Earthquake Cake

Earthquake Cake

4.9 from 18 reviews

A fun and easy cake recipe with pecans, coconut and pockets of sweetened cream cheese. This family friendly sweet treat has craters and crevices that give it that unique name.


  • 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 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.


  • The toothpick test will not work on this cake as it is a gooey cake.
  • Preheat the oven and load the cake on the middle rack in the center of the oven.
  • Use a deep 13×9 inch baking dish so that there is no overflow.  The pan I use is 2 1/2 inches deep.
  • This fun cake ends up looking like a hot mess which is part of it’s charm.  Do not worry too much about perfection with this cake.
  • You can use any chocolate cake mix.  This time I used Devil’s Food but you can use German Chocolate or Chocolate Fudge.
  • The cake is done when the chocolate cake batter in the center appears to be set and springs back a little bit when it is touched.  This is usually right around 40 minutes. The toothpick test will not work on this cake because of the gooey cream cheese sections.
  • This cake is absolutely over the top served warm so plan accordingly if at all possible.
  • As this cake contains cream cheese refrigerate leftovers.

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