Oreo Earthquake Cake

filed under: Cakes · Dessert on July 31, 2020

This gooey, rich, delicious Oreo Earthquake Cake is layered with Oreo cookies, chocolate cake, cream cheese, and more chocolate that is an explosion of flavor in every bite! Try my Pumpkin Earthquake Cake or original Earthquake Cake for another cake full of chocolate overload!

Oreo Earthquake Cake

Just like an earthquake causes the earth to shift and cause cracks in the land, this Oreo Earthquake Cake has ingredients that may move around as it is being baked and you may see cracks and crevices in the top after it’s baked. But, it doesn’t change the fact that it is a decadent dessert that is a chocolate lover’s dream! It is an ooey-gooey dessert with a chocolate and cream cheese center that is made even more chocolatey by adding some chocolate ice cream on top.

Oreo Earthquake Cake on White Plate with Chocolate Ice Cream

Oreo Earthquake Cake Recipe

Each time you take a bite of this dessert, you will get a fork or spoonful of flavor and cookie crunch in each bite.

Process Shots of Layering the Ingredients in Oreo Earthquake Cake

How to Make an Oreo Earthquake Cake (full recipe below in recipe card)

This Earthquake Cake is so easy to make, and just like the name implies, it is bursting with flavor! If you love chocolate cake and cheesecake, you get the best of both desserts in this cake. So, preheat the oven to 350°F, prepare a 9×13-inch pan with non-stick spray, and get out the ingredients you need.

  1. First, prepare the chocolate cake batter by following the directions on the box. (But don’t bake the cake.)
  2. Next, layer the bottom of the sprayed pan with the Oreo cookies. Just lay them out flat; no need to break them or crush them for this part. I used 24 Oreos to cover the bottom of the pan.
  3. Then, spread the chocolate cake batter that you just prepared over the layer of Oreo cookies.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and salt. Beat with a mixer until combined.
  5. Dollop the cream cheese mixture on top of the cake batter and create a marble swirl.
  6. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and crumbled Oreos for the topping and bake for 55-60 minutes. The cake is done when the center is set.
  7. Serve warm, and don’t forget about adding a scoop of chocolate ice cream on top!

Oreo Earthquake Cake on White Plate

How to Make a Marble Swirl

It’s pretty easy to get that fancy marble swirl in a cake. Since this Oreo Earthquake Cake has the chocolate cake layer topped with a light-colored cream cheese layer, it’s perfect for marbling! After you have the chocolate cake batter in the pan and the cream cheese mixture prepared, it’s simple. 

Add dollops of the cream cheese mixture on top of the chocolate cake batter. Use a butter knife or metal/wooden skewer to make loose vertical zig-zags from one end of the pan to the other. Clean off the knife and make the zig-zag pattern in the opposite direction. You don’t need to over-swirl. A few swirls in each direction will be just enough to get the flavors mixed together.

White Fork Taking a Bite of Oreo Earthquake Cake

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Oreo Earthquake Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

This gooey, rich, delicious Oreo Earthquake Cake is layered with Oreo cookies, chocolate cake, cream cheese, and more chocolate that is an explosion of flavor in every bite!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: earthquake cake
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 465 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
  • 1 box (15.25 ounces) chocolate cake mix, mixed according to package directions
  • 24 Oreo cookies
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup (1 stick or 113g) butter, melted
  • cups (312.5g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (10 cookies) Oreos, crumbled
  • chocolate ice cream, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.

  2. Prepare the cake batter according to package directions.

  3. Layer the bottom of your pan with the Oreo cookies.

  4. Spread your cake batter over the top. Set aside.

  5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and salt.

  6. Beat with a mixer until combined. Dollop the mixture over the cake and use a knife or skewer to create a marble swirl.

  7. Sprinkle chocolate chips and crumbled Oreos on top and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until the center is set.

  8. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.

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  • Angela says:

    Has anyone tried this with a gf cake mix and gf Oreos!

  • Doris Sauve says:

    can you make this with marshmallow cream instead of cream cheese?

    • Amanda Rettke says:


  • KC kenny Hanson says:

    Would you like to receive recipes from people.

  • Nikki says:

    Wow this looks so good! I think so marshmallow fluffy would be an awesome sub for the cream cheese too!! Thanks,

  • Glen Singer says:

    I’m going to try your recipes for the lemon and the Oreo earthquake cakes. Please, though, have the photos of them on your web site savable as .jpg files. When I try to save them, they come out as web-page files, useless in Word. Thx!

    P.S. I used to manage three restaurants.

  • Patricia Sawyers says:

    Haven’t made it yet but I am definitely going to this weekend.

  • Darlene Young says:

    This looks so gooey! I can’t wait to make!

  • Linda Baker says:

    Sounds wonderful can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  • Rachael says:

    Chocolate cake made from scratch is not that hard to make and it tastes a billion times better than box cake mix.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Then by all means, please feel free to make your chocolate cake from scratch. 🙂 Recipes are meant to inspire.

  • Ronnie Wilson says:

    Can I eliminate the cream cheese from this recipe or replace it with something else? Thank you

  • Karen says:

    Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • Karen says:

    I made this cake today for my daughters birthday. She loved, the whole family loved.

  • Francisco Harris says:

    To decorate your cake, you can keep aside some Oreo cookies and crush them a little and then decorate with it.

  • Janet Sayegh says:

    What about whipped cream instead of cream cheese?

  • Lexy says:

    How would you store this? In the fridge and then reheat in the oven or just on the counter?

  • Mireya Rosales says:

    I am making this tonight for a work potluck tomorrow.

  • Brenda J Nobles says:

    I am trying this cake for the first time. This cake sounds very good.

  • Sumayyah says:

    This cake was delicious and heavy but so good. Then I tried it the next day when it was cold and it tasted even better 🙂

  • Cindy says:

    Do you seriously think you can bake whipped cream??

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Did you seriously leave that comment before reading the recipe?

  • Cindy says:

    Oh Amanda, I didn’t leave that comment for you!!!! I should have put the person’s name in my comment that asked if you could substitute whipped cream for cream cheese. I could not believe anyone would ask that. Or, I could have kept my mouth shut. Lol. You are the ONLY baker that I follow any more. I have not tried any of your recipes that weren’t great!!! I am so sorry that I didn’t make that clear!! Getting ready to make your chocolate cake right now as a matter of fact, best cake I have ever tasted!!

  • Sally says:

    I think I’ll make this for Labor Day, but I’ll use your Best Chocolate Cake recipe for the cake. I usually make an Oreo cheesecake, but I think this will be a good replacement.

  • Tracy Jules says:

    Hi u are a great baker. From west palm beach,fl

  • Gail Spriestersbach says:

    Most spectacular luscious cake. Family loves it! Super rich. We served it with homemade ice cream and fudge topping. A chocoholics dream come true!