Earthquake Cake

This is a must try and one of our most popular recipes! German chocolate cake mix with chocolate chips, coconut, pecans and a secret swirl layer!
Hold on to your seat because things are about to rumble – it’s the Earthquake Cake!

I’m not really sure how this cake got its name, but it’s rich with german chocolate flavor,  pecans, coconut, and the secret ingredient – a powdered sugar, cream cheese, and butter swirl layer. It’s amazing and a lot of you agree with me based on your comments!

This is a must try and one of our most popular recipes! German chocolate cake mix with chocolate chips, coconut, pecans and a secret swirl layer!
How to assemble the cake..

Layer #1 (on the left) – chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut, and layer #2 (on the right) german chocolate cake mix

This is a must try and one of our most popular recipes! German chocolate cake mix with chocolate chips, coconut, pecans and a secret swirl layer!
Layer #3 – the swirled butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar goodness. Let’s not think about the calories.. they don’t exist :)

This is a must try and one of our most popular recipes! German chocolate cake mix with chocolate chips, coconut, pecans and a secret swirl layer!
I think I overcooked mine slightly because the end result is suppose to be a bit more gooey and not completely cake-like, so be sure to watch your cooking time! But nevertheless this earthquake cake was phenomenal and was the talk of the night at our pot luck.

This is a must try and one of our most popular recipes! German chocolate cake mix with chocolate chips, coconut, pecans and a secret swirl layer!

Earthquake Cake

Yield: one 9x13 inch cake

Prep Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix (do not prepare as directed on box, prepare as directed below)
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 and 1/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (3 and 3/4 cups)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Sprinkle the coconut, chocolate chips, and pecans on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Mix the german chocolate cake mix with the oil, eggs, and water using a spatula or hand mixer on low.
  5. Pour the cake mix on top of the coconut/chocolate chip/pecan layer.
  6. In a saucepan, melt the butter and cream cheese.
  7. Using a spatula or hand mixer on low, beat in 1 pound of powdered sugar until it's smooth to the butter/cream cheese.
  8. Spread this mixture on top of the uncooked german chocolate cake in the pan, and swirl into the cake mix using a knife.
  9. Bake for 35-45 minutes. It is done when it doesn't wobble in the pan if you shake it. The toothpick test shouldn't work because the cake should be more gooey in nature.
  10. Enjoy! Store any left over cake in the fridge.
Recipe adapted from Sweet Treats and More.

This is a must try and one of our most popular recipes! German chocolate cake mix with chocolate chips, coconut, pecans and a secret swirl layer!
Please secure your belongings before baking, as you might experience some rumbling :-) And if you’re not fully convinced to make this recipe.. maybe these comments left by readers will inspire you!

“Beth, Wow!!! I tried the Earthquake Cake – Simply Delicious and so easy to make. Had company and that was the dessert we had and everyone commented that it was AWESOME. Believe me it was and so glad to get your recipes as was so easy to make and simple ingredients.” – Terri

“I made this for a poker tournament get together and it was a hit with everyone and myself… It’s not very often that I love the dessert I bake.. I just made my second cake since Saturday.. And the best thing is… It’s so easy to make..” -Missie

This is a must try and one of our most popular recipes! German chocolate cake mix with chocolate chips, coconut, pecans and a secret swirl layer!

139 Responses to “Earthquake Cake”

  1. Alexis AKA MOM — September 27, 2013 at 8:32 am

    HOLY Moly, in love! So beautiful and I’m sure yummy :)

    • The First Year Blog — September 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Haha, thanks for your sweet comment Alexis!

    • Reba Phillips — August 6, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      It is called earthquake when you DOLLOP the cream cheese mixture as the second layer then pour the cake batter over all, as it bakes the cream cheese erupts through the cake. Also if you use the recipe off the box of Hershey’s cocoa for deep dark chocolate cake the one that adds a cup of boiling water at the end of mixing you will never have another dry cake.

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Great tips, thank you!

  2. Britni Newton Vigil — September 27, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    This looks incredible. My mom LOVES German chocolate cake and her birthday is coming up. This may just be her new birthday cake.

    • The First Year Blog — September 28, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Perfect idea!!

