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Earthquake Cake
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Earthquake Cake

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Original by Fran


  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flaked
  • 1 box German chocolate cake mix prepared per instructions
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle one cup of sweetened flaked coconut on the bottom of the dish.
  • Prepare the German chocolate cake per package instructions (use coconut oil if you can for extra coconut flavor); beat well with a hand mixer until creamy and smooth.
  • Pour the prepared cake batter evenly over the coconut.
  • Prepare the cream cheese mixture by melting the cream cheese and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Remove from the heat and add the powdered sugar and vanilla; mix well until creamy and smooth.
  • Add dollops of mixture to the top. You can leave as is, which makes a fun earthquake top, or you can swirl the top back and forth a little bit with a knife to make a swirl effect. Your choice!
  • Place into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until the cake has set and doesn't wiggle much when you move it. The tester test won't work because the cake is a bit gooey on the inside.
  • Allow to cool on a rack. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!