Layered Chocolate Cake Dessert

Layered Chocolate Cake Dessert at The Gluten Free Homemaker
This recipe came from my sister-in-law and it has been a favorite of ours.  Here are a few reasons it’s one of my favorites:

  • It tastes great
  • It’s moist
  • It’s pretty easy to make
  • It feeds a lot of people
  • It can be made ahead of time
  • It doesn’t matter if your cake turns out great, it’s going to be broken in pieces anyway!

I have to tell a story about my sister-in-law.  I don’t think she’d mind because she laughs about it.  The first time she made this dessert for a family gathering, everyone loved it, so the next time she said she was making it we were all looking forward to it.  As you’ll see in a moment, the dessert has three basic layers: cake, pudding, cool whip.  Well, the second time she was going from memory and putting the dessert together quickly and she forgot one small piece—the cake!  That’s right.  She brought a dish layered with pudding and cool whip.  It wasn’t bad, but it sure wasn’t the same!  When you make it, try to remember the cake.

This is not a dairy free recipe, but it could be made that way.  I found some dairy free cook and serve pudding at the health food store that could be used with a milk substitute.  You would then have to come up with a dairy free whipped topping.  The chocolate cake recipe I have linked to is already dairy free.

Chocolate Cake Dessert Collage

Layered Chocolate Cake Dessert
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 recipe chocolate cake (any chocolate cake will do)
  • 1 small box chocolate pudding
  • 1 small box vanilla pudding
  • 1 large container whipped topping
  • 1 – 2 Heath candy bars, chilled
  1. Bake the cake and cool.
  2. Make the pudding according to package directions, combining the chocolate and vanilla.
  3. Break half the cake in pieces and put it in the bottom of a large rectangular dish. You could also make this in a trifle bowl.
  4. Put half the pudding on top by dropping spoonfuls of it, then spreading it around with the back of the spoon.
  5. Spread about half the Cool Whip on top of the pudding. You might not need to use half the container, but use enough to cover everything well.
  6. Repeat layers.
  7. Chop the candy bars and sprinkle on top of the last layer of Cool Whip.

The dish I use ends up being packed full.  Half way through I always think it won’t fit, but I sort of press the pudding down on the cake and amazingly it all fits.  The Heath bars on top help to keep the Cool Whip from sticking to plastic wrap or foil that I use to cover the dish.  Refrigerate until ready to eat.

To serve, you can just dig into it with a spoon, or cut it and use a spatula to take it out in squares.  The second method makes a nicer presentation.  Either way you end up with nice moist chocolate cake.

This is a great summer time dessert because it is served cold (you do have to heat your oven to bake the cake though).  However, I have served it throughout the year at parties and gatherings.  It’s always a hit!

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  1. Marisa says

    This cake is better known as "Better than S*x" Cake!

    Since becoming more health conscious, though, I have not made or eaten this (we have dairy allergies, and cool whip – last I checked, which has been a few years – is made with hydrogenated pesticide-and-solvent-made oils, which we avoid when we can).

    Love your blog – Marisa

  2. Linda says

    Marisa ~ I agree, it is not the healthiest option, but with a little extra work it could be made healthier.

  3. Iris says

    Sinfully delightful! Could definitely be made healthier, but sometimes you just have to go for it!

  4. Melanie says

    This isn't the exact version of "Better Than Sex Cake". The recipe I have calls for sweetened condensed milk to be filled into punched holes in the cake, then caramel ice cream topping. Top the cake with Cool Whip and Heath Bar. Yum Yum! But I'm sure there are many different versions. I like the pudding idea though. A lot less calories than the sweetened condensed milk!

  5. Carolyn - What Life Dishes Out says

    I make this in a trifle bowl, so you can see all the layers on the sides…it's so pretty! And I use my own homemade whipped cream…if you add vanilla and a little sugar, it tastes just like cool whip but is healthier than the hydrogenated cool whip stuff. You can use brownies instead of cake also, which I actually prefer. I also do the heath bar an drizzle the brownie (or cake) layers with Kahlua. This is so yummy!

  6. Pat says

    It looks so delicious, and cool! Beyond that, I especially like the side effect of putting the chopped Heath bars on top — the plastic wrap covering doesn't stick to the whipped topping.

  7. Lisa says

    A recipe after my own heart. Something I would have probably made prior to being GF. Most definitely going to make this.

  8. J L Health says

    Oh Myyy!! Linda that cake looks unbelievable….I am all about mixed up chocolate desserts. Wow!


  9. Aubree Cherie says

    I don't blame you for making this your favorite cake! It looks to die for :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

  10. Tasty Eats At Home says

    Oh my, how delicious! If you make pudding from scratch, then you can use a dairy-free milk substitute. Coconut cream (the cream on the top of the coconut milk can) can be scooped off and whipped wiht a touch of sugar for whipped cream. However, Heath bars, sadly, are not dairy-free. (A fact of which I am regrettably aware!) This sounds decadent and amazing.

  11. Kim - Cook It Allergy Free says

    WoW! This sounds amazing! Mimic Creme has come out with a new dairy-free (though nut-based) product that whips like real cream! Maybe that would be a good alternative to those avoiding the Cool Whip! I know the Mimic Creme version tastes amazing!!!!
    This cake looks like it would last all of five minutes over here in our house! Yikes! Maybe I will be making my own birthday cake this year!

  12. April@The 21st Century Housewife says

    Your recipe looks and sounds delicious – and I love the story about your sister-in-law!

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