Happy Birthdays

My Madeline turned 12 this week.  Due to our crazy schedules this time of year, instead of a grand party we opted for a simple family dinner early in the evening before running out the door.  Madeline helped out planning her special meal from picking out flowers she loved and the cake we served.

Letting Madeline have a part in her own special day let her feel important.  It’s little things like decision making which help build a child’s confidence.


Of course, you know the cake is the most important part of any birthday celebration.  I was prepared to make a grand and beautiful cake for my sweet girl, but when I asked her what she wanted, she replied,  a “Better than ‘that word I don’t like to say’ cake”.
It took a minute, but I realized that she wanted a Better Than Sex Cake.
After regaining my composure ( I didn’t want to hurt her feelings by laughing), I thought it was a great idea and began making my list for the grocery store.
Now I don’t have a set recipe for my cake.  I have had it several different ways, and created my own version, which the family absolutely loves!
Jen’s ‘Better Than Sex Cake’
1 box butter recipe chocolate cake mix
12 ounces milk chocolate chips
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 pint heavy whipping cream
6 Heath Bars
chocolate syrup
**Mix your cake mix according to package directions.  Melt 8 ounces of your chocolate chips and pour into the batter, swirling it through out.  Bake at 350 degrees until set.
**While your cake is cooling, whip your cream adding three heaping tablespoons of sugar to the cream when it becomes bubbly. Continue to whip until soft peaks form.  I have found that chilling my beaters and bowl in the freezer about an hour before whipping the cold cream really makes a difference in the setting of the cream.
**Taking a large bowl, cut half of your cake, break it up in large chunks, and place it in the bottom of the bowl.  When you have a solid layer,  pour half of your sweetened condensed milk over it.
** Chop up your Heath bars and sprinkle the chunks over the layer of milk and cake.  Then add half of your remaining chocolate chips.
**Take your whipped cream and smooth over the layer, and repeat the layering process for a thick, scrumptious dessert.  Drizzle chocolate syrup over the top for a finishing touch.
And watch your birthday girl smile.
Have you had a “Better Than Sex Cake?”  How do you fix it?

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