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 on White Plate with Chocolate Ice Cream

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.

When you take a bite of this dessert, you will get a spoonful of flavor and cookie crunch in each bite.

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 covered in the refrigerator. It should last 2-3 days.

White Fork Taking a Bite of Oreo Earthquake Cake

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4.91 from 10 votes

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 / 113 g) butter, melted
  • cups (312.5 g) 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 9×13-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. Wow this looks so good! I think so marshmallow fluffy would be an awesome sub for the cream cheese too!! Thanks,

  2. 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.

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

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

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