Earthquake Cake - new and improved

deb baldwin


Okay, everyone has one of these, but this is the first time I ever seen or made this cake.
Moist, gooey and wonderful! Very rich.
This was posted on FB and I hunted it down till I found the recipe..She has beautiful photos and great directions.


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15 Min
45 Min


  • 1 box
    cake mix, german chocolate
  • ·
    (i used a double chocolate cake mix)
  • 1/2 c
    vegetable oil
  • 3
  • 1 1/3 c
  • 2/3 c
    coconut, shredded
  • 2/3 c
    chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c
    chopped pecans ( i used walnuts)
  • 1/2 c
  • 1
    8 ounce package of cream cheese
  • 3 3/4 c
    powdered sugar (1 pound)

How to Make Earthquake Cake - new and improved


  1. PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees

    GREASE a 9 X 13 inch pan
  2. SPRINKLE the coconut, chocolate chips and nuts on the bottom of the pan.

    MIX the German chocolate cake mix with the oil, eggs and water.
    POUR the cake mix on top of the coconut, chocolate chips and nuts.
  4. IN A sauce pan, melt the butter and cream cheese

    Add the 1 pound of powdered sugar into the butter/cream cheese mixture and beat until it is smooth and creamy.
  5. SPREAD this creamy mixture on top of the uncooked cake in the pan, and swirl into the cake mix using a knife. Do not swirl too much.
  6. Bake for 35-45 minutes. It is done when it doesn't wobble in the pan if you shake it. (my oven took 50 minutes and it was just right. So check at 25 minutes and every 5 minutes after until set.
    The toothpick test will not work on this cake as it will be more gooey than a normal cake.
  7. Your house will smell wonderful and watch out by being trampled by the earthquake made by your family as they get their share.
    Note: This is a very rich cake and does not need a frosting..A little ice cream will be okay but not needed.

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About Earthquake Cake - new and improved

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American

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