Better Than Anything Cake Trifles

These Better Than Anything Cake Trifles are an ultra decadent dessert made to feed a crowd, or just a few hungry people. 

These Better Than Anything Cake Trifles are perfect for parties!!

This cake has been called a lot of things… Better Than Sex Cake, Better Than Robert Redford Cake, Better Than Justin Bieber Cake…

Ok, I made that last one up.

It’s also been called Better Than Anything Cake by the more prude crowd, and since I’m a family-friendly blog, I’m just going to go with that. 😉

These Better Than Anything Cake Trifles are perfect for parties!!

A couple weeks ago I was asked to make a dessert for a church function. My parameters were that it needs to be somewhat fancy, feed 90 people and be less than $40 total.

Oh boy.

I set out to find the perfect dessert. I asked some friends and they gave me the idea of doing a trifle in mini clear plastic cups.

Fancy, yet totally budget saving.

These Better Than Anything Cake Trifles are perfect for parties!!

I purchased a few chocolate cake mixes, but doctored them up with extra cocoa powder to make them a little richer, and switched out some of the oil for sour cream to keep the cake light and fluffy.

I cooked them in my 15″x10″x1″ baking sheets and they turned out amazing!

I let them cool and then used a circular cookie cutter that was roughly the shape of my cups, and cup out two circles per cup.

These Better Than Anything Cake Trifles are perfect for parties!!

I had some cake scraps leftover so I just used those scraps to make a few more trifles so I could share this dessert with you!

The first layer is cake, followed by a sweetened condensed milk/caramel mixture, a teaspoon of crushed Heath Toffee Bits, followed by a dollop of Cool Whip.

Next is another layer of cake, followed by more of the sweetened condensed milk/caramel and another layer of Cool Whip. I sprinkled a little more Heath Toffee Bits on top and then drizzled each on with some hot fudge sauce.

These Better Than Anything Cake Trifles are perfect for parties!!

You guys…

Not one cup was left at the end of the night.

Everyone licked their cups and spoons clean. They were phenomenal.

These Better Than Anything Cake Trifles are perfect for parties!!

Whether you go the mini trifle route or make one big one, these trifles are sure to impress!

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Better Than Anything Cake Trifles

  • Yield: 30 to 35 trifles 1x


For the Cake:

  • 2 boxes of Devil’s Food Cake mix
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sour cream

For the Trifles:

  • 1 (10oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (14oz) jar caramel topping
  • 2 (16oz) tubs Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 package Heath Toffee Bits (found by the chocolate chips)
  • 1 (14oz) jar hot fudge sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease two 15x10x1 baking sheets with baking spray and set aside.
  2. Prepare one cake mix at a time. Combine one cake mix, 3 eggs, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 2 tbsp cocoa powder and 1/2 cup sour cream in a large bowl and mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase speed and mix until fully combined, scraping down sides of bowl if needed. Pour cake batter into baking sheet, spread to an even layer and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely. Repeat with other cake mix.
  3. Use a circular cookie cuter to cut the shapes needed to fill your plastic cups or trifle dish. Cut 2 circles per cup.
  4. Place one circle in the bottom of the cup. Combine the sweetened condensed milk and caramel sauce in a large bowl and spoon one tablespoon over the top of the bottom layer, or if making one large truffle, use half of the mixture.
  5. Sprinkle 1 tsp of toffee bits on top of the coated cake and then top with a layer of Cool Whip, followed by another layer of cake, caramel mixture and more Cool Whip.
  6. Top each trifle with more toffee bits and then drizzle with the hot fudge sauce. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!


If you prefer to make one large trifle, you could probably get away with just baking one cake mix and making it into two 8″ rounds.

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
15 Responses
  1. Jane K

    These are so awesome for a crowd! I hosted a varsity lacrosse team dinner and made these for dessert – I made 2 for each boy and should have made 4 for each – they literally gobbled them down and wanted more … sooooo good!!!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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