earthquake cake on white plate

Earthquake Cake starts with a box of german chocolate cake mix, then add in coconut, chocolate chips, pecans, and a yummy cream cheese swirl!

You don’t have to frost this cake because the cream cheese mixture becomes a layer of frosting INSIDE the cake. It cracks open after baking, resulting in the name – Earthquake cake! One of the best cakes to serve for a party.

Ingredients

  • 1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • oil
  • large eggs
  • water
  • shredded coconut
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • chopped pecans
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • cream cheese
  • powdered sugar

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!

earthquake cake in 9x13 inch pan

How To Assemble Earthquake Cake

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

2 photos of ingredients in 9x13 inch cake pan - chocolate chips and coconut and cake batter

Layer #3 – the swirled butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar goodness. Let’s not think about the calories.. they don’t exist :)

how to assemble and swirl earthquake cake

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.

Comments about this cake!

“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

earthquake cake

Total Time Required

  • 10 minutes to prep the cake
  • 35-45 minutes to bake
earthquake cake in glass cake pan

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Earthquake Cake

Earthquake Cake

Yield: one 9x13 inch cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Earthquake Cake starts with a box of german chocolate cake mix, then add in coconut, chocolate chips, pecans, and a yummy cream cheese swirl! You don’t have to frost this cake because the cream cheese mixture becomes a layer of frosting INSIDE the cake. It cracks open after baking, resulting in the name - Earthquake cake! One of the best cakes to serve for a party.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.