Earthquake Cake

Brett and I took dinner to some friends that just had their first baby, and I made this Earthquake Cake for dessert.  Typically you’d make this in a 9×13 inch cake pan but because most new mom’s are trying to lose the baby weight, and because it’s just the two of them plus the new babe, I thought an 8×8 inch square pan would be perfect! 

So I made two of them. One for them, one for us.  Okay, so maybe there were selfish reasons for making two;)

But I soon realized I should have just used a 9×13 inch pan and given all of this delicious cake to HER…for two reasons: 
1) She looks amazing and has already lost any baby weight she gained.  She could use a little cake! 
2) The second I tried it I knew I was in trouble, and that our pan would be gone in less than a day.  Not because my husband ate it.  Not because my toddler ate it. Because I plopped myself on the couch with a fork and went to town on it.  
It’s definitely a keeper and one of those super easy desserts you can wow your friends with.  

The cake is from a German Chocolate Cake mix and has a layer of gooey, coconut and chocolate chips on the bottom….

And cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar all melted together and swirled in to the top…

Who wouldn’t eat it all? 

Earthquake Cake
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  1. 1 German Chocolate Cake Mix (plus everything required on box)
  2. 8 oz cream cheese
  3. 2/3 cup sweetened coconut
  4. 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  5. 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  6. Instructions
  7. Preheat oven to 350.
  8. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  9. Sprinkle coconut, chocolate chips and pecans in the pan.
  1. 1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix
  2. 1/3 cup oil
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 1 1/3 cup water
  1. Pour cake batter on top of the coconut/chocolate chip layer in the pan.
In a saucepan, melt
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 8 oz cream cheese
  3. Instructions
  4. Beat in 1 lb powdered sugar (3 3/4 cups) until smooth. Then spread on unbaked cake or drop by spoonfuls and swirl into batter with a knife.
  5. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.
  1. **It is done when it doesn't wobble in the pan if you shake it. The toothpick test doesn't work because it's a gooey yummy mess of a cake:) I think it's best served warm!
Adapted from Beth Burke, originally from Lori Birchall
Adapted from Beth Burke, originally from Lori Birchall
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  1. Natalie Burke April 20, 2012

    Holy smokes! As soon as I’m eating dairy again (next month) I’m totally making this first!

    • Rivers Teske January 7, 2016

      Me too! I was thinking the same thing – except it is dairy, no sugar, carbs and after I get sick of that healthy routine, I plan to make this Earthquake Cake in a 8 x 8 for someone and share the other half with self!

  2. Oh gosh, I’ve made this cake before and it was SO good! I had never heard of it so I was shocked at how amazing it tasted and that not many other people knew of it either.

  3. Sweet and Savory Eats April 20, 2012

    Oh lordy, I’d eat this whole dessert!

  4. All Things Yummy April 20, 2012

    I would definitely eat it all too. Probably with a big glass of milk while watching something like the Biggest Loser. LOL

  5. This looks so yummy!

  6. Oh my lord Kristy. This looks amazing – I will be making this ASAP for friends (which really means myself) Thanks!!

  7. Courtney April 20, 2012

    This looks a lot like a cake my family makes but we call it an upside down german chocolate cake. Super yummy!

  8. Jenn April 20, 2012

    This looks sinful! I want it right now!

  9. Deborah April 21, 2012

    My sister is known for a version of this cake. It is defnitely dangerous to be around!!

  10. norma April 21, 2012

    having company next sun, so am planning on making this .

  11. Anonymous April 21, 2012

    Paula Deen has an earthquake cake. No chocolate chips in the crust.

  12. Me And My Sweets April 22, 2012

    WOW! Absolutely sinful and wonderful and gooey. This recipe is a keeper!

  13. OMG looks like heaven…. newest follower…. can’t wait to see more

  14. I have only just discovered your page but I already know where all my winter weight will come fromt this year. LOL. Enjoy reading your posts to. Amusing!

  15. Anonymous May 9, 2012

    This was really good!

  16. Anonymous October 30, 2012

    Making this today! Can’t wait to try it!!!

  17. Anonymous October 30, 2012

    can you possibly make this and leave the coconut out?? my family does NOT like it

  18. Anonymous November 20, 2012

    Just want to clarify….the sugar is being put into the saucepan to melt then poured onto the cake?

    • Melt the butter and cream cheese, then remove from heat and beat in the powdered sugar! Sorry for the confusion!

      • Valerie July 11, 2015

        Just a note: powdered sugar is not listed in the ingredients, only the directions.

  19. Anonymous December 24, 2012

    Saw this recipe/site through pinterest. Made the cake yesterday. I know this is a great cake because I woke up thinking about. The bf and I love this cake. Thanks so much for sharing, it’s a keeper!

  20. Anonymous March 3, 2013

    Didn’t have all the same ingredients so made with white chocolate chips and butter pecan cake mix. Very delish! Next time going to make original treat! Thank you for sharing.

  21. Neva Fels April 16, 2013

    The cake recipe is just what I’ve been looking for. I’m a grandmom that loves to bake desserts for grandkid hugs.

    I hope you’ll take a moment to view my blog recipe: Cookie Bouquet. Thanks.

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  26. Tracey March 1, 2014

    I made this for my hubby’s birthday yesterday. It is good but awfully sweet.

    I made some changes too. Left out nuts (allergies) and cut the icing sugar back to 3 cups only.

    If I ever make this again I would just put coconut on bottom and cut the icing sugar back to 1/2 cup total.

  27. Chelsey August 10, 2014

    This is soo yummy! T is requested time and time again for various birthdays! I sometimes put the pecans in sometimes I don’t depends on the audience. Also a little extra chocolate chips don’t hurt!

  28. Anna September 29, 2015

    How many does this cak serve?

    Thank you!

    • boysahoy September 30, 2015

      I would say 8-10 people!


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