This Better Than You Know What Cake has been in our family for years! It is probably the most requested birthday cake in the family, which is awesome, because it is also one of the easiest cakes to make.
This better than (you know what) cake is always our go-to when we need to whip up a quick dessert. Of course, the traditional name of this cake is something different, but because this is Favorite “FAMILY” Recipe and because this is a family-friendly site… we will let you fill in the blank on your own. We have had many of our readers share with us what they call this dessert. This cake is also known as Pig Pickin’, Gooey Goblin, Holy Cow , Better Than Hockey, Johnny Depp, and Death by Chocolate Cake.
This really is always a hit with guests! It’s nothing fancy, just sinfully delicious dessert. The chocolate cake is simply a mix that is doctored up and turned into something decadent. We have made this several different ways, we have even had a reader report that it is delicious with a white or yellow cake mix in place of the chocolate mix. We like to mix caramel topping with sweetened condensed milk to pour over the cake, but you can also just use caramel or just use sweetened condensed milk. We like “frosting” this cake with Cool Whip, but you can also make your own whipped topping if you prefer.
You can add any kind of chopped up candy bars on the top, but we love Skor candy bars or Heath candy bars the best. The crunchy toffee candy is so good! We have made this with chopped up Butterfinger Bars, chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and chopped Snickers Bars. It is also delicious with chopped Oreo cookies. All work great and are just as good, it just depends on the taste you are going for. Make it with your favorite candy to make it just right for YOU. You can also make it fun for kids by adding mini M&M’s or even Reese’s pieces.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are Heath and Skor Candy Bars?
A: Heath and Skor Candy Bars are English toffee bars covered in milk chocolate. The Hershey Company makes the Heath Toffee bars and also sells Heath Toffee Bits which are great for baking in cookies and as a topping on this cake. Skor Candy Bars are also made by The Hershey Company and are marketed as a “buttery toffee enrobed in milk chocolate.” There are no nuts in either bar. You can find both the Heath Bar and the Skor Bar on amazon.com.
Q: Can this be made ahead?
A: Yes, it can be made a day or two before serving, but it does need to be refrigerated. Add the whipped topping and toppings just before serving.
Q: Can real whipped cream be used instead of Cool Whip?
A: Absolutely! However, don’t use the whipped cream that comes in a can and is squirted out. It melts quickly and becomes runny, and won’t work for this recipe. You can make your own whipped cream with heavy cream and sugar, and it will taste amazing!