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Earthquake Cake

Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

40 Minutes


16 Servings



About the Recipe

Earthquake Cake is a fun cake that combines a box cake mix with coconut, pecans, and a cream cheese filling. Once baked the cake has crevices and cracks like a cake that has literally been through an earthquake. The end result is an ooey gooey scrumptiously moist chocolate cake with pockets of cream cheese, pecans, and coconut. It is almost like the frosting has been baked right into the cake.


  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecan

  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix

  • Eggs, oil and water according to cake mix package

  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil

  • 1/2 tablespoon flour

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened to room temperature

  • 3 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a deep 9×13 inch pan with nonstick baking spray. Evenly sprinkle pecans and coconut in the bottom of the pan.

  2. Mix the cake according to box instructions with egg, vegetable oil and water. In small bowl mix 3/4 cup chocolate chips with canola oil. Sprinkle with flour and stir to combine. Stir the chocolate chips in to the cake mix and spoon in the baking dish over the pecans and coconut.

  3. Melt the butter in the microwave and let it cool slightly. Using a mixer beat cream cheese until sooth and lump free. Slowly add the melted butter and beat until smooth. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time and mix until smooth. Drop the cream cheese mixture by rounded tablespoons randomly over the top of the cake. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the top.

  4. Bake for 40 minutes or just until the chocolate cake portion is just set. Recipe and Photo Credit: Earthquake Cake Recipe (

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