Better than Anything Cake

This cake is a classic!  I don’t even know where this recipe originates from because I (and my mom) have been making it for YEARS!  It is one of my “go-to” recipes for a easy and DELICIOUS dessert!  It is “Better than Anything” because it combines all things great!… chocolate, caramel, sweetened condensed milk (is it just me or could anyone else drink that stuff?!), cool whip, and heath bars! Okay, wow… I feel like I need a piece right now!

Better Than Anything Cake


By Chef in Training June 8, 2012

Combines all things great into the PERFECT gooey dessert!


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  1. Bake cake according to directions in a 9x13 pan.
  2. Let cake cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. Poke holes in cake with the handle end of a wooden spoon.
  4. While cake is still warm, slowly pour over sweetened condensed milk over the top making sure some gets in all the holes of the cake.
  5. Next drizzle the caramel topping evenly over the cake slowly, making sure some gets in all the holes as well.
  6. Spread cool whip over the top evenly.
  7. Sprinkle with Heath Candy bar pieces.
  8. Store in fridge until ready to eat. Store any leftovers in fridge.


*NOTE* you can combine the sweetened condensed milk and caramel topping in a separate bowl, stir together and then pour on cake, but I just use the easy method so I don’t have to dirty another dish :)

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  1. 1

    Yummm! I love this cake too and want some right now. Your recipe is better than mine becasue mine doesn’t call for sweetened condensed milk. Gotta make this today, thanks! Love your blog and your pictures!

    • 2

      Instead of the caramel topping, you can use a jar of condensed milk. You just make soft toffee (caramel) of the milk, boiling the unopened jar in water. I learnt this from my Russian hubby. I also love to pour some sweetened condensed milk in a cup of coffee.

  2. 3

    This look delicious, I am actually drooling lol :)

  3. 4

    I LOVE this! But I use Butterfingers/not Heath bars! And I mix the milk & caramel in a bowl and pour over the cake! Yummy!!!

  4. 5

    This looks amazing and yes, I “could” drink the sweetened condensed milk!!! lol Just pinned this! Now just need to “find” a reason to celebrate…Father’s Day!!

  5. 6

    Is there a eay to add this to my pinterest site?

    • 7
      Suzanne M says:

      On the upper right hand side, above the ads is a group of symbols. The P on the middle one is for Pinterest.. Click on it.

      • 8
        Suzanne M says:

        Also, do you have a “Pin it ” button on your toolbar? You can get one on the pinterest home page or help section or whatever they call it.

  6. 9

    How does this only have 5 ingredients! That’s so temptingly simple. I’d love to try this with different candy bars — so easy to mix things up that way!

  7. 10

    who knew a recipe with such simple ingredients could produce SUCH a showstopper cake? This cake looks truly divine. Love it!

  8. 11
    Patricia says:

    I’ve made this for years, only difference is I use a German chocolate cake. And, I put the sweetened condensed milk and caramel on while cake is warm, then chill. When cold, put on the whipped topping. So good!

  9. 12

    gorgeous cake

  10. 13

    Yum! This looks delicious. I’m just not sure what a Heath bar is. Is it like a Skor bar??

  11. 16

    Yes, I could drink sweetened condensed milk from the can and I actually have. LOL! That stuff is good!

    This looks so yummy!

  12. 18
    valerie says:

    We call this Goo Cake and add the milk and caramel as son as it comes out of the oven so they melt into the hot cake. We then keep it in the fridge overnight and serve it cold. It seems to get better the longer it stays in the fridge but usually doesn’t Last too long because it is so goooood.

  13. 19

    How many holes do you poke in the cake?

  14. 20
    Cheryl Webb says:

    Is a Heath chocolate bar like a Skor Bar?
    We don’t have Heath here in Nova Scotia, Canada!

    • 21

      Yes Skor bar is very similar to Heath bars. I have made this using ice cream hot fudge topping in place the caramel too. LOVE LOVE LOVE this cake! its a “make and take” cake… meaning you make it and take it else where, so you arent tempted to eat it all yourself! =)

    • 22

      Yes, I believe the candy is similar in taste, but I am not sure about the size. I remember the Skor to be a flat candy bar. The Heath Bars are a crunchy toffee bar with nuts and covered in chocolate. I hope the explaination helps!

  15. 23

    I’ve always known this recipe as Better than Sex Cake… is always a big hit!!

