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Better than Sex Cake Recipe

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Better Than Sex Cake. The myth. The legend. Surely by now you’ve heard of it. But have you tried BTS cake?

Perhaps you have been reluctant to ask your mom for the recipe? I understand. That’s why I’m sharing my favorite version of this easy poke cake dessert.

You may have also heard this dessert referred to as Better Than Best Cake or Almost Better Than Sex Cake or Better Than Anything Cake. If you’ve heard of Sex in a Pan (now there’s an image!), this is it.


Better Than Sex Cake:

It’s said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet…but how about a moist, chocolate pudding-like cake?

Would that dessert be as enticing and stir curiosity as much as the name Better Than Sex? I think not.

Let’s get down to ingredients and the method for baking this delightful chocolate poke cake. (If you love the ease and decadence of poke cakes, make sure you check out my lemon poke cake recipe.)

You’ll be amazed how easy it is to transform a cake mix, whipped topping and sweetened condensed milk into something that some say is Better Than Sex.

The chocolate flavor is enhanced, but not overpowered, by the instant coffee. That flavor marriage produces the popular mocha distinction that we often crave.

The unique, sweet taste of a rich, buttery caramel sauce totally satisfies and adds to the moist texture of this confection.

Then there’s the topping with whipping cream, more coffee AND heath bar pieces. Heavenly.

But why is it sometimes called Robert Redford dessert?

…or the Next Best Thing to Robert Redford dessert? Or perhaps you know it as Robert Redford Cake/Better Than Robert Redford Cake. First, think of Robert Redford. In fact, google photos of Robert Redford back in the day. There’s your answer.

Ingredients in a Better Than Sex Cake

To make a Better Than Sex Cake, you will need the following ingredients:

  • box devil’s food cake mix
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • water
  • oil
  • instant coffee
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • caramel sauce
  • whipping cream
  • vanilla
  • instant coffee
  • heath bar pieces for the topping


How to make Better Than Sex Cake

Begin with a box of your favorite devil’s food cake mix.

Stir in three eggs, a tablespoon of vanilla, a cup of water, one-half cup of oil, and a tablespoon of instant coffee. Pop it into a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

When you remove it from the oven, while the cake is still warm, use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes in the cake. You can also use a bamboo skewer or even fork tines.

Mix a can of sweetened condensed milk with a jar of caramel sauce and pour it over the cake.

Then, cover the entire pan with foil and set it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

When the cake is thoroughly chilled, whip two cups of cream with a teaspoon of vanilla and a tablespoon of instant coffee. Spread this over the cake and sprinkle a cup of toffee candy pieces on top. You’re gonna like it!


Variations on a Better Than Sex Cake

Alternatives—because variety keeps things exciting.

Using frozen whipped topping makes the process even faster.

When you mix the cake, only use two eggs and add a half-cup of whiskey.

Or try making this with a German chocolate cake mix instead of devil’s food. Substitute hot fudge topping for the caramel sauce.

There are lots of sweet nothings that can be added to top things off: peanut butter cups, Butterfingers, Snickers, Oreos.

Finally… Is this cake really better than sex? You be the judge. That’s all I’m sayin’.


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Better than Sex Cake Recipe

This easy poke cake dessert is one of my favorite recipes!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: better than sex cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Chilling: 2 hours
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 247kcal



  • 1 box devil’s food cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 14 ounce jar of caramel sauce


  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 cup heath bar pieces


  • Stir cake mix, water, oil, eggs, vanilla and instant coffee until well mixed. Pour into a 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and poke holes (¼ inch to ½ inch in diameter) while the cake is still warm.
  • Mix together sweetened condensed milk and caramel and pour over cake.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whip cream with vanilla and instant coffee granules until light and fluffy and stiff peaks have formed. Spread over the top of chilled cake and sprinkle with candy pieces.



Calories: 247kcal
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Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.


    1. Hannah Griffin

      May 15, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      This cake is to die for!! I could eat the whole thing alone!

    2. Tin Lopez

      May 21, 2018 at 2:31 am

      WOW! this cake totally satisfies me and my family!

    3. Mandy @ South Your Mouth

      January 4, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      I want WAIT to make this gorgeous dessert!!

    4. Treena

      February 3, 2019 at 10:08 pm

      This recipe was amazing! It was so moist and the flavors were wonderful.

    5. April

      February 8, 2019 at 11:22 am

      omg, don’t tell my husband but this really is better. hahaha

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