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Chocolate Earthquake Cake

This Chocolate Earthquake Cake is so good. It will melt in your mouth.  They call it earthquake cake because it will crack in the middle in some recipes.  This one does not crack because I do it a little different.  I can’t leave this cake alone when I make it because I love chocolate and this is a chocolate lovers dream.

1 cup nuts (I use walnuts. Pecans would be good, too)

1  1/2  cups coconut

1 regular chocolate cake mix or can use German chocolate cake mix

1 cup milk

1 stick butter or margarine or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

3 3/4 cups powdered sugar

2 cups chocolate chips

Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Sprinkle the nuts on the bottom of the dish.  Layer the coconut on top of the nuts.  In a separate bowl prepare the cake mix according to package directions except use the 1 cup of milk in place of the water called for in the directions on the box.  Spread half the cake mixture over the coconut.  In a microwave safe glass bowl melt the butter and cream cheese. This takes about 2 minutes in my microwave.  Whisk the powdered sugar or mix with mixer into the cream cheese and melted butter.  Spread the cream cheese mixture over the layer of cake mix in the baking dish. (You can drop it by spoon fulls if you want) Spread the other half of the cake mix on top of the cream cheese and sprinkle on the chocolate chips. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 40 to 45 minutes. Enjoy!

Chocolate Earthquake Cake

Note: You can make this cake with other cake mixes, too.  I like to divide the cake mix because I think it makes a much prettier cake. You can just put in all the cake mix and put the cream cheese mixture on top and bake. The photo below is of one of these cakes made with a spice cake mix and using butterscotch chips. Everything else is the same as the recipe above.

Spice Earthquake Cake

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Cake.


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37 Responses

  1. I have my 3rd Earthquake in the oven. It is our new favorite cake!!! I love your site & your recipes !!!!

  2. Made this today and it turned out just like the photo! Easy to put together and delicious, but very rich!

  3. 1/2 Cup of Boiling water and 1/2 Cup of Buttermilk instead of milk sure will keep this cake extra moist.

  4. I have special guest this Friday, this is my dessert to serve them. Thanks!!!

  5. Not a “Southern Lady”, but I have baked this cake, and it is great! I bring it into the office for the Ladies working for me, and they love it. Next time, I think that I will use carrot cake mix and white chocolate chips. Thanks for all of the great recipes!!!

    • Thank you Michael. So happy you are enjoying this recipe. I always love to hear from the men on the site, too. I bet all the ladies love you!

  6. can’t put a 9by 13 pan in my oven its to small.

  7. I typically make a lot of things, particularly deserts, in single serving sizes. When you have out the cake batter and cream cheese mixture into a 9 X 13, approximately how deep is it. An inch, inch & half or what? Based on that I can determine my portioning into say 3″ cake pans. I know this is kind of an off the wall request and I hope you will indulge me. Thanks

  8. Thanks for all the great recipes…been busy just collecting all of them.

  9. Made this! A big hit!

  10. I made this cake today and it is good! I was wondering if it should be refrigerated because of having cream cheese in it?

  11. I just put a version in the oven with a white cake mix and chocolate chips! Hope it turns out good!

  12. I hope to make this soon, it looks so yummy !!

  13. Has anyone tried it without nuts? My stepdaughter is allergic to them.

  14. Oh YUM! I will make this cake this weekend for work! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe with all of us!

  15. are the nuts whole or ground up?

  16. Thanks cant wait to try

  17. I think I am going to enjoy this cake along with the people I serve it to.

  18. You southern ladies know how to do it

  19. What other cake mixes have you ladies tried?

  20. It looks so AWESOME… It makes my mouth water…

  21. This just look divine!!! One question, what kind on coconut do you use. I life in a tropical country and we have all sorts. If it’s canned, which brand? Thank you love your recipes!

    • Just about any kind would probably work but I just use the kind you buy in a package in the grocery store. Not the canned.

  22. Oh my honey will love that one!!! Looks decadent! Yum!!! :D

  23. What about the icing?

  24. This sounds sooo good – except for the coconut part (not a big fan). Can that be omitted and would it change the baking time at all?

  25. I’m going into a blissful chocolate coma just thinking about this cake…..;) can’t wait to make it!

  26. this cake looks great

  27. This sounds wonderful. I want to try it with a white cake mix and white chocolate chips or a butterscotch cake mix with butterscotch chips.

    • the recipe was great i even added several layers of chocolate and caramel. now cN YOU TELL ME HAVE YOU EVER HEARD of the sock it to me cake and if so do you know the recipe. thanks southern lady

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