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This Better Than Sex Cake is as good as it sounds. A moist chocolate poke cake filled with sweetened condensed milk and caramel sauce with a topping of Cool Whip and chopped Heath candy! If you are looking for the best and easiest chocolate cake recipe you’ll ever try, you have come to the right place.

Take your love of chocolate to a whole new level with this cake that really is better than…well, you get the idea!

slice of better than sex cake on a white plate

Better than Anything Cake

Better Than Sex Cake is a G-rated recipe with an R-rated name! Of course, if you’ve got kids around feel free to call it by its other name, Better than Anything Cake.

If you’ve never tried this cake before you’re in for something special. This decadent yet simple recipe is a fast and delicious way to make a rich, chocolatey dessert that will leave everyone wanting more.

It’s made with a chocolate poke cake infused with sweetened condensed milk and caramel sauce making it ultra-moist and indulgent. Then, it’s topped with whipped topping and chocolate and toffee bits, which is why it lives up to its name and then some. It really is better than anything!

Why you’ll love Better Than Sex Cake

Quick and Easy – With just 10 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes in the oven, this cake takes longer to chill than anything else. It’s such a simple way to make an elevated chocolate cake with so little effort.

Great for Any Occasion – Whether you make this for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, a Birthday, or, any day, Better Than Anything Cake is the perfect dessert no matter the occasion.

Simple Ingredients – Homemade but not from scratch is sometimes a lifesaver! Part of what makes this delicious chocolate cake recipe so easy is the use of store-bought ingredients. Who doesn’t love fast, easy, convenient, and sinfully delicious?!

slice of chocolate cake sitting in caramel sauce on a white plate

Equipment you’ll need

  • 9×13 Baking Dish – I love that this has a cover so you can store leftovers.
  • Hand Mixer – As much as I love my stand mixer, I use my hand mixer even more.
  • Wooden Spoon – Not only to stir things, but in this case, you’ll need the end of the spoon to poke holes in your cake.


Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.

  • Devil’s Food Cake Mix – Plus ingredients listed on the box. Really, any chocolate cake mix will do.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – Not to be confused with evaporated milk.
  • Caramel Sauce – Use your favorite, I like Sanders.
  • Frozen Whipped Topping – Cool Whip, but you’ll need to thaw it. I also have a great homemade whipped topping perfect for this.
  • Toffee and Chocolate Bits – I use Heath brand.
overhead shot of better than sex cake ingredients

How to make Better Than Sex Cake

This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.

pouring condensed milk & caramel sauce into a chocolate poke cake
  1. Step One: Follow instructions on the boxed mix and bake as directed. Once the cake is out of the oven, allow it to cool slightly.
  2. Step Two: Use the end of a wooden spoon (or a fork) to poke holes all over it, making sure you get most of the way through but not to the very bottom and that the holes are evenly dispersed.
  3. Step Three: Pour sweetened condensed milk over the entire surface, making sure to get it into the holes that way the cake absorbs all of that sweetness. Tap the pan a bit to get rid of any air bubbles.
  4. Step Four: Using the caramel sauce, follow the same step, also making sure to get in the holes.
  5. Step Five: Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to give the caramel and condensed milk time to soak into the cake. Once it has set, spread the whipped topping over top and finish with a sprinkle of chocolate and toffee bits.
overhead shots of making better than sex poke cake

Slice and serve. Just try not to eat it all yourself!

What to Serve with Better Than Sex Cake

Serve this Better Than Anything Cake after a dinner of Zucchini Taco Boats. Because, BALANCE. :p

But really, you could also pair it with a scoop of ice cream too! Wash it down with a cold glass of milk or, if you’re like me and have zero chill when it comes to chocolate, have it with some hot chocolate!

Tips & Suggestions

  • The reason you don’t want holes all the way through to the bottom is that it would run right through and settle at the bottom of your pan.
  • As mentioned above, any chocolate cake mix will do. If you have a homemade recipe you would like to use, that would be great!
  • If you’re not a fan of caramel sauce, or you just need more chocolate in your life, use chocolate syrup or chocolate sauce instead.
  • Health toffee bits come already chopped, but if you have the whole bars, go ahead and chop them yourself with a knife. For my Canadian friends, Skor bits are what you’d be looking for. Same idea!

How to store Better Than Sex Cake

How to store leftovers

If by chance you happen to have leftovers, it will need to be put back in the fridge just due to the whipped topping.

How long will Better than Sex Cake last in the fridge?

It will keep fresh in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

How to reheat it

This cake is served best cold or at room temperature so the beauty of it is you never need to reheat it.

overhead shot of a slice of cake being served


Can I make this cake even sweeter?

Yes, you can use the whole can of sweetened condensed milk and up to 12 oz of caramel sauce. That should do it!

How many does it serve?

This particular recipe serves 12. If you are serving it for a small gathering, chances are you’ll be lucky enough to have some again the next day.
If you are serving more, you could potentially get away with serving a few more people by cutting them into smaller pieces.

Can I make it in advance?

Certainly. Once it’s in the fridge chilling, you can leave it for longer than 2 hours and up to 24 hours. Make it the day before, then add your whipped topping when you’re ready to serve.

Does this Better Than Anything Cake freeze well?

When covered in plastic wrap and transferred to a freezer bag or freezer-safe container, it can stay frozen for up to 3 months! Thaw in the fridge overnight and enjoy a slice or two all over again.

If you know ahead of time that you’ll be freezing this cake, I suggest doing so before adding any toppings.

shot of the inside of a gooey better than sex cake

Need more cake recipes? Try these:

Cannoli Poke Cake

Pistachio Poke Cake

Hot Chocolate Poke Cake

Chocolate Snack Cake

Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Click here for my entire collection of Cake Recipes.

Did You Make This?

If you made this recipe, I’d love to know how it went in the comments section below.

You can also tag me on Instagram – @melissa_ppplates or share a pic in the Persnickety Plates Community Facebook group. I love seeing what you’ve tried!

slice of gooey chocolate cake on a white plate
slice of better than sex cake on a white plate
4.87 from 22 votes

Better Than Sex Cake

Servings: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
This Better Than Sex Cake is as good as it sounds. Moist chocolate cake filled with caramel sauce and topped with Cool Whip and Heath! If you are looking for the best and easiest chocolate cake recipe you'll ever try, you have come to the right place.


  • 15.25 ounce Devils Food cake mix plus ingredients to make the cake
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 ounces caramel sauce
  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping thawed
  • ½ cup toffee and chocolate bits I used Heath brand


  • Prepare and bake the cake according to the package directions. Let it cool slightly.
  • Use the end of a wooden spoon (or a fork) to poke holes all over the cake. They should go most of the way through but not all the way.
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk over the cake, making sure to get it in the holes. Use a spatula to spread it around, if needed.
  • Pour caramel sauce over the cake, again spreading with a spatula to evenly distribute.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Top with whipped topping and toffee bits.
  • Slice & serve!


Any variety of chocolate cake mix can be used.
Store covered in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
If you prefer a sweeter cake, you can use up to 14 ounces (the full can) of sweetened condensed milk and 12 ounces of caramel.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 147IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have been making this cake for years. I use German chocolate cake instead of devil food cake. It is a hit wherever I take it.