  16. 24

    This cake looks incredibly tasty, sinful and sensuous… Wow!

  17. 25

    Have done something similar for years. Instead of sweetened condensed milk and cameral topping, I use chocolate syrup. Layer german chocolate cake, chocolate syrup (generous portion), crumbled Heath bar and whipped topping in dish. Do this twice and then refridgerate.

  18. 26

    This looks amazing!!

  19. 27

    Oh my how YUMMY~!!!!!!! Hope you can link up at my trendy tuesday party!!

  20. 28

    I made this the other night and OH MY WORD!!! Everyone had an absolute fit over this-even my brother-in-law who NEVER eats sweets! I know I will be making this for years to come-thank you so much for sharing!

  21. 29

    I have made this for years. I too, mix together the sweetened condensed milk and the caramel and put it on while the cake is still warm. I also sprinkle some of the Heath bar over the top of the cake when it is warm and cover with foil. It makes the candy melt into the top of the cake. Once cooled, I put into fridge. When ready to serve I frost it with cool whip and add remaining Heath candy to the top. So yummy!

  22. 30

    This sounds so amazing. I want some right now! Completely decadent, and completely delicious :)

  23. 31

    This looks delicious and I’m gonna have to make it. I, too, could just drink sweetened condensed milk. Love it.

  24. 32

    This is HEAVEN!!! I can almost taste it from my laptop screen!

  25. 33

    oh wow this looks so nice – now following you

    Natasha xx

  26. 34
    Valery Elias says:

    Looks really easy and sounds luscious!

  27. 35

    I made this cake this morning…IT IS AWESOME. I only eat gluten free so I made it with a gluten free chocolate cake and all I can say is WOW. I have never had a gluten free cake taste so good. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  28. 36
    Elizabeth says:

    I’ve loved this cake for a long time now. My mother-in-law introduced it to me years ago, but she made the cake from scratch using the “Baker’s Chocolate” recipe for their German chocolate cake recipe. I have to tell you, that it’s wonderful!
    Yes, in my family we actually do drink the condensed milk right out of the can! I’m from Brazil and we do it all the time!

  29. 37
    Linda Long says:

    This looks fabulous Veronica. I will have to make this soon.

  30. 38

    This dessert looks delicious and i really want to make it for a dinner party that i have coming up. However, im based in the UK, i cant seem to find any Heath or Skor bars where i live :-( What chocolate can i substitute instead.

    Thanks in advance

  31. 40
    Kimberly Starks says:

    Making this right now!! Can’t wait to try it!!

  32. 41

    Super use of chocolate, Nikki. It would be great if you linked it up to this week’s Food on Friday: Chocolate

  33. 42

    I make this cake with chocolate fudge topping instead of the sweetned condensed milk. It is delicious!! I will have to try the condensed milk version :)

  34. 43
    CobyLyn says:

    Interesting, I make a Better than Sex cake (my husband calls it Almost Better than Sex Cake) just like this but also add a bottle of hot fudge topping after the sweetened condensed milk & caramel topping. Try adding the hot fudge, it is AMAZING!!! (You have to heat it up a bit 1st and stir it so it will pour easily :)

  35. 44

    I love this cake as well! I mix a small box of vanilla instant pudding into the cool whip and it adds a nice touch as well! Yummy!

  36. 45

    I just want you to know that I am an absolut fan of your website! Everything you posted, I tried and it comes out perfect!!!!! Thank you so much.

  37. 46

    I found your recipe on pinterest and I’m so glad I did. I made this yesterday and we all LOVED it!!!! Thank you!

  38. 47

    This pinboard has re pinned this cake as their own. Here is the link!
    All the pictures on this board are stollen. I have reported them to pinterest. I don’t know if anything else can be done.
    ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

    • 48
      Suzanne M says:

      Do you understand how Pinterest works? People pin things they like and other people click on the picture and come to the website. That is how I got here. While I am here I will look at the rest of the blog and maybe check out some of the advertisers. No where did they take credit for the recipe. The link brought me here and I checked it out. That is how it works..

  39. 49
    Mackenzie says:

    I just got back from the store to make this and I am so excited! My family and my boyfriend love Heath bars so I can’t wait for them to try it! I unfortunately can only have a single bite due to a strict diet I am on but it’s okay! :) I will let you know how it turns out!

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  41. 51

    Love that you’ve made cake mix into something so divine!