  3. Erin @ Making Memories — September 28, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Oh man, this looks wonderful!!!

  4. Nat D. — September 29, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Haha, this is like the magic cookie bar of cake! Yummy.

    • The First Year Blog — September 29, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Haha yes, so good!

  5. Jessi @ Practically Functional — September 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Yum, looks delicious! Pinning this, and thanks for sharing at my link party!

  6. Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less — September 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Beth, I think you just completely stole my food heart. ;) This looks AMAZING. I don’t really care for coconut, but all the ingredients together, I bet I would devour this cake. I love the swirl layer on top, it gives it the most perfect touch. Thank you for sharing such a yummy recipe.

    I’d love it if you linked this up over at Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday this week! http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/category/thrifty-thursday/

    • The First Year Blog — September 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Aww, you’re too sweet Ruth! I will check out the link party!

  7. Julie @ This Gal Cooks — September 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    This looks delicious, Beth! Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinning and sharing on all of the social media!

    • The First Year Blog — September 29, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Oh gosh, thanks for doing that Julie!

  8. Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker — September 29, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Oh my goodness. I’m drooling, this looks amazing!

  9. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — September 29, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Beth, this cake looks amazing! It includes everything I love – coconut, pecans, chocolate. Just wanted to stop by from Marvelous Mondays.

    • The First Year Blog — September 29, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you so much for coming by Ashley!!

  10. shamene@sayitwithcake — September 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    This looks so delicious!! I gotta make this!

    • The First Year Blog — September 30, 2013 at 7:15 am

      Enjoy!!

  11. Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama — September 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Oh wow! This cake looks amazing and so easy too! :)
    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week.

  12. Ciara @Teaspoon of Life — September 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Hello, I found you through In and out kitchen link party! I just had to let you know this looks so beautiful! So good! :)

    • The First Year Blog — September 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by Ciara!

  13. kleinworthco — September 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Oh good heavens- that looks amazing. I’m going to have to make that – tonight.

    • The First Year Blog — September 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Is there room for an extra dinner guest? :-)

  14. Maria — September 30, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Ohhh what a delicious looking cake! It sounds so yummy with all those nuts and coconut and chocolate!!!! YUM!!!!

    • The First Year Blog — September 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      I totally agree with you!!

  15. Patricia Butler — October 1, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I haven’t heard of this cake for about 18 years. Thanks for the memory. It still looks great.

    • The First Year Blog — October 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Glad to remind you Patricia!

  16. Shannon {Cozy Country Living} — October 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Beth, this looks so good! My children would think this is the best cake ever! So fun:)

    • The First Year Blog — October 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      I hope you all enjoy it!!

  17. Abby — October 2, 2013 at 8:34 am

    This looks fabulous! Pinning to try later!

  18. foodfashionparty — October 2, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I had to come visit your space after seeing this beautiful cake on Pinterest. I am in love with all the flavors in the cake. Pinned it and will try it asap.
    Nice to meet you.

    • The First Year Blog — October 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      I appreciate that so much, thank you!

  19. cookingwithcurls — October 3, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Wow, that’s some cake!! It looks delicious! :)

  20. Nicole Beard — October 3, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I love German Chocolate cake and this looks almost yummier than the traditional! I’ll be pinning this to create sometime soon – thank you for posting! Cute site by the way, I’m visiting from Living Well Spending Less link-up party.

    Blessings,
    Nicole @ WKH

    • The First Year Blog — October 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Hi Nicole! Thank you so much! I am stopping by your site now!

  21. Patti — October 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Spoon…I need a SPOON!

    • The First Year Blog — October 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Hahah, love it!!

  22. Ginger — October 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    First pumpkin french toast and now this….you’ve got my sweet tooth a’ callin’. :)

    • The First Year Blog — October 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Ha, well come on over and get some sweets!

  23. Cindy @ Diy beautify — October 5, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Looks absolutely relish!! Pinning ;)

  24. Cindy @ Diy beautify — October 5, 2013 at 8:25 am

    heehee, dang auto correct…. I said DE-LISH, not relish :-)

    • The First Year Blog — October 5, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Hahaha!

