the Cool Whip on top of the cooled cake and sprinkle with chopped Heath bars.

HOW TO SERVE

Our better than sex cake is utterly decadent and is a perfect treat to serve for a special occasion or for no occasion at all. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side for a truly indulgent dessert. Serve with our iced tearaspberry iced teasweet peach iced tea, or our southern strawberry sweet tea on the side to wash it all down.

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STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: If have any leftovers of this cake, you’ll want to store it covered in plastic wrap in the fridge until you’re ready to serve again.

IN THE FREEZER: You can also freeze this better than sex cake recipe. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and then cover with aluminum foil for up to 3 months. Allow the cake to thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

This delectable cake is known by many names including Better Than Best Cake, Almost Better Than Sex Cake, Better Than Anything Cake or Better Than You Know What Cake. If you’ve heard of Sex in a Pan, this is it…or perhaps you know it as Robert Redford Cake or Better Than Robert Redford Cake.

No matter what it is called, the result is no ordinary chocolate cake. This is a moist, homemade better than sex cake that everyone will love. The rich, buttery caramel sauce adds to the moist texture of this confection. Then there’s the topping with whipping cream, more coffee AND heath bar pieces. Heavenly.

FAQ

Can I make this cake a day ahead?

You can make this delicious cake a day ahead and then add Cool Whip when you’re ready to serve.

Can I use white or yellow cake mix instead of chocolate cake?

You can use whichever flavor of cake mix you prefer.

What do you use to poke holes in poke cake?

The end of a wooden spoon is the best size to poke holes in the cake.

What is a poke cake?

It’s an easy cake which generally starts with a box mix that you poke holes into while it’s still hot after baking. The holes are then filled with a liquid or filling — like condensed milk, pureed fruit, chocolate cream, or pudding. It makes a moist and delicious cake.

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Better than Sex Cake Recipe

5 from 15 votes
Better than Sex Cake is a rich chocolate cake that is topped with sweetened condensed milk, caramel sauce, Cool Whip and crushed Heath bars for the ultimate treat!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • Devil’s Food Chocolate cake mix plus ingredients listed on the cake box
  • 1 14- ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 16- ounce jar caramel sauce
  • 1 8- ounce tub of Cool Whip
  • 4 Heath bars chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9×13 dish by spraying with nonstick spray.
  • Make the cake according to the package directions for a 9×13 cake.
  • When the cake is done baking use the round handle end of a wooden spoon and poke holes all throughout the cake.
  • Pour the sweetened condensed milk all over the top of the cake and spread it out.
  • Then pour the caramel sauce over the top of the cake and spread it out.
  • Refrigerate the cake for at least two hours.
  • Spread the Cool Whip on top of the cooled cake and sprinkle with chopped Heath bars.

Video

Notes

TIP: It’s best to make the holes in the cake while it is still slightly warm because as it cools, the crust on top of the cake will crumble more easily.
TIP: When you’re pouring the cream into the holes, tap the pan on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles and make sure the cream fills the holes completely.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Christine Davis says

    5 stars
    Such a tasty cake. I didn’t have heath bars on hand so used mini chocolate chips, toffee bits and chopped and toasted pecans for the topping. I’ve had different variations of this recipe, but this one was the best. It’s a keeper for sure.

  2. Faye M Coco says

    You can also use the butterscotch or hot fudge sauce in a jar, I use chopped pecans, on top, but even heath bar pieces, butterfingers, stickers cut up, whatever you desire! Faye c

  3. Ro says

    5 stars
    This cake was a hit when I made it for my office earlier this year. So much so that it’s been requested again.
    Did you take out coffee from the ingredients, or are my eyes playing tricks on me?

  4. Darlene Patyna says

    Loved your cake ,but I’m looking for how much coffee to add to my batter and was it also adding to the cool whip, I’m thinking it was, can you help, going to make this on the 23rd of December for Christmas.

    • Layne Kangas says

      You can add coffee to the cake as well as the icing if you’d like. We’ve updated our recipe and it doesn’t include it anymore. I believe the original recipe called for 1/4 or 1/2 cup of coffee and then two tablespoons in the icing. Enjoy!

