"Better than a hug" cake (lol)

Oh my sweet, sweet, friends…..THIS is THE cake to make! It is extremely moist, the crushed toffee gives it a sweet/savory taste, and there is an amazing mix of textures…YUMMY! This is one of my hubby’s favorites! (and my guilty pleasure too..shhh) I made this last night for my church ABF get-together and it was a hit.

A dark chocolate cake out of the oven (I used a Duncan Hines box mix), 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 6 Heath bars, 1 large container of whipped topping,  chocolate syrup,  caramel syrup. 
When the cake is still warm, poke holes throughout…I just used a fork
Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over top the cake (I used a butter knife to evened it out over top-it will eventually saturate into the cake)
Crush Heath bars in a large Ziploc
Squeeze chocolate and caramel over top of cake and top with 3/4 of the crushed Heath bars. 
Then, top carefully with your Cool-whip
Drizzle caramel and chocolate over top of that and sprinkle with remaining Heath bars. 
"Better than a hug" cake (lol)
Serves: 12
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  • 1 dark chocolate cake made to directions in a 13×9 pan
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup (appx) of caramel syrup
  • 1 cup (appx) of chocolate syrup
  • 6 Heath bars (toffee bars) crushed
  • 1 large tub of Cool-whip
  1. Make chocolate cake according to box directions.
  2. Let stand for about 5 mins then poke small holes throughout with a fork.
  3. Pour sweetened condensed milk over top and even out with a butter knife.
  4. Drizzle ¾ cup each of chocolate and caramel syrup over top and add ¾ of the crushed toffee.
  5. Spread Cool-whip over top and drizzle again with remaining chocolate and caramel syrups and sprinkle with remaining crushed Heath.

Might be one of the best things I have ever tasted…(oh, and I will tell on myself..this is the piece I had for breakfast..lol! it was small?)

I KNOW you are going to enjoy this one! 
Blessings to you!

“We who had sweet fellowship together, walked together in the house of God in the throng” 
Psalm 55:14

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Dedicated to my husband, Geoff Nehrenz! 



  1. This cake look….. very nice and good!!!!!
    Will try to make one (with my french pantry!!!).
    Blessings from France.

  2. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Lol, thank you Suzel! Your French pantry sounds SOOO much more exciting than my American cupboards..lol…hope you are enjoying your weekend my Friend!

  3. This is my kind of cake… love the name..does it hug the hips ? lol..ill have to sub the heaths for daim bars and cool whip for mmmm maybe angel delight.. my nieces birthday on the 23 she's four and wants one of those yucky dora shop bought cakes so this will be for the grown ups.
    god bless

  4. oh. my. goodness. That looks so yummy!!!

  5. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Mia, you grown up's will love it 🙂 lol! Alida, it sure is!

  6. Holly Vaughan says:

    I saw they have the chocolate heath bits in the baking aisle this time of year, that can save some time and mess if you're not into that sort of thing…. but oh my this cake looks rich! I don't know if it's "better than a hug" lol but it sure does look tasty

  7. Oh. My. WORD!!! I just gained 10 lbs.
    I am def. going to try this one. We are huge chocolate lovers in my house.

  8. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    LOL!!! Holly, I had to "change" the name of this cake to make it G rated
    (I DO NOT take credit for the original name of this cake!!!) …but I love hugs too!!! What a great tip-Heath bits! Gina, you will love it! Bless you!

  9. Courtney (Women Living Well) says:

    MMMMMM…I testify to the truth of the name! lol!!

  10. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Courtney, our ABF group had some funny names for it too..they crack me up!!

  11. Darlene Schacht says:

    I do my best to put this cake out of my mind, then people like Gina remind me it's still here. This cake is screaming my name, and I can hear it all the way from Canada. Apparently there's only one way to quiet the screams. Ugh…

  12. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    LOL! "Make me, Make me!"

  13. Looks so yummy! I;m thinking it might be better than a lot of things! 😉

  14. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Lol, Melinda! You are very right..I would much rather eat this cake than put away laundry (which reminds me….)

  15. Mama D.'s Dozen says:

    Just found your blog and look forward to trying some of these recipes. This chocolate cake is definitely first on the list … and then maybe the perfect choc. chip cookies.

    I'm the mother of 12 children, so I spend a LOT of time in the kitchen, and always love to try new recipes (even if I have to double or triple every one).



  16. Sinea Pies says:

    Had to share this one on FB! Looks SO yummy. I love Heath Bars.

  17. Melissa says:

    I have a cake I make that is really simliar, the only difference is that I put some cream cheese before the whipped cream and then I have always used butterfingers.

  18. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says:

    I am so glad to find this recipe – again. Thanks. I will be making it very soon for our small group at church. Love your blog.

  19. oh my goodness, almaost makes you wantta do it in a cupcake to see if you can get the whole thing in your mouth LOL LOL

  20. apple blossom says:

    this looks way too uh hum sinful. ;P oh, my we are having company this weekend I may have to try this one.

  21. Janelle,
    I’m not a baker at all, but am making this for my son’s family birthday. Can I make it earlier in the day and keep in the frig or does that make the carmel hard? Thanks for any advice.

  22. I’m making this today for a treat for my women’s bible study group tonight! I can hardly wait to try it! YUMMO!!!

  23. Candace Graves says:

    I made this cake for my church’s end-of-Daniel-Fast lunch today 🙂 It was delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe and thanks for serving Jesus!

  24. Holly Stephens says:

    I love the fact that you call this Better than a Hug cake. I have heard it called something else and never really liked the term. Thanks for the post!

  25. Debbie Thomas says:

    Just made it for memorial day! The family is looking forward to desssert:)

  26. Jenn - Frugal Front Porch says:

    My mom use to make this but she called it a Heath Bar Cake but no matter what you call it, it’s DIVINE! 😉

  27. I’ve made this cake for my husband before! Except I used jiffy cake mix (since the condensed milk adds moisture anyway) and butterfinger! This is one of those recipes you can make with any chocolate candy bar you prefer!

  28. Amanda Fuller says:

    I’m not sure how I can ask God to bless this dessert to my body ~ but I will try! I’m having company this weekend and can’t wait to pass it out!! Yum!

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