Earthquake Cake

Fran Miller

By
@TchrLdy71

My friend, Bonita A., invited me over for a post-Christmas visit in 2003 & served this cake. Best present EVER! Well, that might have been when she kindly shared the recipe so I could continue to make them.

The cake gets its name from the cracks that form on the top of the cake when it bakes. Don't worry; none of the goodness escapes! =^..^=


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Serves:

12-15, depending on serving size

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

a box
of german chocolate cake mix, any brand
some
water, as directed on cake box
some
cooking oil, as directed on cake box
3
eggs, or whatever is directed on cake box
1 c
flaked coconut
1 c
pecan pieces
8 oz
block of cream cheese
1 stick
butter or margarine
1 c
powdered sugar

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a bowl, prepare the German chocolate cake batter, as directed on the cake box. Set aside.

NOTE: You'll need the mixer again in Step #5.
2
Lightly mist the bottom & sides of a 13 x 9" baking pan with cooking spray. Scatter the coconut & pecans over the bottom.
3
Pour the cake batter into the baking pan, over the coconut & pecans.
4
Put the block of cream cheese & the stick of butter in a microwave-safe bowl, .
5
In the microwave, CAREFULLY heat the cream cheese & butter until soft, but NOT melted, maybe 30 seconds or less. Add the powdered sugar & blend well with a mixer.
6
Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the cake batter. You don't have to be neat, but you might want to leave a "chocolate pocket" in the center of the cake so you can check for doneness near the end of baking.
7
Bake as directed on the cake box, usually at 350 degrees F for around 25-35 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the "chocolate pocket" in the center of the cake.
8
Cool in the pan. (Come to think of it, I just leave it in the pan until it's gone, which won't be long.) Refrigerate leftovers.
9
Decisions, decisions... Do you want to eat it warm, room temp., or chilled? Your choice.
10
My choice is to eat it warm (or warmed up in the microwave for about 9 seconds). No wrong answers here. It's so good, the ground might shake, but I really hope not! It wouldn't want it to be my "fault." (OK, I'll stop now!) =^..^=

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy