Heath Bar Cake

Okay, I have to preface this recipe–it is neither frugal nor healthy.  However, it is delicious, and always a HUGE hit at pot lucks and dinners.  Seriously, I always come home with a completely clean dish, with people requesting it again the next time a dinner comes up.   It’s that good.  So, I usually do make it for dinners so that I won’t have this unhealthy dessert tempting me at home :)

What You Need:
Chocolate Cake Mix (links to a homemade version)
1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 8 oz. tub of whipped topping
1 Heath Candy Bar

Chocolate Syrup
Caramel or Butterscotch ice cream topping

What to do:
1.  Prepare the chocolate cake as directed on the box or with your homemade mix.
2.  As soon as it comes out of the oven, poke holes in the cake.  You can use a knife or the handle of a wooden spoon.  A little at a time, pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top of the cake, using a rubber spatula to spread it around so that it gets absorbed evenly throughout the cake.
3.  Refrigerate the cake for a couple of hours, until it is COMPLETELY cooled and cold.
4.  In the meantime, crush up some heath bar.  If you plan to make this a few times, you can also purchase Heath Bar baking chips that are already crushed up for about the same cost (or even cheaper) than the candy bars, so be sure to look for those in your grocery baking section.
5.  Once the cake is COMPLETELY cooled and cold, spread the tub of cool whip all over it, and sprinkle on the heath bar pieces.  I like to then top with some caramel and chocolate ice cream topping as well.

(My cake wasn’t COMPLETELY cooled and cold, so my whipped topping was a little melty and flat for this picture…oops!)

The really cool thing about this recipe is that there are so many variations to it!  Use a white cake mix and top with pineapples and coconut instead of the heath bar for a pina colada cake.  No sweetened condensed milk?  Pour in chocolate or caramel sauce.  The possibilities are endless :)

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  1. ninabean says

    So glad you posted this cake! My 4 year old made this for her daddy for fathers day with just a little bit of help. It’s super fun and easy for children. The cool whip frosting is very forgiving and the heath bits cover up any uneven spots. I recommend letting your little ones make this for someone they love.

    • Crystal says

      Great idea, Nina! My little ones love helping me in the kitchen also. And, we made this cake for father’s day as well…it was a hit since both my dad and hubby love it :)

  2. says

    I WANT A BITE…NOW! Looks fabulous…and I love that it looks ‘melty’. I’m wild about toffee – and have learned to make a nearly-sugar-free homemade sweetened condensed milk, so that works well for me and my diabetic hubby. Come on over and check it out at my blog…www.thebetterbaker.blogspot.com

    • Crystal says

      Awesome! I have seen a few homemade sweetened condensed milk recipes (with sugar) that I’ve been wanting to try out.

  3. says

    This recipe is awsome, my family loved it. If you haven't tried it you don't know what you are missing. Can't wait to try the white cake with pineapple and cocounut. thanks so much…

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