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Lemon Earthquake Cake

Lemon Earthquake Cake is a dessert that starts with a layer of coconut and macadamia nuts, followed by a lemon cake and cream cheese swirl, all topped and baked with white chocolate chips.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword earthquake cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 people
Calories 553 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net


  • 1 box (15.25 ounces) lemon cake mix, mixed according to package directions
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 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
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • vanilla 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. Sprinkle the coconut and macadamia nuts onto the bottom of the prepared pan.

  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 to marble.

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

  8. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.