  25. Leslie Lambert — October 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Congratulations…this post has been featured on Create It Thursday #23! Thanks for sharing such a great idea last week!

    • The First Year Blog — October 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you Leslie, I appreciate that!!

  26. Amy @ Homey Oh My! — October 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    This is torture. I can’t cope with how ridiculously delicious this looks. AND it has coconut?? *die*

    • The First Year Blog — October 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Ahaha!!

    • Samantha — October 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      This cake is so good! I found the post on Pinterest and I decided to make it for my family. They’ve eaten most of it already and I only made this yesterday. Everyone loves it and it’s soo easy to make!! Thanks for the recipe.

    • The First Year Blog — October 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Haha, so glad they loved it!!

  27. Scott — October 25, 2013 at 11:22 am

    If you’re not a coconut fan, what would you suggest as a replacement. I would love to give this a try.

    • The First Year Blog — October 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Scott, you could just omit the coconut. Or you could try chopped almonds or peanut butter chocolate chips. I hope you find a substitute you like!

  28. katrina — October 29, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Beth, in noticed in the pictures that you used a dark pan. The problem with your cake not being gooey enough is the a dark pan. In a dark pan you need to adjust your oven temperature down 25*. This should help with it in the future, but make sure that you only make this change if you use a dark pan. If you didn’t use a dark pan then cut your baking time by ten minutes and place your hot pan on a cooling rack to allow air to circulate around the pan evenly. This will allow the filling to cool evenly and you will find you won’t have one spot gooey and another dryer. I have this recipe and to switch it up I add butterscotch chips about 1/3 cup, over the top of the coconut, it adds just a hint of caramel flavor that you find in a German Chocolate cake.

    • The First Year Blog — October 30, 2013 at 7:30 am

      Thanks for your advice Katrina.

  29. pam — November 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    can you omit the nuts ? my sister in law has allergy to any kind of nut.

    • The First Year Blog — November 6, 2013 at 7:53 am

      Yes, you can. You can replace it with something else if you’d like too!

  30. Alisha groves — November 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    How is this if I cook it the night before we eat it?

    • The First Year Blog — November 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      I think it is best served warm, so I am not exactly sure! Best of luck!

  31. jabanning — November 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Love it! I made it for Thanksgiving yesterday, and it was a hit. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

    • The First Year Blog — November 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      YES! I love hearing that!

  32. AnnMarie — December 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Perfect timing! I am in the mood for a new, yummy dessert! Pinned! Visiting from Freedom Fridays!

    • The First Year Blog — December 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Enjoy AnnMarie!

  33. Tara H Heath — December 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I made this today with a few modifications due to family preferences. I had to comment to tell you it is absolutely amazing!! I used about 1 cup each of chocolate chips and butterscotch chips on the bottom, used triple chocolate cake mix, and then the yummy cream cheese mix just as you said. It’s suppose to be for our dessert for after lunch tomorrow, but I had to try it! Then my husband tried it, then his mom, then whichever ones of our sons caught us sampling!! I’m looking forward to everyone having a big piece tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

    • The First Year Blog — December 28, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Oh Tara! You just made my day- I hope it lasts til tomorrow!

  34. Jelli — December 29, 2013 at 8:27 am

    This sounds delicious, Beth! I almost never buy cake mixes and I know they don’t even sell German chocolate flavor here, but I’m tempted to try it with a basic chocolate mix just because it looks so darn yummy! Thanks so much for sharing an easy-but-scrumptious treat!

    • The First Year Blog — December 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

      I bet it would work just great with chocolate! Have a great day Jelli!

  35. Andi @ The Weary Chef — December 30, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    This cake looks sinfully good, and I love how easy it is thanks to cake mix! I’m putting this on my list of recipes to try very soon. We’d love for you to share it with us at Saturday Night Fever too! The party goes until Tuesday Night :)

    • The First Year Blog — December 30, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks for coming by Andi! I’ll check out the party!

  36. Ashley @ Forgetful Momma — January 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    If I had a cake mix in my cupboard I would be in the kitchen making this instead of commenting. This looks and sounds amazing. May have to pick up a cake mix the next time I go to the store.

