The Original Better Than Sex Cake

Mary Russell Recipe

By Mary Russell marymazilla

1 Hr

In 1985 at a pot luck hosted by my Aunties retirement community in Fl. I was given a piece of the most delious cake by a women who appeared to be in her late ninties. She was so tiny and quit the little lady. When I asked the name of the cake she sheepishly smiled and wispered "Better than Sex Cake" like sex was a bad word.
A few months later I saw were a restaurant in New was making a killing selling the Famous Better than Sex Cake.

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1 box
yellow cake mix
1 bottle
jello instant pistacio pudding large box
1 can(s)
16 oz crushed pineapple
8 oz
coconut (half a bag)
1 large
cool whip large tub
1/2 c
chopped peanuts small bag
1 jar(s)
maraschino cherries small jar

Directions Step-By-Step

Prepare yellow cake mix as directed.
after it is cooled. use a the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes in the cake
pour the entire can of crushed pine apple evenly over the cake juice and all
Prepare the instant pastacio pudding before it sets up pour over the top of the pineapple and cake (layering)
Next layer the Cool whip topping using a spatula to make peaks
Sprinkle coconut on top of the coolwhip
sprinke chopped nuts on top of the cool whip
Drain and rinse the cherries in a calender under cold water. slice them in half and arrange astectically on top the cake.
refridgerate for 3-4 hours before serving.
The longer you let it set the better it will taste.
I let mine rest over night.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes

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Oct 8, 2010 - Mary Russell shared this recipe with discussion group: The Real Better Than Sex Cake
Cyndi Tilley cynditilley
Oct 8, 2010
Yum ... can't wait to try this!
Rose Diaz rhdiaz02
Oct 18, 2010
My mother was given this recipe when I was younger as well. I was 5 years old, so around 1984. I wondered what my mother was making and she told me that she was making a sponge cake. I used to help her with the ingredients. It is a really delicious original cake, and you don't need to add the lovin' to make it! Try it, trust me you will make it more than once.
Nov 11, 2010 - annie Melton shared this recipe with discussion group: "Cakes from Cake Mixes"
Linda Tennant Cookingbear
Nov 15, 2010
Dear Mary,I made this cake yesterday for a party, and it is AWESOME! ( Only had it in the fridge for 4 hrs.), but next time, I'm gonna leave it overnight like you suggested. Will definitely be making this again.
Jul 21, 2011 - Karla Everett shared this recipe with discussion group: COCONUT LOVERS UNITE
Isabel Vela christinabel
Nov 11, 2011
Brought this to work with me this morining and already have friends asking for the recipe!! took pictures...will try to upload later. Thank you for sharing :)
J W Smoodge
Mar 30, 2015
The recipe that I used in the 70's never had cake mix or fruit in it. But, then again there are about 100 different versions on the internet. Probably as many names as well.

Wikipedia states that it originated in the 80's, but that is incorrect. A "Better than Sex Cake" was in my mothers community cookbook which has a copy right date of 1974.

It was basically just Crust - Pecans, sugar, butter and flour. 1st Layer - Cream cheese and whipped cream. 2nd Layer - Chocolate pudding, 3rd Layer - Vanilla pudding. Top Layer - Whipped cream garnished with more pecans.

Pudding was mixed thicker than what was on the box. We tried it with Banana Cream pudding instead of vanilla, but it wasn't as goog