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Pinterest's Most Popular Cake Recipe Starts with a Texas Sheet Cake

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. There's no leveling cake layers and creating a complicated frosting. All you need is a delicious chocolate sheet cake, then add more rich flavor and an easy topping. The Better Than Anything cake is a poke cake; you pour the caramel sauce, which you can buy or make at home, into holes poked into the cake with a wooden spoon. 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; you can bake your own homemade chocolate cake recipe, use your favorite chocolate cake mix or go with something like a devil's food 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. Butterfinger candy would be a great option, or you could go with Oreo cookies, chocolate chips and butterscotch pieces.

There are a million ways to make this cake with your favorite candy and cookie toppings. Plus, you can make the whipped cream topping extra special with some fresh twists from our list of homemade whipped cream flavors to try out. Even better, you can make both the cake and the caramel sauce ahead of time and then assemble the Better Than Anything cake a few hours before you serve it (and you want to give it a few hours for the flavors to meld together).

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.