Excerpt from DEADLY THANKSGIVING & a Recipe


“What’s on the dessert menu?” a plump woman asked. I swore she was a neighboring rancher, not a guest.

“Chef Armand has prepared my personal favorite.” Dodie paused and lowered her voice. “It’s called Miraculous Better-Than-Sex Cake.”

Amid a burst of laughter, a woman said, “I’ll have a big piece. At my age, cake is an acceptable substitute for the real deal, anyway.”

“It’s better,” another onlooker proclaimed.

“I feel your pain,” Dodie replied. “Trust me, this cake is better than Big Bart, my battery-operated bedtime companion, and that’s saying a lot. For an extra treat during dessert, I will entertain you with rude jokes, and unsuitable anecdotes.”

Callum said, “I want to join that luncheon.”

Recipe for Miraculous Better-Than-Sex-Cake

(Serves 12)

The Cake
10 1/4 ounces German chocolate cake mix
1 1/4 cups water mixed with 2 tsp instant coffee
1/3 cup canola oil
3 eggs

The Toppings
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (16 ounce) jar caramel topping (OR butterscotch topping)
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
1 (8 ounce) bag toffee pieces (or bits) o4 4 Heath or Skor bars, chopped


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Using the cake ingredients in recipe, make and bake cake as directed on package in a 9 x 13 pan. Poke top of warm cake every 1/2″ with handle of wooden spoon. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk evenly over cake and let stand until milk has absorbed into cake.
Drizzle with caramel or butterscotch topping.
Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake.
Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until cake has chilled.
Spread whipping cream over top of cake. Sprinkle with toffee chips.
Store cake covered, in the refrigerator. Best if chilled overnight.

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