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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  • Teresa Medina says:

    This is one of my all time favorites!! The first time I made it, I actually over cooked it a bit, but what resulted was a gooier, stickier bottom, which kind of reminded me of a Mounds Candy Bar, melted…lol. But, much better. I have not overcooked another one, but still think I should try to get the same result. Everybody loved it!

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    Love cooking and went recieve new recipe I’m so happy started try .

  • JoAnn Mastrosimone says:

    Just saw he Earthquake cake and I am going to make it tomorrow.

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    I Love baking! My new favorite cooking site!

  • Patricia Hendricks says:

    Your cake looks so good. Would like to have some of you recipes.

  • Marybeth says:

    Do I have to use coconut? I really don’t like it

  • Tina says:


  • Kim Genzmer says:

    Love the recipes.

  • Annica says:

    I can’t eat cream cheese, what can I replace it with?

    • Shanna says:

      What about mascarpone cheese?

  • Patricia Scott says:

    I am making it right now

  • Nancy schoenman says:

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  • Ronald Jamison says:

    I love to bake for a good crowd and this one will be great

  • Becky says:


  • Linda J. Boyd says:

    This is so good and easy too. My cream cheese mixture wasn’t as stiff as in the video though. I think with all that chocolate, that vanilla ice cream would be better with it.

  • Sheila says:

    Can’t wait to try

  • Monica says:

    Must try. I’m not a baker, but I think I can do it.

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