Sex in a Pan

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 Sex in a Pan – crazy name for a dessert, but it’s one of the best desserts you’ll ever have, it’s mostly a pudding dessert with a crunchy pecan bottom crust.


Don’t laugh at the name of this dessert! OK, you can laugh, it is funny. I have no idea why it’s called sex in a pan, maybe because it’s so good. I remember a long time ago, before I was married, and used to live on my own, one weekend my friend came over and she introduced me to this dessert. I had no idea what it was, but she promised me I was going to love it so we made it. We did not come up with the name, that is the name that it was known to her and her mom had been making it for her for as long as she could remember. I know a lot of readers have commented on the name of this dessert, so I know it goes under many different names, apparently it just depends where you’re from.

Oh my God, it was unbelievable.

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I was in love, I had never had anything like it before. Now I don’t know how popular this dessert is, or if it’s a dessert for children or what, because I don’t really care. I’m an adult and I like it. The bottom layer is the crust made with pecans and flour and butter, the next layer is a layer of cream cheese sweetened with powdered sugar and made fluffier with whipping cream. Then you have a layer of chocolate pudding, then another layer of vanilla pudding and top it off with whipping cream and sprinkled with chocolate. Does that not sound good?

Here’s what the layers look like.


I just had to share this wonderful dessert with you. Have you guys had this before? Isn’t it to die for?

Update: Since I originally wrote this post, I’ve made sex in a pan numerous time since it’s a favorite at my house. In the original picture you can’t really see the vanilla pudding layer, so here’s an updated picture of it and you can see the layers more defined. 


4.8 from 19 reviews
Sex in a Pan
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Cook time
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Serves: 10 servings
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
Cream cheese layer
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (use ½ cup for less sweetness)
  • 1 cup whipped cream or cool whip
Vanilla pudding
Chocolate Pudding
Last layer
  • 2 cups whipped cream or cool whip
  • shaved chocolate
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a mixer mix all the crust ingredients together and press the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake it for about 20 minutes.
  5. Prepare the vanilla pudding as per the instructions on the package.
  6. Prepare the chocolate pudding as per the instructions on the package.
  7. In a mixer add the cream cheese, powdered sugar and the cup of whipped cream. Mix until light and fluffy.
  8. Let the crust cool. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust evenly. Spread the chocolate pudding over the cream cheese, then the vanilla pudding. Top with the whipped cream and sprinkle with the chocolate.
  9. Refrigerate for a couple hours so that it sets.

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  1. Miriam says

    I heard it was originally called “Six” in a pan, because it had only 6 ingredients…. But it is obviously too yummy for such a boring name :)

  2. Amanda says

    I know this cake will be a big hit at my house. I plan to make it this week. However, I will change the name for the sake of my children.

  3. Janette says

    Thanks for the yummy dessert. I served it at a dinner party last night and it was a hit. I used only two cups of milk for the puddings and the layers looked picture perfect when I served them.

  4. shar says

    I’m going to make this for the 4th of July, but I’m going to make a vanilla wafer crust…can’t wait

  5. emily says

    I’ve made this a few times and everyone loves it!! For added crunch, I’ve also used heath bar bits on top instead of shaved chocolate.

  6. Joan Johnson says

    Years ago, Sex in a Pan became a family favorite and is still made at every family gathering or holiday! My mother-in-law however could not tolerate the name of it. We thought of an alternative name worthy of this delicious dessert: Chocolate Dream Delight! It truly is a dreamy delight!!

  7. Rachel says

    I make this all the time. I have family who are diabetic and they love it just use sugar free pudding and lite cream cheese and lite cool whip and they can enjoy without sending their sugar sky high.

  8. cristina says

    muy sabroso se ve el postre. gracias por compartir la receta.Lo voy a hacer pero en el fondo le voy a colocar galletas maría con mantequilla trituradas porque donde vivo no se consiguen nueces. gracias de nuevo.

  9. Stephanie says

    I have a family member that is gluten free. Do you think you could sub rice or almond flour for the crust?

  10. says

    If you are using a 13×9 inch pan, it does seem like you would have enough of the chopped nuts to make the crust. So do you double it for the crust? 1 cup does not seem like it would spread to the 13×9 inch pan and have it look as thick as yours looks in the picture.

  11. Donna Taylor says

    Instead of vanilla pudding I use Pistachio and it is great. My niece and nephew just love it and beg me to make it all the time.

  12. Laura says

    I am allergic to pecans and walnuts, could you use almonds or would that not be very good? Maybe go with oreos?

  13. Manuel says

    I am thinking about serving this recipe to my guests next week. So the last layer of whipped cream has no sugar at all, right? Doesn’t that taste a little bit boring? Or is the rest of the “sex” sweet enough?

    • says

      Well I used cool whip which is already a bit sweet, but the rest of the recipe is already sweet so you don’t really have to add any sugar to your whipped cream. Plus if you’re adding shaved chocolate on top, that adds a bit to the sweetness as well.

  14. Sabrena Vick says

    Will it hurt to freeze these overnight? I have to transport them a ways the morning after I make them and they may be unrefrigerated for a few hours.

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