Better Than Anything Cake

My grandmother always called this dessert “Better Than Anything Cake” but it has taken on various other names over the years. Regardless, this cake is unbelievably fantastic!

I had only made this once before this recipe and I remember how much fun we had. There is the element of the labor requirement to put each layer together without losing the shape, but I see it more as a labor of love!

Each layer has a different texture, and the bottom has a delightful nutty flavor along with a buttery flakiness. It just does not get better. I made this when my kids had friends over for a sleepover and they polished it all off. This shows not only that it is divine, but that it is versatile and perfect for parties, family get togethers, and even Valentine’s Day.


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


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