Joyce Boettcher Recipe

Earthquake Cake

By Joyce Boettcher jellen10

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Joyce's Story

I got this recipe from my mother. I do not know who she got it from. But this is a deliciously decadent and "sinful" cake, especially if you love coconut.


1 pkg
cake mix, german chocolate
1 c
pecans, in pieces
1 c
coconut, flaked
1 lb
powdered sugar
1/2 c
margarine or butter
1 pkg
cream cheese - 8 oz.

Directions Step-By-Step

Grease the bottom of a 9x13 cake pan. Mix the coconut and pecans together and spread this mixture on the bottom of the greased pan. Mix the German Chocolate cake mix according to package directions. Pour this cake mix over the nuts and coconut.
Mix the powdered sugar, margarine and cream cheese together. Pour this mixture over the cake mix. The mixture will be very thick. An alternative would be to drop spoons of the mixture over the top of the cake mix.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Hashtag: #coconut

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ruth Richardson Tiggerr
Feb 6, 2012
yes this is a great cake ! another version is Hawaiian Volcano- Carrot cake mix -coconut and pineapple on bottom the rest is the same -very refreshing
Joyce Boettcher jellen10
Feb 4, 2012
Nice to hear about the history of the cake. I do find it a very delicious cake.
Susie Proplesch NeedfulThings
Feb 4, 2012
hmmm, back in the 1970s I lived in Washington state, so I know about the earthquakes!
Kathie Carr kathiecc
Feb 4, 2012
Thanks for posting this.

It is an old recipe, maybe going back to the 1970's. The joke where I used to live in California back then was you could make it with stuff in your cupboard if the supermarkets were closed due to an earthquake. They always get mesed up in an earthquake, everything on the floors, broken, etc.

But ut is a delicious cake!
Susie Proplesch NeedfulThings
Feb 4, 2012
saved, thanks for sharing!