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Earthquake German Chocolate Cake Recipe

This easy, German chocolate cake recipe gets a twist: it's an earthquake cake, loaded with rich, gooey, delicious ingredients that give it a special look. Part of what makes it so easy is I use a boxed cake. Hey if you want to go full on homemade go for it, some days I just want easy and tasty and this Earthquake German Chocolate Cake Recipe scores on both tasty and easy! Earthquake German Chocolate Cake Recipe (5)

Throw in some more chocolate, coconut and yum pecans (or skip the nuts) and this is one tasty dessert that has a few of my favorite things! If you want a scrumptious treat that is sure to please everyone but oh so easy to make then Earthquake German Chocolate Cake Recipe is for you. Let's get to this recipe shall we?

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Earthquake German Chocolate Cake Recipe

Earthquake German Chocolate Cake Recipe

This easy, German chocolate cake recipe gets a twist: it's an earthquake cake, loaded with rich, gooey, delicious ingredients that give it a special look.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 box of German chocolate cake mix
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened coconut
  • ⅔ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup crushed up pecans
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9x13 pan with a non-stick spray.
  • Start by layering the coconut, chocolate chips and pecans on the bottom of your prepared pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, oil, eggs and water until combined. Pour the cake mix batter over the top of your layers in the pan and lightly spread around.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter and cream cheese on the stovetop. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 472Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 41gProtein: 4g

Please note that we can not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information. They are a best guess calculation.

Now doesn't this Earthquake German Chocolate Cake Recipe sound oh so tasty? You might even want to double the recipe as I can tell you it never lasts long around my house. What's not to love between the chocolate, the toasted coconut and the ooey gooey goodness? It's fun for a party, potluck and almost any occasion. Earthquake German Chocolate Cake RecipeNo need to tell everyone that this Earthquake German Chocolate Cake Recipe didn't take you hours to make. Just show up with it at the next gathering and you'll be the most popular person, okay the cake will be popular but you can enjoy the glory too. In all seriousness, it's a yummy dessert that you most likely already have all of the ingredients for and it's one everyone will enjoy devouring.Earthquake German Chocolate Cake Recipe

Make sure you pin this Earthquake German Chocolate Cake Recipe for later! My family and I enjoy making this dessert and of course eating it even more. It's become a family favourite and now we have friends asking us to bring it to gatherings. I love that it's so scrumptious and easy to make. Have I mentioned I like easy recipes? Earthquake German Chocolate Cake Recipe

So what are you waiting for go and make this tasty treat now. Your friends and family will thank you in between bites. If you do make it let us know how you like it, we'd love to hear from you.


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By on March 16th, 2019

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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86 thoughts on “Earthquake German Chocolate Cake Recipe”

  1. Looks delicious. May I ask, what size box of cake mix is used in your recipe? The cake mixes in the stores are 15.25 oz in lieu of the normal 18.25.

    Thank you,

  2. I adore German Chocolate Cake! This recipe sounds fabulous! I'm so happy to have found it, thanks for sharing! This will be what I'll be making for my husbands birthday!

  3. I was looking for a good chocolate cake to make and came across this one. It looks delicious and is what I will make tonight. Thank you for sharing it.

  4. This sounds and looks delicious. I have been looking for a dessert to bring to a picnic this weekend and this is the one I'm going to make.

  5. Oooohh! I had to click on to look into this recipe, just from the delicious look of the cake and also because German Chocolate Cake is our youngest adult son's favorite and in my opinion, this looks much yummier!
    I think he would love it.

  6. This looks yummy! Any dessert with chocolate and coconut is an instant winner for me. That's one of my favorite flavor combinations!

  7. Earthquake German Chocolate Cake Recipe seems absolutely delicious. I would enjoy this with a cup of tea and I know my husband would love it too!

  8. A 10 on the taste Richter scale! I plan on making this info Cookies and muffins as well. Simply scrumptious, and sure to be a hit with my whole family.

  9. Ah, definitely an easier way to make the blend of flavors in a German Chocolate Cake than in the traditional way. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. My favorite cake is German Chocolate my mother always made this cake for my birthday! This looks so good I will have to make it

  11. I can't wait to make this for our next family gathering. I am all in favor of using the boxed cake mix so that it is quick and easy.

  12. What a delicious! looking dessert, I would have never thought to add cream cheese. I'll have to keep this one
    on my list to whip up.

  13. This sounds delicious, I was looking for something to make for this weekend. Easier to make this than make a whole German Chocolate Cake like my Mother used to make. I can't wait to taste. Thanks so much.

  14. I really love German chocolate cake, and I love that you took a box mix and jazzed it up. I also like cakes in this rectangle shape. I also have the perfect serving dish for this cake. I will need to pin and try this soon.

  15. I will definitely make this cake soon. It has all my favorite ingredients in it. When you list German chocolate cake mix, can I use just chocolate cake mix? I don’t recall seeing any box marked “German” chocolate cake mix. Thanks for recipe.

  16. I love how this looks more like a brownie. This would be perfect for my grandma since she loves German chocolate cake but doesnt want a big piece.

  17. I have never heard of this before but it sounds amazing!! I love German chocolate cake! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I can't wait to try it!

  18. This is my first time hearing of an earthquake cake. That name really caught my attention. It sounds so yummy and easy to make. I can't wait to try it.

  19. This sound delicious and decadent. I love that it uses a box mix to start, that definitely makes it easier and cuts out a lot of steps.

  20. This looks and sounds amazing! And I think that it will be a news favorite in our house. Thanks for another awesome recipe!

  21. It is rare that I come upon a cake recipe that is both really different than what you see elsewhere and totally scrumptious. This sure fits that description. I never heard of an earthquake cake before, and using a mix sure makes this easy, too! I'd like to try it!


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