One special item we inherited from my husband’s grandmother was her Recipe Box. There are many fond memories of meals enjoyed around Gram’s table. I spent several months going through the recipes so that I could create a cookbook for all the extended family members. In going over the various recipes I came upon this Better Than Sex Cake recipe, I have to say the name caught my eye! Could it really be better? – I had to try the recipe. Luckily the various ingredients were on hand and we had a potluck party to attend. I knew exactly what I would bring!

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Better Than Sex Cake


1 box of yellow cake mix (without pudding)
½ cup oil
1 cup water
4 eggs
1 20 oz can crushed pineapple
1 cup sugar
1 pkg of instant vanilla pudding (small box)
Whipped Cream or Cool Whip


Combine the cake mix, oil, water and eggs in a large bowl and beat for two minutes.

Pour the mixture into a greased and floured 13 x 9 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until done.

Poke holes in the warm cake.

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Heat the 20 oz can of crushed pineapple with the 1-cup of sugar, stir until the sugar melts. Pour over the cake.

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Sprinkle the cake with a layer of coconut.

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Prepare the pudding according to the box directions and pour over the coconut. Prepare the pudding while the cake is baking so the cake is warm when topped with the pudding.

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When cool frost with Whipped Cream and sprinkle with nuts.

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I mentioned the cake to a friend of mine and her first response was “does it have chocolate?” After a little online searching I found that there are actually two versions of this recipe and one does indeed have chocolate. However this is the version that was in Gram’s Recipe Box and it has pineapple not chocolate. The name also varies, some people call it “Better Than Sex? Cake” while others call it “Almost Better Than Sex Cake.” I’ll let you decide which name suits this cake best for you. Regardless, it was delicious!

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