Earthquake Cake

filed under: Cakes on September 28, 2017

Gooey, rich, and delicious! This Earthquake Cake is full of chocolate, pecan, and coconuts and is an explosion of flavor with each bite!


5 from 15 votes
Earthquake Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Gooey, rich, and delicious! This Earthquake Cake is full of chocolate, pecan, and coconuts and is an explosion of flavor with each bite!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: earthquake cake
Servings: 12 people
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 package chocolate cake mix plus ingredients called for on box
  • 1 c sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c butter melted
  • 2 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Chocolate ice cream optional
  1. Instructions
  2. Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9x13” pan with cooking spray.
  3. Prepare cake batter according to package directions.
  4. Sprinkle your coconut and peans onto bottom of prepared pan, then spread your cake mix over the top, set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt.
  6. Beat with a mixer until combined and dollop the mixture over the cake and then spread out.
  7. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and bake for about 50 minutes or until center is set.
  8. Serve warm with ice cream if desired.



Earthquake Cake


Earthquake Cake

I love a cake that’s instructions are: throw in everything but the kitchen sink. This Earthquake Cake is one of those classic cakes and really lives up to its name!

It has gooey tunnels of goodness all around it which are filled with a chocolate and cream cheese surprise! From the outside, it looks just like your normal cake, but with each and every bite you have the addition of the cream cheese mixture, melty chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans!

Earthquake Cake Recipe


With its chocolate overload, this Earthquake Cake is a must make. You have all sorts of flavors with each fork full and you won’t be able to stop yourself from coming back for more!

Easy Earthquake Cake


Want the from-scratch version? Try this amazing Chocolate Cake recipe!

Photos by Tornadough Alli

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  • leonor valderrama says:

    felicidades, me encantan todas tus recetas, quisiera ademas de copiarla hacerlas todas, pero me tiene en jaque por que no entiendo que significa la “C” en los ingredientes, ej. 1 C de coco, no he adivinado que cantidad significa si es taza o que, jejejeje, perdon mi ignoracia, y gracias.

    • Donna Boyce says:

      Leonor, C means cup (8 ounces)

  • L. Gold says:

    The family loved this cake!

  • Heba says:

    If i don’t have cake mix, what ingredient should i use to make the cake. Thank you

  • Julie Nordhoff says:

    Do I turn it out on a cake dish when cooled?Would it be better to scoop out of cake pan

  • Linda Ritchie says:

    That looks delicious omg all my favorite ingredients. I will share and comment on Facebook. Keep those recipes coming.

  • SUSIE MORTON says:

    Looks delicious

  • Joanne Rotondo says:

    Love your rrceiprs!

  • Avnil says:

    Is your powered sugar icing sugar an is it 2 an half cups

  • Cindy says:

    OMG!!! This so good. I love the pockets of melted chocoate from the chips sinking. I could not get the cream cheese to spread out so I just left in dallops and they sank into the cake. Took it to my aunt and uncles house and they loved it. My baking pan was the standard 2 inch deep so no problem running over.

  • Carmel Mc Hale says:

    Why doesn’t picture of food print up? Would like to know what it looks like later when making recipe. Thanks!

  • Maria luiza jeronimo says:

    Pode ser em portugues as reseitas?

  • Brenda says:

    This looks absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to taste it. Thanks for posting it. Keep it up!

  • La la says:

    Cake looks delicious. I don’t like coconut or pecans. Can you substitute both ingredients with something else? Suggestions????

  • Lina Pena says:

    Love to try new baking recipes…I’m not a baker,but I’ve baked ,cakes ,and brownies.They come out really tasty..

  • Judy Slusser says:

    Do a screenshot of the cake.

  • Sue thomas says:

    Can u use peanut butter in the earthquake cake??

  • Karen Jones says:

    Want mudslide cake recipe please.

  • Annedook says:

    This looks so good. I would like to try this. Can I use 2 pans of 8×8 instead of 9×13?

  • Katie says:

    Love your recipes

  • Marilyn Cook says:

    Love your site Thank you

  • Linda Dickson says:

    Love your recipes

  • Patricia Jones says:

    Yes my friends gave me this recipe he from Charleston school I have made it twice people love this cake. And than I found your recipe on this page it is great

  • Bertha says:

    Quite a few years ago I made pumpkin cheese cake with a ginger snap crust . It was a recipe using equal as a sweetener instead of sugar and sugar free ginger snaps crushed and used as one would for graham cracker crust …. made it for one of my brothers a new type 2 diabetic at the time it was awesome!!! A winner to him! I have since started using more up to date better for you sweetners in recipes for friends that need less sugar. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

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