Better Than Sex Cupcakes

October 30, 2011 · 13 comments

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Yes, you read the title correctly, “Better Than Sex” Cupcakes!

I wish I could take credit for the name, but I can’t.  So are they really as amazing as the name self-proclaims???  Well, the jury is still out on that, BUT,  the last time I made these, a serious debate on whether these were truly better than sex ensued (among Columbia grad students, at that!).  No joke.  I will say though, that (unlike some things) these cupcakes are satisfying each time without fail.  They really are pretty amazing (and I should know, I’ve made a fair number of cupcakes!).  They’re rich and decadent, and it’s really hard to eat just one!

There’s a variation of theories of how these should be made.  Here’s my take.

First, we’ll make devil’s food cake batter.  Devil’s food cake is a very moist and rich chocolate cake.  To make devil’s food cake, combine the sugar and butter with boiled water and mix well until the butter has melted.

In a  KitchenAid Stand Mixer or large bowl, mix together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Then mix in the butter mixture.  Mix until the mixture is smooth.

Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners.  I got a little messy here.

Once the cupcakes are baked, let it cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooling, whip the heavy cream, vanilla extract and sugar together into either soft or hard peaks.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, using a toothpick, poke some holes into each cupcake.


Now for the fun part — the dulce de leche part!  I’ve made my own ahead of time, but you can certainty buy these pre-made (though, why would you when it’s so easy to make!)

Pour some of the dulce de leche on top of each cupcake.

This is probably the hard part — hard to not eat all the dulce de leche while making this!  So good!

Allow the dulce de leche to soak into the holes of the cupcakes.

Top with some crushed toffee.

Pipe on some whipped cream frosting.

Wait!  It’s not done, don’t eat them yet!

Last step, drizzle some more dulce de leche on top.  Mmmm.  Go make them now.  They will leave you satisfied. ;)

Here’s the recipe!

“Better Than Sex” Cupcakes

Print this recipe!

Makes 24 cupcakes

Prep Time:  50 minutes
Total Time:  1 hour 20 minutes


Devils Food Cake Cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Whipped Cream Frosting

  • 3 cups cold heavy whipping cream.
  • whisk – in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  •  2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar


Devils Food Cake Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil.  Remove from the heat.
  3. Stir in sugar and butter until butter is melted.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.  Set aside.
  5. Sift and mix together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt into a KitchenAid Stand Mixer or large bowl.
  6. Add into the mixer or bowl the butter mixture and mix thoroughly.
  7. With a spoon or measuring cup, scoop the batter into each cupcake liner and fill it 2/3 full.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. While cupcakes are baking and cooling, you can make the whipped cream frosting detailed below.
  11. Once cupcakes have cooled for a few minutes, use a toothpick and poke 5 – 8 holes in the tops of the cupcakes.
  12. Spoon about a tablespoon of Dulce de leche sauce over each cupcake.
  13. Top with crushed toffee.
  14. Once cupcakes have completely cooled, frost each cupcake with the whipped cream frosting.
  15. Garnish with additional Dulce de leche sauce and crushed toffee, if desired.

Whipped Cream Frosting  (this can be done while the cupcakes are baking and cooling)

  1. For best results, make sure that your heavy cream, whisk, and bowl are all very cold.  Heavy cream should be chilled in the refrigerator for at least several hours, preferably overnight.  Place the bowl and whisk in the freezer for at least 15 minutes before using.  They should be super cold.
  2. Whisk cream on low speed in a KitchenAid Stand Mixer with the whisk attachment or medium bowl until small bubbles form, about 30 seconds in a KitchenAid Stand Mixer.  Increase speed to medium and continue whisking for about another 30 seconds.  Increase speed to high.
  3. Just before the cream becomes soft and billowy, slowly add the vanilla extract and sugar at the sides of the bowl, and continue whisking.
  4. Stop whisking when the cream has doubled in volume and is smooth, thick and forms soft or hard peaks.
  5. Be careful not to over beat or it ill turn to butter, which is what heavy cream will become after the hard peak stage.
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Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos November 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm

It has been too long since I visited GITM!! These cupcakes MUST be tried – will link luv it in this week’s round up :)


Janet January 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

I tried making this recipe (twice) because it sounded SO good! But I must be doing something wrong because they were a total failure. They sunk and had a huge crater in each cupcake. (I have pictures on my blog) Any insight would be helpful.


Liz January 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Hi Janet! I’m sorry to hear that. Since I am not sure what your exact steps were, I can only guess why your batter sinked based on my experience with baking. Your batter may have risen too much due to a lot of air pockets in your batter (which expands your batter as the hot air is rising in your batter but falls when it cools). One trick is to tap your cupcake holders on the table a few times after you’ve poured in the batter before putting it in the oven. That will get some of the air pockets out of the middle of the batter. Another reason your cupcake is sinking is your oven temperature is a little higher than mine. Try baking it at maybe 325 for 30-35 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean). If you do try it again, let me know how it turns out! :)


Jennifer May 12, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Hey!! just wanted to thank you for the “better than sex” recipe, it was so so so great. I turned it into a cake instead but it was still amazing. Also, I tried to whip the topping by hand…oh my gosh my arms are still throbbing and it went everywhere. My mixer was no where to be found so I ended up using a food processor which worked great, saved me from amputating my arm. But it turned out perfect, the topping doesnt make the whole thing too sweet and the condensed milk was a great idea, I couldn’t stop eating the extra!! Well, thanks so so much and I hope you keep up the recipes!


Liz June 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Hi Jennifer! Happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe. (Sorry to hear about your tired arms though … but worth it, I hope?) I’ve been on a blogging hiatus due to a hectic work schedule but will have several new recipes up soon! :)


Liz June 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Was so excited to try these for a baking competition, but was very disappointed with the result… my cupcakes fell VERY badly during baking:( I have enough ingredients, so I’m going to try again one more time (hopefully it works this time, or I’ll be cupcake-less for the contest!!!). I did some research on the internet… will only fill the cupcakes 1/2 way this time. All of my ingredients are fresh. Hoping this works!!!!


Liz June 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Still sunk. :( NOT trying this recipe again!


admin July 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Hi Liz! I’m sorry to hear that the recipe didn’t turn out well for you. From my experience, I am guessing that your cupcakes are sinking because of two things that may be happening:

The first thing: you may have too many air pockets trapped in the cupcake batter at the time you put them into the oven. As a result, when it’s in the oven, the heat will cause the air to expand inside your cupcakes, causing your batter to rise too much. This leads to the second thing: You may be baking them too quickly at too high a heat (your oven temperature may be higher than mine). This causes the center of your cupcake to remain undercooked while the outside is cooked. When you remove the cupcakes from the oven, in the cool temperature, all the air pockets that are inside will deflat. And since the center of the cupcakes are still undercooked and not completely set, the center will sink.

To prevent this from happening, try tapping your cupcake holders on the table a few times after you’ve poured in the batter and before putting it in the oven. That will get some of the air pockets out of the middle of the batter. Also try baking it at maybe 325 for 30-35 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean). If you do try it again, let me know how it turns out!


tina espinoza July 18, 2012 at 3:07 am

is unsalted butter used for the cake recipe i can’t wait to try this =)


Liz July 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

Hi Tina,

I generally prefer to use unsalted butter. For this recipe, you can use either one. Let me know how they out.



Sharon Johnson August 20, 2012 at 7:15 am

This sounds great! Can’t wait to try it. I have a “Better than Sex” cake recipe that everybody likes.


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