Is it Really Better than Sex? Cake

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Servings: 16 to 20 servings
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1   3.4-ounce box French vanilla pudding, plus ingredients to prepare
1 1/3 cup sugar
1   20-ounce can crushed pineapple
1   18.25-ounce box yellow cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup flaked, sweetened toasted coconut





Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare yellow cake mix as directed using a greased 13x9x2-inch pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.  While cake is baking, combine the pineapple, 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan,  and bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Remove cake from oven and using a fork, pierce holes into cake.  Pour pineapple mixture over hot cake and set aside.

Prepare pudding according to package directions.  Spread pudding over cake and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.  Whip heavy cream and remaining sugar until stiff.  Cover top of cake with whipped cream and sprinkle toasted coconut on top.

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

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Reader Comments:


I made this with a sugar free yellow cake mix, and I mixed 1/2 sugar and 1/2 splenda with the pineapple. My parents said it was the first low sugar thing I have made where you can't tell at all! It's so good that we've come up with reasons to make it! I am actually making it for Easter! It's so light and moist it just me alts in your mouth! I gotta go! Time to make it again!!!!!!

By Mary on April 19, 2014


who created this cake? was it made in the us? etc?...

By Anonymous on December 16, 2013


Who created this cake? any history on it?

By shelby williams on December 16, 2013


Can this cake be made into a 2 layer cake?

By Danielle on December 16, 2012


Do you use instant or the cooking type of pudding for this cake

By judy on April 25, 2012


I found this recipe, but theirs no name for it?

By lisa on December 01, 2011


for your receipe is it better than sex which type of sugar do you use, regular or the confec sugar

By vickykilbourn on October 25, 2011


This is the best cake I have ever eaten. My family isnt much of a cake fan, but this one never lasts over a disappears faster than anything else I can make!! A must try for everyone!

By Carol Dry on September 04, 2011


Should the pudding for the better than sex cake be hot when poured over this cake? I am making it now. Please let me know asap.

By Malinda on August 31, 2011


Awwwwwwesome!!!!!! Love live love it it was the highlight of the party!!!

By Emily on July 23, 2011


This will be a summer favorite of mine. My husband is not big on desserts, but I had to wonder after he ate half of this cake! It was light, moist, and sooo good!

By godwinm09 on February 22, 2011


This cake is yummy! I do not think it is better than sex! But it is close enough! I make this cake every year for our Fourth of july cookout and everyone loves it!

By mandi hampton on January 11, 2011


I didn't drain the pineapple either and it looks really watery!

By Christina Lasaga on December 24, 2010


Another delicious recipe from Paula Deen.It is so good that my mother-in-law asked for the recipe to take to a church

By Theresa Michael on December 12, 2010


Once again, this new recipe I tried is really good. Paula has not failed me yet with her recipes!

By Anonymous on December 07, 2010


Took it to Family Thanksgiving last year everyone loved it was all gone in short time,Having it again this year!!

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By Anonymous on September 10, 2010


A family favorite! Perfect for summer.

By hhurst on July 05, 2010


I made this cake for my work's annual County Fair and won 1st Place! It is so easy to make and scrumptious! Thanks Paula!!!!

By Anonymous on July 01, 2010

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