Better Than Sex Cake

Better than sex cake

Some people call it “Better Than Sex Cake” while others call it “Almost Better Than Sex Cake” or “Better Than Anything Cake.” I’ll let you decide which name suits this cake best…

Where or where do I even start with this cake? I suppose we’ll start with the name. Some people call it “Better Than Sex Cake” while others call it “Almost Better Than Sex Cake” or “Better Than Anything Cake.” I’ll let you decide which name suits this cake best for you. :) All you need to know is that it is sinfully delicious, it oozes with caramel and it comes together SO fast.

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The first time I ever heard of Better Than Sex Cake, I was perusing one of the MySpace groups that I belonged to. Yeah, remember MySpace? And your top friends? And Tom? And finding cool themes for your page? Woah, seems so long ago, doesn’t it? This was probably around 2004ish, shortly before Facebook entered the scene. Anyhow, I belonged to a recipe group and a bunch of people were talking about this cake. I’m not gonna lie, the name sucked me in and I found myself in the kitchen putting together what has turned out to be one of our all-time favorite cakes.

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There are several variations of this cake, floating out there on the interwebs. This is the first version I tried, and that saying rings true here, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” We love this cake as-is, so I’ve never tried any of the other variations out there. It’s simple, really, all you need is one box of devils food cake mix, 1 container cool whip, some sweetened condensed milk, caramel, and Heath bar pieces (toffee/chocolate chunks). The result, as I mentioned, is SO sinful, and SO delicious, it will be hard to have just one piece.

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Better Than Sex Cake

Better than sex cake

Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: 35mn
Total Time: 40mn


  • 1 box Devil’s Food Cake
  • 1 8-oz tub cool whip
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 bottle caramel ice cream topping (10-12 ounces)
  • 1 package Heath bar pieces (found in the baking aisle by the chocolate chips)
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  1. Cook Devil’s food cake in a 9 x 13 inch pan, according to package directions and let it cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine caramel and sweetened condensed milk.
  3. Using the end of a wooden spoon, poke holes in the cake every couple of inches. Alternatively, you can use a fork to poke holes.
  4. Pour the caramel/sweetened condensed milk over the top of the cake so that it fills all of the holes.
  5. Spread Cool Whip over the top of the cake.
  6. Sprinkle Heath bar pieces on top.
  7. Enjoy! PS: Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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  1. I’ve made this for many years now, however the recipe I had for this called for hot fudge not caramel. I’ll have to try the caramel sometime. I also switch it up from time to time & use peanut butter chips or mint chips in place of the heath bars.

    • Hi Tina- wow, hot fudge sounds amazing, as do the peanut butter chips! Despite loving this version so much, I may need to switch it up next time! :)

    • I have made this exact cake for years, only my recipe calls it Heath Bar Cake.

    • You can save some calories and amp the protein a bit by using Greek yogurt, water, and the cake mix to make the cake. To one box of cake mix I use 1 cup Greek yogurt and 1 cup water to make the cake. That is it! NO eggs, NO oil. I serve this to groups and get raves. This week I was even told that cake made by someone else was good, but mine is better. It works! Enjoy.

      • I have heard this tip before but haven’t tried it! Definitely plan to though!

      • So the water that you add is one cup plus the water that the recipe calls for? Just to clarify a point. Thanks

      • I’m not quite sure what you’re talking about because this recipe doesn’t call for water?

      • The cake calls for water, eggs and oil. Do I substitute ALL ingredients for the yogurt and the water, or just the egg and oil? In other words, is it just once cup of yogurt and one cup of water, or is it one cup of yogurt, one cup of water AND the amount of water the cake box says it needs?

    • I need to say that 1 cup Greek yogurt and 1 cup water can be used with ANY FLAVOR regular cake mix. Remember, no eggs, no oil.

    • I actually use both caramel and hot fudge in my recipe. and I don’t combine them with the condensed milk. I just layer each one after I poke the holes in the cake and while its still fairly warm. Everyone loves it and its always gone very fast!

  2. I make this cake but I put butterfinger pieces on top. Ive always called it butterfinger cake. Never heard anyone call it better than sex cake but it makes sense ;)

  3. Ive also heard of people doing this cake with yellow cake mix instead. never tried it though.

    • Hi Bobbie… oooh… Butterfingers sound yummy too. I’m such a chocoholic that I don’t know if I could part with the Devil’s Food cake and try yellow cake mix. But the Butterfingers would be amazing! :)

    • Hi, I’m Jane.
      And I head that you use pudding insted of the carmel

      • the yellow cake mix and pudding is the tropical version of better than sex cake , it starts off with surgar and pinapple crush cook for 10 min then poking holes on the cake then pouring the sryup on top until cool the adding the vanilla pudding mix then slice bannas and let se set in the fridge over nite , then add the whip creamcheese frosting i make homemade thentosted coconuts white choclolate shredded and nuts!!

  4. I use caramel, and I do Kit Kats on top, although Twix are good too. We also chill it between all the layers, and don’t mix the condensed milk & caramel topping. Oh, and we do German chocolate cake mix instead of devils food, but that sounds delicious!

  5. Samuel Chambliss

    Try 4 Buttetfinger bars, busted up into chunks and fold them into your cool whip for your topping. A-mazing!!!!

  6. Came for the “sex”, staying for the love! I wandered onto this site looking for an “Almost (wink) Better Than Sex Cake” recipe. Found it and so many more beautiful, easy-to-follow recipes with well-written introductions. Love it here! Btw, Hubby didn’t feel like cake tonight, so I riffed on another dessert recipe.

  7. We’ve made Banana Better than Sex Cake and Strawberry Better than Sex Cake for years! Both made with yellow cake – banana pudding and sliced bananas on one, strawberry glaze and sliced strawberries on the other, cover with cool whip! I’ll just have to try this chocolate one – sounds delicious!

  8. I remember the first time my Mom made this, about 30 years ago. She doesn’t have the recipe anymore and I’ve been looking all over for it. I remember hers having walnuts, fudge, and chocolate chips on top of other ingredients I can’t remember. This looks great. I think I may have to give this one a try, though. It looks delish!

  9. I’ve been making this for years, except I use both hot fudge and caramel. YUMMY! My sister just requested I make it for our Sunday family dinner this week.

  10. What size jar of caramel topping did you use?

    Thank You, Theresa

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