How to make an “Earthquake Cake” – delicious dessert recipe


I am always looking for new dessert recipes. My family has a sweet tooth, and I have to admit, so do I! If you’ve been tasked with bringing a dessert to a family party or just feel like whipping up something delicious, the following recipe is sure to appeal to you! The First Year Blog has shared a very simple recipe for “Earthquake Cake” that will make all of your dessert dreams come true!

source: The First Year Blog

The best part about this recipe is that it only requires a few basic ingredients. The secret to this recipe lies in a box of German chocolate cake mix. However, instead of following the instructions on the box, you’ll follow the directions on The First Year blog for a sweet, rich, flavorful cake the whole family will love.

source: The First Year Blog

If you’re already sold on this recipe, Trust me, this is one cake recipe you’ll absolutely want to add to your list of favorites!


  • 1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix, do not prepare as directed on box, prepare as directed below
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 & ⅓ cup water
  • ⅔ cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • ⅔ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ 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.