Have You Ever Heard of Earthquake Cake?

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Picture this: you’re scrolling through your favorite food blog, looking for a new dessert to try, when you come across a recipe that stops you in your tracks. It’s called Earthquake Cake, and it looks nothing short of incredible. Intrigued, you decide to give it a whirl, and let me tell you, that decision will forever change the way you look at cakes.

What on Earth is Earthquake Cake?

I remember the first time I stumbled upon Earthquake Cake. I was utterly fascinated by the name and couldn’t help but wonder how it got its title. Well, it turns out, this cake gets its name from its unique appearance: a seemingly chaotic mix of textures and flavors that resembles the aftermath of an earthquake. But don’t let that description deter you. This cake is a delightful explosion of taste and texture that will have you and your loved ones begging for more.

The Magic of Earthquake Cake

Now, let me take you through my experience of making this deliciously unusual dessert for the first time. As I gathered the ingredients, I couldn’t help but be excited about the adventure I was about to embark on. Chocolate cake mix, shredded coconut, cream cheese, chopped pecans, and chocolate chips – the list of ingredients was nothing short of tantalizing.

I started by layering the bottom of my baking dish with the shredded coconut and chopped pecans, followed by the chocolate cake batter. But this wasn’t your ordinary chocolate cake – the secret ingredient that would transform this cake into an Earthquake Cake was the cream cheese mixture.

I combined cream cheese, powdered sugar, and a few other ingredients to create a rich, creamy concoction that I swirled throughout the cake batter. As I marbled the cream cheese mixture into the chocolate cake, I could already see the unique texture beginning to take shape. But the final touch was the generous sprinkling of chocolate chips on top.

As I slid the cake into the oven, I couldn’t help but feel like a mad scientist, creating some sort of marvelous culinary experiment. And let me tell you, the end result was nothing short of extraordinary.

The Big Reveal

The moment I pulled the cake out of the oven, I knew I had stumbled upon something truly special. The cake had risen and cracked in a beautifully chaotic way, revealing glimpses of the cream cheese mixture and chocolate chips beneath the surface. It was like staring at a delicious, chocolatey fault line.

Cutting into the cake was a revelation. Each slice was a unique, mouthwatering blend of moist chocolate cake, gooey cream cheese, crunchy pecans, and melty chocolate chips. The flavors and textures melded together perfectly, creating an experience that was nothing short of divine.

Sharing the Earthquake Cake Love

Needless to say, my family and friends were just as smitten with Earthquake Cake as I was. Each time I’ve made it since, it’s been met with rave reviews and requests for the recipe. And now, I’m thrilled to share the magic of Earthquake Cake with you!

If you’re ready to shake up your dessert game and try something truly unique, I highly recommend giving Earthquake Cake a whirl. This delightful dessert is a fun, exciting baking project that’s sure to impress and delight everyone who has the pleasure of tasting it.

So, grab your apron, gather your ingredients, and prepare to embark on a delicious adventure that will forever change the way you look at cakes. Trust me, once you’ve experienced the magic of Earthquake Cake, there’s no turning back.

Earth-Shattering Earthquake Cake

Course: DessertCuisine: American


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This Earth-Shattering Earthquake Cake will absolutely shake up your dessert game with its rich chocolate, gooey cream cheese, and crunchy coconut-pecan topping!


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (and ingredients called for on the box)

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, prepare the chocolate cake mix according to package instructions. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the coconut and pecans evenly over the cake batter.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, granulated sugar, egg, and vanilla extract until smooth. Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the coconut and pecans in dollops, then use a butter knife to swirl the mixture into the cake batter, creating a marbled effect.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely in the baking dish.
  • Once the cake is cooled, dust the top with powdered sugar.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra indulgent treat.
  • Feel free to substitute walnuts for pecans, if desired.
  • You can also use a gluten-free chocolate cake mix for a gluten-free version of this dessert.

The Earth-Shattering Earthquake Cake pairs well with a warm cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk. You can also serve it alongside some fresh fruit or a scoop of vanilla ice cream to balance the rich chocolate flavor. This show-stopping dessert is perfect for special occasions, potlucks, or simply satisfying your sweet tooth at home. Enjoy!

Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Hey there! I'm Jamie Anderson. Born and raised in the heart of New York City, I've always had this crazy love for food and the stories behind it. I like to share everything from those "Aha!" cooking moments to deeper dives into what's really happening in the food world. Whether you're here for a trip down culinary memory lane, some kitchen hacks, or just curious about your favorite eateries, I hope you find something delightful!

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