Monday, May 28, 2012

Better Than Sex Cake

Better Than Sex. Lofty goals, right?

This is one of those cakes who lives by many names. Poke A Hole Cake, Hokey Pokey Cake (ok, kidding), Better Than Sex Cake, ButterFinger Cake, and on and on.

There is also lots of versions of Better Than Sex cake – all start with chocolate cake, poked with holes, and topped with a variety of toppings and candies.

Another personal favorite “Better Than Sex Cake” of mine uses a can of cherry pie filling in the mix, topped with hot fudge and sweetened condensed milk.

Regardless, they are all dang good.

I love all the Poke the Hole Cakes, with their ooey, gooey, moist fillings. It’s like a tres leches cake with a myriad of flavors and possibilities. You’d best be right if you guessed I’ll be experimenting with Poke Hole Cakes this summer and fillings. And Jell-O!! Oooooh!

So, it’s real simple. Here’s your last minute Memorial Day dessert.

Plus, it feeds a crowd.

Start with your good ol’ cake mix. My all-time favorite is Pillsbury moist supreme. I really think this cake is the best, and moist, and a good chocolate flavor.

So sad because my weird-o HEB has recently remodeled, and started carrying different products, and now they carry no Pillsbury moist supreme!

Whaaaaa? So now I’ve got to go to evil Waaalll-mmaaarrt to get it. Eek.

Anyhow, find you some cake mix, and make it according to the directions.

Basic cake mix trifecta. Eggs, oil, water.


Gorgeous. I made this beauty in an 11×15 sheet pan.

Sheet pans work great because they’ll make a thinner cake, which is good for this over-the-top candy goodness, plus it bakes quicker! This was done in about 17 minutes.

Meanwhile, break out the butterfingers.

My grandma loved candy, she was never caught without a bag of ButterFingers in her freezer. My brother and I used to sneak out to that magic garage all the time; he for a Pepsi, I for a ButterFinger.

So, first I decided to mash up the candy in the bag. That wasn’t working so well.

So, get out those scissors and open up all those puppies.

Throw ’em in a gallon Ziploc bag, and break out the rolling pin.

My friend never gets why I save my gallon Ziploc bags. This is a perfect re-use, then they are ready to be thrown away.

Come to mama….

Ok – back to the cake!

Cake is done! Take a fork, or the handle end of a wooden spoon, or a nifty wooden fork (!) and poke a bunch of holes!!!


While the cake is still warm, pour one jar of caramel topping over the cake….

Then one can of sweetened condensed milk. Spread it all around with a spatula.

Oooooooh, Aaaaaaaahhhh…..

Pretty, ain’t it?

Then sprinkle half the bag of ButterFingers over the cake.

Next comes a tub o’ Cool Whip.

Nothin’ says summer like Cool Whip.

Then finish off with the remaining ButterFingers!

One 11×15″ sheet pan will feed a good 25-30 people, so get ready for a potluck.


That’s right. All mine. No sharing on the first piece.

~Peace, Love, and ButterFingers Y’all.

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Better Than Sex Cake

Total Time: 40 minutes


1 box cake mix, ingredients on back (eggs, oil, water)
1 can sweetened condensed milk, 14 oz.
1 jar caramel topping, 12 oz.
1 tub Cool Whip, 8 oz.
1 bag ButterFingers fun size, 12.5 oz.


Prepare the cake according to the directions on the back of the package. Bake for 17 minutes in an 11x15 sheet pan. While the cake is baking, crush all the ButterFingers in a gallon Ziploc bag with a rolling pin. When the cake is finished, while still warm, poke holes all over the cake with the end of a wooden spoon, or a fork. Pour one can of sweetened condensed milk and one jar of caramel topping over the cake. Next, sprinkle half the ButterFingers over the cake. Follow by spreading one tub of Cool Whip over the cake. Finally, top with remaining ButterFingers. After serving, store cake in refrigerator as Cool Whip will melt.

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6 Responses to “Better Than Sex Cake”

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    lynn @ the actor's diet — May 28, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    i recently made a cake w devil’s food mix and asked readers what to name it – one said “50 shades of grey” b/c it was better than sex:

    • katieb replied: — May 28th, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

      That recipe looks really cool!

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    Miss Meat and Potatoes — June 1, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    I am so glad you followed me on twitter so I could find your blog. It is AMAZING. This cake looks and sounds like a dream. And I’m a total sucker for a tacky name to boot. Would love to try the cherry pie filling version too… Yum! Have a great weekend! I’ll check back soon.

    • katieb replied: — June 2nd, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

      I love your most recent post – “Sorry I crashed your BBQ”?!!!! CLEVERRRRR!!! I’m so using that!!!

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    Tabitha — June 17, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

    I usually make this with fudge instead of caramel. Ill have to try the caramel next time and usually do the milk first let set and then the fudge on top(i dont know if that makes a differnce)… fav though!!

    • katieb replied: — June 19th, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

      Fudge would have been my choice as well! Try it with cherry pie filling in the batter!

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