This Better Than Sex Layer Cake is so much more gorgeous and decadent that the original sheet cake version!
I want to be sorry for this cake, but I’m just not.
I mean, just look at it. Much like my Mason jar full of boxed chardonnay, it’s the perfect friend at the end of a long day. Unapologetic in it’s pure trashiness, it’s irresistible in a way that makes you feel just slightly ashamed. I liken this cake to a love affair with James Franco. Inexplicably attractive, but leaving you feel slightly ashamed nonetheless.
It’s okay, girl. I get it.
Better Than Sex Cake is nothing new, but I’ve yet to see a layer cake version. And once I got the idea into my head, it demanded to be made.
There’s just something so decadent and irresistible about a towering layer cake, isn’t there?
Better Than Sex cakes are typically chocolate, with sweetened condensed milk and caramel sauce poured over the cake while warm, soaking into holes poked with a fork. After chilling, it’s frosted with Cool Whip (or in this case, freshly whipped cream) and crushed Butterfingers or Heath Bars.
Over the years, this cake has taken on many names, most commonly “Better Than Anything Cake” or “Better Than Robert Redford Cake,” which I have to say, are both complete travesties. Nothing against Robert Redford, but I’m more of a Channing Tatum girl, if you know what I’m saying.
So IS this cake better than sex? Well, it depends. Sometimes my husband does the dishes and is completely charming and other days he farts in Walmart and walks away quickly so that shoppers might assume it was me.
Does that answer your question?
I had the hardest time resisting this cake. At one point I found myself in a shame spiral, taking massive bites while binging The Real Housewives of New Jersey on my iPad. I’d be embarrassed, but it was strangely satisfying and cathartic. Never underestimate a girl with a cake, a fork, and a free afternoon, is what I always say. Also? Teresa Guidice is a hot mess.
Make this cake the next time you need a complete show stopper of a dessert. You won’t regret it!
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup Dutch Process Cocoa Powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (roughly 12 oz) jar caramel sauce
- Whipped Cream:
- 3 cups heavy whipping cream (cold)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 full-size Butterfinger bars, crushed
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour three (9) inch round pans. If you only have two pans, just fill one pan a little more than the other. You will split the taller cake in half.
- Bake your cake: In the bowl of your mixer, combine sugar, cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs, oil, milk, and vanilla and beat on medium speed for two minutes. Scrape sides of bowl and stir in boiling water. Divide batter into cake pans (batter will be thin) and bake for 30 minutes or until tops spring back until lightly touched.
- Using a fork, poke surface of cakes, not going all the way through the way to the bottom (this will keep the poured mixture from seeping to the bottom of the pan). Divide the sweetened condensed milk, pouring over the top of the three cakes, using a spatula to spread to the holes if needed. Do the same with HALF of the jar of caramel sauce. Set cakes aside to soak in the mixture for roughly 30 minutes.
- Using a sharp knife, loosen cakes from the sides of the cake pans. Gently turn onto cooling racks and let cool completely. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill overnight or at least for several hours.
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat heavy cream with the mixer's whisk attachment on medium until it begins to thicken. Add powdered sugar, increase speed to high, and beat until thick.
- Frost and assemble cake (level layers with a serrated knife if necessary), and gently press crushed Butterfingers into the frosted cake. Chill for one our, then pour remaining caramel sauce over the top.
**cake batter adapted from Hershey
Enjoy, friends! Have a very happy Monday!