Tom Selleck – Sometimes Better Than Sex Cake or Robert Redford is a Midwest dessert that is a shortbread crust, chocolate pudding layer, and cream top.
I cannot tell you why this dessert is called Tom Selleck. I can take a few guesses though. The first things that come to mind when eating it are: smooth, creamy, and sexy. Just like the real thing.
I have to admit, that I have a giant crush on Tom Selleck. There is a noticeable age difference between us, but that’s okay, right? I really cannot think of a time when he was not good-looking. Magnum P.I. (he could rock a corduroy short, couldn’t he?), Las Vegas, Friends (my personal favorite time), Blue Bloods.
Doesn’t he look like a guy that would give a great hug? He’s a big guy. It seems like he would be warm and cuddly, and smell really good. This is just getting weird now, isn’t it? I love that he is an avocado farmer. He seems like an all-around good guy, worthy of a delicious dessert.
I got this recipe from my best friend in the world Kathy. This dessert is her husband’s favorite dessert. It is what he requests on his birthday. The original recipe (I posted Kathy’s recipe on Tasty Kitchen ages ago) is great, it calls for Cool-Whip and instant pudding. There is nothing wrong with this, but I always wondered if it would be better with homemade pudding and whipped cream.
You know what? If you want to take the time to make everything from scratch, go ahead, but both versions are equally amazing. This dessert always seems to make an appearance at my house for Valentine’s Day, and this year is no different.
Tom Selleck Ingredients //
- 1 1/2 sticks butter
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 8-ounce package of cream cheese at room temperature
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- whipped cream
- chocolate pudding
How to Make // The Steps
Step 1: Start by making the crust. Mix together butter, sugar, and flour until it is combined.
Step 2: Press the crumbs into the bottom of a sprayed 9×13 pan. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 15 minutes. Cool completely.
Step 3: While the crust is cooling, whip 2 cups of heavy cream according to this recipe. I add Whip-it to mine, but you don’t have to. Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar together. Fold in one-third of the whipped cream.
Step 4: Spread the cream cheese layer over the cooled crust.
Step 5: Spread the chocolate pudding on top.
Step 6: Cover the top with the remaining whipped cream. Chill for a few hours or overnight.
Step 7: Add some sprinkles if you like. I found these cute, little, colorful hearts at Target the other day. I cannot help myself when it comes to sprinkles. I have problems.
Saturday 6th of February 2021
Thank you Baked Bree for posting this. Of course I’m making this for Joe’s birthday tonight! It is so nice to be able to get this recipe with a click of the phone do not mess up the ingredients and accidentally put Greek yogurt or flax and chia?
Sunday 7th of February 2021
Hahahaha!!! That's not an accident, that's on purpose!
Jayne Sieg Minium
Monday 14th of July 2014
The dessert looks delicious. My Mom used to make something very similar, but I don't recall the name. I just wanted to say thanks for the giggle-- I think it must be a hoot when your friend's hubby requests Tom Selleck for his birthday! :)
Tuesday 15th of July 2014
It is! Apparently it is a big Midwest dessert. Who knew? All I know, it's delicious!
Friday 27th of December 2013
I have this recipe and it's called "The next best thing to Robert Redford. It's delish.
Tuesday 31st of December 2013
He's pretty cute too. I can see why.
Friday 28th of September 2012
My Mom makes this recipes and it is actually called "Sex in a Pan" lol.
Tuesday 2nd of October 2012
It apparently have a lot of different names.
Monday 4th of June 2012
Wow, that looks delicious!
Wednesday 6th of June 2012
It is Sean! Perfect to eat along with a little Jesse Stone movie action.