Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Easy Chocolate Nutella Cake

Last weekend I invited the moms in our playgroup over for a craft night. I had grand plans to make a cheesecake but then I remembered a recipe I've been meaning to try called "Better Than Sex Cake." I've seen dozens of variations of this cake all over the internets. I happen to think that whomever (and I'm not sure who) came up with the original recipe name might be slightly crazy but I won't get into all that because this is a PG blog. And also because I can only handle so much blushing. :)

But if a cake is claiming to be that good, I figured I might as well give it a try. Basically, the recipe goes something like this: whip up a chocolate cake mix according to package directions, poke holes in the warm cake and pour a can of sweetened condensed milk over the top. Once cool, cover with caramel ice cream topping, Cool Whip and crushed Heath bars. And eat. 

When I made it, I had to make a few changes of my own because that's how I roll. And because I felt like nutella would be perfect in this cake (is there anything nutella isn't perfect in?).

I used a devil's food cake mix, 3 eggs and oil like the box told me to. But then instead of using water, I used some cold coffee to help enhance the chocolate flavors. 

I forgot to take any in-between photos because I was busy running around trying to make dinner, get the kiddos to bed and find all my craft supplies before everyone showed up. Oops!

After the cake emerges from the oven, poke holes using a wooden spoon handle or kebab skewer then pour   the sweetened condensed milk over it. After that soaks in, spread a layer of nutella on top. Wait for it to cool and top with whipped cream (or Cool Whip, if you prefer that) and crushed Health bars. 

While this cake may not live up to its original title, it is pretty damn good. And totally easy. And doesn't taste like you made it from a boxed mix. 


Easy Chocolate Nutella Cake
Serves 12

1 chocolate cake mix (and eggs and oil called for on the box)
coffee (amount called for water on the box)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup nutella
1 half pint whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 health or skor bars

In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, oil and coffee. Bake in a 9 x 13" pan according to the directions on the box. 

While still warm, poke holes all over the top using a wooden spoon handle or kebab skewer. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over it. After that soaks in, spread a layer of nutella on top. Allow to cool to room temperature. 

Meanwhile, beat cream until it reaches the "stiff peaks" stage. Add in powdered sugar and beat until combined. Spread whipped cream over the top of the cake. Smash/crush candy bars and add those to the top. Serve immediately or chill until you're ready to eat. 


  1. It's Paula Deen's recipe - I think it is is in her first cookbook. ;)


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