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If you enjoy making an easy dessert that everyone will love, this Heath Bar Cake is for you?


What is in this Heath Bar Cake?  Chocolate Cake Mix, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Salted Caramel, Whipped Topping and crushed Heath Bars.

I am going to show you how to make this easy Heath Bar Cake.  You will be able to impress your family or guests with little effort.



My embarrassing story with a can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

This Heath Bar cake is rich, sweet, light, crunchy, and a delicious chocolate dessert.  It is super simple to make using a cake mix and four other ingredients.  Who does not love all these ingredients especially sweetened condensed milk?  I cannot believe I am confessing this story about me, but it is true that I love sweetened condensed milk so much that I cut my tongue on it.  After using a can of sweetened condensed milk, I cannot toss it in the trash without cleaning out the can first.  Every can of sweetened condensed milk calls my name and begs me to wipe it clean.  If you wipe it clean, use a spoon.

Do Not Lick The Can!

One day, I decided to lick the lid.  Doing something dangerous is so unlike me.  I am a person who typically follows every rule and never does anything dangerous.  Well, I licked the lid and got caught.  How do you not get caught licking a lid when your tongue is bleeding uncontrollably?  It was difficult for me to admit that I cut my tongue on a sweetened condensed milk can.  If you only knew how many times I have told my kids opening cans to be careful with the sharp lids.


I had to confess what I did and got made fun of for years.  I know I deserved all the joking.  My advice if you love sweetened condensed milk as much as I do, try just making this Heath Bar Cake and tossing the sweetened condensed milk can in the trash.

This Health Bar Cake is easy to make.

After baking the chocolate cake mix, I use Devil’s Food; you only poke holes in the cake.  Next, you pour the can of condensed milk and caramel over the cake.  The condensed milk and caramel will soak all down in the cake.  When this Health Bar cake is completely cool, you top it with a tub of whipped cream and then a bag of crushed heath bars. The crunchy toffee is amazing with this chocolate cake.

My Sister in Law Marsha is famous for this Heath Bar Cake

I could not mention this Heath Bar Cake without mentioning my sister-in-law Marsha.  She often cooks for my nephew Daniel’s, high school football team.  Daniel is a senior this year.  He played center and had a fantastic football season with lots of awards.  The seniors on his team always insist on Marsha making several of these Heath Bar Cakes when feeding the team.   One of the seniors has a scholarship to a college several states away.  He loves this cake so much he made Marsha promise to ship him a Heath Bar Cake.  Marsha told me she was going to try to pack it in dry ice and send him one.  We will have to see how that works out.

Grandma’s House

This Christmas while visiting Grandma, Marsha baked her famous Heath Bar Cake.   I had forgotten how much my family loves this cake.  I have made it several times before and have even taken pictures of it.  With over 50 recipes in my backlog complete with pictures, somehow I overlooked it.  So, I quickly moved it up to the front of my list after eating it this Christmas.

Caramel for Heath Bar Cake

You can use any Caramel to make this Heath Bar Cake. I have tried most of them, but I love this Salted Caramel Topping.  If you have the thinner Sundae Syrup-like in the second picture, it will work, but you only need about half of the bottle.  The Sundae Syrup Caramel is lighter which makes the cake soggy.  If you use Sundae Syrup, do not use more than half the bottle.

Heath Bar Ingredients
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Heath Bar Cake

Easy delicious chocolate cake-mix cake
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best dessert, cake, dessert, desserts, easy cake, easy recipe, easy recipes
Servings: 12
Calories: 463kcal



  • Bake Cake Mix According to instructions on the package.
  • Poke holes in the cake about an inch apart with the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Drizzle the Sweeten Condensed Milk and the jar of Caramel over the cake.
  • Allow the cake to cool before adding the whipped topping.
  • Cover the cake with Whipped Topping.
  • Add the entire bag of crushed Heath Toffee Bits.
  • Refrigerate


Stir up the whipped topping and make sure it has been completely thawed.


Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 473mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 364IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 2mg

Why use a cake mix?

This question is obvious, but it is so true that we have less and less time to spend in the kitchen.  Cake Mixes are a homemade or home-baked cake with far less time spent in the kitchen.

In addition to less time spent in the kitchen preparing a delicious dessert, cake mixes are a reliable friend.  Cake mixes from scratch require some practice.  Yes!  I can tell you a story or two when I did not have just the right ingredient called for in a made from scratch dessert and the adverse outcome that followed.  You have to have the right cake flour and room-temperature butter for example.  If you are using a cake mix, you do not have to worry about the ingredients.

Cake Mix Dessert Are So Easy

Cake mix desserts are easy to assemble by simply dumping all the ingredients together and mixing them up.  You can even put your spin on cake mix desserts by adding can pie filling, or a handful of fresh fruit.

