My grandmother’s legendary dessert, known as “Better Than Anything Cake,” holds a special place in my heart and continues to bring joy to all who taste it. Over the years, this delectable treat has acquired various names, but its incredible taste remains unchanged – unbelievably fantastic!
I distinctly remember the first time I attempted this recipe, and the experience was nothing short of delightful. Assembling each layer requires a bit of effort and precision, but I see it as a labor of love – a testament to the care and attention put into creating this masterpiece.
Each layer of this cake offers a unique and delightful texture, and the bottom layer, with its nutty richness and buttery flakiness, is simply unmatched. It’s a symphony of flavors that come together harmoniously, leaving taste buds dancing with delight. I recall serving this cake to my kids and their friends during a sleepover, and to my astonishment, they polished it all off. It was evident that this dessert not only receives divine approval but also wins hearts with its versatility, making it a perfect addition to parties, family gatherings, and even celebrations like Valentine’s Day.
The charm of this cake lies not only in its taste but also in the love and joy it brings to those who indulge in it. Just like the generations before me, I find myself passing down this cherished recipe to my own family and friends, creating beautiful memories with every slice.
So, whether you call it “Better Than Anything Cake” or any other name, this dessert is a true culinary gem that has stood the test of time. It continues to weave its magic in the hearts of all who taste it, making it an irresistible treat for any occasion. I invite you to savor the goodness and share this cake with your loved ones, knowing that with every bite, you’re partaking in a tradition of love and deliciousness that spans generations.
For the crust
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup butter melted
1 cup pecans finely chopped
For the first layer
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese – room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 (8-12 oz.) container Cool Whip (divided) – 1 cup for this layer and the rest for the topping.
For the second layer
1 (3.4 oz.) package vanilla instant pudding
1 (3.4 oz.) package chocolate instant pudding
3 cups whole milk (using whole milk creates a sturdier pudding which is needed)
For the top
Remaining Cool Whip
Grated/Shaved chocolate sprinkled over the top
Preheat oven to 325° F
In a medium bowl, mix flour, butter, and pecans and press into the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and 1 cup Cool Whip with a mixer.
Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust.
Before moving to the next step, the crust and first layer must be well chilled and firmed. Place the baking dish in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
For the second layer, whisk the two puddings and milk in a large bowl. Mix according to package directions.
Remove pan from the freezer and spread the pudding layer over cream cheese layer.
Return to the freezer for another 20 minutes for the layers to firm up again.
Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top and sprinkle with the grated/shaved chocolate.
If you have the time, let the dessert chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
• This dessert does require time to chill in the fridge so make sure to plan ahead and be as prepared as possible.
• This dessert can be prepared up to 2 days in advance. Wrap with plastic wrap and store in the fridge.
• If you have leftovers, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to four days.
• Cool Whip typically is available in 8 oz. or 12 oz. containers. You will need the amount in the 12 oz. container so get enough in the other sizes to accommodate this need.
• Layering the dessert: It is very important to chill each layer before adding the next. It gets a bit messy if you don’t!
Better Than Anything Cake is a divine dessert that lives up to its name in every sense. Passed down through generations, this legendary treat has a timeless appeal that never fails to impress. Whether known as “Better Than Anything Cake” or by various other names, its incredible taste and delightful layers make it a truly unforgettable experience.
The process of assembling each layer may require some effort, but it is undoubtedly a labor of love that adds to the cake’s charm. The reward is a symphony of flavors and textures, with the bottom layer offering a delightful nutty taste combined with a buttery flakiness that leaves a lasting impression on the palate.
This cake’s versatility shines through as it proves to be a crowd-pleaser at parties, family gatherings, and special celebrations like Valentine’s Day. Its ability to bring joy to kids and adults alike is a testament to its universal appeal and deliciousness.
As I continue to make and share this Better Than Anything Cake with my loved ones, I find myself creating cherished memories with every slice. It is more than just a dessert; it embodies the love and care that has been passed down through generations, uniting us in the joy of creating and enjoying something truly special.
If you’re seeking a dessert that goes beyond the ordinary and brings joy to every occasion, this Better Than Anything Cake is the perfect choice. Embrace the tradition, savor the flavors, and share the love with your family and friends. With every bite, you’ll understand why this cake holds a special place in the hearts of all who taste it, making it a timeless classic that will be cherished for generations to come.