  42. 52

    My friend made this for us – DELICIOUS.

  43. 53

    Quick question: Can you freeze this or do you have any suggestions for serving this at a tailgate party on a hot day.
    Another quick question: have you ever made this in cupcake version? (may be easier to transport for tailgate)
    Thanks for your help!

    • 54

      Hello! I made this last week! It was delicious (my boyfriend was making all kinds of noises while eating his cake! lol), If you are looking to “make and take” these, I would say make them the day of your event. It was much better the first day than the second. My cake started loosing its texture with all the deliciousness in it(but I have texture issues). And while I didn’t make them as cupcakes. I don’t see why you couldn’t!

  44. 55

    looks delicious!

  45. 56

    I got my recipe from my Gram. She called it “Better Than Sex Cake” (yikes Gram!) But we use german chocolate cake mix & we also pour a jar of chocolate fudge or hot fudge topping onto the cake. SOOOO good! I always get compliments & asked for the recipe OR to make it for someone :)

  46. 57

    My mom and I have made this cake for years, without the cool whip though. We call it Euphoria Cake, so yummy!! Can’t wait to try it with the cool whip!!

  47. 58

    Think this would be good with white cake? We aren’t fans of chocolate cake around here but all the rest sounds SO good.

  48. 59
    Joy Franklin says:

    This is my absolute favorite cake in the world!! We always called it “Fat Mans Cake”

  49. 60

    This looks “stupid good”.

  50. 61
    Felisha harshman says:

    Can you make these into cupcakes?!

  51. 62

    Hi: I just found y our website surfing. This cake sounds heavenly. Did you make it up? I am going to post this recipe on my website tomorrow and I will link it back to you. Have a great day and keep the recipes coming!

  52. 63

    This looks amazing! We have a church dinner coming up and I think that this might be the dessert that I take! Thanks a million!

  53. 64

    This recipe is good, but here’s how you make it even BETTER. My family has been making this cake for decades. We call it the Robert Redford or “Better than Sex Cake”. I will just simplify this for you using the above recipe. Use a German chocolate cake mix instead of just a chocolate cake. On step 4 I only use 1/2-3/4 of the sweetened condensed milk, here’s why….Are you ready for this?? Step 5, mix 1/2 jar of Mrs. Richardson’s butterscotch caramel with 1/2 Mrs. Richardson’s hot fudge topping. Pour over cake. Continue on with the rest of the above instructions. This recipe didn’t come from the side of a box of cake mix. Enjoy!

  54. 65

    We from Indiana call this “Better than Sex Cake”……….we made it and love it!!!!

  55. 66

    Have made this for years also using German chocolate cake mix like one of the other posted.. We called it “Better than Sex”! Yummy!!!

  56. 67
    Jennifer Pettry says:

    I made this cake with this recipe yesterday, and it was delicious! And very simple! :)

  57. 68
    Heather Lucius says:

    We make this cake ALL the time. It is always better the next day once it chills in the fridge. Excellent!!!!

  58. 69

    Thanks so much. This cake was delish. I can’t wait to make again with snickers instead.

  59. 70

    Just made this cake. It’s chilling in the fridge. I hope it tastes as good as it looks! I’ll let you know

  60. 71

    Oh my Gosh. I was just reading all the comments and “the Lady Behind the curtain ” really seems a little uptight. Had you not posted this wonderful cake on this website I would of never found it or made it.. Thank you so much for sharing. I enjoy going through all your receipts. Gives me wonderful ideas. I love to cook.. Can’t wait to try my cake with my grandkids

  61. 72

    Ok. So here’s the deal…when I first made this cake and chilled a few hours I felt it was amazing. The second day I thought perhaps it was a little to sweet and thought to myself the next time I make it I may cut the caramel and condensed milk in half…now on the third day it seems the caramel and the condensed milk soaked back up into the cake to make it gooey chocolate cake. I would however add a bit more cool whip to make the top layer a little thicker. The lightness of the cool whip would be a nice touch for the richness of the cake. Wow. There’s half a cake left and I will now stop testing it so I can continue to fit into my jeans. Lol. I wish my family would finish the darn cake before I decide I need to try some more… Just sayin..

  62. 73
    Mary Jo Pierce says:

    What a drooling delicious cake! I had to chuckle at #8 with “Store leftovers in fridge.” The chance of any leftovers is highly unlikely! Great post! Thanks!

