Pudding in a Pan (Sex in a Pan)

This Sex in a Pan is a delicious dessert with layers of creamy vanilla and chocolate pudding, soft cream cheese, whipped cream and a shortbread cookie crust.

So let’s talk dessert, mmmmkay. What kind of desserts are your fave? Do you love pudding? How about chocolate? And whipped cream? Maybe shortbread pecan crust? How about yes to all the above? Well friends, you are in luck. This dessert has ALL of the above.

Pudding in a Pan

Pudding in a Pan (also called Sex in a Pan)

This dessert is most commonly referred to as Sex in a Pan. Or as we also call it, Pudding in a Pan. I remember my Auntie Linda bringing this dessert to many family get togethers. And all these years later I have dreamed of its deliciousness. No kidding. It’s just one of those desserts that stays with you! This dessert is creamy, chocolatey, rich and so so good.

Perfect for parties and potlucks!

If you’re looking for a wonderful dessert to feed a crowd, this Sex in a Pan dessert is a great option. It will easily feed 12 people (more if you cut it into smaller pieces). Or you can make 2! It’s a nice and light tasting dessert that is perfect for hot summer days!

Sex in a Pan Recipe Tips:

  • ALLOW FOR TIME: This recipe requires a chilling time of 24 hrs. It needs this time to set. What I like to do is make it the morning BEFORE the day I want to serve it.
  • PUDDING: This recipe requires both vanilla and chocolate instant pudding mixes. Follow the package instructions.
  • CREAM CHEESE: Use an 8 ounce package of plain cream cheese.
  • WHIPPING CREAM: I like to use homemade whipped cream, but you can also use cool whip instead…this is a delicious and easy shortcut!
  • CHOCOLATE SHAVING GARNISH: You can make this using a chocolate bar and a cheese grater…just grate a little of the chocolate to make a nice topping. You can also just add a light dusting of cocoa powder.
  • SERVING: Use a knife to cut this dessert into pieces, then you will need a larger flipper or spoon to scoop it out.
  • MAKE AHEAD: You can make this dessert up two days ahead of time (I think it’s even better after 2 days)!
  • STORAGE: Make sure to wrap this dish tightly with plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days (it shouldn’t sit out at room temperature for very long).

Pudding in a Pan (Sex in a Pan)

This Sex in a Pan is a delicious dessert with layers of creamy vanilla and chocolate pudding, soft cream cheese, whipped cream and a shortbread cookie crust.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cooling Time: 24 hours
  • Total Time: 24 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake


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The Crust:

  • 1 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter

The Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 1 (8 oz) cream cheese package
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1 cup whipped cream (you have to use whipped up whipping cream)

Vanilla Pudding Layer:

  • 1 (153 gram) package of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • milk (refer to package directions for amount)

Chocolate Pudding Layer:

  • 1 (153 gram) package of instant chocolate pudding mix
  • milk (refer to package directions for amount)


  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • shaved chocolate


The Crust:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a mixer (use the paddle attachment) combine the chopped pecans, flour, sugar and butter.
  4. Press the nut mixture into the baking dish.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Don’t overcook it or the crust will be too hard.
  6. Once the crust is done baking, set it aside and let it cool completely.

The Pudding:

  1. In one bowl, prepare the vanilla pudding according to the instructions on the package. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, prepare the chocolate pudding according to the instructions on the package. Set aside.

The Cream Cheese Layer:

  1. Using an electric stand mixer combine the cream cheese, icing sugar and whipped cream. Mix until light and fluffy.

Putting it all together:

  1. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cooled crust.
  2. Then spread on the chocolate pudding.
  3. Then spread on the vanilla pudding.
  4. Top with the whipped cream and sprinkle on the chocolate shavings.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours after making this dessert. You can even make it two days ahead of time (I think it’s even better after 2 days)!

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  1. Oh too funny!
    Back in the 70’s, we had family friends and the Mom would bring this to our house for dessert. I was mortified with the name … Pudding in a Pan is definitely nicer coming out of the mouths of children! LOL

  2. This dessert is truely delicious. Made it for the 4th of July, the only difference was I used chocolate chip cookie dough for the crust (not a lot of nut eaters) and everyone loved it. Brought a couple of pieces home and went to have a piece the next day and they were gone. Kids. Plane on making this again.

  3. For the cream cheese layer — do you use heavy cream or do you whip it in advance and then combine it with the cream cheese? Looks delicious!

  4. In our area it is called “Girdle Buster” for obvious reasons. Tastes light but not light on calories. But so good, who counts calories.

  5. Where I come from it’s called The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford! Never liked that name at all but better than your original. lol. Robert Redford has stuck, though. Recipe differs a little, but not much. Good Stuff!

  6. Oh I can vouch that this is divine! I grew up with this dessert, although we used peanuts instead of pecans. It was always a favorite and my, now you are making desperate to make it! 🙂

  7. I’ve been so excited to try this recipe. Just made it today and I’m so devistated that I didn’t notice it had to be refrigerated for 24 hours :,-(

    1. I’m so sorry this happened! I made sure that it was mentioned in the first line of the post because I hate when I do this too! You can still enjoy it…it just won’t be set…

  8. I just noticed that now. Don’t be sorry. It’s my fault for not reading it properly. I guess I just got too excited. I made it 3 hours ago and just couldn’t wait. Tried to cut it but it was very runny. Will just wait 🙁