  5. Heather says

    Just made this cake for my boyfriend’s birthday.. his birthday is in 2 days, do you think it’ll be soggy if it sits in the fridge until then?? I haven’t put the top layer on yet.

  6. Celeste says

    5 stars
    This dessert came out amazing. I do have to say it is super sweet and rich, but worth it. Thank for the recipe, I was looking for something different and this was perfect!

  7. Lisa says

    What size Heath bars are you using? I couldn’t find the regular candy bars so bought a bag of miniatures. How many do you think I should use?

    • Layne Kangas says

      I’m not sure how big the mini bars are compared to regular size. We use four regular size ones so I would guess maybe you would need 8-12 mini ones! Although, really, you can’t go wrong! Enjoy 🙂

  8. Lori says

    Hi, I used to make this cake, the original way, with the instant coffee granules and absolutely loved it but lost the recipe. In the video, it shows instant coffee in the batter as well as the topping. Please let me know how much in each. Thank you so much!

  9. Sarah says

    Do you stick it in the fridge as soon as you put the Carmel/condensed milk on, or do you need to let it cool completely first? Also, will it stay good if I do the whole cake part and stick it in the fridge over night, then do the topping the next day?

  10. Queendd says

    I’m looking to make this a day or two ahead of time. Would you suggest I bake the cake ahead and then poke the holes and add the toppings the day I’m going to serve it?

    • Layne Kangas says

      I think it would change the consistency of the cake since syrup is thinner and sweet and a sauce is thicker and more rich. You could certainly try but I am not certain how well it will work!

  11. Lela says

    Going to teach my male friend to make this one If not able to do this he won’t make anything 😜😆👏🏻
    Lela

  12. Martin says

    Greatest Cake that I’ve ever ate in my entire life. And learned about this cake from my boss Barbara. That made one for me for my birthday. God Bless you Barbara, for turning me on to this cake. And you for the remember of this cake, as well as the recipe.

  13. Begoña says

    Hello, I follow your page from another country, the devil’s food is not available here, could you tell me a substitute recipe? Just to know what kind of chocolate cake it is and what consistency it is, thank you very much.

  14. Megan says

    Does anyone know if you need to let the cake cool after you poke holes and before you add the caramel? Excited to make this, this Sunday.
    Thank you in advance.

  15. zoe says

    Could I make this a day ahead, and add the cool whip the next day?
    Or should I just make the cake a day ahead and not add the caramel etc?

  16. Lisa says

    5 stars
    I just finished this up and it just turned 12:00a 😳My 15 year old grandson has waited patiently for me to finish! He wanted a piece as soon as I finished it! Thank you so much for this recipe! It’s a Keeper for sure💕☺️

  17. Denise McKinley says

    I have Ghirardelli chocolate cake mix and it calls for 2 eggs instead of 3 eggs, which other cakes mixes require. I want to do the whiskey substitute so do I reduce the eggs to only 1 in that case?

      • Denise McKinley says

        5 stars
        I went and got a Duncan Hines cake mix instead since I didn’t want to take a chance for a party. Will try Ghirardelli’s with one egg when I make it for the family. I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks!

    • Kelly P. says

      5 stars
      I made this for my husband the 2nd week after our honeymoon…he fell in love! Our first month of marriage, he asked for this cake weekly – I was having to give it away to family so that we weren’t eating cake all day, every day. It came in a Betty Crocker cookbook I got for our engagement. It called for a German Chocolate cake mix. Now I want to try it with Devils Food!! Yum!!!

  18. Nilynn says

    I think this could be very versatile if you just vary the type of cake mix, sauce and topping. I am thinking of a yellow cake with strawberry syrup and chopped strawberries in place of the candy bar or maybe butterscotch and butterfinger bars

  19. Lori Vogel says

    I have used butterfinger bars instead of heath bars. I have used this recipe for over 35 years and it is still a favorite for gatherings.

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