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.
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!
1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix (do not prepare as directed on box, prepare as directed below)
1/3 cup oil
1 and 1/3 cup water
2/3 cup shredded coconut
2/3 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup, 1 stick, unsalted butter
8 oz cream cheese
1 pound powdered sugar (3 and 3/4 cups)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Sprinkle the coconut, chocolate chips, and pecans on the bottom of the pan.
Mix the german chocolate cake mix with the oil, eggs, and water using a spatula or hand mixer on low.
Pour the cake mix on top of the coconut/chocolate chip/pecan layer.
In a saucepan, melt the butter and cream cheese.
Using a spatula or hand mixer on low, beat in 1 pound of powdered sugar until it’s smooth to the butter/cream cheese.
Spread this mixture on top of the uncooked german chocolate cake in the pan, and swirl into the cake mix using a knife.
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.
Enjoy! Store any left over cake in the fridge.