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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)


  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

  11. Did you use the whole can of sweetened condensed milk?

  12. I love all the ideas for this cake!! The way that I have always made it is with German Chocolate Cake with butterscotch caramel topping, condensed milk, cool whip, and 4 Heath bars crushed on top! The butterscotch caramel topping is sometimes hard to find!

  13. Gonna try this soon…do u think it’d be a nice top layer to an icecream cake…trying to bake both for the holiday…why not all in one?

  14. I use the Butterfinger, I also use the German chocolate cake because it has bigger pockets in it (less dense) than Devil’s food, so the condensed milk and caramel soak the cake better. I’ve been making it this way for at least 20 years…..always come back home with an empty pan.

  15. I like this cake, but sex is better!!

  16. Better than sex cake is one of the best cakes I’ve ever had!

  17. Made this cake for Thanksgiving .. using yellow cake mix and a can of pumpkin puree. Mix cake & pumpkin together adding no other ingredients and bake as directed on the box. Let cool, poke the holes in cake with end of wooden spoon, fill the holes with condensed milk (I believe the 10 oz can..small one), put in the fridge overnight. Works best left in fridge for the night. For the topping, blend 8oz light cream cheese, cool whip, and 1/3 cup powdered sugar. Cover cake, add heath bar pieces and drizzle with caramel. You will not be disappointed in this one!

    • Linda, sounds great! Love the idea of adding pumpkin to make it seasonal. Can’t wait to try! :)

      • A regular-sized can of pumpkin and a box of yellow or spice cake mix make a wonderful cake. I like the spice better. I add a little water if the batter is too thick. I do NOT use eggs or oil, so this is relatively healthy. I bake it in a Bundt pan, which is wonderful. Of course it could be baked in a 9″ X 13″ pan to add the toppings given above! Enjoy.

      • Sounds good Eldonna, thanks!

  18. I do the first recipie above but I whip a package of cream cheese, coolwhip and some powdered sugar together for the icing.

  19. The best chocolate cake. Ever. Made it for the first time over the weekend and everyone loved it.

  20. This cake is SOO delicious but it not better than the sex i get

  21. I can’t wait to cool so I put this in the fridge to cool faster : ) this is such a good cake, had it many times but finally making it for the first time tonight. Easy easy!

  22. This recipe was absolutely amazing!! I did add one thing though. I used Smucker’s hot fudge topping. I drizzled the fudge on the cake as the final touch. It scrumptious!!

  23. Sounds delicious. I wonder though does the cake get soggy from the condensed milk?

  24. We use German Chocolate cake instead I’d devil food.

  25. Do u simmer the condensed milk and caramel together or how do u do it?

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