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Quick and easy Better than Anything Cake is a sweet cake filled with caramel and topped with cool whip and toffee bits!

Better than anything cake is one of the best and easiest cake recipes you’ll ever try! For more rich and chocolatey cakes, try Chocolate Sheet Cake, Oreo Pudding Poke Cake, or Mississippi Mud Cake.

A slice of better than anything cake served on a white plate.

Rich and delicious cake

I love to share simple and delicious desserts, and I have a great one for you today!

This is called better than anything cake (aka better than sex cake or heath bar cake). It’s a chocolate cake with all sorts of delicious things poured over it—like caramel and sweetened condensed milk.

It also has Whipped Cream and toffee bits on top making it even more delicious!

This poke cake is perfect for sharing, and especially great for hot weather or holidays where all you crave is something sweet and cool.

How to Make better than anything cake

This cake recipe is simple, delicious, and tastes like Heath Candy Bars!

CAKE. Make the cake according to the package directions. Poke the warm cake with the bottom of a wooden spoon to make several holes.

SAUCES. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the cake and into holes. Drizzle Caramel Topping on top of the cake as well. Chill the cake for 2-3 hours.

TOPPINGS. Right before serving, top with Whipped Cream and sprinkle with toffee bits.

Better than anything cake filled with holes.

The Chocolate Cake Base

This recipe calls for a chocolate cake base. There are several types of box cake mix that can be used such as Devil’s Food cake mix, German Chocolate cake mix, or a simple Chocolate Fudge.

The box of cake mix I use is 15.25 and can be baked in a 9×13 inch baking dish.

If you have a favorite chocolate cake recipe (we love this one!) go ahead and use that or buy a plain chocolate cake from the bakery and then add the Caramel Sauce, condensed milk, and toppings. 

Recipe Tips

Milk. Be sure to buy sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk.

Toppings. Change the toffee bits for crushed-up Reese’s, Oreos, Butterfingers, Heath Bars, chocolate chips, or chopped nuts. 

Cake flavors. Instead of chocolate, use other flavors such as Carrot, Caramel, or Vanilla.

Better than anything cake topped with crushed heath bar candy.

Making Ahead and Storing

Make ahead of time. The base of this Chocolate Poke Cake dessert can be made 1-2 days in advance. Store it, covered, in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Add the cool whip and candy to the top of cake right before serving.

FREEZE. Wrap the entire baking pan with plastic wrap and again with aluminum foil. Freeze for 1-2 months. Thaw and add the whipped topping and candy bits.

A slice of better than anything cake topped with whipped cream and heath bar crumbs.

Recipe FAQ

Can I use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip?

Real Whipped Cream, made from scratch, can be used in place of the Cool Whip. Just don’t use the stuff that comes in the spray can!

Do I have to chill the cake?

This cake really is better served cold! I recommend chilling for at least one hour, if not longer. Plus, the cake needs to be completely cooled before adding the whipped topping, otherwise it will melt.

For more poke cake recipes, try:

5 from 23 votes

Better Than Anything Cake Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Quick and Easy Better than Anything Cake is a sweet cake filled with caramel and topped with cool whip and toffee bits!
Servings: 12
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 35 minutes


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • water, oil and eggs as called for on back of box
  • 16 oz caramel sauce
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 medium tub cool whip (or 3 cups whipped cream)
  • 1 cup toffee bits


  • Make cake as directed on the back of the box.
  • While warm, poke holes in the cake with the bottom of a wooden spoon.
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk over the cake and into holes.
  • Pour caramel sauce over the cake as well. Chill cake for 2-3 hours.
  • Right before serving, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with toffee bits.



Serving: 12g, Calories: 248kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 172mg, Potassium: 61mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 275IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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 Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.

About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Yummy Lily did you make this with Hallie I think I tried this before and I had fun on valentines day too