  63. 74

    This looks absolutely delicious and I am definitely going to make it.

  64. 75

    I made this tonight as we had company over, and it was so good. I don’t want to share any of the leftovers! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  65. 76

    Certainly trying this! Looks so yummy!

  66. 77

    I can’t wait to make this (found you on Pinterest)! Do you know if I could prepare this on a cake board instead of in the pan? Just for presentation purposes….

  67. 78

    WOW! I just made this cake and am counting down the hrs till i can eat some. Making it for my work buddies. Husband said, “please, get it out of house so i dont eat it all”. It looks scrumptious

  68. 79
    Lyn Hamilton says:

    I’ve made this cake many times and it is always a hit. One of the guys at work calls it my “history cake” because he says as soon as I put it down, it’s history. I can’t wait to try it with the marshallow cream!!

  69. 80

    I make this cake every year for a food auction fund raiser at my husband’s work. I change it up a little bit though. After, you put the caramel on I let it sit overnight and then I warm up hot fudge ice cream topping and spread a thin layer over the top, and finally add the Heath chips. No Cool Whip. I enjoy both ways of making this dessert.

  70. 81

    I have made this cake for years the only diferance is that we call it Better Than Sex Cake. Also we make a moist choch cake, wait for it to cool & then put holes in it with a wooden handle of a wooden spoon, then pour your condensed cream milk in & then your carmel topping in after that. You then put the cake in the fridge over night so it can all set up. Then you put your cool whip or whip topping on top of the cake, we don’t put any kind of candy bars that are crushed on top of it, I suppose you could, but we just never have, everyone said they have loved my cake the way it is! You can make this cake different ways I guess, so basically it’s to each there own. As long as it comes out the way you want it to & like it that’s all that matters!

  71. 82

    Hi Nikki – I was lucky enough to stumble upon this recipe yrs ago in a recipe book just for deserts published in..I think the 70′s or 80″s..
    Yes Jane is right.! It was originally dubbed “Better than sex cake”.
    I work in a salon – (99% of women) – there is always a ton of compliments.. and much fun with comments (you can imagine…) when this cake is brought in.. It is the BEST cake and is my “definite go-to” to impress company or friends!

  72. 83

    Hi! Just a time saving tip I found! My grocery store actually sells HEATH BAR CRUMBLES! So you don’t need to chop the Heath bars, just zip open the bag and sprinkle1 Viola! This is on my stove, getting ready to be devoured and it looks delish!

  73. 84
    sabrina says:

    How big should the holes be/how many?

  74. 85

    I just made this cake for a meeting. The meeting has been postponed and trying to find out if we can freeze this cake and i can use it at the next meeting maybe in a week. Can we freeze this cake??????

  75. 86

    Looks so yummy, I’m braving the heatwave to bake this for company tonight! Thanks..

  76. 87

    I make this cake with a marshmallow cool whip frosting. It is soooo good. Thanks for the recipe.

  77. 88

    Thanks for the recipe! It’s currently in the oven cooking for my Mom’s birthday! She’s going to be pleasantly surprised :)

    • 89

      Kitty, You can just use whipped cream with a little vanilla sugar and melis instead of the cool whip. Cool whip is just a non-dairy ready made whipped cream.

      Julianne from Norway

  78. 90

    Hi! looks delicious. I’m based in Stockholm, Sweden. We don’t have all the ingredients needed Dorothys yummy cake. What is Cool Whip? Any suggestions on something to use instegs of it. There is an American Food Store in Stockholm, but I’d prefer to use ordinarie indredients.

  79. 92

    In Canada we have Skorr bars, that I think are similar to Heath bars. So we call it Skorr bar cake and use devil’s food cake mix. We also put the broken Skorr bars on the cake as well as on the cool whip.

  80. 93
    Mermommaof3 says:

    This sounds great, and I am going to make it for Christmas. I have a question. If I made it the day before, would it be good the next day? I didn’t know how long it could be in the fridge before it started to not be so good. Thanks!

  81. 94

    I love this cake. Make it all the time with 1 exception. Instead of using sweetened condensed milk and jarred caramel sauce I use cajeta which is a super gooey and rich caramel sauce that is made from goats milk but it actually has the consistency of sweetened condensed milk. It’s amazing. You can’t always find it at the regular grocery store but if you have a good latin market around they always have it. I no longer eat regular caramel sauce. Yum!!