When was the last time you made a cake so good, the family raved about it for weeks afterward? You can recreate that praise with this amazing cake recipe. Whether you love chocolate or you happen to love more fruity flavors, there's no denying that a decadent cake is a perfect dessert to bring to a potluck, backyard barbecue, or birthday party. Meet the most popular cake recipe on Pinterest, the Better Than Anything Caramel Cake from Tastes Better from Scratch, and it all starts with a Texas sheet cake.
Saved over 249,000 times, this cake recipe isn't fussy in the least. Instead of creating a layer cake, you start with a chocolate sheet cake. By beginning with a sheet cake, you're still making a light cake with a decadent flavor. Like any good poke cake, the caramel sauce, which you can buy or make at home, goes into the wooden spoon's holes in the cake. The cake absorbs the delicious caramel flavor and becomes even moister than before.
How To Make Better Than Anything Cake
Covered in whipped cream and candy pieces, this cake takes the complications out of baking for a crowd. This is one of the reasons why a sheet cake makes the most sense for large gatherings. Instead of worrying about transporting a layer cake, you keep the sheet cake in the same pan you bake it in. I'm all for fewer dishes along the way.
Also known as Better Than Sex Cake, this Better Than Anything cake is one of my favorite cakes to make, especially when you are looking for a yummy excuse to bake a cake. The recipe is pretty self-explanatory, letting you bake your own homemade chocolate cake recipe, or using a chocolate cake mix. Once baked, let the cake cool for about five minutes before you poke holes in the top of the cake with the end of a wooden spoon. Drizzle the caramel topping over and top with the sweetened condensed milk.
While the chocolate poke cake cools completely, whip the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. (You could always use cool whip as your frosting, we won't tell!). Spread the topping over the room temperature cake and sprinkle on chopped up Heath bars. The toffee bits add a great crunch, but you can always use your favorite candy bars in place. Butterfingers would be a great option as well as Oreo cookies, chocolate chips, and butterscotch pieces.
You can even adapt this recipe to fit your needs. Do you want yellow cupcakes with fudge sauce? You got it! Maybe you want a Funfetti cake and you want to swap out the caramel sauce? Pour a lemon glaze over for a citrus switch. Maybe you're in the mood for a vanilla cake with a berry glaze, you can do that, too! Maybe instead of the cake and glaze flavor, you want fancier whipped cream. Check out our list of homemade whipped cream flavors to try out.
So the next time you're looking for the best cake recipe that won't let you down and is easy to whip together, head on over to Tastes Better from Scratch for this recipe.
This post was originally published on January 13, 2020.