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

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By Chef in Training Published: June 8, 2012

    Combines all things great into the PERFECT gooey dessert!

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    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.

    Enjoy!

    *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. Corey

      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!

      • MyKitty!

        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. Ann

      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!!!

    3. kelly

      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!!

      • Suzanne M

        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.

        • Suzanne M

          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.

    4. 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!

    5. Patricia

      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!

    6. valerie

      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.

    7. Cheryl Webb

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

      • Kathy

        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! =)

      • Gail

        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!

    8. sevans

      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.

    9. Marla

      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!

    10. Katie

      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!

    11. Lynn

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

    12. Mandee

      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!

    13. Elizabeth

      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!

    14. zazzy

      Hi,
      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

    15. kathy

      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 :)

    16. CobyLyn

      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 :)

    17. Kaelie

      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!

    18. 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.

      • Suzanne M

        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..

    19. Mackenzie

      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!

    20. Pam

      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!

      • Rae

        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!

    21. Cherry Pie

      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 :)

    22. Christina

      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!!

    23. 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!

    24. Annette

      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!

    25. Gail

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

    26. Nonna

      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

    27. Nonna7

      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..

    28. Mary Jo Pierce

      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!

    29. Christy

      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!

    30. Greta

      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….
      Thanks!

    31. teri

      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

    32. Lyn Hamilton

      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!!

    33. Tara

      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.

    34. 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!

    35. Karen

      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!

    36. Keri

      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!

    37. Brenda

      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??????

    38. Dana

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

      • Julianne

        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

    39. MyKitty!

      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.

    40. ML

      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.

    41. Mermommaof3

      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!

    42. Brandye

      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!!

    43. Kristen

      This looks good and I plan to make it Saturday. If we have a 40 minute drive will it keep that koon? Or will the topping melt?