A Cake Mix Can Be Used To Make More Than Cakes

You can tweak a cake mix dessert by putting your spin on the recipe and quickly turn a cake mix cake into cupcakes, bars, cookies, waffles, pies, or even cheesecake.

Birthday Cake Popcorn Mix

When making a made from scratch cake, you have to worry about overbeating.  You do not have to worry about how long you mix a cake when using a cake mix.   Cake mixes are magical in that way.  I have under mixed and over combined, and they still bake up great and look stunning.

Cake Mix And A Can Of Soda

Have you ever mix a cake mix with JUST soda.  It comes out extremely light, fluffy and terrific.  Not to mention, low in fat and calories especially if you are using a diet soda.

Baking does not need to be a long drawn out follow every detail in the recipe process.  You can bake a great dessert quickly and easily using a cake mix.  My pantry is full of cake mixes.  I stock every flavor because I never know when the moment will hit for a delicious dessert.  I am always ready to whip up a cake mix dessert like these amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcakes.  They are not only easy to make but beautiful and tastes amazing.

Poke Cakes Made From A Cake Mix

Some of my favorite desserts are poke cakes made with cake mix.  They are incredibly moist from a layer of condensed milk or pudding and typically topped with a layer of non-dairy topping.  Poke cakes are not only moist but super light and creamy.  Not to mention how super simple they are to make.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this to take to work – it was a hit. I wondered if the cake should cool; I realized fairly quickly when I started adding the whipped topping that it should be cooled down. Also, I had some trouble spreading the whipped topping, but got it done.

    • Joan,

      Thank you so much for trying the Heath Bar Cake. It really is easy to make. Thank you also for letting me know that my instructions were not clear about cooling the cake. You are correct! The cake needs to be cool after adding the Sweetened Condensed Milk. Be sure to stir the whipped topping up to make sure it is not frozen.
      Many blessings,
      Diane Roark
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  2. This is a great recipe! For some reason, in the description, it is describing cookie dough dip though.
    About to go make this now!

    • Carla,

      Thank you for letting me know the description was messed up. I hope you enjoy this Health Bar Cake. It is a family favorite. My sister in law makes this cake for every single gathering we have and it is always the first dessert to disappear.


  3. 4 stars
    I didn’t see when to use the condensed milk either, or any place to click “next”. So thank you for asking, and the confirmation.

    • Aimee,

      Thank you for stopping by to see my Heath Bar Cake. After poking holes in the cake, add the Sweetened Condensed Milk and then the Caramel. If you can find Salted Caramel, it is extremely delicious in this cake. It should be with the ice cream toppings.

      Many blessings,
      Diane Roark

  4. I don’t see when to use the sweetened condensed milk in the recipe. Otherwise the cake looks like one we would enjoy. Thanks for posting it!

    • Anne,

      Thank you for stopping by Recipesforourdailybread and leaving me a comment on my Health Bar Cake. If you go to the end of the page and hit next, I have step by step pictures that show me putting the condensed milk on the cake.
      After the cake cools about 10 minutes, I poke holes and add the condensed milk. I hope this helps and you get a chance to try it. You can also print a copy of the recipe too.

      Many blessings,
      Diane Roark

  5. I wouldn’t put the whipped topping on until the cake cools… Also, the recipe I’ve been using for years calls for 1/2 jar caramel and 1/2 jar butterscotch! This is the cake my nephews beg for at Christmas…

    • Cindy,

      Hey Neighbor, I was excited to see you are in Oklahoma. I am right outside of Little Rock, AR not to far. Thank you for stopping by Recipes for our Daily Bread and leaving me a comment about my Health Bar Cake. I totally agree with letting the cake cool before adding the whipped topping. I am sorry if that was unclear. I will make sure it is clear on my post. I have used a jar of butterscotch instead of the caramel before. I love butterscotch and will probably make it in this cake one day to take pictures and write about. The butterscotch is just as good if not better. I can see using 1/2 butterscotch and 1/2 caramel.
      Thank you for your support!
      Diane Roark

  6. 5 stars
    This is a beautiful post, one I think I could literally write word for word myself! you look amazing in that picture, and cannot wait to follow your journey as a family of us. thanks for great post.

  7. Hi Diane, Your cake looks amazing and mouth watering ! I can’t wait to try this recipe and I am sure my kids are going to love it too.

  8. I like the Heath Bar Cake, and have had it before. I, also, had forgotten about it until reading this post. I noticed that under your instruction on the printable recipe that you forgot about pouring the whole can of the sweetened condensed milk over the cake. I have had things like the cut on your tongue happen to me, and my family still reminds me about them. I really like following your posts and have tried many of your recipes. There are a lot of them that I have recipes of my own that are similar to them. Thanks for all the good ideas.


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