Looking For An Easy Cake Recipe? Try This Holy Cow Cake Recipe

This cake is so good, I could eat the entire thing myself, or make myself sick trying. It’s one of those cakes that may not look super appetizing, but after one bite you just can’t stop eating it. It’s an easy cake recipe called Holy Cow Cake. Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for it. This recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks The Cake Mix Doctor.

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I’m also excited to announce that this is one of the most highly searched recipes on my blog, and it was named one of Recipe Lion’s Top 100 Recipes of 2015!

This decadent but easy to make Holy Cow Cake will have you saying "Holy Cow!" after the first bite. Chocolate, Butterfinger, caramel, and whipped cream all in 1 bite. Yum

Holy Cow Cake


Holy Cow Cake

15 mins

35 mins

50 mins

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  • Cake:
  • Vegetable oil spray for misting the pan
  • 1 package (18.25 ounces) plain devil's food cake mix
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • Topping:
  • 1 jar (8 ounces) caramel topping
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 Butterfinger candy bars (2.1 ounces each), crushed
  • 1 container (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly mist a 13- by 9-inch baking pan with vegetable oil spray. Set the pan aside.
  2. Place the cake mix, water, oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping the sides down again if needed. The batter should look thick and well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing out the top with the rubber spatula. Place the pan in the oven.
  3. Bake the cake until it springs back when lightly pressed with your finger and just starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, 35 to 38 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack. Immediately poke holes in the top of the cake with a drinking straw or chopstick.
  4. Prepare the topping. Place the caramel topping and sweetened condensed milk in a small bowl and stir to combine. Spoon this mixture over the warm cake so that it can seep down into the holes.
  5. Measure out half of the crushed candy bars and sprinkle the pieces over the cake.
  6. Place the whipped topping and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and blend with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth and combined, 1 minute. Spread the mixture over the top of the candy.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining candy pieces on top.
  8. Place the pan, uncovered, in the refrigerator to chill the cake for about 20 minutes before cutting it into squares and serving.
  9. Store this cake, covered in waxed paper, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week

Looking for more easy cake recipes? Try my Dump Cake recipe or my 7-Up Cake and more easy desserts here.

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  1. This sounds so good! I will have to try this! I hope you are having a great week!
  2. this sounds delicious - think i have to try it...and make my family happy...
  3. Danielle says:
    All I can say is.....yummy! Sounds good!
  4. blueviolet says:
    Devil's food, caramel and cream cheese? I'm copying this down!
  5. This sounds like a cake I would love, but my husband wouldn't touch. :) The combination of flavors sounds great to me!
  6. Those toppings look like heart stoppers! Bet they make one delicious cake! Holy Cow indeed!
  7. Sharlene T. says:
    I can see why it's a sheet cake! I could hear my hips grow just reading the ingredients -- and, boyo, I'm copying this down for my Labor Day weekend get-together... it will be like having you with us! and that would be wonderful... come visit when you can..

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  8. Courtney says:
    Good grief, everywhere I turn today there are yummy desserts! I feel my ass spreading already! YUM!
  9. Cuz I'm the mama! says:
    I've had a version of this and it is TO.DIE.FOR!
  10. This looks so delicious. I love Butterfingers!

  11. this is something every cubs fan should eat (for those non-cubs fans...a little harry caray reference!)
  12. Holy cow, nom nom nom.
  13. This is going to the top of my "must bake" list.
  14. Karen Mortensen says:
    I would try to eat all mysefl. It would be worth getting sick for.
  15. I love the Cake Mix Doctor books....!!! Haven't made this one!!!
  16. Sounds a little like Paula Deens Better Than Sex cake. Yum-yum! I'm copying and pasting this one.
  17. Butterfingers... Yum. Can't even remember the last time I had one of those.

    This sounds delicious and so easy that EVEN I could make it. Thanks for sharing!
  18. I can feel a cavity forming just reading the recipe. I LOVE Butterfingers. So good.
  19. Ha! Love the name of this cake. Looks and sounds delicious! Tasha recently posted..Ongoing Canadian Friendly Giveaway Linky! – Week of February 28My Profile
  20. This sounds great but I am going to try it with Snickers....the candy choice of my folks
  21. This cake is a definite go to! I was surprised by a co-worker on my birthday with this cake. I was so shocked at the moist, rich, wonderful flavor of this cake. I was shocked how easy it was to make I have made it over and over. I have changed the candy bars, snickers, almond joy, adding coconut to the topping. So many compliments each and every time.
  22. It seems like the whipped topping and cream cheese would melt into the cake if it's not cool. Should there be a cooling period after the carmel, evap . milk and candy bars are put on?
  23. I make this whenever I go to a potluck. It is always a huge hit and people ask for the recipe.
  24. I made it for a work pot luck... it is amazing! I did let it cool before the topping and also i only needed 20 minutes for the bake time 35 would have been much to long.
  25. Holy cow this looks delish! Can't wait to make. Thanks for sharing!
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