“Better than Naptime” Cake


This is the. best. cake. I’ve. ever. had. I’m not a huge fan of cake normally because I don’t really care for icing. The Cool Whip topping on this cake makes it feel light and utterly delicious.

My friend Beth first introduced me to it a couple years ago…though she called it, uh, a different name. A name I don’t feel comfortable typing (I’ll give you a hint…it starts with an “s” and ends with an “x”). To tame it down a bit, we’ll just call it the “better than naptime” cake. Because there’s not many things in life better than your child taking a good, long nap…except, maybe, for this cake.

I’m not sure if this is the exact same recipe as Beth‘s (she is an amazing cook and decorator extraordinaire), but it’s similar.

Here’s the recipe:

-Box of Devil’s Food Cake (or you could make your own)
-Oil, water, and eggs (according to box directions)
-Cool Whip, thawed in the refrigerator
-Crushed Heath bar (I found it in a bag already crushed next to the chocolate chips…but use 4 bars and crush them yourself if you can’t find the bag)
-1/2 of a 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
-Caramel ice cream topping


1. Prepare cake according to package directions.


2. Pour batter into a greased 9×13 pan.


3. Bake according to package directions.


4. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.


5. Use a knife to poke several holes through the top of the cake. Try to just poke about an inch deep and not all the way to the bottom.


6. Pour 1/2 a 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk on top of the cake…


and then pour a generous helping of caramel ice cream topping. I didn’t measure…


Is your mouth watering yet???


7. Sprinkle with crushed Heath bar.


8. Wait until the cake has cooled completely and then carefully spread on the Cool Whip.


9. Sprinkle with more Heath bar! Refrigerate until ready to serve.



If it doesn’t get eaten all in one sitting, make sure to put it back in the refrigerator.



  1. That is a yummy cake. During my first year of college, it was pretty popular in the dorms. In my cooking class, a lot of the girls called it “better than heaven cake”. But as a young mother, I really really really relate your title!!!

      1. It is! Except yours has a very nice upgrade- the heath topping underneath the cool whip. Sounds divine! Think I might make this tomorrow for small group tomorrow and call it “Better than Darrel’s Sermon” cake. ;)

  2. my stomach is very excited to try this. one question-do you put the toppings on it when it is still warm or do you wait till it is completely cool? Thanks.

    1. Good question! Wait five minutes after removing it from the oven to poke the holes in it. Then immediately put the sweetened condensed milk, caramel, and Heath bar on top. Wait until it is completely cool to spread on the Cool Whip and second dousing of Heath Bar. :)

  3. Okay so I made this….. Don’t forget to WAIT till the cake is COOL to put on COOL whip… Mine started to look a bit frothy….. HOWEVER, my kids went face first into the cake. The one year old yelled “MMM MMM” and she has NEVER done that! The old older two kids chowed down and had the frothy cool whip all over their mouths. It was a scene out of CUJO!….. I would say it is now time to “put the kids ‘down'”…. :)

  4. I make a cake something like this but instead of the sweetened condensed milk and caramel I use instant chocolate pudding (prepared as directed). It sounds “heavy” but is really light and fluffy!

  5. this looks scrummy and I would love to make it, however I am in England and I don’t know what some of the ingredients are!

    what are ‘heath bars’? and what is ‘cool whip’?


      1. Thank you! I guess I could use Dime bars instead of the Heath Bars, and whipped double cream? Mmmm, I think I will make this as a treat for the weekend! Thanks! :o)

  6. This isn’t the exact recipe my Aunt Rhonda always makes for our family get together’s, but has the same ‘name’. She & my mom called ‘Better than Robert Redford’ when they were young because they weren’t aloud to say the original name of it. hehe
    I am trying this particular recipe tonight & it is sure looking yummy! Thanks for sharing:)

  7. I love it. I use German Chocolate Cake and i drizzle a little caramel on top and it looks really good.

  8. Also, if you dilute the sweetened condensed milk with milk it’ll make the cake a more moist and kinda taste like the “three milk cake” and it’s not too sweet.

  9. This is one of our favorites!! Always a hit whenever I take it anywhere. I just call it “Candy Bar Cake” because you can really use any kind of candy bar (or topping). Have friends who call it “Better than . . . ” something else. I used to make it without sweetened condensed milk and it was still yummy. Now I always use the whole can of sweetened condensed milk and a whole jar of car caramel – even yummier. I think I’ll have to try the peanut butter topping with peanut butter cups some time! Hard to mess this one up. Oh – and I feel badly for the woman who doesn’t have Heath Bars or Cool Whip!

  10. I love that cake. We use butterfingers instead but the heath bar sounds really good too. I just might have to try it that way.

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