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!


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Prepare the cake batter according to package directions.
  • Layer the bottom of your pan with the Oreo cookies.
  • Spread your cake batter over the top. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and salt.
  • Beat with a mixer until combined. Dollop the mixture over the cake and use a knife or skewer to create a marble swirl.
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips and crumbled Oreos on top and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until the center is set.
  • Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.

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Reader Comments

  1. 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.

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

  3. I have not even tried this yet but knowing your reputation and using many of your recipes, I know it will be another fantastic cake!

    Your new book arrives soon! I purchased in late fall and I think it’s due March or April via Amazon!

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