    • The First Year Blog — January 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Haha, priorities! I hope you get that cake mix soon! Have a great day Ashley!

  37. cynthial1956 — January 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    This will definitely make a rumble. It looks delicious! Thank you for linking to the In and out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

    • The First Year Blog — January 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you Cynthia!

  38. Diane | An Extraordinary Day — January 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    As the new co-hostess at Project Inspire{d} I featured your cake tonight. I can’t wait to make it and sink my teeth into a slice! Yum!!

    • The First Year Blog — January 6, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Can I come join you?! Thank you Diane!

  39. Kentucky Lady 717 — January 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    This looks wonderful……can’t wait to make it…..

    • The First Year Blog — January 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      :-)

  40. Jennifer — January 22, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Wow, talk about food porn :-) This looks fantastic. I may have to try without the coconut though. Hubby doesn’t like it, though I love anything with coconut. Thanks!

  41. Terri — January 24, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Beth, Wow!!! tried the Earthquake Cake – Simply Delicious and so easy to make. Had company and that was the dessert we had and everyone commented that it was AWESOME. Believe me it was and so glad to get your recipes as was so easy to make and simple ingredients. I can fully see why this is called the Earthquake Cake…As the tummies are the Earth and it sure does shake your tummies as so yummy.. A favorite and will sure make again. Great Job, Beth!!!!! Terri

    • The First Year Blog — January 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Oh gosh, Thank YOU Terri! I love hearing success stories!

  42. Holly Lefevre — February 19, 2014 at 1:17 am

    I have to try this! I am a CA girl…so earthquakes are so stranger to me…but I have never heard of earthquake cake!

  43. Wow! This looks good! Tho my insanely picky self would probably leave out the coconut and the nuts haha. But it looks so so good. Pinning.

    • The First Year Blog — February 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      WHAT?! That’s the best part!

  44. Tara — March 12, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Have a question. I am making this right now.. Does it need to be stored in refrigerator after eating or can it be left sitting on counter? I can’t wait to taste it. Thanks in advance.

    • Beth @ The First Year Blog — March 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      To be safe you could put it in the fridge.. I don’t remember what we did.. or if there was any left over.

  45. Tara — March 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I made this today and had a question, does it need to be stored in refrigerator ?

    • Beth @ The First Year Blog — March 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Hi Tara! To be safe you could put it in the fridge.. I don’t remember what we did.. or if there was any left over.

  46. Ema Burcheci — March 16, 2014 at 3:28 am

    Hey Beth, I attempted to make this amazingly delicious cake and wasn’t very successful. I followed the instructions to the T and the middle didn’t cook very well. The edges turned out delicious but the middle was almost completely like cake batter. I baked it for almost 1 1/2 hours and then decided to give up ;(( can you give me some pointers. I really really really want this yummy recipe to work out. Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

    • Beth @ The First Year Blog — March 16, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Hi Ema! The recipe is suppose to turn out a little gooey, but obviously you don’t want to be eating it raw. It can depend on what type of pan you baked this in, light or dark metal or glass can make a difference in the baking time and temperature. I am sorry to hear you had trouble!

  47. Andrea G — March 22, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Just made it tonight. Oh, my word, delicious! Rich and gooey. I baked it about 35 minutes and it was done just right. Only difference I made was used a regular “chocolate fudge” cake mix, because I couldn’t find a German chocolate cake mix.

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      The chocolate fudge cake variation sounds amazing!

  48. Lindsey — April 10, 2014 at 10:43 am

    This cake looks delicious! Has anyone put frosting on it? I’d like to make this for my mothers birthday cake but not sure what frosting to put on it.

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      I love chocolate frosting personally! You could always try adding frosting to a small piece and taste test it to see what you think. But I haven’t heard of anyone putting frosting on this cake.

  49. Kaye W. — May 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Hi Beth,
    I have made this cake hundreds of times over the years, however, I do not melt my sugar and butter together. I just mix the butter and cream cheese together then add the powdered sugar, just like a normal frosting. Then I drop it by spoonfuls all over the cake and bake it for 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees. The cake will rise up over the frosting and it is always creamy and delicious. Just thought you would like another version to try. Also, make sure that you never use anything other than the full fat version of cream cheese when baking. Reduced fat and fat free have too much water content in them. Thanks for sharing your version!

