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Friday, July 19, 2013

Earthquake Cake


I came across this cake on Cookie Madness. I had never heard of an Earthquake Cake, but it sounded good. I googled "Earthquake Cake" and found out this is a thing. Lots of people had recipes for it. I couldn't find out why it was called "Earthquake Cake", but I decided to give it a try!

Chicken Legs absolutely loved this. I knew he would because he loves German Chocolate Cake, and this is basically an upside down German Chocolate Cake with a cheesecake filling. Word of caution, this is very rich. Make sure you have a glass of milk handy when you eat it!  You can serve this cold or at room temperature. I found it easier to serve at room temperature.



Earthquake Cake
serves 12
(Printable Recipe)

  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 3/4 cups (1 pound box) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 box German chocolate cake mix plus eggs, oil and water as called for on box

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.

Sprinkle the coconut, chocolate chips and chopped pecans evenly in the bottom of the pan.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour the cake mix over the coconut mixture.


In a medium bowl, using a hand held mixer, beat the melted butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture, as evenly as possible, over the cake mix.


Bake for 40 to 50 minutes.

Cool cake completely and refrigerate before serving. You may serve it chilled or at room temperature. (We preferred it at room temperature)

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6 comments:

  1. Its called an earthquake cake because it looks like there was an earthquake when the cake was baked.

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  2. This is pure evil. You are the devil for even posting this and it sounds wonderful!!!!

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  3. I think it is called an earthquake cake a sit has a "fault" running through it. Looks absolutely delicious!

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  4. My grandma gave me this recipe about 15 or more years ago, under the name german chocolate upside downcake surprise...its awesome!

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  5. My grandma gave me this recipe about 15 or more years ago, under the name german chocolate upside downcake surprise...its awesome!

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  6. I also made this recipe after seeing it on the Cookie Madness blog. This is a truly decadent cake! I lined the bottom of my pan with parchment paper so I could easily turn the cake out onto a platter so the good stuff on the bottom became the topping. My husband actually asked me to take the left-overs to work so he wouldn't eat them all at one sitting.

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