Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Better Than Sex Cake Recipe

Our Better than Sex cake is an indulgent chocolate caramel poke cake with nuts, whipped cream and toffee bits. This bts cake is a must-make!

In my opinion, some of the best desserts start with a doctored cake mix. When time and money are tight, you can get a boxed cake mix on the cheap and make a wonderful dessert with it.

You could doctor up a yellow or white box cake mix to create a semi-homemade cherry dump cake. Or, use Devil’s food or chocolate to make cake mix cookies.

If you’ve ever wondered how to make box cake better, make our better than sex cake recipe. It’s sinfully delicious and so simple to make!

Better Than Sex Cake on a plate

Better Than Sex Cake Recipe

So, what’s a bts cake? It’s an irresistible dessert! Can you think of anything better than a poke cake made with Devil’s food cake mix and caramel sauce?

Well, how about the addition of crunchy bits of toffee, whipped cream and chopped nuts? This is everything the best chocolate poke cake should be - and more!

Better than sex cake is:
  • Budget-friendly
  • Terribly easy to make
  • Sinfully delicious
The first letter of those words is yet another reason why this dessert has the nickname, BTS cake!

doctored cake mix ingredients

Making the Poke Cake

This recipe is incredibly easy to make, but allow yourself plenty of time to make it. You’ll need to let the cake cool first, and after you pour the warm caramel sauce over it, the dessert has to chill for a couple of hours.
  • Bake and cool the Devil’s food cake.
Prepare the batter according to the instructions on the box. I can’t give you set measurements for the water, eggs, and oil because they differ by brand.

Bake the cake batter in a 9x13-inch metal cake pan.

If you don’t have a pan that size, a 10-inch bundt pan or two 9-inch round cake pans will work. Just keep in mind,, not only will using a different sized pan affect the baking time, but it also affects how the better than sex cake looks when it’s finished.

Important note: Before continuing with the recipe, be sure that your cake has cooled completely. If the cake is still warm on the inside, it may fall apart when you poke holes in it.

poked cake with caramel

  • Poke and Soak
For this step of making the better than sex cake recipe, you’ll need something sturdy and round to use for poking holes into the cake. I like to use the bottom end of a wooden spoon handle. A metal straw or a chopstick also work well.

Your rows don’t have to be perfectly even; just need to cover the entire surface so the cake can soak up the warm caramel sauce.

After you pour the sauce over the top, allow the chocolate caramel poke cake to cool briefly. Then, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Frost and garnish the dessert.
Once it’s fully chilled, spread the whipped topping in an even layer over the top. Drizzle with sauces and top with chopped candy pieces and nuts before serving.

sweetened condensed milk over cake

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need
  • 9x13 Baking Dish - This set is one of my favorites! The 9x13-inch size is perfect for casseroles, and the smaller size is awesome for making half a casserole recipe.
  • Mixing Bowls - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and these are microwave-safe too!
  • A Sturdy Wooden Spoon - Preferably one with a rounded handle. It creates properly sized holes for grabbing that gooey filling!
  • Offset Spatula - This spatula has so many uses and is perfect for smoothing out the whipped topping.
better than sex cake recipe in a cake pan

Better Than Sex Cake Recipe Tips

  • Use room temperature ingredients. Be sure that the water isn’t too cold and remove the eggs from the refrigerator about 30 minutes ahead of time. This allows for easier mixing, and a tender and moist cake.
  • Need to make it in advance? You can keep the bts cake in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you’ll be serving guests, I recommend making it no more than a day ahead of time.
  • Create clean, even slices. Run a sharp knife under hot water, then dry with a clean towel. The metal will retain the heat and glide smoothly through the dessert.
bite of bts cake


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Better Than Sex Cake Recipe wide photo

Yield: 12
Author: Donna Elick
Chocolate Better Than Sex Cake

Chocolate Better Than Sex Cake

Our Better than Sex cake is an indulgent chocolate caramel poke cake with nuts, whipped cream and toffee bits. This bts cake is a must-make!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 30 Mininactive time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 40 M


  • 1 Duncan Hines devil’s food cake mix, or any Devil’s food cake mix (prepared according to the package directions
  • 1 (14-oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-oz) jar of caramel sauce, separated
  • 1 (16-oz) container of frozen whipped topping
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of chocolate syrup for drizzling over the top of the cake
  • 4 Heath bars, cut into pieces
  • Optional: pecans or any other nuts for topping


  1. Prepare the cake according to the instructions on your cake mix box, in a 9x13 pan.
  2. Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and poke lots of holes in the cake using a chopstick or the end of a wooden spoon. The cake should feel like it is going to fall apart but still stay together.
  3. Add the condensed milk to a medium bowl and the caramel sauce to a separate bowl, and set aside a few spoons to drizzle over the top of the cake.
  4. Heat the bowls in the microwave for 30 seconds, then pour them over the cake evenly.
  5. Once cooled, cover the cake with cling wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  6. Remove the cake from the fridge and ice the cake with the whipped topping.
  7. Drizzle the chocolate sauce then the caramel sauce over the cake. Sprinkle with the Heath pieces and nuts if using.
  8. Cut into 12 slices and serve.
  1. Storage options: This cake can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Better Than Sex Cake Recipe closeup

Originally published February 2021


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  1. This is just like a "Butterfinger Cake" I've been making for years! Everyone that tries it loves it! I've never thought about using Heath Bars instead, but I definitely will try it now!

  2. Sounds wonderful and I'd like to make it for my dessert loving husband, but I'll use Butterfingers as he hates Heath bars....he got sick eating too many of them as a kid and has never liked them since!


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