Earthquake Cake recipe

Earthquake Cake Recipe

Earthquake Cake is a delicious cake recipe that everyone will love. While not quite a dump cake, it is almost as easy to make.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Earthquake Cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 611 kcal


  • 1 box of German chocolate cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 2/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (one stick)
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and coat the inside of a 9x13 pan with a non-stick spray.

    preparing baking dish for dump cake
  2. Start by layering the coconut, chocolate chips and pecans on the bottom of your prepared pan. Set aside.
    earthquake cake chocolate chips
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, oil, eggs and water until combined. 
    prepare german chocolate cake mix
  4. Pour the cake mix batter over the top of your layers in the pan and lightly spread around.
    spread the batter
  5. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and cream cheese on the stove top.

    melting butter and cream cheese
  6. Pour the butter and cream cheese mixture into a large bowl and add in the powdered sugar. Using a mixer, mix together the powdered sugar and butter until a creamy consistency has been reached.

    beat powdered sugar with butter and cream cheese
  7. Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the top of the cake mix layer in your pan. Then, swirl a knife around the cake pan to create a swirling pattern between the cream cheese and cake mix. Don’t mix too much, just enough to combine the two with a pretty pattern.
    Earthquake cake swirled
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool completely before cutting if you want clean slices. If you don’t mind a dump style cake and want to eat it warm, there’s no harm in that!
Nutrition Facts
Earthquake Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 611 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 378mg16%
Potassium 261mg7%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 52g58%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 555IU11%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.