Earthquake Cake


  • 1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix do not prepare as directed on box, prepare as directed below
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 &  cup water
  • 2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 stick unsalted butter 1/2 cup
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 pound powdered sugar 3 and 3/4 cups


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle the coconut, chocolate chips, and pecans on the bottom of the pan.
  • Mix the german chocolate cake mix with the oil, eggs, and water using a spatula or hand mixer on low.
  • Pour the cake mix on top of the coconut/chocolate chip/pecan layer.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter and cream cheese.
  • Using a spatula or hand mixer on low, beat in 1 pound of powdered sugar until it’s smooth to the butter/cream cheese.
  • Spread this mixture on top of the uncooked german chocolate cake in the pan, and swirl into the cake mix using a knife.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes. It is done when it doesn’t wobble in the pan if you shake it. The toothpick test shouldn’t work because the cake should be more gooey in nature.
  • Enjoy! Store any left over cake in the fridge.

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