Better than Sex Cake made with chocolate cake soaked in homemade caramel sauce and topped with fresh whipped cream. Whether or not you think it lives up to it’s name, it’s always a crowd favorite!

I’ve got cake recipes for every occasion and tastebud!  Some of my favorites include, German Chocolate Cake, Gooey Butter Cake, Classic Yellow Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, Homemade Rum Cake and more!

A slice of Better than Sex Cake on a plate with a fork taking a piece out.

What is Better than Sex Cake?

This infamous cake is also referred to as, “Better than Anything Cake” and “Is it really better than sex cake?”.  It’s chocolate cake with caramel and sweet milk poured throughout and topped with whipped topping.

What I love about this cake:

  • Box mix or homemade.  Obviously I prefer homemade chocolate cake
  • That Caramel Sauce!  I’ve used a jar of Mrs Richardson’s caramel topping when I was in a hurry, but honestly, it’s amazing with the homemade caramel! 
  • The heath bar topping.  I use a bag of heath bits, to save time (you can find them by the chocolate chips at your grocery store). Store leftover heath bits in your freezer, or use them for this yummy trifle.

The ingredients needed to make Better than Sex Cake.

How to Make Better Than Sex Cake:

1. Bake Chocolate Cake.  Any chocolate cake will work but we love this Hershey’s Chocolate Cake (baked in a 9×13” pan).

2. Poke holes.  Use the handle of a wooden spoon to carefully poke wholes all over the cake.

3. Pour sauce.  Pour caramel sauce and sweetened condensed milk evenly on top of the cake.

A 9x13 pan with caramel and sweetened condensed milk poured over a chocolate cake.

4. Top with whipping cream and candy.  We love crushed heath candy bars.

Store leftover better than sex cake in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Make Ahead And Freezing Instructions:

To make ahead: Make the chocolate cake up to 1 week ahead of time.  Allow it to cool completely, cover it well, and store it in the freezer.  Allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator (or leave it at room temperature for a couple hours) and then continue with step 2, poking wholes in the cake. 

Make the homemade caramel sauce several days in advance, to save time. It can be poured on the cake warm or cold.

To freeze entire cake: Allow the cake to cool completely.  Cover well and freeze for 2 months.  Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Better than Sex cake in a 9x13 inch pan with whipped cream and heath bits on top.

Tips for success:

  • Fresh whipped cream.  Most recipes for Better than Sex Cake call for Cool Whip.  I don’t like the processed, fake taste of cool whip, especially when fresh whipped cream is just as easy to make and tastes SOO much better! Just pour some in a bowl, add a little bit of sugar to sweeten it, and beat it until it’s thick and fluffy.
  • Serve cold!  This cake really tastes best if you wait a few hours before eating it. Let the flavors soak into the cake, and serve it cold. It’s completely heavenly!  Here’s a little video tutorial to show you just how easy it really is!
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Recipe

A slice of Better than Sex Cake on a plate with a fork taking a piece out.
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
Total 45 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 chocolate cake , baked in a 9x13'' pan
  • 1 recipe caramel sauce , or one 16oz jar caramel topping
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 heath candy bars , chopped*

Instructions
 

  • Bake cake in a 9x13'' according to recipe directions. Allow cake to cool for a few minutes, then poke holes in it with a fork or wooden skewer.
  • Pour caramel sauce all over the cake. Then pour the sweetened condensed milk (I only usually use about ½ of the can of sweetened condensed milk because I think it's sweet enough with just half, the traditional recipe uses an entire can. It's up to you!) Allow the cake to cool completely.
  • While the cake cools, add the whipping cream to a mixing bowl and beat until soft peaks.  Add powdered sugar and then beat the mixture until stiff peaks.
  • Smooth the fresh whipped cream over the cooled cake.  Sprinkle with heath candy pieces. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to one day, before serving. 

Notes

*Heath also makes a bag of chopped heath bits. It can be found near the chocolate chips at the grocery store. I use about half of the bag for this recipe.
To make ahead: Make the chocolate cake up to 1 week ahead of time.  Allow it to cool completely, cover it well, and store it in the freezer.  Allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator (or leave it at room temperature for a couple hours) and then continue with step 2, poking wholes in the cake. 
Make the homemade caramel sauce several days in advance, to save time. It can be poured on the cake warm or cold.
To freeze entire cake: Allow the cake to cool completely.  Cover well and freeze for 2 months.  Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 201kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 41mgPotassium: 108mgSugar: 15gVitamin A: 395IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 0.1mg

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I originally shared this recipe March 2017. Updated June 2020 with process photos and additional tips for success.

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  1. 5 stars
    WE LOVE THIS CAKE!!! I have made this sooooooooo many times, for funerals, kids, holidays, and just for the neighbors. Everyone loves it. They want me to try with just chocolate pieces, Reese cups, 3 musketeers, and on and on. I love it most the way you made it first. Quick, easy, make ahead, and really tasty. Love your sight.

  2. Are you serious??? I get on here to find recipes for meals and I love your recipes, but I’m sitting here with my young kids who can read and this cake pops up on the front page!!! Can’t you rename it something classier than this? Come on!

    1. I’m sorry Nicole–I originally named it “Better than Anything Cake” but that is just not the search term (this is a well known cake, so I it was necessary for me to changed it to the traditional name so it can be found on search engines).

      1. 5 stars
        My mother always called it this and it’s accurate. Cake is better then sex. Can confirm it’s delicious! Keep the name. The Karen’s can just call it something Bible friendly 😉😂

    2. 5 stars
      That’s the name of the cake… you should probably change your browser to 13 and younger so words such as “se*” won’t come out. Don’t take the name so literal Karen. Anyways, My family and I LOVED the cake, very delicious!

      1. Maybe the Karen’s should never go on the internet, watch tv or not leave their house. LOL. Man oh man. Anyway, I made this cake as requested and she loved it!!! Great recipe thank you so much and thank you for not renaming it!!

  3. I have 3 kids and I’m not offended at all. I don’t take the name literally and I don’t assume the internet is censored. There are more pop up ads way worse than the word sex. But just my opinion. Thank you for the recipe, my family loves it no matter what you call it!

  4. 5 stars
    So yummy! Kiddo wanted Oreo cake so we lined the bottom w/Oreos amd poured the homemade chocolate cake batter over it. Don’t be surprised, they float! We only used a third or so of the caramel sauce (used the homemade recipe given), the whole can of sweetened condensed milk, and cut the sugar in the whipped cream. A family favorite!

  5. This recipe has been around for along time and has always been called this. You don’t need to change the name. People just need to watch who’s reading with them if they don’t like the name! I was looking for this recipe to make for my sons birthday. Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    Name is accurate! Thank you for not renaming! If kids associate the word sex with cake, isn’t it a win win? Lol

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