  50. Rosalind Skulsky — June 4, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I’m so excited, I can’t wait to try this recipe. My grandchildren will devour it, I’m sure. I found you accidentally and I cannot wait to try any other recipes you may have.

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      What a wonderful accident :-)

  51. Gail — June 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    How can this be gluten free with the cake mix? It must have gotten mislabeled…

  52. Danielle | Krafted Koch — August 11, 2014 at 8:23 am

    This looks fantastic! I’m pretty sure it would disappear in a day in our house!

    • Beth @ The First Year — August 11, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      It did disappear at our house in a day!

  53. Missie Hernandez — November 25, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I made this for a poker tournament get together and it was a hit with everyone and myself… It’s not very often that I love the dessert I bake.. I just made my second cake since Saturday..
    And the best thing is… It’s so easy to make..
    LOVE LOVE LOVE

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 26, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      That makes me SOO happy to hear Missie!!

  54. Terri Steiert — December 30, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I can’t wait to bake this tomorrow for our annual NYE party! I have a chocolate fudge cake mix on hand, and all the other ingredients, but I am leaving out the coconut, as I am not a fan ;). I don’t have a blog yet, but I’m working on getting one started so I can chronicle all the recipes I have collected. Can’t wait to feature this one when I start!

    • Beth @ The First Year — December 31, 2014 at 6:29 am

      I hope everyone enjoys it!

  55. Karin — January 4, 2015 at 8:51 am

    I have been making this cake for years and everyone loves it!! The only thing I do different is while the cake is cooking I melt a Milky Way candy bar in about 6oz of evaporated milk and then when the cake come out and has cooled a little I pour the chocolate caramel milk over top, you definitely don’t have to worry about the cake being dry :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 4, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Oh my yum, that sounds like a delicious addition Karin!

  56. Melody — January 7, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I am the official birthday cake maker at work. I ran across this recipe in November and made it for a birthday in December to rave reviews. I have now made it three more times in the past week (two more for birthdays (grandson and my HR managers birthday-both of them requested this cake) and one for my husband (his weekly cake). This cake is wonderful. The texture is great, the taste is phenomenal and I have not found one person that does not like it. I am sure I will be making this cake many more times!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 8, 2015 at 7:15 am

      Hi Melody! I am SO glad everyone has enjoyed the cake. Thank you for taking the time to come back and let me know how much you love it!!

  57. Jenna — January 30, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I love recipes like this, it’s sort of a dump cake, you know when you just dump everything in the pan and magic happens! Thank you Beth!

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 31, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Jenna, and it’s so true, magic really happens!

  58. stephanie — February 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    OMG this cake is the yummiest, and of course I had to have a small taste while it was still warm…WOW WOW WOW!!! Thanks!!! :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 22, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Stephanie, you made me smile! I’m so glad it was delicious!

  59. Pavla — March 1, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Hello,
    I saw this recipe and I want try it, but I can not buy a box German Chocolate Cake Mix (I am from Czech republic).
    What would this material could be replaced?

    Thank You very much
    Pavla

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 1, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Hi Pavla! You could try substituting a chocolate cake mix, I think that would go nicely!

  60. Whytney — March 15, 2015 at 12:44 am

    I’ve got this in the oven right now!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 16, 2015 at 7:02 am

      I want to come over and try it!

  61. jade anderson — March 17, 2015 at 5:16 am

    My sister baked this cake at the weekend for my brothers birthday and it was delicious! I had to ask her to send me the link so I can make it for myself haha Thanks for sharing!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 17, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Jade, woohoo! Now you have the recipe for yourself!!

  62. Ivette — April 23, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Tomorrow I will celebrate my birthday… and guess what i’ve got in the oven right now?! Yes!!! I just wnat to try it!
    Thank yoy very much Beth ;)

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 23, 2015 at 7:43 am

      Happy Birthday Ivette!!!

