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! It is an ooey-gooey dessert made even more chocolatey by adding some chocolate ice cream on top. Try my Pumpkin Earthquake Cake or original Earthquake Cake for another cake full of chocolate overload!

Oreo Earthquake Cake on White Plate with Chocolate Ice Cream
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Ingredients & Substitutions

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!

Chocolate Cake: Grab a box of chocolate cake mix to use in the cake. Mix up the cake batter according to the package instructions.

Oreo Cookies: You will need cookies for both the cake and the topping.

Cream Cheese: Be sure the cream cheese has been softened, or come to room temperature before mixing it with the other ingredients.

Ice Cream: I highly recommend serving the cake with a dollop (or two or three) of chocolate ice cream, particularly my homemade no-churn chocolate ice cream!

Process Shots of Layering the Ingredients in Oreo Earthquake Cake

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.

Oreo Earthquake Cake on White Plate

How to Store Earthquake Cake

Because of the cream cheese layer, I do recommend storing the cake in the refrigerator, covered. It should last 2-3 days.

White Fork Taking a Bite of Oreo Earthquake Cake

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4.91 from 11 votes

Oreo Earthquake Cake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
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 / 113 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 ½ cups (312.5 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  • 2 cups (364 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Oreos, crumbled (about 10 cookies)
  • chocolate ice cream, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 9×13-inch pan with nonstick 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. Love this cake. So easy to make. I made it for my granddaughter’s birthday last year and it was a hit! I just got the request to make it again this year❤️

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