  63. Megan — April 28, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks for the great idea, I shared it on my blog! The Earthquake Cake was a perfect addition to our EARTHQUAKE PREPARATIONS with our families. This makes earthquake prepping way more yummy! I think I’ll keep all the ingredients handy for an EMERGENCY SWEETS CRAVING too! Check it out at http://www.whymoms.com/why-moms-shake-it-up/

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 29, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Megan, that is such a great way to incorporate this cake into being prepared for an earthquake!

  64. Jane — April 29, 2015 at 7:17 am

    This cake was amazing and I will definitely make this again! Thank you so much for posting.

  65. Elaine Copley — May 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Oh my goodness. This cake is amazing. I wasn’t site if it should be stored in the fridge. Can someone email me?

    • Beth @ The First Year — May 28, 2015 at 8:50 am

      Hi Elaine! Definitely store the cake in the fridge, enjoy!

  66. Trudi — July 8, 2015 at 9:52 am

    The way we make it you don’t swirl the cream cheese mixture. It then falls thru the cake mix and makes a great gooey part on top of coconut!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — July 8, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      That way sounds amazing too Trudi!

  67. Wendy Page — July 11, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I was wondering how this works with the chocolate chips on the bottom of the pan.  Don’t they melt and get all gooey under the cake?  Or does the cake batter kind of envelope it?  Do you think it could be altered to put the chips, nuts and coconut on top?  Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Beth @ The First Year — July 11, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Wendy! Lots of people love the original recipe. The cake does kind of seep into everything that’s on the bottom, it’s so delicious!

  68. Janet — July 12, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Was wondering if you could do a bundt pan instead of the 9 x 13th and the cream cheese mixture would end up as the filling in the middle?  Anyone got a suggestion.

  69. Karen Humbert — July 12, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    I have been making this cake for almost 20 years and it never fails to please everyone that has eaten it. I do get tired of making it though. That said I did try it with butter pecan cake mix instead of german chocolate and it was really tasty too. Of course, I always have to go back to the original recipe for family get togethers because I think they’re addicted to this cake.
    LOL.

  70. Melissa — July 13, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Do you use sweetened shredded coconut or just regular shredded coconut? Would love to try this recipe out but I don’t want to buy the wrong coconut. Thanks :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — July 13, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      Hi Melissa! Either will actually work great!

  71. Christina — July 13, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Has anyone tried this with a cake mix other than a chocolate one? My husband does not like chocolate cake. (Chocolate IN a cake is a different story…so the chocolate chips would be jusy dandy.) And, also, when you swirl in the butter cream cheese- do you JUST swirl that just into the cake mix layer or do you cut through all the layers? Mmm I am dying to try this!

  72. Marcie M. — July 13, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Did you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

    • Beth @ The First Year — July 14, 2015 at 6:07 am

      I used sweetened, but in a pinch, you could use either!

  73. polly — July 14, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I want to make this cake a day ahead to bring to a party.  If it is not cut should I refrigerate it or is it okay to leave it out covered?
    Also when swirling the cream cheese etc mix in do you sswirl all the way to the bottom layer or just through the cake mix layer?
    thanks!

    • Beth @ The First Year — July 14, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Polly! You don’t have to swirl all the way to the bottom if you don’t want to. Or you can put your knife or other utensil you’re using to swirl all the way to the bottom of the cake and swirl everything. It’s up to you! The cake is pretty adaptable!

  74. MARY JO DREISBACH — July 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Wonder what would happened if turned the cake upside down when done cooking, to put the nuts, chips and coconut on top instead of bottom….
    i am making my third cake…everyone loved it….

  75. rleesue — July 21, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I made this cake almost following the recipe for a friends’ birthday. I thought a pound of powdered sugar was a diabetic coma waiting to happen so I cut the sugar down to a cup and a half and only used half the cream cheese but same amount of butter and swirled it in triple chocolate cake mix that I had on hand. I subbed half the oil with apple sauce and sprinkled oat bran on op of the other yummy stuff on the bottom also. On top I drizzled chocolate and caramel toppings. No one was the wiser that it was just a little healthier and it got rave reviews. Thx for a great ooey gooey recipe.

  76. Tinisha — July 26, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I made this cake and I followed the recipes to the t. It was amazing and a hit with my family and co-workers.

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